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averse to the most liberal principles (Sidmouth), might have been better of toleration. Whilst the spiril of acquainted with the rule of order, the constitution allowed the catholics than to accuse the catholics of a the fullest and purest principles of want of patriotism, merely because toleration, it forbad that they should they persisted in claiming what apenjoy political power.
peared to them to be their due. The The Bishop of Bangor said, that noble lord then read a paper pubwith every wish and desire to pro- lished by the English catholics, dismote the principles of toleration to claiming all the mischievous docthe utmost extent, he must still ob- trines imputed to them, in which ject to the motion.
they were joined by the Irish cathoLord Hutchinson thought the mo- lics, and concluded by observing, tion of his nuble friend, to refer the that there could not be a libel urged matter of this petition to a com- against them, to which that paper mittee, was highly just and proper, was not a complete answer. and as such it had his hearty con- Lord Mulgrave was extremely currence.
sorry that a question of this kind was Lord Stanhope, in allusion to what brought forward at a time when so had fallen from a right reverend pre- many dangers were to be apprelate, admitted that a million sterling hended, from exciting a spirit of disa was a great deal of money to pay content among the Irish people. annually to him and his brethren. Lord Buckinghamshire referred to As to the mistranslation of the a variety of publications to shew the Bible, the papists were not perhaps spirit and character of the proceedso far wrong, as respected the early ings of the catholics. He highly versions. The garbled manuscript coinplimented the noble baron (Grenin the British Museum was a proof ville) for the ability he had displayed of this. The parts improperly trans- in submitting the petition to the atJated baving been written in a dif- tention of the house ; but added, ferent ink from the true and genuine that he should most decidedly op. passages. Time had consumed one pose its being referred to a committee. of the sorts of ink, and the whole The Duke of Norfolk supported imposition was detected. But the the motion. bishops were very eager for unifor. Lord Erskine insisted that the mity; where was that uniformity in the petition ought to be considered in a church of England, when the differe committee, and introduced into high ences in the Common Prayer Book of speech many arguments, both from Cambridge and Oxford amounted only constitutional law and national poto three thousand, six hundred, and licy, in support of his opinion. upwards ! All the bishops ought to Lord Hawkesbury was satisfied that be ashamed of themselves. He nothing could be more impolitic begged pardon for saying all. One than giving countenance to the prerespectable prelale (Norwich) had sont petition in the manner suggested. made a most logical, sound and Lord Holland spoke most ably for. liberal speech on the present occa- two hours in support of the petition. sion, and had been most miserably Lord Auckland spoke against il. answered by the priest who spoke Lord Suffolk argued in support of it; Jast. When the privileges of ihree and Lord Grenville closed the debate millions of people were under consi- by a short speech in reply. At nearly deration, it was scandalous tu be five o'clock the house divided on the reading anonymous libels against question, Contents 74-Non-conthem. He should have thought, tents 116. that the noble lord on the cross bench
Saturday, May 28.
R. Strachan, at the time of the esThe Hon. H. Erskine made a very cape, of the Rochefort squadron ; ingenious speech in favour of Gen. which escape, he contended, was owW. Ker, one of the claimants to the ing to Sir Richard not being able to Roxburgh property.
keep his station off the enemy's port, Monday May 30.
for the want of provisions and water. On the motion of Lord Auckland, He moved several resolụtions, exprescertain papers were ordered, with sive of censure upon the board of the view of shewing the actual state admiralty for neglecting to send supof the trade and commerce of the plies to our blockading squadron. country since November last; and Mr. W. Pole, denied the charge on the motion of Lord Bathurst, si. of negligence, and endeavoured to milar returns were ordered to be made prove that, so far from Sir Richard for the two last years.
Strachan experiencing any want of The assessed taxes bill was read a provisions, he, in his pursuit of the third time; as was the Indictment enemy, actually passed the Ferrol bill, after some altercation, principal- blockading squadron, our fleet ott Jy between Lords Ellenborough and Lisbon, and Gibraltar, without askStanhope, the numbers being Contents ing for supplies, or intimating the 19, Non-contents 6.
want of them.--The escape of the Tuesday, May 31.
enemy was entirely owing to the weaThe Duchess of Brunswick's An- ther, which would not permit our nuity bill was read a third time and squadron to lie before Rochefort. passed.
