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Tennent, Lord Stanley, and Sir R. Peel—The Motion is rejected by 242

to 157—Thanks voted by both Houses to the Army and Fleet for their

Services in China—Thanks to Lord Ellenborough and the Officers and

Men engaged in the operations in Affghanistan—Moved in the House of

Lords by the Duke of Wellington—Interesting Account of the Military

Proceedings contained in the Duke's Speech—Lord Auckland seconds

the Motion—Speeches of the Marquess of Lansdowne, Lord Fitzgerald,

Marquess of Clanricarde, Lord Brougham, and other Peers—The Motion

is carried nem. con.—A similar Vote is proposed in the House of Com-

mons by Sir R. Peel in a long Speech descriptive of the various opera-

tions in Afghanistan–Lord John Russell gives a qualified support to the

Motion—Mr. Hutt complains of the excesses committed by the British

Troops—Sir H. Hardinge vindicates the Army from the Imputations—

Mr. Hume moves an Amendment which is afterwards withdrawn, and

Sir R. Peel's Resolutions are agreed to without a division—Mr. Roebuck

on the 2nd March moves for a Select Committee to enquire into the

Causes of the Affghan War—Mr. Hume seconds the Motion—Lord

John Russell defends the late Ministry and opposes the Motion—Mr.

D'Israeli and Mr. B. Escott support it—Sir R. Peel, without approving

of the policy of the War, opposes the Motion for a Committee, on the

grounds of public policy—Speeches of Lord Palmerston, Sir R. Inglis,

and other Members—After a Reply by Mr. Roebuck, the Motion is

rejected by 189 to 75 - - -* - - [71

CHAPTER W.

FINANCE.-The Budget—Speech of the Chancellor of the Exchequer—

Observations of Mr. F. T. Baring, Mr. Hume, Sir Robert Peel, Lord

John Russell, Mr. Stuart Wortley, Lord Howick, and other Members

—Discussions on the National Finances in the House of Lords, brought

on by Lord Monteagle, who moves Resolutions—The Duke of Wel-

lington opposes the Motion, entering into details on the subject—Able

Speech of Lord Brougham on the same side—Lord Monteagle's Reso-

lutions are negatived without a Division. SugaR Duties.—The Chan-

cellor of the Exchequer moves a renewal of the Duties of the preceding

year—Mr. Cobden remonstrates against the Expenditure incurred for

the Colonies—Mr. Ewart moves an Equalisation of Duties on Foreign

and Colonial Sugars. The Motion is supported by Mr. Brotherton,

Mr. Williers, Mr. Ward, Dr. Bowring, and Mr. Gibson, and opposed by

Mr. James, Mr. Bernal, and Mr. G. Berkeley—On a Division, the Mo-

tion is rejected by 135 to 50—Mr. Hawes moves to reduce the Duty on

Foreign Sugar to 34s.-Mr. Gladstone and Sir Robert Peel oppose the

Proposition, on the ground of its tendency to encourage the Slave-

Trade—Mr. Labouchere argues in favour of the Motion, which is

rejected on a Division, by 203 to 122. Wool Duties.—Mr. C. Wood

moves for a Committee of the whole House, with a view to their reduc-

tion. He shows the decline of the Trade by Statistical Returns—Sir

Robert Peel alleges the decline of the Revenue as an argument against
Gladstone—The Motion is supported with different views by several o

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