The Duke of DevONSHIAE seconded the of Bedford, the Marquisses of Downshire motion.

and Lansdowne, and Lords Somers, Moira, The Marquis WELLESLY defended the Gray, Darnley, Erskine, Carysfort ; and conduct of the Duke of Richmond and the opposed by Lords Aberdeen, Westmore. Irish Administration, and declared his land, Buckinghamshire, Sidmouth, Mulconviction that none of them would have

grave, and Liverpool. attempted to stand between the king and Upon a division, the motion was nega. his subjects. The Government, however, tived_162 to 79-Proxies included. had been advised that the assembly of the s delegates was contrary to law, and that opinion had been declared correct by the

HOUSE OF COMMONS. Court of King's Bench. Whatever feelings we may have towards the admission of

Friday, Jan. 10. Catholics into Parliament, did their Lord.

THE CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER, in ships mean to say, that an assembly, con moving the thanks of the House to Lord sisting of Prelates, Nobility, and Electors Minto and Sir S. Auchmuty, for their serfrom different counties, was a fit assembly to vices in the East, stated that the merit of be sitting in Ireland after the Union ? This having planned all the expeditions, bewas not a question merely of religious in- longed solely to the former. After nodulgence, but whether every State was ticing, in terms of high praise, the con. not justified in restraining what was in. duct of Commodore Rowley in wresting jurious to the State. He held all restraint the superiority from the French in the Into be evil,—but the danger on the other dian scas; the gallantry of Sir .S. Auchside may be greater ; and if so, hold to muty, Colonels Gillespie and M‘Leod, the your restraints. A Noble Earl had said, latter of whom died in carrying a redoubt, this was a question of State. Let them he inoved, first, That thanks be voted to abate the question of right on one side, and

Lord Minto for the wisdom and ability the fury of zeal on the other, and consider with which he had applied the resources it equally. He had considered, that the entrusted to him, to the destruction of the best mode of disarraying the disaffected in French power in the East Indies ; stating that country, would be to remove the further, that the brilliant successes which þond that holds them together.-The re had attended our arms were. owing to that strictions embodies them all-it these re vigorous system of operations which he strictions were removed, the different had so wisely adopted and pursued. classes, the army, the navy, the law, &c. Mr Sheridan thought that the merits would separate, and be looking to their

of Lord Minto had not been made out; no own individual interest. How far they necessity had been stated for the Noble should be removed, or what security Lord'accompanying the expedition, and should be acquired from the Catholics, he superintending the military and naval opewas not prepared to say.-Would it be rations in person. He disapproved of this said the Catholics enjoyed no privileges, civil controul, which was too like the system no power or weight in the State ? No one adopted by the French in the revolution. could say they did not ; they were admit: ary war, when civil deputies from the conted into the army, into the navy, and in- vention were sent to superintend the comto the law, and he was of opinion, that manders of armies. It was confessed that though there was no Popish Pretender re Lord Minto had undertaken the expedition maining, yet that so large a body were not contrary to the advice of every person, 'to be released from all restrictions, and even of Admiral Drury hinself. He then admitted into the body of the State, with stated that greater dangers never encom. out considering what security should be re- passed any army than these in which Sir *quired for the preservation of the esta S. Auchinuty had been involved. That galblished religion. He would advise them, lant General had no alternative but a distill the time arrived when they might be graceful and precipitate retreat, or an asadmitted, to consider what security they sault by storm, in which the safety of the had to offer that they would conduct whole army was at stake. He concluded themselves as good and peaceable subjects, by stating, that he thought justice had not and, by dutiful submission to légal autho- been done to Commodore Rowley, who, rity, pave the way for their admission to by rallying our broken force in the Indian those privileges in which they were so seas, paved the way for the subsequent "anxious to participate. The motion was supported by the Duke Messrs Yorke, Ryder, Freemantle, Grant.




ment :

find Elliot, supported the motion ; which after the 31st of December 1812. A third was opposed by Messrs Whitebread, P. resolution went to subject sugar-wash to Moore, General Tarleton, and Sir H. the same duties as were paid on cornMontgoinery

wash. A fourth went to impose an addiThe motion was afterwards carried with. tional duty of 121d. per cent. on all foreign out a division, as were separate voies of spirits imported, with the exception of thanks to the officers, soldiers, &c. einployed in the expedition to Java.

