justification of the proceedings of Lord were the very dregs of society, who, Si. Viicent; which gave rise to a conver when wanted, could not be found, except fation between Mr. Garthshore, Admiral in fetters in some prison. He hoped Berkeley, and Mr. Jarvis.

Gentlemen would consider this monstrous On the report of the Committee of abuse, and give their aslistance in putting Supply, Mr. Vanfittare propoted. a Re it down. lolution respeting the importation of General Gascyne inquired of MiniMalt from Ireland, under a countervail. fters, whether they had come to any final ing duty.--Agreed to.

resolutions relative to the trade and interThe following Refolutions were re course with Malta ; as, if they had not, ported and agreed tu :

it was his intention to give notice of Resolved, "That when the average price fubmitting, before the receis, a motion of raw or Muscavedo lugar shall be above on the subject, particularly as the A& the average price of 355. and hall not concerning Malta would expire next exceed 405. there shall be granted a draw. Tuesday. back of 228. ; from 405. 10 585,

205. ;

The Chancellor of the Exchequer anfrom 58s. to 603.-185.; from bos, to swered, that he was not aware, till the 625.-26.; from 625. to 645.--14$. ; moment of his coming to the House, from 645, 10 665.—125.; from 66s. to that the Act was so near expiring. He 685.--1os. ; from 68s. to 709.--8s. understood, however, that it would be in

Duties on refined lugar exported force till the 28the inftant. When the average price of the hundred Mr. Kinnaird paid fome handsome is above 458. and does not exceed sos.- compliments to the First Lord of the 225. ; frum gos. to 585.-185.; from Admiralty for his endeavours to remedy 585. to 605.-165.; frum 6os. to 645. the abuses in his department ; but he 145.; trom 646. to 66s.--125.; from thought the different Boards had already 66s. to 685—103. ; from 68s. to 70s. power enough to prevent them; and to 38.

ascertain this, he moved " That an Also the following duties on brown humble Address be presented to his Ma: and Muscavedo : - When the average jefty, that he would give orders that price hall be above 358. and not exceed copies of the Patents of Commission of 375. per hundred-498.; from 37s. to the Admiralty and Navy Boards be laid 405.-388. ; from 403. to 445.-36s. į before the House." from 44s. to 48$.—345.; froin 488. to Mr. Sturges opposed the Bill, on the 588.--31s.; from 58s. to 60s.---278. ; ground of its giving too great a power to from 6os. to 645.-255, ; from 645. to the Commiflioners. 665.--205. ; trom 668. to 685.-175. ; Captain Markham said, that unless the from 68s. to zos. 138.

Commissioners had full powers, the Bill Mr. Corry moved, that seed corn be would tall Mort of its object. In proof permitted to be exported to Ireland for a of the abuses, he said, a person who conlimited time.Agreed to.

tracted for cooperage in the Navy lent in WEDNESDAY, DEC, 15.

his accompts, making the total of charge

for cooperage work done 12601. or 10201. The Secretary at War gave notice, When this bill was referred to the prothat after the recels he would bring for- per Officers to investigate and examine it, ward a motion for a Bill for regulating the whole was reduced to 371. It then the Pay, Clothing, and providing for the became necessary to recur to his former Militia, which Bill would be different charges, and he was ordered to attend from that of last year. Inttead of twenty- the Board, and produce his books and one days in a year, they would in future vouchers for all he had done. He did be out twenty-eight days. He then took attend ; but he anretervedly refuted to notice of a cultom which deserved the produce them, and let the Board and the vigilant attention of the House ; namely, publick at defiance. the providing of substitutes by societies. After Mr. Sheridan and other Members This custom, though it had lung pre- had exprefled their opinion of the necera vailed, was nothing more than down- fity of plenary powers, the motion was right swindling : he entered upon a de- carried without a divilion. fcription of these different societies ; and In a Committee of Supply, the Chanwas of opinion, that they were of a very cellor of the Exchequer moved, that the evil tendency, inalmuch as the persons fum of 15,1601. 08. 60. be granted to procured by them to serve as lubititutes make good the like fum issued by his

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Majesty, and not made good by Parlia re-exportation of that 'article, equal to ment. The motion was agreed to. the duty it paid upon its importation :

The Navy Bills Bill was read a third he stated the immense sum which would time, and passed.

be lost to the publick, if this Bill were to THURSDAY, DEC. 16.

pass, besides the effect it would have on The Dublin Bakers' Bill was read a

lugar by enhancing the price of that third time, and passed.

consumed at home in consequence of the The report of the Expiring Laws Bill quantity sent out of the kingdom. The was brought up, and a new Bill ordered remainder of his arguments tended to respecting Malta.

ow, that Parliament ought not to inMr. Sheridan moved for papers re

demnify any set of men who were losers fpecting the Nabob of the Carnatic, par.

