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to bring in a bill for the better were then disposed of, and the
House of Lords, Feb. 27.--The
attended at half-past three o'clock Mr. Brougham gave notice, on at the bar, to hear the royal assent the part of bis honourable friend given by commission to the annual the member for Calne (Mr. Aber- indemnity bill. The commissioncronby), that he would on Tuesday ers were, the Lord Chancellor, the next submit a notion to the house Earl of Shaftesbury, and Lord on the subject of the secret so- Bathurst. cieties in Ireland, called Orange
Eurl Verulam presented a peclubs.
tition against the marriage-act. Mr. M. Fitzgerald completely Ordered to lie on the table. concurred in the propriety of the The temporary marriage-act was motion, and gave notice that be reported, and the amendments would on the same day move for agreed to. The surrogates' licencertain papers relative to the con- sing bill was read a third time. stitution of those sucieties.
The West Indies and American
Mr. Curwen approved of the and the hop duty.
Mr. Curwen and Mr. Bennet Greenland whale fisheries, praying explained.
for some restriction upon the imMr. Ricardo supported the mo- portation of foreign tallow. tion.
Mr. Manning moved that a reMr. Atwood spoke against it. turn should be laid upon tbe table,
Mr. Monck declared his inten- showing the yearly balances contion of voting in its favour. nected with the works of Rams
Colonel Wood thought the mea- gate barbour, from the year 1791 sure likely to unsettle the mind of to the year 1822, distinguishing the country.
the nature of the assets, and their Mr. Hume, Sir T. Lethbridge, disposal. Mr. S. Wortley, and Mr. Leycester, The annual duties bill, the exspoke in favour of the motion. chequer bills bill, and the transfer
'The house then divided :- of aids bill, severally went through Ayes 25 – Noes 78,
majority, their committees. Reports toagainst it 53.
morrow. The utber orders of the day The Scotch creditors' bill was
read a first and second time, and object in now rising was to move ordered to be committed.
for leave to introduce two bills reThe messengers of the House of specting grand jury presentments Lords brought up the surrogates in Ireland. He would, therefore, licensing bill, which was read a move for leave to bring in “ a bill first and second time, upon the to regulate the amount of premotion of the Attorney General. sentments by grand juries for pay
Mr, Bowring's imprisonment.-- ment of the public officers of the 'Lord A. Hamilton rose to bring several counties of Ireland.”. this subject before the house. After Leave given. commenting at length upon the Sir John Newport then moved injustice and hardship of the case, for and obtained leave to bring in he concluded by moving for an a bill to make more effectual address to his inajesty," praying regulations for the election, and to that there may be laid before the secure the performance of the house, a copy
any letter or let- duties, of county treasurers, and of ters addressed to the right hon. officers intrusted with the collecGeorge Canning, secretary of state tion of grand jury assessments in for foreign affairs, by Mr. John Ireland.” Bowring, relative to his imprison- Mr. Thomas Courtenay moved ment in France; together with a for a committee, to which might copy of any letter or letters from be referred the poor-returns for the Mr. Planta, of the foreign office, year ending 25th of March, 1822. with their enclosures, if any, rela- --Agreed to. tive to the same."
Mr. Wilmot moved that Mr. Canning opposed the motion. humble address be presented to his
Sir Robert Wilson thought the majesty, praying ihat he would case should be known, but did not be graciously pleased to give di-. think it demanded national inter- rections that there be laid before ference.
the house returns of all slaves exMr. C. Hutchinson supported ported from, or imported into, the the motion.
West India Islands, the Isle of Mr. Canning explained.
France, and the Cape of Good Lord A. Hamilton, in reply, ob- Hope, since the year 1808, disserved, that when he found it tinguishing the sexes, the numbers admitted that an Englishman had so imported and exported in each been wrongfully arrested, impri-, year, the numbers of births and soned, and persecuted, and had deaths, &c. - The motion was been denied justice or redress, be agreed to. could feel no regret at having Mr. Wilmot then brought up brought his case under the notice various papers connected with the of that house.
registration of slaves in the islands The question was then put, and and colonies, which were ordered negatived without a division. to be laid on the table.--Adjourned.
