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INTRODUCTION.

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The following pages are most respectfully submitted to the consideration of the public. Perhaps it may said, that there is scarcely an individual, from one end of the kingdom to the other, who is not interested in the question which has occasioned them ;-Whatever may

be the imperfections under which they may labor, they have one recommendation-they contain the real sentiments of their author. The reader, therefore, is not required to admit arguments in favor of an hypothesis, the strength of which the author himself does not feel,- for the author is of no party ;-and having no tie of dependence on any one, he is perfectly at liberty to BE LOYAL; and in all honest sincerity to express his attachment to his Sovereign, his love to his country—and his veneration for its laws. Whether any who may peruse his labors, and who may happen to dissent from the principles he may find there, may think proper to answer him, he cannot conjecture; but on this point his indifference is equal to his ignorance.--He, however, begs leave to say that he shall not conceive himself under any obligation to reply, nor is his silence to be of necessity attributed to his admission of the validity of the arguments brought against him. If the opponents of his Pamphlet argue no better than the friends of the Reform in Parliament have hitherto done, he conceives that there will be no very pressing urgency for vindication either of himself or his labors. His motive for obtruding himself on the Public is the very great length to which the clamor for a Reform in Parliament is carried; which, as many have joined in it from whom better things might have been expected, seems to call on every man attached to the constitution to oppose it, in as much as reason shows that it is fraught with incalculable mischiefs. Some few ideas occurred to him which he had not met with in any work written on the subject ; and conceiving that they might have some weight with other minds similar to his own, he has ventured to bring them forward, for the consideration of those who may

do him the honor to peruse them.

REFORM OF PARLIAMENT,

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Ar a time when no small portion of the populace of the country have by the insidious arts of the factious been rendered dissatisfied with the constitution, and a clamor is excited from one end of the kingdom to the other, that our houses of Lords and Commons are corrupt, and are no longer to be considered as representing the people; when party, however subdivided as to other topics, enlists under one general banner, for one definite object, REFORM IN PARLIAMENT ; when public meetings of counties, cities, boroughs, called for the purpose of promoting that

, object, profess that they discover the source of all our national woes—whether taxes, dearness of provisions, paper currency, or any other evil, real or imaginary, in • the corruption of Parliament;' when such is the state of public feeling the question of a reform of Parliament, as understood and intended by its advocates, together with all the train of ideas necessarily connected with itthe motives which give rise to the clamor, and the unavoid

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