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TO THE PRINTER OF THE PUBLIC ADVERTISER.
15. October, 1771.
I AM convinced that Junius is incapable of wilfully misrepresenting any man's opinion, and that his inclination leads him to treat Lord Camden with particular candour and respect. The doctrine attributed to him by Junius, as far as it goes, corresponds with that stated by your correspondent Scævola, who seems to make a distinction without a difference. Lord Camden it is agreed, did certainly maintain, that, in the recess of parliament, the King (by which we all mean the King in council, or the executive power) might suspend the operation of an act of the legislature; and he founded his doctrine upon a supposed necessity, of which the King, in the first instance, must be judge. The Lords and commons cannot be judges of it in the first instance, for they do not exist.—Thus far Junius.