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The Bill Further Considered in Committee of the Whole House

Mr. Dempster and Mr. E. Burke


The House, according to order, went into a Committee of the Whole, upon the Bill.

An objection was made to a part of the preamble of a clause, which says, "It will be highly expedient to grant them the same laws, by which their lives and property have been heretofore governed, protected, and ordered."

Mr˙ Dempster and Mr˙ E˙ Burke objected to the word "protected," as it was, in their opinion, not true, and was at the same time, paying the French too great a compliment.

Lord North, Lord Beauchamp, and Mr. Grey Cooper

Lord North, Lord Beauchamp, and Mr˙ Grey Cooper, insisted the word was proper, and that the law that governed, protected.

Next Objection

The next objection was made to the clause, which repeals all laws and ordinances passed by the Governor and Council, for the civil Government of Quebec, and the King' s Proclamation, in 1763, so far as it relates to the Province of Quebec, from and after the first day of May, 1775.

A very strong debate ensued, in which Mr˙ Dunning spoke for near an hour and an half against it; he was supported by Mr˙ E˙ Burke, Captain Phipps, Mr˙ Howard, &c. Lord North, Mr˙ Cornwall, Lord Clare, Mr˙ Rice, &c˙, &c˙, as strongly supported the clause.

Clause Shall Stand

And on the motion, that the clause shall stand, the Committee divided: Ayes, 91; Nays, 31.

Next Objection

The next objection was made to the clause, which settles that Tythes and Dues shall be paid to the Romish clergy.

A very strong debate here ensued, in which Mr˙ E˙ Burke, Mr˙ Baker, Mr˙ Dunning, Mr˙ W˙ Burke, Mr˙ C˙ Fox, Captain Phipps, &c˙, strongly opposed, not only the whole clause, but particularly an alteration proposed by Lord North, which was, "that his Majesty should have power to appropriate, when he thought proper, the said tythes unto the establishing a Protestant clergy."


Lord North, the Attorney and Solicitor General, &c˙, &c˙, as strongly supported the clause, with the amendment, which was carried without a division.

Committee Reported Further Progress

A motion was then made to adjourn, it being past eleven o' clock, but the friends of the Bill insisting to go on, a debate arose, and the Committee divided; for proceeding, 15; against it, 31.

Several of the most strenuous opposers of the Bill now quitted the House, and the Committee proceeded, with very little interruption, through the two next clauses, the fourth and fifth. After which

The Committee reported further progress;

And it being half an hour after twelve of the clock, on Wednesday morning,

Resolved, That the House will, this day, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, upon the said Bill.