Şir C. Pole totally differed from The Duke of Norfolk objected to the Hon. Gentleman who had just the amendments on the Irish glebe sat down both as to the facts themhouses bill, on the ground that they selves, and the inferences which ho might endanger the rejection of it in drew from them; he read extracts the other house; it was, however, froin many different letters, by which read a third time.
he shewed, that the fleet off RocheWednesday, June 1.
fort were very badly provided, and The Interment bill was read a se- could not have followed the enemy cond time, after a few words from more than three or four days. Lord Lauderdale, who thought the The house divided:- For the prepresent an unnecessary addition to vious question, 146; against it 69. our statute book, as the case alluded
Tuesday, May 10. to might, with great safety, be left to The Chancellor of the Exchequer the feelings of individuals.
delivered to the house a message from Thursday, June 2, and Friday, his Majesty, which was read from June 3. T'he bills were read in their the chair, and was to the effect folstages, and the Royal assent was given lowing: by commission to the assessed taxes 6 G. R. His Majesty finds it neces bill, the Indictment bill, and about sary to acquaint the house of coinmons, 30 other public and private bills.-- that in consequence of the disastrous
defeat of the Prussian armies in 1806, Adjourned to Wednesday the 8th.'
attended with the melancholy death of. the then reigning Duke of Brunswick,
and the subsequent occupation of his HOUSE OF COMMONS. territories by the French, his majesty's
sister, the Duchess, and widow of that Monday, May 9.
late illustrious Prince was compelled to
seek an asylum in his majesty's domini. Mr. Calcraft called the attention ons; and immediately on her arrival, d the house to the situation of the an establishunent was provided for her muadron under the command of Sir royal highness suitable to her exalted
rank, and proportioned to her extraor- ber of curacies. Considering the bill dinary misfortunes, out of his majesty's therefore dangerous in principle, licivil list revenue.-His majesty, there mited or uncertain in benefit, and fore relying on the attachment and lic
inefficient in its professed object, he berality of his faithful commons, recomniends to them to make such permanent
should support the amendment. provision for her royal higliness as is best The Chancellor of the Exchequer suited to the honour of the country and said, that all the interference with the dignity of his majesty's throne.” the property of the church that this
Ordered to be referred to a com• bill exercised, was, to take care that mittee of supply.
the duties annexed to that property In a committee of ways and means, from its origin should be performed. & resolution was agreed to, granting in giving exemption from residence a duty of 2s, on every pound weight to the incumbent, the legislaiure of corks imported into Great Britain. ought to provide for the performance
On the motion of the Chancellor of of the duty. He was an anxious the Exchequer, for the re-commitment friend to the church establishment, of the stiPEN DIARI CURATEs bill, and contended that the present bill
Lord Porchester strenuously ob- was friendly thereto ; taking only jecied to the principles of the mea- one-fifth of ihe income to provide for sure, and moved as an amendinent the performance of the duty, in case " that the bill be re-committed this of the absence of the incumbent, “ day three months."
could not possibly be injurious to the Mr. Windham said he had given a establishment. Providing for the full consideration to this subject, and maintenance of the curate sufficientthe result was, that the measure was. ly in one parish, would provide for dangerous in principle, and would the administration of the duty better be inefficacious in operation. It had than is there was a necessity to adtwo prolessed ends, to enforce the minister to many parishes for a supresidence of the clergy, and to make port. a provision for curates. The ends The Solicitor General observed, were good; but the question was, that the legislature had always aswhether the means were such as the sumed and exercised the right of prohouse ought to resort to. He pro- viding for the sufficient exercise of ceeded to argue with great ability the clerical duties: unless the cu• and at much length against the vari- rates who had to perform those du• ous provisions of the bill, dwelling ties should be raised above indigence, with great force upon the dangers they could not be respected, and of such legislative interference with could not exercise with authority the the property of the clergy, and of in- importaut functions of admonition novation upon the principles of our and reproof, which were the most church establishment. He agreed beneficial of the clerical attributes. with his noble friend (Lord Porches. The public being a hird party, which ter) that only a small proportion of paid the money and was to receive curates would be effected by the ope- the service, had a right to intei fere ration of the measure, and of those, in the arrangement between the orbet many had good friends, other means, parties, and to take care that the and other avocations. He agreed service should be satisfactorily pero also with him that the bill would on- formed. Jy increase the large prizes in this lot- Doctor Luwrence spoke against the tery without diminishing the blanks, bill, and Mr. Whitbread in favour of and have the effect of increasing the it: after which a division took place, candidates for orders, without adding when there were, for Lord Porches to, but rather by lessening, the num- ter's amendment 11, aguinst it 94.
The bill was consequently ordered don, with power to assemble the to be re-committed on Friday. other commissioners to review their
Wednesday, May 11. proceedings, and to correspond with On the motion of the Chancellor the tax office. The number of the of the Exchequer, it was agreed to London commissioners was to be ingrant the annual sum of 10,000l. to creased, and there were provisions the widow of the late Duke of Bruns- for removing doubts on different wick, for the support of her neces- points. Leave was given to bring in sary state!