The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER then Votes of thanks to Commodores Brough. stated, that he did not purpose that, the ton and Rowley were likewise carried. prohibition should extend to Ireland, and

that of course it would be necessary, that Tuesday Jan. 14.

a suspension in the intercourse in spirits DISTILLATION FROM GRAIN.

should take place between the two counOn the motion of Mr Perceval, the tries. House resolved itself into a Committee, to take into consideration the subject of dis

Thursday, Jan. 16. tillation from grain. He began by calling

The House having gone into a commit. the attention of the House to the act passo tee to consider so much of the Regent's ed last year for the encouragement of agri. speeck as related to the King's establishiculture, by permitting spirits to be distilled from corn; and which act also tended to en The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER, in courage the distilleries, and increase the re a speech of considerable length, proposed Tenue; he must, however, now state, that his plan for the new arrangement. It will the failure of the crop last year made comprize 28 officers, including four Lords it necessary to adopt another measure, for of the bed chamber, four Grooms of the the purpose of stopping distillation from chamber, seven Equerries, with the Groom corn, so as to reserve the grain in the of the Stole at its head, and in his absence, conntry for the food of the inhabitants. the Vice-chamberlain-The king's private In the the month of October last, the property is to be invested in three Comprices of grain had very considerably risen. missioners, one of them a Master in It was known to every body, that the crop Chancery. The whole additional annual was a very scanty one; and this scarcity, expence to the nation is estimated at added to the diminished supply likely to L. 70,000. The whole of his Majesty's be received froin foreign countries, had household is to be under the control of the giren just grounds to the distillers them. Queen, who is also to receive the annual selves to expect, that a suspension of the sum 'of L. 10,000, in consequence of his law for permitting distillation from grain Majesty's decreased establishment, chiefly must take place. In order, bowever, that in horses and carriages. His Royal Highneither the distiller nor the revenue should ness the Prince of Wales is to be allowed suffer, it was his intention to propose an

L. 100,000, to reimburse his expences as additional duty of Is. 8d. a gallon on spi. Regent, since he took upon him the duties rits distilled from sugar; and also a duty of that office. The Right Hon. Gentleman of !21d. per cent. additional on foreign spic concluded by moving resolutions to the rits. The latter was for the encourage effect of the above statement. ment of the English distiller. For the Mr PonsonBY could not see in his Ma. same purpose there should be a duty of 5d. jesty's situation, what required a large es. a gallon laid on Scotch spirits, and a pro- tablishment about his person. He also Libition against the importation of spirits objected to the sum of L. 100,000, profrom Ireland. He concluded with moving posed to be granted to the Prince Regent, 1 resolution, that from the 5th February to cover the cost incurred by the assump1812, to the 5th of December next, no tion of the government ; as, in the last spirits be distilled from wash made of Session, the Prince declined any assistance com.

on that account. He therefore hoped the The resolution was agreed to.

Hon. Gentleman would pause, and enter Several other resolutions were then ad. into further explanations, before he preOpted, the substance of which were,-- That cipitated his measure. it should be lawful for the Prince Regent, Mr TIERNEY objected to the establishwith the advice of his Privy Council, by ment of a second Court, as a thing unProclamation, after the 31st of October, known in the Constitution; and which 1812, to permit the distillation from grain, he considerd às set on foot for the putor to continue the suspension for 30 days' pose of creating a separate influence. As


to the appointment of a commission to speech, by concluding, from all that he take care of his Majesty's private property, had said, that the fund was contaminated ; Parliament had no more to do with it that it had its origin in violence and fraud; than with the property of the king of and that in its maturity it gave protection France

to inferior agents in similar courses ; and A desultory conversation ensued between that throughout it was most suspicious. Mr Sheridan and Mr Perceval; when, the He called on the House to look to what resolutions were put and agreed to. might ensue from permitting it to remain Friday, Jan. 17.

on its present footing. Look to the dread. The House resolved itself into a com

ful consequences if ever it should happen, mittee of supply, in which, upon the mo

which he would not suppose probable, but tion of Mr Yorke, the sum of L.3,345,861,

which was possible, that a monarch of

this country'should hereafter exist, who was voted for maintenance of seamen and

had the misfortune to have an adviser, ill marines for 1812, L. 3,500,000, for wear and tear of the navy for the year 1812; acquainted with the principles and anaand L. 649,750, for the Ordnance service. logies of the British constitution, or car. On a motion of Mr Secretary Ryder, a

ing little about either ;. not having studied

the character and temper of the people, mended by Mr Abercromby, a committee

or disregarding their rešentment ;, rash was appointed to inquire into the state of

enough to consider boldness as the surest the nightly watch, and the police of the : metropolis.

way to power, and blinded by his avarice,

so as to be desperate eņough to venture on Monday, Jan. 20.

so dangerous a career-if ever it should The House went into a committee of happen that the crown was cursed to have, supply, and voted L.100,000 to the Regent,

and to listen to such a minister, as Charles for the expences he has been at, in conse- the Second had-listened to Lord Shaftsquence of his assumption of the exercise bury, only look at the fearful result ; at of the royal authority. Mr Tierney and

the ruin of commerce, at the loss of ho.Mr Whitbread' objected to the grant, nour, and the degradation of the English without a message from his Highness; but character for ever. (Hear!) Only suppose their objection was overruled.

