Correspondence of Charles, First Marquis Cornwallis, Volume 3

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Page 90 - On the order of the day for going into a committee on the Bill, " to provide for the administration of justice in New South Wales and Van Dicmen's Land...
Page 102 - My occupation is now of the most unpleasant nature, negotiating and jobbing with the most corrupt people under heaven. I despise and hate myself every hour for engaging in such dirty work, and am supported only by the reflection that without a Union the British Empire must be dissolved.
Page 228 - The nearer the great event approaches, the more are the needy and interested senators alarmed at the effects it may possibly have on their interests, and the provision for their families; and I believe that half of our majority would be at least as much delighted as any of our opponents, if the measure could be defeated.
Page 42 - Parliament met on January 22, 1799, and the question of the Union, already broached in the British Parliament by Mr. Pitt, was made the subject of an animated discussion in the House of Commons. It arose on an amendment to the address moved by Mr. Ponsonby, ' That the House would be ready to enter into any measure short of surrendering their free, resident, and independent Legislature, as established in 1782.
Page 328 - I certainly did not then hear any direct objection stated against the principle of the measure by any one of the ministers then present. You will, I have no doubt, recollect, that, so far from any serious hesitation being entertained in respect to the principle, it was even discussed whether an immediate declaration to the Catholics would not be advisable, and whether an assurance should not be distinctly given them in the event of the Union being accomplished, of their objects being submitted, with...
Page 177 - The indefatigable exertions, aided by the subscriptions of the antiUnionists,' wrote Cornwallis, ' have raised a powerful clamour against the measure in many parts of the kingdom, and have put the capital quite in an uproar, and I am sorry to say some of our unwilling supporters in Parliament have taken advantage of these appearances to decline giving any further support. God only knows how the business will terminate.
Page 182 - I understand, 2000?. down, and is to receive as much more after the service is performed. We have undoubted proofs, though not such as we can disclose, that they are enabled to offer as high as 5000?. for an individual vote, and I lament to state that there are individuals remaining amongst us that are likely to yield to this temptation.
Page 101 - I shall live to get out of this most cursed of all situations, and most repugnant to my feelings. How I long to kick those whom my public duty obliges me to court ! If I did not hope to get out of this country, I should most earnestly pray for immediate death.
Page 335 - ... the measure with all its advantages, and they have retired from his Majesty's service, considering this line of conduct as most likely to contribute to its ultimate success.
Page 38 - impressed favourably,' for we find Cornwallis writing to Portland on January 16, 1799 : ' On my finding from a conversation which I had with Sir John Parnell soon after he landed that he was determined not to support the Union, I have notified to him his dismission from the office of Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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