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should be glad to have an explana. part, the petition was ordered to be tion. The noble Earl said there printed. was not any secret article which Mr. Canning rose to name the contravened the engagements of the precise day on which he would lay public treaties ; what he would ask before the house the course of policy was this—were there any secret which bis Majesty's government articles which extended or gave had been pursuing with respect to greater force to those engagements ? foreign powers. The first open day

The Earl of Liverpool said, he after the recess would be, he behad no hesitation in answering the lieved, the 14th of April ; and by noble lord in his own words—that that day he should probably have there was no secret article to extend received the King's commands to or give greater force to the engage- lay the necessary documents upon ments which would be found in the the table of the house. Being upon papers in the possession of the house. his legs, the right bon. gentleman

The conversation then dropped, continued, he would just beg to and the house adjourned to the 10th confirm an answer which he bad of April next.

given on the sudden to a question House of Commons, March 26.- the last evening. Upon an accuThe Speaker was summoned to rate examination of all the treaties attend in the House of Lords, to by which the English government hear the Royal assent given by com- was bound, he found that bis answer mission to several private and other of the preceding evening, although bills.

given on the instant, had been perPetitions were presented against fectly correct ;-there was no oblithe Roman Catholic claims—the gation existing between this country insolvent debtors' act--the repre- and France, or with respect to sentation of Sligo-the taxation of France, other than was to be found Dublin—the injury sustained by in the treaties laid upon the table of alterations in the currency--the Parliament at the conclusion of the Irish liven duties.

war-treaties which, of course, were Mr. Dawson laid on the table the open to the general inspection of reports of the Royal Society relating · honourable members. The oblito gas.—Ordered to be printed. gations which did exist were con

Mr. S. Rice brought in a bill for tained in two stipulations—the one the better regulation of charitable rather of a negative than of a posiloan societies in Ireland.—Read a tive character, to wit, “ that the first, and to be read a second time Allies should resist the occupation on the 14th of April.

of the throne of France by any part Mr. Croker postponed his motion of the Buonaparte fainily;" and the relatiug to the British Museum. other, that “ in case of any revo

Mr. Hume presented a petition lutionary movements taking place from Mary Anne Carlile, praying in France, the Allies should consult for a remittance of her fine.---After and concert with each other” a very long argument, in which the what was to be the result of such Attorney-General, Sir T. D. Ac- consultation not being in any way land, Mr. Peel, Sir F. Burdett, Mr. stated. Will erforce, and Mr. Wynne took Sir Robert Wilson begged to know

whether year 1815.

whether the first stipulation men. moved " that there be laid before tioned went distinctly to the exclu- the house, a copy of any warrant, sion of the whole Buonaparte family. granted by the Crown, in the year He himself had only been able to 1822, authorizing any person or find a stipulation against the occu- persons to elect magistrates in the pation of Napoleon Buonaparte. borough of Inverness, in the room

Mr. Canning said that the agree- of those recently displaced by proment, as he had stated it, would be cess of law.”—The house divided, found in the treaty of Paris of the for the motion 31, against it 49.

The Chancellor of the Erchequer Mr. Warre believed that he per- on his legs. He said, that by an fectly understood the statement of order of the house made about two the right bon. gentleman (Mr. Can- years ago, it was declared that no ning); is so, it referred peculiarly address to the Crown, having relato the treaty of Paris of the year tion to any expenditure of public 1815. Would the right hon, gent. money, should be considered, exthen allow him to ask (in order that cept in a committee of the whole he might distinctly see the situation house. In conformity with this orof the country) whether any thing der, he should now therefore move, had taken place at Aix-la-Chapelle that the house resolve itself into a in the year 1818 to alter the posi- committee, for the purpose of contion or relations wbich had been sidering of an address to his Maestablished in 1815? He knew, jesty, praying him to give direcgenerally, the nature of the trans- tions for the erection of two public actions in 1818, the protocol, the monuments, to the memory of the declaration, and avowal of the sen- late Earl St. Vincent and Lord timents of the English government, Duncan. and of the Allies; but he wished The Speaker having left the chair, to ask if any thing had taken place and the house being in committee, at Aix-la-Chapelle, in the way of The Chancellor of the Erchequer agreement or stipulation on the part moved “ that an humble address be of this country, beyond a confirma- presented to his Majesty, praying tion of the treaties of 1815?

