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SUBSTANCE"

OF

MR. BURKE'S SPEECH,

IN THE

DEBATE ON THE ARMY ESTIMATES

IN THE

HOUSE OF COMMONS,

On Tuesday, the 9th Day of February, 1790;

COMPREHENDING

A DISCUSSION OF THE PRESENT SITUATION OF

AFFAIRS IN FRANCE,

VOL. V.

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SUBSTANCE

OF

THE SPEECH,

&c. &c.

MR. BURKE's speech on the report of the army estimates has not been correctly stated in some of the publick papers. It is of consequence to him not to be misunderstood. The matter which incidentally came into discussion is of the most serious importance. It is thought that the heads and substance of the speech will answer the purpose sufficiently. If in making the abstract, through defect of memory, in the person who now gives it, any difference at all should be perceived from the speech as it was spoken, it will not, the editor imagines, be found in any thing which may amount to a retraction of the opinions he then maintained, or to any softening in the expressions in which they were conveyed,

Mr. Burke spoke a considerable time in answer to various arguments which had been insisted upon by Mr. Grenville and Mr. Pitt, for keeping an increased peace establishment, and against an improB 22

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