Pagina-afbeeldingen
PDF
ePub

The house divided - For the in which it was opposed by Lords amendment, 26-For the bill, 21. Grosvenor, Aberdeen, &c. and was

The other orders of the day adjourned till next day.--Adjourned. were disposed of, and the house ad- House of Commons, June 30.journed.

Mr. S. Wortley moved the order of House of Lords, June 30.-The the day on the sale of game bill, Earl of Liverpool moved the second for the purpose of postponing it reading of the several bills for till next session.— Agreed to. amending the criminal laws, which Mr. Hume presented a petition had been brought up from the from a person named Mitford, House of Commons. His lord- praying an inquiry into the state ship, at the same time, explained of private madhouses, which was the nature of each bill; and they supported by Mr. Hobhouse. were all read a second time, and Mr. Brougham defended the ordered to be committed to-morrow. conduct of Dr. Warburton, and

Mr. Lennard brought up from thought such petitions must be the House of Commons the felo de received with many grains of alse abolition bill.

lowance. Mr. P. Moore brought up the

Mr. G. Bennet knew many of Southwark Court of Requests bill the facts stated by that writer to from the House of Commons. be false, and hoped he would be

The house having resolved it- prosecuted: he wished, however, self into a committee for legalising for inquiry. marriages in Russia,

Petition ordered to be printed. Lord Holland expressed his wish Several petitions were presented that the Bill had extended to the against slavery-against the asmarriages of British subjects by sessed taxes—and for a repeal of the chaplains of all our ambassa- the combination laws. dors abroad.

Mr. Kennedy moved the third The Lord Chancellor had been reading of the Scotch juries bill, fifty years in the profession, and which was opposed by Lord Binhad never heard any lawyer ex- ning, &c. press a doubt on that subject, nor After some debate the house dihad his lordship any.

vided-For the bill, 56-Against Au address was voted to his Ma- it, 21. jesty on the pension of the late The house then went into a comLord St. Vincent being settled on mittee on the Irish distilleries bill. his successor, of which some doubt -To report to-morrow. bad arisen from the union with On the motion of Lord Nugent, Ireland.

the house went into a committee on On the motion of Lord Liver- the English Catholics elective franpool “the bill for appointing com- chise bill. missioners to enquire into the state Messrs. Banks jun, and sen. opof appeals from Scotland," was posed it, as leading the way to adread a second time, and ordered to mit Catholics into parliament. be committed.

Mr. Peel could not allow this, On the noble lord moving that and saw no objection to the meathe house sit five days in a week to hear such causes, a debate arose, Mr. Butterworth opposed it warmly-denied that the Catholics. The Chairman (Mr.Brogden) inwere a whit more liberal than for- terfered, and order being restored, merly, and felt much alarm from the house divided-For the bill, 89 the countenance given to Jesuits in - Against it, 30. these kingdoms.

warmly

sure.

Mr. Goulburn moved the third Mr. Hume protested against reading of the Irish insurrection such intolerant language, and act. After some opposition from thought the Protestant Jesuits much Mr. G. Bennet and Mr. Denman, more to be dreaded-he meant the the bill was read a third time and Methodists--the greatest enemies passed. of the church of England.

The Irish unlawful oaths bill Mr. Butterworth, in return, ac- went through the committee withcused Mr. Hume as the abettor of out alterations. Carlile's opinions.

The King's message on Lord Mr. Hume denied this with St. Vincent's pension was agreed great warmth, and amidst loud to, and the house adjourned. cries of order.

CHAPTER V.

Appellate Jurisdiction.-Supply.- Prosecution for Infidel Publications.

The Budget .- Baron O'Grady.-East India Trade Bill.--Slave Trade Consolidation Bill.--Scotch Entails.-Irish Insurrection Act.-Marriage Act Amendment.New South Wales.-Land Tax.-English Catholics.-Jurors Qualification.- Court of Chancery.-Scottish Law Commission.--Illegal Ouths (Ireland) Bill. --Slaves at Honduras. Churches in Ireland.-Silk Manufactures.--Highlands Church Bill.