that he would be graciously pleased Mr. Canning replied distinctly, to give directions for erecting, in the that the country stood upon the cathedral church of St. Paul, a motreaties alluded to, of the year 1815. nument to the memory of John He had merely troubled the house Earl St. Vincent, as a testimony of upon the subject, because, having his distinguished eminence in the on the preceding evening answered naval service of his country, and as from memory upon a very compli- a particular memorial of the imcated question, he thought it right portant victory which he gained to say, that, upon examinatinn, he over the Spanish fleet off Cape St. found that he had answered cor- Vincent, on the 14th of February, rectly.

1797." Lord A. Hamilton moved for The next resolution, worded in leave to bring in a bill to abolish a similar manner to the foregoing, the inferior commissary courts in proposed," that his Majesty should Scotland.—Leave given.

give directions for the erection of a Lord A. Hamilton afterwards monument in St. Paul's, in comme

moration those

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moration of the victory gained by had not. There had been no recent Lord Duncan over the Dutch fleet, depredations committed. on the 11th of October, 1797.” Leave was given to bring in the

Sir I. Coffin and Sir G. Cockburn bill. The house adjourned. expressed their perfect concurrence House of Commons, March 27.in the motion, and eulogized the Mr. Curwen moved for a return character and talents of Earl St. of the number of gallons of spirit Vincent.

distilled in Ireland in the years The resolutions were then agreed 1821 and 1822, and down to the to, and the house resumed.

present period of 1823; and of The military and naval pensions the amount of duties paid upon bill was read a second time, and or- the same.-Ordered. dered to be committed on the 10th Petitions were presented against of April.

the coal duties, and from the seMr. Huskisson moved for leave cretaries of the grand jury of to bring in a bill to consolidate the Monaghan, Ireland, for an increase existing acts relative to the regis- of salary. tration of shipping. He would not, Sir J. Newport brought up the at that late hour, enter into a state- report on the Irish county treasument of the alterations which he in- rers' bill. The farther considetended to propose; that he would ration of the report was fixed for do at a future stage of the measure. the 14th of April, and the bill, He would content himself with stat- as amended, was ordered to be ing that his object was to obviate printed. the difficulties wbich were attend- Mr. Thomas Courtenay brought ant on the execution of the exist- in a hill to amend the laws relative ing acts.

to the maintenance and support of Dr. Lushington approved of the the poor.—Read a first time, and intention of the right honourable ordered to be read a second time gentleman.

on the 28th of April. Sir G. Cockburn took the oppor- Mr. T. Courtenay moved for a tunity of informing the house, that variety of returns connected with government bad on that day re- oru trade to the East Indies and ceived information of the manner in China : among others, for which the pirates, who had been “ An account of the shipping, captured in Jamaica, bad been number of ships, and amount of disposed of. Three of them had tonnage cleared outwards and inbeen executed; two others bad been wards, from Great Britain to the condemned to death, one of whom East Indies and China, and from was pardoned on account of the hy- China and the East Indies to manity he had displayed towards Great Britain, for the three years English prisoners, and the other last past, ending the 5th of January was respited, in order to afford him 1823."-Ordered. an opportunity of proving an alibi. “ An account of the exports of

Mr. Hume asked whether the all goods exported in such shipmen who had been executed had ping to the East Indies and China, been punished for recent depreda- during the last three years, ending tions.

5th of January, 1823, distinguishSir G. Cockburn replied that they ing the exports to China from

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those to the East Indies."--Or- of bounty paid thereon.”-Ordered. dered.

Mr. Birch moved for returns, "An account of all British ma- containing an account of the cusnufactured goods exported by the toms duty paid upon raw and East India company, during the thrown silk, from the 5th of Janusame period, to the East Indies, ary 1822 to the 5th of January distinguishing those exported as 1823; also for an account of the merchandise for sale, from those amount of drawback allowed on exported as stores."-Ordered. the export, during the same pe

"An account of all goods, the riod, of such goods.-Ordered. produce of China or India, im- Sir Robert Wilson presented a ported into England, during the petition from Southwark against three years ending 5th of January West India slavery, which the 1823, and afterwards, exported, honourable member supported by distinguishing the produce of an eloquent speech. China from that of India,” &c. &c. After a few words from Mr. -Ordered.