that such men might ever exist, and that

a Prince might be advised to acquire a perTuesday, Jan. 21.

sonal, uncontroled property, at the same Mr BROUGHAM rose to call the attention risk with regard to America, tha Charles of the House to the subject of the droits of I1. gained by the Dutch war, what ruin Admiralty, which were deemed to be of every description would be the consevested in the crown, and which at pre- quence ? and yet gentlemen opposite ar. sent' amounted to not less a sum than' gued, that all this might be done by law L. 8,000,000., Mr Brougham very for- and the constitution, even without that cibly expatiated on the danger to the con- mockery of responsibility-an act of in. stitution from such a sum being vested in demnity. He did not mean to say, that the crown without any accountability he thought these events likely ; but simithere was no safeguard against its being lar occurrences had once taken place; it portioned out amongst undeserving favou- was possible they might again happen, rites or mistresses ; it might, in short, be against which it was the duty of Parliaconverted to any use, public or private, ment to provide. - . He was now done ; and harmless or dangerous, and more espe- thanking the House for the attention with cially was it of the worst tendency, as it , which they had 'honoured him, apologized made it the interest of the crown to levy for the length at which he had detained war in a way least consistent with its own them. Again he called on them to pause, honour, or that of the country, and with. before they voted any increase to the civil out that frank, honourable, open declara- list. The constitution knew of but one tion of hostilities, which, until lately, coursema limited monarch, with a fixed had been thought consistent with old Eng. expenditure, settled by Parliament, to lish faith. (Ilear, hear, hear !) The which he was accountable. He concluded Dutch war, in the reign of Charles II. by moving several long resolutions, agreepresented the worst, most infamous, and ing with the tenor of his speech . degraded specimen of this system, (with " That all other funds in possession of the exception, perhaps, of the attack on the crown, otherways than by grant from Copenhagen, and the Spanish frigates.) Parliament, applicable, in the manner The Hon. Gentleman finished an eloquent pointed out by them, and to be accounted


fer to them, was contrary to the constitu to consider whether any reformation is netion, and full of danger to the rights and cessary to be made therein and to report liberties of the people; that it was the their opinion to the House." duty of Parliament to investigate these ac The question having been read from the counts of the droits of Admiralty, and chair, a debate ensued, in which Sir W. to appropriate them to the public ser Scott allowed that some abuses had arisen vice," &c. &c.

in the inferior courts,; but contended that Mr BRAND seconded the motion, which it was impossible to prevent them in every was opposed by the ministerial side of the instance. House, chiefly on the ground of the anti Sir S. ROMILLY explained the dreadful quity of the droits.

consequences attending a sentence of exOo a division, there appeared for the communication. It prevented the parties Jesolutions, 38 against them 78 Ma affected by it from being witnesses or suitJority, 36.

ors in courts of law, and thus deprived him An amendment of Mr Tierney's was also of all protection for person or property. Jest on a division of 94 to 36.

King James I. had sent a message to Par

liament for remedying the evils then felt Wedncsday, Jan. 22.

from excommunication for slight offences, Mr Luskisatos brought up the report of but from that day to this nothing had been the distillery suspension bill.

done in the business. The case of the peSir J. NEWPORT objected to the clause titioner was fully sufticient to prove the which prohibits the importation of spirits oppressive effect of this mode of punishfrom Ireland, as a breach of the union, 'ment. She had suffered two years impri

Mr Sinclair opposed the bill altogether, sonment for applying a vulgar epithet to 2 as hurtful to agriculture.

woman who kept a house of ill fame. Sir G. CLARKE wished the Scorch distila

After some further discussion, in which lers to be charged with duty in the same Sir J. Nicholl, Mr W. Smith, the Attormode as in England, and brought up a ney General, and others, took part, Lord clause for that purpose.

Folkstone withdrew his motion, in conseIt was opposed by Mr Perceval, and quence of Sir W. Scott having undertaken rejected.

to bring in a bill for reforming the proThursday, Jan. 23.

ceedings in the Ecclesiastical Courts; and

- the consideration of the particular case beThe bill for preventing distillation from 'fore the House, was deferred to a future grain was read a third time and passed.


Friday, Jan. 24. On the motion of Lord Folkestone, the The House went into a Coromittee of Suppetition of Mary Anne Dicks, now im- Ply, and the following sums were voted ... prisoned in the gaol of Bristol, in conse L. 1250'to Captain Manby, for his Life quence of a snit in the ecclesiastical court, Preserver. was read.

