the volunteers out of view ; the bill was allowed
to be brought in, but, on the second reading, it
wa rejected by dearly the same majority as
These repeated defeats did not abate the ardour
of the Irish reformer a the pursuit of their fa.
vourite object ; but as all hope of obtaining the
d-librrate co-operation of parliament was at an
end, they turned their applications to a quarter
from whence experience had already taught them
to icok for more effectual exertions; as govern.
rment had not yet ventured to question the legality
of the volunteer aslocation, the people at large
were called upon to provide themselve, with arms,
and to array themselves under that description.
Several unpopular acts of the new government,
in torneo, which paniament was also involved by
the share it had in them, served greatly to
increase the general discontent of the nation.
On the 7th day of June a meeting
- was held of the aggregate body of
the citizens of Dublin. It was here resolved to
present another petition to the king, and in the
mean time to endeavour, by a circular address
to stimulate the body of the people to a general
and vigorous exertion.
The petition, after enumerating their several
grievance', and lamenting that his majesty's ad-
ministration should have taken an active part in
all the measures of which they complained, state,
“That this was a circumstance the more ex-
N O T • .
§ Mr. Pitt, and the Duke of Rutland.