by their speculations.-Several Members ticularly “for Copies of the Instructions spoke in favour of the bill; after which from the Governor-General in Council it was read a third time and pafled. to the Governor of Fort St. George, dated

MIDDLESEX ELECTION. the 26th of March 1800 ; with Copies of an Minutes, &c. which gave rise to these

Sir F. Burdett preferred a complaint Inftrutions."

against the True Briton, and read the Relo.

lutions contained in an advertisement in FRIDAY, DEC. 17. On the motion for the third reading of fupport' Mr. Mainwaring's cause by

that paper, the object of which was to the Transportation Bill,

fubicription : he then read two KeloluSir C. Bunbury thought the Bill could tions that he meant to propose, the subnot redress the grievances complained of, ftance of which was, "stt, That after a as there were now 723 prisoners in New. Petition had been received, any applica. gate : 512 of whom were felons and fines; cion tending to prejudice the merits of He thought debtors should not be con.

the case, or prejudice the Members, was fined with felons, nor felons with pri- a breach of the privileges of the House, soners not tried. Several Members expressed similar opic That subscribing money in fupport of a

and a contempt of its jurisdiction. 2dly, nions ; after which the Bill was passed. Petition, while pending in the House, NAVY ABUSES.

was a breach of its privileges."-He Mr. Canning thought the Houfe was then disclaimed any thing perfonal : he too precipitate in pafling this Bill; had no wish to bring any printer to the there were tribunals already perhaps bar, but left it to the House to mark its sufficient to correct the abuses com- disapprobation of such proceedings, conplained of, as a Committee of the House (ulting its own dignity and honour. was the old constitutional check over the Mr. Thornton, whose name was to Public Boards ; and he concluded with the advertisement, briefly vindicated his wishing the Bill to Itand over till after conduct; and conceived himself justithe recefs.

fied, as

an Elector of Middlesex, inz The Chancellor of the Exchequer de maintaining his rights and franchises. fended the measure, on the ground of its By the return of Sir F. Burdett, he had not being a new one; after which the found his own vote, and the votes of discussion of the different clauses was pro. many other freeholders, rendered nugatracted to an extraordinary length, and tory. In consistency, therefore, with his the Bill was ordered to be read a third duty, without any motives of personal time to.niorrow.

hostility to the Hon. Baronet, he had ena MONDAY, DEC. 20.

deavoured to get his valuable franchise Captain Markham moved for an ac. restored. count of the quantity of fax and hemp Lord Hawkefbury considered the first imported during the latt ten years, difin Resolution to be founded on an erroneous guishing each year, and the country from ttatement: Mr. Mainwaring had a Peti. which it was imported.Ordered. tion presented, afcribing misconduct to

The English Militia Amendment Bill his successful opponent. In that Peti. was read a third time, and passed. tion it was observable, that the language

On the order for the third reading of was as moderate as could have been used. the Sugar Bounty Bill,

The Petition was made public, and cirMr. Johnson made fome objections. culated in all parts of the kingdom by the He faid, the obje&t of the Legislature, votes of the House ; and he could not with reipeat to the sugar trade, had comprehend how it was indecorous in always been to grant bounties on the any set of Gentlemen to subscribe to that


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Petition. As to the second resolution, ject respecting which fome erroneous nothe subscribers had a right to call upon tions had been entertained. He alluded others to join them in opinion. He con to a Bill for extending the lyttem of cluded with moving the order of the bonding and warehoning to a number of

articles, to which the Bill existing did Some farther conversation took place ; not apply. He wilhed it to be underand Sir F. Burdett again disclaimed any food, that it was not in contemplation personality; the Resolutions were nega. to adopt any thing like a general Tystem tived without a division.

of free ports, but merely a partial extenTUESDAY, DEC. 21.

fion of the present regulation. To that On the Election Petition on behalf of effect, a discretion would be vested in J. Williams, Esq. being presented, some such hands as the wisdom of Parliament debate took place as to the neceflity of thould think fit, for granting licenses to adhering Arictly to the Grenville Aą , port-towns, enabling them to participate after which the motion for receiving the in the advantages of the intended regulaPetition was negatived.

tion. The Irish Sugar Drawback Bill and He also renewed a notice he had given Provision Importation Bill were read a in the latt Parliament, of his intention to third tiine, and passed.

bring in a Bill for appointing CommirMr. Corry, after a few prefatory ob. fioners to investigate the joint accounts fervations moved for the production of between Great Britain and Ireland. the following Accounts: An Account of He likewise observed, that he mould the Ordinary Revenue, and the Extra- not introduce his proposition for extendordinary Resources.conitituting the Pub. ing the bonding and warehouhng System, lic Income of Ireland, from the 25th of until after his Bill for confolidating the March 1799, to the 5th of January 1800. Cuftoms should have received the appro. Also an Account of a timilar nature, bation of the House. from the 25th of March 1800, to the sth

FRIDAY, DEC. 24. of January 1801 ; and from the 25th of Mr. Irvine presented at the Bar an March 1801, to the sth of January 1802, account of the quantity of Flax and -Ordered.