L.4699. 4s. for the repairs of Henry the Lord FOLKÅSTONI then rose to submit Vilth's Chapel. his protnised motion relative to the Eccle Mr Wharton then moved, that L.10,057 siastical Courts. The inquiries which he should be granted towards detraying the had made since the petition of Mary Anne expences of erecting a bridge over the river Dicks had been put into his hands, had Eden, at Carlisle. cup vinced him that it was not a particular Sir John Nawront roke to object to the grievance to wbich he should direct the grant. The people of Curuberland had no attention of the House, but to a system of higher claim to the publio money than any proceedings, from which similar severities other county. were daily emanating. His Lordship en. Mr WHARTON and Sir Jaxse GRAAM tered into a detailed history of the rise and observed, that strong representations had progress of the spiritual jurisdiction in this "heen made on this subject to the Commitcountry, and then cited a variety of cases tee by the Scotch, and particularly by the of individual oppression, resulting from Irish Members : and the purpose of the the perversion of the sentence of excom. intended bridge, said Sir James Graham, munication from its avowed purpose, which was to facilitate the entrance of the Irish was pro salute animæ. He concluded with Members into the British Parliament.moving, "That a committee be appointed (A laugh.) to enquire into the state of the jurisdiction Mr WUTBREAD, in reply to what had of the Inferior Ecclesiastical Courts, and fallen from Sir James Graharn, observed,

that it was curious that the bridge, which his leave of that House, and of the publie, had been allowed to be wide enough for he hoped it would not be considered prethe passage of Scotch Members, and Scotch sumption in him to say, that he believed cattle, should be too narrow to admit the he had acted with honesty to the public passage of the Irish Members.--( 4 and fidelity to his Prince. He felt he Zaugh. These latter gentleman were in- could carry with him into his retirement deed of great weight, but he had not been the proud but delightful consciousness of aware that their breadth was such as to re- having acted right. quire a bridge of ampler dimensions than the Scotch. (A laugh.)-At any rate he

Tucsday, Jan. 28. could not conceive why the county of Cuni. Mr Sinclair presented a petition from berland should be particularly favoured; the freeholders of Caithness, praying for and the present principle, if extended, an alteration in that article of the Union, would put in the hands of Government the by which they are entitled only to be repreerection of all the bridges in the king sented in Parliament alternately with the dom.

Stewartry of Bute. The petition was orAfter some discussion, the Committee dered to lie on the table. divided, when the resolution was carried

Wednesday, Jan. 29. by 35 to 27.,

On the motion of Sir John Newport, Monday, Jan. 27.

leave was given to bring in a bill to ascerOn the motion for going into a commit. tain the population of Ireland. tee on the royal household bill, Mr Tier

After some opposition from Mr C. ney opposed the Speaker's leaving the Hutchinson, on nearly the same grounds chair. He argued against the principle as those already before the public, his Maand various clauses of the bill, as uncon- jesty's household bill was read a third time stitutional, and also injurious to the hon- and passed. our of the Prince Regent. In these cen. sures he was joined by Mr Whitbread, Mr

Friday, Jan. 31. Ponsonby, and some other members. Mr Lockhart brought forward a motion They were answered by Mr Perceval, who for a Committee, to inquire if any and was joined by Mr Adam, the Prince's Chan. what persons becoming bankrupt can sit cellor, and on a division, Mr Tierney's mo- in that House, which was negatived withtion was negatived by 141 to 59. In the out a division. committee, Mr Tierney made several ob- An animated debate took place in conjections to points of form, which were sequence of the rescinding of so much of a overruled by the proper messages, and the former order respecting the return of Poconsent of the Prince Regent ; and all the lice Magistrates, as required them to give clauses, were passed, with only one divi. in their present qualification ; which had sion of 105 against 33.

been adopted on the motion of Mr SecretaMr Adam explained the origin of certain ry Ryder, on the ground that each Magis. debts which it appears the Prince of Wales trate, acting without such qualification, beconsiders himself bound in honour to ing liable to a fine of L. 100, it would cause "pay, although not legally compellable ; many of them to criminate themselves, and to this purpose it is intended to apply which was a principle unknown in English the 70,0001. per annum which is left to - law. Sir F. Burdett, in moving for the his Royal Highness, by his exchequer re- restoration of the order to its original form. venue. The Honourable Member conclude contended, that there had been many tery ed by saying, that this last duty to his improper appointments of Police Magis. Royal Master was the last of his own pu- trates, and conceived that this was the onlitical life. Affairs, it was of no conse- ly way to rectify the abuse. The motion quence to the world to know, drew him to of Sir Francis was lost hy a majority of 57 the labours of his profession. In taking to 7.


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