the bill. The Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir F. Burdett called for the admoved for leave to bring in a bill vice of the house how he should. for regulating the collecting of the act in regard to the verdict given assessed and property taxes. The against him in the court of King'sobjects of the bill were to provide Bench, at the suit of the high bailiff for an uniforin execution of the law of Westminster, which he conceived in different districts ; to prevent to be a breach of the privileges of vexativus surcharges on the part of the house, the officers ; and to procure the Mr. Perceval was of opinion that more speedy collection of the re- no relief lay but by moving for a venue. With a view to this last new trial great object, it was proposed, that The Speaker advised the hon. bathe collecting should begin after the ronet to wait till some practical conappeals on the original assessment sequence arose from the decision, were heard and determined, and the and then apply to the house. period for bringing these appeals was Mr. Barham rose to bring forward to remain as before. And with re- a motion respecting the appointe spect to the appeal on surcharges, ment, or rather the rumoured apa longer period was to be given, pointment of a learned civilian (Dr. which might easily be done, as the Duigenan) as a inember of the revenue would begin to be collected privy council of Ireland. After sooner than before, when none took some very pointed observations on place, till all sorts of appeals were the pertinacity of ministers in perdisposed of. The punishment of sisting in this appointment, which an officer for vexatious surcharges was odious to the Irish people, and was a point with regard to which improper in every lighi in which it great caution was necessary, as it could be viewed, he concluded by was to the activity of these officers moving an address to his Majesty that we were to trust for the preven- for a copy or copies, of all correytion of evasions. He meant to pro- pondence belween the lord lieutepose, that the person aggrieved nant of Ireland and the home secre. should, on bringing an action and tary of state, touching the appointproving a vexatious surchage, re- ment of Patrick Duigenan, doctor cover a penalty of 1001. or 3 times of laws, as a member of his Majesthe amount of the assessment, at his ty's privy council in Ireland. option; that he should besides have A debate ensued in which Mr. double costs, and that the officer C. IV'ynne, Sir J. Newport, Mr, Tierconvicted should be ipso facto Jis- ney, Sir R. Williams, Lord H. Petty, charged. No grievance had been Mr. Curwen, Mr. W. Smith, and Mr. so seriously felt as the various me- Windham, spoke in favour of the thods in which the act had been exe- motion; Sir A. Wellesley, and J. C. cuted in the different districts. To Beresford, were against it. - The remedy this, it was intended to ap- house divided, when the numbers point special commissioners in Lon
were, for the motion 104,-against 41, against 146. The chairman ree it, 174.
ported progress and obtained leave Thursday, May 12.
to sit again on Monday. In a Committee, on the claims of
Monday, May 16. John Palmer, Esq. of Bath, (the Sir A. Wellesley moved for leave gentleman who originally planned to bring in a bill to amend the 46th the better conveyance of letters by of the King, allowing the volunteermail.coaches, but whose claims for ing of the Irish militia into the line. compensation, further than a stipu. Leave granted, and the bill brought lated pension which governinent in, and read a first time. allowed, had been hitherto resisted)
Tuesday, May 17. it was moved, that's Mr. Paliner Sir T. Turton entered into a long was intitled to li per cent. on the detail of the usurpation of the East improved revenue of the post office," India company connecied with the which was carried, on a division of Nabob of Arcot's territory; but 137 to 74.
since the Marquis Wellesley's arriFriday, May 13.
val in India, in 1793, it was deterMr. Perceral in a committee, mo- mined that the Carnatic should cease ved a resolution permitting the hole to be an independent province, Acders of 3 per cent. stock to transfer cordingly, the Nabob Omdut ul Omthe same to the commissioners for rah, a young Prince of 17 years of paying off the national debt, for the age, was seized by a body of the purpose of procuring annuities pro- company's troops, and deposed; and portioned to the quantity of stock his cousin, Azeem ul Doulab, placed transferred. --After some conversa- on the throne, as more pliant and tion the resolution was carried. agreeable to the views of the gover
In a committee it was resolved to nor-general. The unfortunate Prince permit the exportation of sugar and was ihen confined to his palace by coffee from the West-Indies in Bri- the usurper, and in less than a year tish shipping to certain parts of Eu- he was no more. The hon. baronet горе.
asserted that there was no ground The house went into a committee for suspecting the Prince of holding on the local militia bill. Anamend. correspondence with those who were ment was introduced making it com- inimical to the company, and he pulsory on ininisters to act upon it had rigidly paid them his tribute. immediately, or as soon as possible. Sir Thomas read the various letters
Sir J. Montgomery proposed an that were necessary to support his amendment to the effect of taking arguments, and concluded by moall young men from 18 or 19 to 25, ving a string of resolutions, conto have them trained for 3 months demning the administration of Lord the first year, and for a shorter pe- Wellesley, as governor-general of riod each year afterwards, as they India. advanced in proficiency; and when On the question being put, Mr. they had passed the age of 25, then Wallace rose, and stated, that though to be exempt from service. In this the facts advanced by the bon. baroway the whole of the young men in ihe net were partly true, still it did not country would soon be trained, and follow as a consequence that all at a small expence to the nation, as these transactions, in which the they would have fewer wives and Marquis Wellesley had been engage children to provide for. --A division ed, were dictated by crooked policy, took place on this amendment, which or that they were intended to create was negatived, the numbers being disturbances in India. After read
ing a variety of documents to preve