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Biographia Literaria ; or Biographical Sketches of my literary Life and
BRITISH AND FOREIGN
For the Year 1817.
Introductory Remarks-Sketch of the Forms of Proceeding in Parliament
Opening of the Session of 1817-Prince Regent's Speech-Attack on him on his Return from the House of Lords - Address to him from both Houses on this Occasion- Debates in the House of Lords on the Address moved in Answer to the Speech in the House of Commons on the same Subject. HE meeling of parliament is and importance; and that as the
always looked forward to, by country, it was not only hoped but the people of this country, of all confidently believed, would gently descriptions, ranks, and parties, with sink into the arms of peace, tranno common degree of interest. In quillity, prosperity, and plenty, so times of war they anticipate from the proceedings of parliament would the speech of the sovereign, and become languid and spiritless. from the debates of members and That this was not the case during their opponents, a prospective view the year 1816,—the first year after of the measures to be pursued in the the absolute and perfect terminaprosecution of hostilities, as well as tion of hostilities,--our volume for of the financial means by which the that year has sufficiently proved. expenses of war are to be defrayed. Britain was indeed at peace : she Our readers must well recollect the was no longer either opposed by interest they felt at the approach. the combined powers of Europe, ing meeting of parliament, during as she had been at some periods the late protracted and arduous of the revolutionary wars; nor was contest ; and the attention which she their ally, as at the glorious they paid to the debates at that pe termination of the contest. But riod." It was generally supposed, peace had not brought prosperity that with the termination of hosti- or internal tranquillity: on the conlities the debates would in a great trary, dissatisfaction had come measure be stripped of their interest forth in a more bold and undis