Yarn imported into Great Britain for the Mr. Corry next moved, “ That there last ten years. be laid before the House a List of the Several Petitions were presented, and Officers whole Accounts have been Au- much private business tranfa&ted : after dited by the Commissioners for Auditing which the House adjourned till the Public Accounts of Ireland. Allo a

MONDAY, DEC. 27. Lift of the Persons accountable before On the motion for reading a second the Commissioners for the Expenditure of time the Navy Inquiry Bill, several Money entrusted to them on account of Members again expressed their sentiments, the Extraordinary Services of Ireland. but particularly Ordered.

Mr. Kinnaird, who conceived the Bill, He next gave notice of his intention to in every respect, unnecessary. move for leave to bring in a Bill, shortly Mr. Sheridan rose, and said, that he after the recess, the object of which had been in the public prints a paper would be, to give to the public creditor (Protett) ligned by fiv Noble Peers, in Ireland a security as folid and as little which he thought a high intringement of Jiable to doubt as that enjoyed by the the privileges of the House ; he therefore public creditor in England. He likewise gave notice that he should, immediately wished to renew his motion for rendering after the recess, make a motion on the permanent those Acts respecting the re. fubject. venue which were voted annually by the

WEDNESDAY, DEC, 29. Irili Parliament.

On the motion of the Chancellor of the The Chancellor of the Exchequer gave Exchequer, that the House do adjourn to notice, in consequence of this last inti. the 3d ot February, mation, that early after the recefs heMr. Elliott expressed his astonishment Mould sobmit a propoñtion to the House, at luch a motion, under the present awful for consolidating the duties of customs. and unparalleled circumftances of the That proposition would not only embrace country : he alluded to the Peace Efab. the plan adopted in the year 1787, but lishment, and concluded with observing, would include several additional articles that Members ought to give their con. w which that plan did not apply. He ftituents some fubftantial reason for taking frvuld alio lubmit a spotion upon a lub their money for such an establishment.


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The Chancellor of the Exchequer jufti- the House speedily after the recera"; as he fied the adjournment on the precedent of intended to make the fubject of this querthat which took place from O&tober till rion the ground of a motion ? February, at the time when our troops The Chancellor of the Exchequer said, were worsted in Holland ; and after an- the subject had been for fome time under swering the arguments of Mr. Elliott, the confideration of the Lords of the concluded with saying, that he saw no Admiralty and of Government ; but he foundation for alarm.

believed it would not be thought necesMr. Windham (poke in his usual man. ary to bring it forward. ner ; the object of his remarks was, to Mr. Alexander gave notice that he censure the Peace Establidhment.

should hortly after the recels, bring forThe motion was then carried.

ward a measure for the improvement of Admiral Berkeley wilhed to know, the town of Belfalt. whether the laws for the regulation of The House then adjourned to Thursa Ships of War were to be brought before day, the 3d of February.



tons of Helvetia. The substance of On Sunday, the 12th December, a that letter is as follows:

Deputation from the Republic of “ The present critical situation of the Valais was prelented to the First Helvetia demands from all parties an Conful. It conlisted of Citizen An- entire sacrifice of their factious and toine Augustini, Grand Bailli of the selfish passions. The First Consul will Republic; Jacques Quarteri, Vice- fulfil his engagements, and restore Counsellor of State ; and Pierre Jofeph tranquility to Switzerland. He ex. de Rudmatten, Ex-President of the pects the Deputies to aid his intentions.

Tribunal. The Grand Bailli delivered Switzerland is a country diftinguithed an address upon the occasion ; after from all others by the peculiarity of its which he prelented a law of the Va. local circumstances. Ic is formed for a lailan Diet:

Federative Republic by the very hand Art. I. Bonaparte, First Consul of of Nature. Circumstances had there the French Republic, and Prefident of established Sovereign States among the Italian Republic, is proclaimed, in others which were dependent. Other the name of the Valaisan People, Re. circumstances have introduced a gene. storer of the Independence of the Re- ral equality of rights. There are in public of the Valais.

Switzerland both pure Democracies II. The homage of the present Law and Governments engrossed by parti. fhill be conveyed to him by a Special cular families ; both cannot continue Deputation.

to lublift together. The three princi. III. The present Law shall be print. ples on which alone tranquility can be .ed, published, and posted up, and re. l'e-established, are these : a general published every year, on the sth of equality of rights among all the eighteen September, the Anniversary of the Cantons; an entire renunciation of all Proclamation of the Independence of Aristocratic Family Rights; a Federathe Valais.

tive Conformation in respect to each Given in the Diet at Sion, the 28th particular Canton. After the Canton of October 1802, &c.