Sundry Petitions, &c.--Prorogation of Parliament. HOUSE of Lords, July 1.--Mr. the London Bridge bill and the

Brogden, accompanied by seve- beer bill. ral members of the House of Com- On the motion of the Earl of inons, brought up the Scotch com- Liverpool, the beer bill then went missary courts, Highland churches, through a committee pro forma, Irish insurrection, and Scotch jury and the third reading was fixed for courts bills, wbich were read the Friday next. first time.

The second reading of the Irish On the motion of the Earl of insurrection act was fixed for FriLiverpool, the five bills for modi- day next, on the understanding fying the criminal laws went that no discussion should take place through committees, and were re- on that day. ported without amendments.

The appellate jurisdiction bill Petitions were presented against went through a committee.-Re

port

com

port ordered to be received to- Mr. Bankes's amendment was morrow,

then agreed to without a division. The order of the day was then For the amendment, 80—For the read for the house resuming the original motion, 54. debate on the resolutions relating Upon the resolution for granting to the alteration of the standing 9,2301. for building churches, and order of the house, fixing five days for purchasing glebe for the clergy instead of three days in the week in Ireland, for bearing appeals.

Mr. Hume said he was The first and second resolutions pelled to divide the house upon were put, and agreed to without a this item, for which he thought no division.

sufficient reason had been given by On the third resolution, which ministers. went to make the attendance of The gallery was again cleared peers compulsory on the hearing of for a division. For the resolution, appeals,

65--Against it, 35. Their lordships divided -Con- The other resolutions were cartent, 27—Not Content, 11.--Ad- ried without a division, journed.

Mr. Brougham again presented House of Commons, July 1.-On the petition of George Rowan, after the motion of the Chancellor of the having inquired into bis character, Erchequer, the report of the com- and having found that he was a man mittee appointed to consider his of veracity and good reputation, majesty's message relative to the and one whose statement, prima pension of Viscount St. Vincent facie, he was bound to consider as was received; and a bill was or- entitled to credit. But here he dered to be prepared accordingly. must observe, that, ou presenting a

Petitions were presented against petition, a member could not be the reciprocity duties bill—for re- held answerable for the accuracy of form in parliament.

its contents. If he believed the Mr. Lushington moved that a party to be entitled to credit, he sum, not exceeding 40,0001. should was bound to present the petibe granted for the new buildings tion, and could be held answerto be erected at the British Mu- able, in the same seum for the reception of the Royal if he stood up in his place in library.

parliament and made the same Mr. Bankes wished to add, as assertions on his own authority. an amendment, “and that this He had done all that he could sum be granted without fee or de- effect, by cautioning the petitioner duction."

that in making a charge against Mr. Croker rose to move an any member he was bound to make amendment to the words of the good his charge, or he must preresolution, " That it is expedient, pare to suffer the punishment before any buildings are undertaken, which awaited a breach of privithat a general design and estimate lege. He moved that the petition should be prepared under the di- be brought up; and upon the next rection, and subject to the appro- motion for laying it upon the table val, of the Lords of the Treasury." there would be opportunity enough

for

manner

as

He was

for particularly discussing the con- not go into court with a better tents of it.

chance in his favour than under a Mr. C. W. Wynn opposed the prosecution by the Attorney-Genebringing up this petition.

ral, in pursuance of a vote of the Mr. Brougham hoped, although house. He thought, notwithstandin point of strictness he was not ing the difficulty which he ad. entitled at this moment to reply, mitted, the house could not refuse that he should be allowed to add a lo receive the petition. When a few words. He was fully aware of day should be fixed for its future the difficulty of turning the course discussion, the Attorney-General of the criminal law into this house. might be directed to prosecute, But there was another and not a and thus the difficulty would be got less important difficulty--that the rid of. house of commons should avoid Mr. Wynn said that the house, the imputation of being too slow being the guardians of the public in receiving charges against its purse, could not discharge that own members. Here was a dis- duty without proceeding as they tinct charge of the abuse of patron- had done in the case quoted by his age by a member of a county. In the hon. and learned friend. case of Lord Melville, he had been Mr.Maurice Fitzgerald rose with censured by the house for an indict- great pain to speak of the conduct able offence, and the house had of an honourable gentleman who afterwards directed his prosecution was bis own colleague. by the Attorney-General, although compelled to do so in consequence that mode of proceeding was after- of an allusion which had been wards abandoned for that of im- made to him in the speech of peachment. His right honourable his hon. and learned friend on friend would say that this was in Friday last, and which had been his office of public treasurer ; but made public in a paper distinthere was another case — that of guished by the fairness and abiThomas Ridge, a member of the lity of its reports.

