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you made the staip-act; and that you restored everything to peace and order wher: you repealed it. I have thewn that the revival of the system of taxation has produced the very worst effects; and that the partial repeal has produced, not partial good, but universal evil. Let these considerations, founded on facts, not one of which can be denied, 'bring us back to your reason by the road of your experience.
I cannot, as I have said, answer for mixed meafures ; but surely this mixture of lenity would give the whole a better chance of success. When you once regaiu confidence, the way will be clear before you,
Then you may enforce the act of navigation when it ought to be enforced. You will yourselves open it where it ought still further to be opened. Proceed in what you do, whatever you do, from policy, and not from
Let us' act like men, let us act like ftatesmen. Let us hold some sort of consistent conduct. It is agreed that the reveliue is not to be had in America. If we lose the profit, let us get rid of the odium.
insi On this business of America I confess I am seri
ous, even to fadness. I have had but one opinion concerning it since I fat, and before I fat, in Parfiament. The noble Lord * will, as usual, proba
bly, attribute the part taken by me and my friends Ein this business, to a desire of getting his places. Let him enjoy this happy and original idea. If
I deprived him of it, I should take away most of his wit, and all his argument. But I had rather bear the brunt of all his wit, and indeed blows much heavier, than stand answerable to God for embracing a system that tends to the destruction of some of the very best and fairest of his works. But I know the map of England, as well as the noble Lord *, or as any other person ; and I know that the way I take is not the road to pre: ferment. My excellent and honourable friend under me on the floor + has trod that road with great toil for upwards of twenty years together: He is not yet arrived at the noble Lord's deftination. However, the tracks of my worthy friend are those I have ever wished to follow ; because I know they lead to honour. Long may we tread the same road together; whoever may accompany us, or whoever may laugh at us on our journey! I honestly and folemnly declare, I have in all seafons adhered to the system of 1766, for no other reason, than that I think it laid deep in your truest interests and that, by limiting the exercise, it fixes on the firmest foundations a realy consistent, well-grounded authority in Parliament. Until you come back to that system, there will be no peace for England, .