Thall have been constituted, the courle All the Swiss Deputies having ar- of the central Government will be easy. rived in Paris, were,' by a Commision The revenue, the military force, the of four Senators, requested to meet on political administration, will be difthe joth of December, in the Office of ferent in different Cantons." the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Bar- . The letter continues_" It is the thelemy, one of the Senators of the duty of the French Government to Commission, withi Roux and Roderer, take care that there (hall not be formed its Secretaries, there communicated to on that open frontier of the French them a letter froni the Firtt Consul, Republic a fyltem hoftile to it. A dated St. Cloud, Dec. 1o, and addresled Government must be eltablished in tu che Deputies tromu tiie eighteen Can- lielvetia, such as, in its fpirit, may



be always friendly to France. The mangled. In one of his hands was a First Consul will take into due con- large lock of hair grasped, with a part fideration whatever plans thall be com of the skin to it, supposed to belong to municated to him from the Deputies, one of the villains. This was taken to whether individually or collectively.' the Municipality, who embargoed all

After this letter was read, Citizen the vellels between Calais and BouBarthelemy signified that the Firit logne. The diligences were examined, Consul was ready to recive a Deputa- and every one obliged to take off, his tion of five of the Deputies.

hat; but the moniters were not dir. · The interview between the five Hel. covered. A person arrived in England vetic Deputies and the Firft Consul about a week ago, to communicate the lafted nearly two hours. Bonaparte act to the English Police. The Mayor told the Deputies, that the descendants a powerful man ; he was very of William Tell ought neither to know much cut; and by the hair which he the restraint of chains, nor the pay- appears to have torn from one of their ment of taxes. He added, that Swit- heads, it is evident he made resistance. zerland ought to be independent with He bore an excellent character, and respect to her internal affairs, but not was much esteemed. in her relation to France. He added, The brother-in-law of the First Con. with peculiar emphasis, that the Swiss ful, General Leclerc, died at St. Do. must enter into no treaty with Eng. mingo on the 2d November, after an land.

illness of ten days ; and his embalmed General Andreofli, who served with reinains have arrived in France with Bonaparte in Egypt, has written an Madame Leclerc. It appears that the interesting. Treatile concerning the affairs of that quarter have been dreadNatron Lakes. In this he has intro- ful; but that after the death of Leclerc duced accounts of the several Convents they had assumed a more favourable in Egypt, described the poverty of their complexion. General Rochambeau Monks, and their continued warfare had been appointed the fucceffor of with the Arabs.

Leclerc, who, previous to his deceale, The portrait of the First Conful on had made every neceiliary arrangement horseback, painted by David, has been for the civil and military government given to the foldiers of the Invalides. of the inland. The cannon of their hotel were to be In confequence of the representafired on the 19th at noon, as a rejoic- tions of the Batavian Executive to the ing for the receipt of fo valuable a pre- Chief Consul, General Montrichard, fent.

who commands the French troops in Horrid Circumstance.--At a small vil. Holland, has been directed not to place lage between Marquise and Boulogne, any garrison in the Hague, but to fix in France, a written paper, with three his head-quarters at Breda. fignatures, was carried to the house of Letters from Genoa, of Dec. is, the Mayor, appointing a meeting upon mention the fuddlen demolition of more business, in the evening, at a fixed than two-thirds of the village of Villaplace. A neighbour obferved three guardia, near Oneglia, by a convulsion men at the door, and the Mayor to go of the earth, which took place in the out, leaving at home his wife, daugh. following manner :-The village was ter, niece, and a maid servant. Early compotect of about eighty dwellingthe next morning, a nephew of the houles and 400 inhabitants. It stood Mayor's calling, found the door open, on the slope of a hill, in high cultiva. and upon entering, fiiit beheld 'the tion, and abounding in springs. On maid murdered in the pallage; the the evening of the 22d of November, mother and daughter dtad in one two apertures were convulsively made room, and the niece a corpse in an. in the ground near the village church. other. As soon as he could recover It rained all that night. At day-break, himself, he, with the affittance of a on the 23d, an enormous mass burit neiglıbour, searched the house, when down from the summit of the bill, it appeared nothing had been taken brought before it all the surface earth, away. The written paper was found, and tell upon the houses. The roof of containing the three signatures, which the church was first demolished, then induced the nephew and the neighbour fifty-seven of the houses met the same to proceed to the itated place, when overthrow. In the night of the 23d, They discovered the Mayor, miferabiy the ruins were reinoved to the distance

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