Ardent Pittite
Pitt’s maiden speech, on 26th February 1781, made a big impression on the House of Commons. Unlike most first efforts, it was a proper debating speech, in which he even took the previous speaker to task for getting his facts wrong. Nice to see the Parliamentary Register (one of the forerunners of Hansard) deviating from its usual “this is who spoke and this is what they said” formula for a bit of a gush.

Pitt’s maiden speech, on 26th February 1781, made a big impression on the House of Commons. Unlike most first efforts, it was a proper debating speech, in which he even took the previous speaker to task for getting his facts wrong. Nice to see the Parliamentary Register (one of the forerunners of Hansard) deviating from its usual “this is who spoke and this is what they said” formula for a bit of a gush.

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