peacewish (peacewish) wrote in little_details,

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william pitt the elder

The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail — its roof may shake — the wind may blow through it — the storm may enter — the rain may enter — but the King of England cannot enter — all his force dares not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement!
Speech on the Excise Bill, House of Commons (March 1763)

That little gem is among William Pitt's most famous of speeches, a stirring defense of the right of security within your home against any incursion (whether they be criminals or cops). Only problem is, I want the exact date. So far, nothing has been more specific than just the month and year.

I Googled "the storm may enter the rain may enter", and I thoroughly sussed out Pitt's Wikipedia page, as well as his Wikiquote page. I've searched for Pitt biographies in my local bookshops and libraries, but I guess they're not in much demand here in Texas.

Can anybody tell me what DATE Pitt made this speech?

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