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Page 273 - Chatham) f moved an address to His Majesty, praying that he would be graciously pleased to send a proper force to Gibraltar for its due and efficient defence.
Page 155 - The Catholic King does hereby, for himself, his heirs and successors, yield to the crown of Great Britain the full and entire propriety of the Town and Castle of Gibraltar, together with the port, fortifications, and forts thereunto belonging; and he gives up the said propriety to be held and enjoyed absolutely with all manner of right for ever, without any exception or impediment whatsoever.
Page 235 - A motion being made for a resolution, importing, that for the honour of his majesty, and the preservation and security of the trade and commerce of the kingdom, effectual care should be taken in the present treaty that the king of Spain should renounce all claim and pretension to Gibraltar and Minorca, in plain and strong terms: a debate ensued, and the question being put, passed in the negative, though not without a protest.
Page 272 - The third object indispensable, as I conceive, in the distribution of our navy, is to maintain such a force in the bay of Gibraltar as may be sufficient to cover that garrison, to watch the motions of the Spaniards, and to keep open the communication with Minorca.
Page 250 - France, by the fatal admission of French garrisons into Ostend and Nieuport, their lordships are most humbly of opinion, that nothing can so effectually tend, in the present unhappy circumstances, to the restoration of Europe in general, and in particular to the successful prosecution of the present just and necessary war, until a peace can be made on safe and honourable terms, as a more intimate union with the crown of Spain. In this necessary view their lordships most humbly submit their opinion...
Page 183 - Spain had been maturing her preparations for a campaign. fortress might easily be taken, but this opinion was not • shared by those who knew its strength. The Marquis de Villadarias, a brave and honest soldier, who in 1705 had been driven defeated from before its walls, urged upon the king the folly of a siege, and even refused to accept the command of the expedition. The king, irritated at this obstinacy, desired him to comply with his wishes, or resign his commission and emoluments. The old soldier...
Page 234 - But you cannot but be sensible of the violent and almost superstitious zeal which has of late prevailed among all parties in this kingdom, against any scheme for the restitution of Gibraltar, upon any conditions whatsoever ; and I am afraid that the bare mention of a proposal which carried the most distant appearance of laying England under an obligation of ever parting with that place would be sufficient to put the whole nation in a flame."* Townshend had, indeed, good reason for his fear of parliamentary...
Page 258 - Tyrawley himself appeared at the bar and made good by his behaviour all that had been taken for vapour before he appeared there ; for leaning on the bar he browbeat Skinner, his censor, who stood on his left hand, with such arrogant humour that the very lawyers thought themselves The representations of Tyrawley no doubt had weight with Pitt, and led him to underrate the value of Gibraltar.
Page 233 - Majesty has commanded me to signify to you his pleasure that the said practice, which took its beginning from the disorders of the late times, be wholly laid aside, and that the said preachers deliver their sermons, both in Latin and English, by memory, without book, as being a way of preaching which his Majesty judges most agreeable to the use of all foreign...
Page 167 - I do no longer balance to assure Your Majesty of my Readiness to satisfy you with regard to your Demand touching the Restitution of Gibraltar, promising you to make use of the first favourable opportunity to regulate this article with the Consent of my Parliament.