On the motion of Sir George House of Lords, Feb. 28. Clerk, the weights and measures' Agnew r. Stewart. This was an bill was read a second time, and appeal from the court of session, committed for to-morrow.
Scotland, in which their lordships Sir John Newport said that his had reversed the judgment of the
court below. The case came on again lower price. Leave was then now on a petition, praying their given to bring in the bill. lordships to review their former Mr. Maberly brought forward judgment.
his motion for the repeal of Lord Redesdale said, he was 7,000,0001. of taxes upon the prinfor dismissing the petition.
ciples of the resolutions recorded The Lord Chancellor said, he in his speech of Saturday last. would defer giving his opinion The Chancellor of the Erchequer till Monday.-Adjourned.
opposed the motion. House of Commons, Feb. 28.- Mr. Maberly replied. Petitions were presented upon the Mr. Ricardo approved the mosubject of the local taxation of tion. Dublin, and agricultural distress. Mr. Baring thought the proposed
Mr. Brougham moved for leave plan the lightest bubble ever blown to bring in a bill to extend the in that house. retail trade of beer.
Mr. Tierney opposed the moSir T. Lethbridge supported the lion. motion.
Mr. Calcraft next spoke. The Chancellor of the Erchequer Mr. Tierney shortly replied, had it in contemplation to adopt When the house divided: --Ayes sonje proceedings on the subject. 72---Noes 157— Majority against The chief object which he had in it 85. view was to provide the poorer The other orders of the day were classes with a better beverage at a then disposed of.-Adjourned.
Supplies.- Penitentiary at Milbank.-Duties on East Indiu Sugars.-
Sinking Fund.-Marriage Act Amendment.--Irish Assessed Tares. Church Establishment of Ireland.
Official Reports.—Orange Societies in Ireland.—Commutation of Irish Tithes.---Disposal of his Majesty's Property.--Warehousing Act.-Agricultural Distress.- The King's Library.—Game Laws. — Merchant Vessel Apprentice Bill.-Mutiny Bill. ---Division of Counties.-Ordnance Estimates.--Slave Trade.- Repeal of Assessed Tares.-France and Spain.-- Monument to Lords St. Vincent and Duncan.--Cape Breton.- Beer Trale. -Sundry Petitions, &c. &c.
HOUSE of Lords, March 3.-, which the house had come to :
Agnew v. Stewart.--The Lord but postponed till Wednesday next Chancellor went over the principal giving his opinion on one point. points in the case, and declared The Farl of Shaftesbury prehinself satisfied with the judgment sented a petition from the brothers
and sisters of the free chapel of mittee on the Scotch creditors' bill, St. Catherine's, near the Tower of which was ordered to be reported London, praying for the repeal of to-morrow. that part of the marriage act A conversation passed between 'which related to peculiars.—Re: Mr. G. Bennet, Mr. Peel, and Mr. ferred to the committee sitting on Holford, upon the state of health in the laws relating to marriage. the Penitentiary at Milbank.
The Earl of Darnley moved for Mr. S. Rice presented a petition lhe agreement made with Sir from the tanners of the city of Wm. Bradley King, for supplying Limerick, against the mode of colstationery since the 1st of July: lecting the leather-tax.-Laid on also an account of the supplies, and the table, and ordered to be printed. an average of the prices for the last After some conversation upon
the subject of Mr. Abercromhy's The motion was agreed to, and motion, it was fixed for Wednesthe house adjourned till to-morrow. day next.
