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MY LORD, I HAVE read your lordship's speech with the attention that it deserves; it has been composed with much consideration, and logically arranged. Your Irish position, that from the relative situation of Great Britain and Ireland, a connexion is necessary for their mutual security, is so evident, that it needs not argument to support it. The real question for consideration is, (as you properly express it) what is the best and most eligible form of such connexion.

Your second position is, "That when two countries are so circumstanced as mutually to require connexion, the only mode of connexion which can perfectly remove the evil of separation, and fully confer the benefit of Union, is

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