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STATE of PublicAffairs at the commencement of the Year—Serious decrease of the Revenue—Depression of Manufactures, and Reduction in Agricultural Produce—State of Public Opinion—Parliament opened by Commission on the 2nd February—Her Majesty's Speech—Earl Powis moves the Address in the House of Peers, seconded by the Earl of Eglintoun—Speeches of Marquess of Lansdowne, the Duke of Wellington, Lord Brougham, Lord Auckland, Lord Ashburton, the Bishop of Exeter, and other Peers—The Address voted nem. con—In the House of Commons Lord Courtenay moves the Address, which is seconded by Mr. Philip Miles—Important Speech of Sir Robert Peel—Observations on the North American Boundary Question, on the Question of the Right of Search, and on the Defalcation of the Revenue—Speech of Lord John Russell—Remarks on the conduct of the Governor General of India; and on the Corn Laws, and Income Tax—Lord Stanley vindicates Lord Ellenborough's conduct—Speeches of Lord Palmerston, Mr. Hume, Mr. Williers, Mr. Ewart, and other Members—The Address is carried unanimously . . . . . . . . . . . [1

CHAPTER II.

National Distress—Commercial and General Depression—Activity of the Anti-Corn-Law League—Lord Howick's Motion for a Committee and Consequent Debate of Five Nights' Duration—Lord Howick's Speech —Comprehensive and able Reply of Mr. Gladstone—Speech of Mr. Labouchere—Mr. Ferrand's Amendment—Mr. Ewart resumes the Dehate on the 14th—Speeches of Mr. Liddell, Lord Worsley, Mr. Gally Knight, Mr. Ward, Mr. D'Israeli, Mr. Ross, Dr. Bowring, Mr. Stewart Wortley, Mr. Wallace, Mr. Bickham Escott, Mr. C. Wood, Sir J. Graham, Mr. Borthwick, Mr. Cochrane, Mr. C. Villiers, Lord Sandon, Mr.

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