House of Commons, March 3. Mr. Whitmore presented a petiA great number of petitions were tion from a number of merchants presented.
and traders, praying for an equali. Sir G. Noel presented a petition zation of the duties of East and from Olive, Princess of Cumber- West India sugars : land, a prisoner in the rules of the grounds, that the reasons of levying King's Bench prison, complaining of the protecting duty had ceased her detention there.
that the advantage is unfair at the Mr. Curteis presented a peti- expense of East India—that keeption from Northiam in Sussex, ing up the price of sugar prevents praying for a repeal of the bop its consumption---that the use of duty.
sugar as a dead weight to ships Mr. Alderman Wood recom- returning from India is essential mended the taking off the duty that the advantage to England of on malt, by which he was of opi- meeting the wants of 100 milnion that more beer would be con- lious is so much greater than of sumed.
7 or 800,000.- Laid on the Mr. Littleton anticipated great table. advantage to the lower classes of On the motion of the Chancellor the people from the relief of the of the Exchequer, the house rebeer duty.
solved itself into a committee of Mr. G. Bennet recommended to supply, for the purpose of consitake the tax off the beer, and lay dering the resolutions for the reit on the malt.
duction of the national debt. Mr. Curteis thought the peti
The Chancellor of the Erchequer tioners were at least entitled to proposed a series of resolutions rea committee for inquiry into their lative to the remodelling of the distress.—The petition was then sinking fund. The resolutions were brought up and read.
as follows. The right hon. gentleUpon the motion of Sir J. Ni- man concluded by nioving the first chol, the marriage act amendinent of them. bill was read a second time.
“ That it is the opinion of this The house then went into a como committee, that the paymen: of
all sums of money which now are thenceforth be set apart and issued, charged upon and issuable out of at the receipt of the exchequers of the consolidated fund of the United Great Britain and Ireland, out of Kingdom of Great Britain and the said consolidated fund, to be Ireland, to the cominissioners for placed to the account of the comthe reduction of the national debt, missioners for the reduction of the should, upon and after the 5th day national debt, the annual sum of of April, 1823, cease and deter- 5,000,0001. to be applied by them mine.
towards the reduction of the na“ That it is the opinion of this tional debt of the United Kingdom, committee, that all capital stock and which said sum shall be and annuities, for terms of years charged upon the said consolidated (save and except the capital stock fund, and be issued by equal quararising from donations and be- terly payments; the first quarterly quests, towards reducing the na- payment to be charged upon the tional debt,) which on the 5th day said consolidated fund on the 5th of April, 1823, shall stand in the day of April, 1823. names of the commissioners for “ That it is the opinion of this the reduction of the national debt, committee, that it is expedient in the books of the governor and that so much of the acts of the company of the Bank of England; 53d and 56th years of his late ma. or of the South Sea company; or jesty, relating to the redemption of the Bank of Ireland, either on of the national debt, as require that account of the sinking fund, or for whenever an amount of capital the purchase of life annuities, funded debt of Great Britain and should, from and after the 5th day Ireland respectively should have of April, 1823, be cancelled in the been transferred to the said combooks of the said banks, and South missioners, as should be equal to Sea company, respectively: and the whole capital, and should prothe interest or dividends, which duce an interest or yearly diviwould have been payable on the dend equal in amount to the whole said capital stock, upon or at any annual charge in perpetual annuities tiine after the said 5th day of April, of each loan contracted since 1786, shall cease to be issued, or to be that a certificate and declaration charged upon
the said consolidated thereof should be made by the said fund.
commissioners of the amount of “ That it is the opinion of this the public debt, to which such cercommittee, that upon the 5th day tificate and declaration should reof April, 1823, or as soon after late, should from time to time be as the same can be prepared, an deemed to be wholly satisfied and account shall be laid before par- discharged, and an equal amount liament, showing the total amount of capital stock, standing in the of the unredeemed funded and names of the said commissioners, outstanding unfunded debt in ex- should be considered to be redeemchequer bills, unprovided for, of ed, and should from time to time be the United Kingdom, on the said cancelled, be repealed. 5th day of April; together with “ That it is the opinion of this the annual charge attending the committee, that no capital stock, or And there shall from annuities for terms of years, which