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BEFORE Parliament met the ensuing winter, very important events had taken place in America. General Howe, with the main army, had gained several victories, which many haye asserted might have put an end to the war. General Burgoyne, with the northern army, endeavouring to effect a junction with the Commander in Chief, got into a defile, and was compelled
In the sessions 1777 Burke returned to is vigorous attention to parliamentary usiness. During no preceding meeting had here been so great a quantity of important ffairs, and in none had the powers of Burke
been more frequently called forward. Not America only, but France and Ireland, occupied the attention of Parliament. The discussion of the concerns of the sister kingdom brought him into a very delicate predicament, in which, in the discharge of his duty, he was under the necessity of acting, contrary to the opinion of his constituents, who had, unsolicited, applied to him to be their representative, as the strenuous champion of mercantile interest.
An amendment recommending peace was proposed to the address. Burke dwelt less on the original injustice and inexpediency of the war than formerly. He confined himself chiefly to its management and effects. He entered into a very minute and extensive consideration of the force employed, and the expence incurred; proving from documents that the year 1777 cost as many men, and more money, against the Americans, than any year of our wars against the combined power of the house of Bourbon. November 28, Mr. Fox having moved, that certain