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CON T E N T S.

CHAPTER I.

The Catholic Question-Public Conduct of the leading Members of the

Cabinet as to that Measure-Their secret change of Policy-Meeting of

Parliament-Speech from the Throne—The Address

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CHAPTER II.

Bill for the Suppression of the Catholic Association-Dissolution of the

Association-Mr. Peel resigns his Seat for the University of Oxford

His attempt to be re-elected-Defeated in his attempt Ministerial pro-

position for the unconditional removal of Catholic Disabilities–Mr.

Peel's Explanations and Defence of the Measure-Discussions in the

House of Commons on the Proposition-Majority in favour of the Pro-

position-Political Conversions-Introduction and first reading of the

Bill for the Removal of Catholic Disabilities

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CHAPTER ill.

Debate on the Second Reading of the Catholic Relief Bill Speeches of

Mr. Sadler, Mr. R. Grant, Sir Charles Wetherell-The Second Reading

carried-Amendinents proposed in the Bill in the Committee-Aménd-

ment moved, to include the place of Prime Minister among the excepted

Offices-Bill read a third time, and passed by the House of Commons

-Sir Charles Wetherell dismissed from the Office of Attorney General

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CHAPTER IV.

The Catholic Relief Bill moved in the House of Lords-Debate on the

Second Reading_Speech of the Duke of Wellington Amendment, to

throw out the Bill, moved by the Archbishop of Canterbury-Debate

during three Days---Speech of the Bishop of Oxford in favour of the

Bill--Opposed by the Archbishop of Armagh, and the Bishops of London

and Durham-Speeches of the Lord Chancellor, Earl of Westmoreland,

Lord Tenterden, Earl Grey, Lord Eldon-Lord Plunkett--Second Read-

ing carried by a Majority of 105—The Bill is read a Third Time and

passed, and receives the Royal Assent-Unwillingness of the King to

consent to the Measure

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CHAPTER V.

Bill for the Disfranchisement of the Forty-Shilling Freeholders in Ire-

land-Mr. O'Connell claims to sit under the new ActHe refuses to

take the Oath of Supremacy, and is heard at the Bar–The House re-

solves, that he inust take the Oath of Supremacy, and orders a new Writ

for the County of Clare The Marquis of Blandford moves Resolutions

in favour of Parliamentary Reform

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CHAPTER VIII.

FRANCE.—Embarrassed State of the Ministry-Attempt to introduce

Prince Polignac-Partial changes in the Ministry-Meeting of the

Chambers, and Speech of the King-Superiority of the Liberals in the

Chamber of Deputies—Bills introduced by the Ministry to regulate

the formation of the Municipal Councils in the Communes and Depart-

ments—Speech of the Minister of the Interior—The Chamber resolves

to proceed with the Departmental Bill first, in opposition to Ministers,

who are left in a Minority-Proposed Amendments--Division of Opinion

in the Ministry— Amendment to increase the Number of Electors of

the Departmental Councils lost by a small Majority—The Ministry

withdraw both Bills—Impeachment of M. de Villèle abandoned—The

Chamber of Deputies order M. de Peyronnet to be prosecuted for ex-

pending a Sum of Money without a Vote of appropriation-Difference

between the two Chambers on this Subject--Bills for regulating the

Customs, and continuing the Tobacco Monopoly-Distress among the

Vine-growers, and Measures taken for their Relief-Finance-Discus-

sions regarding Foreign Affairs-State of the Ministry at the Close of

the Session-Immediately on the Close of the Session, the King dis-

misses the Ministry, and forms an Ultra-royalist Cabinet-Character of

the new Cabinet and its Members-Unpopularity of the Ministry-Pro-

secutions of the Press—Associations to resist the Payment of Taxes, if

Ministers should attempt to rule without a Chamber-Prosecutions on

account of them-Unpopular Proceedings of the Ministers-Divisions

among them-M. de la Bourdonnaye retires, on Prince Polignac being

made President of the Council-Continued unpopularity of the Minis-

try-Transactions between France and Greece-Quarrel with Algiers.

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CHAPTER IX.

PORTUGAL.-Unsuccessful Conspiracies in Lisbon-Trial of the Conspi.

rators—Miguel alters the Sentence of Banishment into Death, and

banishes those who had been acquitted -Sufferings of State Prisoners-

Confiscations-Attempt of Don Miguel against the Life of his Sister-

Intrigues of the Queen, which lead to partial changes in the Ministry-

Proceedings at Oporto against the Persons engaged in the Military

enterprise of the preceding Autumn-Nine of them are executed -

More bloodshed called for by the Priests, and a new Commission erect-

ed at Lisbon for the Trial of State Prisoners-Its Proceedings are inter-
rupted by a change in the Ministry of Justice-The Queen opposes

CHAPTER XI.

Russia.-Opening of the Campaign between Russia and Turkey The

Russian Fleet takes Sizeboli - The Turks are defeated in an attempt to

retake it—The Russian Army, under General Diebitsch, crosses the

Danube, and marches against Silistria—Skirmishes as it advances—The

Russians invest Silistria- The Grand Vizier moves from Shumla to

attack General Roth--Battle of Eski-Arnautlar- The Russians retire,

and the Grand Vizier besieges Pravadi-Count Diebitsch marches from

Silistria with part of the besieging Army to support General Roth, and

relieve Pravadi-He joins General Roth, and they occupy the Defiles

in the rear of the Vizier, without his being aware of it-Battle of Ku-

lertscha–The Vizier forces open the Road to Shumla, and takes up a

new position–The Russians renew the attack, and the Turks take to

Flight—The Vizier regains Shumla-The Russians offer to open Nego-

tiations Silistria surrenders, and the besieging Army joins Count

Diebitsch before Shumla--The Russians prepare to cross the Balkan,

leaving a Corps to watch Shumla-They effect the Passage of the

Kamtschick, and reach the summit of the Mountain, before the Vizier

is aware of their Movements—They descend the Southern Side of the

Balkan-They take Mesembri, Bourgas and Aidos, defeating, at the

latter, a large body of Turks—They take Karnabut and Sambol, and

push their advanced Guards towards Adrianople—The Vizier leaves

Shumla by a circuitous route, and reaches Selimno on the Road to

Adrianople- The Russians attack the Turks at Selimno, defeat them,

and carry the Town—They advance to Adrianople, which capitulates, the

Turkish Garrison dispersing - The Fleet takes Vassilico, Agathopolis

and Ainada on the Euxine, and a detachment of the Army occupies Enos

on the Mediterranean-Opening of the Campaign in Asia. The Turks

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