Canning and Mr. W. Smith, the On the motion of Mr. Sykes, a petition was ordered to be printed. bill to amend the act of George Mr. Canning moved that the III., respecting justices of the house adjourn to this day fortnight. quorum, was read a first time, and Lord A. Hamilton rose to obordered to be read a second time ject to the motion : he thought, on the 14th of April.

under the peculiar circumstances Mr. Alderman Wood moved that of the country, and of the Contithere be laid before the house a nent, the adjournment too long, copy of Mr. Trimmer's letter to and moved as an amendment that the commissioners of woods and this house do adjourn till Monday forests, respecting certain slate- se'nnight. quarries in the possession of — In this he was supported by Dawkins, Esq.-Motion agreed to. Mr. James Macdonald and Mr.

Mr. Masterton Ure (having Warre. adopted the recommendation of The question was then put, and Mr. Hume to insert the words, the amendment was negatived. " and the amount of bounty paid On the question that the landfor the same," moved for the fol- tax commissioners' bill be read a lowing return :-“ An account of second time, the quantities of herrings and Mr. Hume said a few words, other fish exported from Great expressive of bis wish that the Britain to the West Indies, during treasury should immediately inthe last ten years, prior to the 1st struct the commissioners that none of January 1823, distinguishing of their clerks should, in future, each species of fish, and the quan- receive any of the undue, illegal, tities, the ports from wbence they and improper fees bitherto taken. were exported, the places to which Both the commissioners and their they were so exported, and the clerks were liable to prosecution in amount of bounty paid for the every parish where the exaction same; also, a like account of the was made. exports of fish froin Ireland to the After which the bill was read & West India islands, and the amount second time.

On upon then.

On the briuging up of the re- Mr. Lushington said that the port upon the monuments to Earl trade of the beer shops would not St. Vincent and Lord Duncan, be such as to claim exemption for Mr. Hume remarked upon the their shop-wiudows; but soldiers extortionate charge for admission certainly would not be billeted at Westminster Abbey.

The beer duties bill being in Mr. Lennard gave notice, that committee,

he should move on the 22d of Mr. Bernal begged to ask whe- April, for a committee on the subtber the houses wbich sold the ject of the county court of Midnew beer were to be liable to the dlesex. billeting of soldiers, and whether Mr. Hume gave notice, on the their shop-windows were to be ex- part of Sir Henry Parnell, of a empted from the window-tax. If motion relating to steam-boats, for the new beer shops were to bave the 22d of April. this double exemption, the keepers The house adjourned to Thurs. of public-houses would feel them- day the 10th of April. selves hardly dealt by.

CHAPTER III.

The Catholic Question.— Irish First Fruits.-Crown Prisoners.- Registry

of Vessels Bill. Military and Naval Pension Bill.Irish Estimates. Militia Reduction Bill. Foreign Affairs.- Attorney-General of Ireland.— The Foreign Enlistment Bill.Catholic Claims. Miscellaneous Estimates.Game Laws.State of the Navy.- Parliamentary Reform.-Dublin Grand Jury.-- Master and Apprentices Bill.-- Bill to repeal Whipping.-Beer Bill.-Dismission of Mr. White.-Sundry Petitions, &c. &c.

HOUSE of Lords, April 10:- of the Union acts relating to cotton

Petitions were presented against manufacturers, and also to glassthe insolvent debtors' act — the the local taxation of Dublin. duty on coals—and for a commu- Mr. Western moved for a retation of tithes in Ireland.

turn of the amount of duties raised A person from the office of the on exciseable articles in the years chief secretary for Ireland pre- 1792 and 1822 respectively, and sented annual accounts. Ad- the aggregate of both years. journed till to-morrow.

Ordered. House of Commons, April 10.- Lord Hotham asked the AttorPetitions were presented against ney-General for Ireland whether the tax upon stones carried coast- it was his intention to bring forwise in Scotland the coal tax- the ward the motion relative to the insolvent debtors' act-- the repeal Catholic question at the time for

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