He (Mr. house in 1710, wbo was a brewer Fitzgerald) had been applied to and a contractor with the victual- by his hon. and learned friend as to ling board; but not, therefore, a the character of the petitioner; and public functuary. He contracted feeling that he had no right to reto furnish 8000 tuns of beer, and fuse the information required, he delivered only 3000, having receiv- communicated it in the following ed payment for the whole. The terms, which bis honourable friend house examined into the charges, had read in the house :-"I know expelled the member, and followed Mr. G. Rowan; he is a relative of that proceeding by an order to the mine. I never heard any thing Attorney-General to prosecute; so against him, except the charges on that he was sent upon his trial, which he was dismissed from his not only with the vote of the house situation; and whatever was the about his neck, but under the ad- merit of the charges against him, ditional weight of their sentence of there can be no doubt that they expulsion. Of so little importance were prosecuted from the most did he (Mr. Brougham) consider base and treacherous motive. lle this, that he thought a man could is a clever and at the same time a cautious 'man.” He added, how- and he wrote confidentially to a ever, that as there had been elec- friend of his, Colonel Church, detion jealousies between bis friends siring he would have it understood and those of Colonel Crosbie, he that he was no party to the affair. wished to avoid any interference in He concluded by saying that the the business, and particularly re- charge had given greater pain to quested that his name might not no individual (his hon. colleague be mentioned. Whether this did excepted) than himself. He trustor did not preclude his honourable ed that he had now removed the imand learned friend from mentioning pression which the partial quotahis name, the house would decide; tion of his letter had occasioned. bui he must now state it was his Mr. Brougham explained. intention that he should not do so. Colonel Crosbie expressed himNot that he had wished to conceal self perfectly satisfied with the exbis having given the petitioner's planation of his honourable colcharacter, but he wished not to lend league, which had removed the imany corroboration to the charges pression caused by reading the which had been made. In this speech of the hon, and learned spirit he wrote the letter which gentleman. had been quoted, and in this spirit Mr. M. Fitzgerald said, that the be wished it to be carried into the phrase “ base and treacherous," house. He was satisfied that his applied only to the means by explanation would be sufficient to which the charges had been pregentlemen who heard him, on ferred, and were adopted from a whatever side of the house they former petition which had been sat; because he knew that personal presented in 1819. They referred feelings in matters so delicate as to a person who had formerly been that of which he was speaking were employed in the petitioner's serheld by them paramount to all po- vice, not to his hon. colleague, litical inclinations ; but it had been not to the persons by whom the hinted to bim that it might else- petitioner was tried, and least of where be believed that the petition all to the Government by which bad been caused by him. To those he had been dismissed. who knew him it was enough to

cautious

After a few words from Mr, Peel, say that such an imputation must the petition was brought up and be, of its nature, false. If he had read. thought it necessary to make any On the motion that it be laid on charge, he should not have dis- the table, graced himself by adopting any in- Mr. Wynn opposed it, and redirect means.

So far from en- commended that the petition should couraging the charge, he had abs- be withdrawn, and placed in the tained from all correspondence hands of the proper officers. with the petitioner, whom he had The house they divided, and the not seen for some years; and he numbers for laying the petition on had not replied to his letter, be- the table were-Ayes, 26–Noes, cause he knew that in the 51. The petition was therefore county in wbich they both resided rejected. any correspondence would be con- . Mr. Brougham said, if the petistructed into an encouragement, tioner should askhis advice as to 1823.

2 B

his

« VorigeDoorgaan »