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should proceed to the charges on the monstrous, that it was unnecessary to debt, &c. with sinking fund, army, &c. draw the public attention to their proThe whole charge was £.56,000,000. ceedings. The receipts were, he estimated, Customs Mr Peel said, he never knew a man so and Excise, £.37,000,000; Stamps, entirely uninfluenced by any other con£.7,400,000 ; Taxes, £.4,000,000; sideration than the qualification of the Post Office £.1,500,000. Sum total, individual, in recommending to office, as £.57,043,000 ; leaving a surplus of Lord Melville. He would with confi. £.714,579 to be disposed of, according to dence appeal to the judicial appointments the wishes of Parliament (Cheers.) The in Scotland. Mr Baring said, it was well Right Honourable Gentleman concluded known that in this country judicial apby expressing, in an eloquent strain, his pointments, even to a silk gown, could unshaken confidence in the resources of not be obtained without the most abject the country, and in the wisdom of that subserviency to the crown. policy adopted by Ministers, which would The motion was then agreed to, after ensure the right object of Government- a few words from Lord A. Hamilton. the happiness of the people. (The Right CIRCULATION OF SMALL NOTES IN Honourable Gentleman sat down amid
SCOTLAND AND IRELAND. loud and long.continued cheering.) As The Chancellor of the Exchequer soon as the applause subsided, the Right moved, “ that a select committee be apHonourable Gontleman proposed the vote pointed to inquire into the state of the of annual duties on pensions and offices. circulation of notes under the value of
A conversation ensued, in which the £.5 in Ireland and Scotland ; and to re. statement of the Chancellor of the Ex- port their observations and opinions chequer was praised by Sir J. New. thereon to the House, particularly with port, Mr Baring, Mr T. Wilson, and reference to the expediency of applying others. It was commented upon as falla. to those countries the measures now procious by Mr Maberly and Mr Hume. posed to be adopted in England." The resolution was ultimately agreed to, Messrs Gurney, Gordon, and Douglas, and the chairman ordered to report pro. disapproved of the measure. Mr Dungress.
das and Mr H. Drummond approved of 14.-Lord Archibald Hamilton, in it. The latter gentleman warmly dis. presenting a petition from the noblemen, claimed any feeling of any description freeholders, commissioners of supply, and like jealousy of English interference. other inhabitants of the county of La. After a few words from Alderman Wood nark, against any alteration in the bank recommending inquiry, and from Mr ing system of Scotland, observed, that all Wilson recommending delay, the motion Scotland was unanimous in favour of the was agreed to. system as it stood at present, and he was 17.-Mr W. Dundas presented a peti. convinced it would bear the strictest ex tion from 2300 persons of Edinburgh, amination. Mr Abercromby denied that against any alteration of the Scotch cur. the opinions of the people of Scotland rency. Ordered to be printed. Petitions were so unanimous as they were repre. with a similar prayer were presented sented to be, and he could not avoid from Wigton by Mr Blair, and from wondering at the unblushing confidence Bute by Lord J. Stewart. of assertions made by some members on that subject.
that their Lordships had agreed to the Petition ordered to be printed.
Scotch Jurors' Bill. 15.-The Scotch Assault and Battery 20.-The House resolved itself into a Bill was read a second time, and ordered committee on the Assault and Battery in to be committed.
Scotland Bill. The several clauses hayBURGH OF PITTENWEEM.
ing been agreed to, the House resumed. 16.-.Lord Archibald Hamilton moved The report was ordered to be brought up for copies of all papers relative to the dis to-morrow, and the bill to be then read a franchisements of the burgh of Pitten third time. weem.
The House then went into a committee The Lord Advocate of Scotland con. of supply, in which £.13,992 was voted tended that the subject was cognisable by to the British Museum, and various sums a Scots Court of competent jurisdiction, for schools and charitable institutions in and therefore he thought the House Ireland. should not interfere ; but, as far as he 21.-To-day the Commons' select com. was personally concerned, he had no ob- mittee on the banking system of Scotland jection to the return moved for
and Ireland assembled, and was very Mr Abercromby supported the motion. fully attended by members. Mr SecreThe system of Scots burghs was really so tary Peel was in the chair. A witness had been ordered to attend, but he did that line of buildings on the north side of - not appear. After sitting for nearly two the Strand, between St Martin's Church hours, the committee adjourned till to. on the west, Chandos-Street on the north, morrow. As yet they have not examin. and Bedford-Street on the east, as well ed any witnesses. The Edinburgh Water as the tract of buildings between the Bill was read a second time.
Mews at Charing Cross, for the purpose Mr Hume moved for papers respecting of improving the communication between the northern light-houses.
the eastern and western parts of the City The Lord Advocate had no objection of Westminster. After some observations, to the production of the accounts; on in which the opening the Regent's Park the contrary, as one of the Board, he was to the public was mentioned to be im. willing to give all publicity.
possible, on account of the want of drain. Sir J. Yorke said, that the Honourable age, until next year, leave was given to Mover appeared to think that one Board, bring in the bill. Mr Hume moved for instead of three, would do all the work, copies of all the correspondence that had and most satisfactorily, and that the taken place between the Governor and Trinity-House would be enabled to attend Council of Trinidad and his Majesty's to all. He was also of that opinion. He Government, relative to the state of sla. thought the Trinity-House was competent very in that island, and the effects proto do all the duties. He wished some of duced by the order in Council. Mr W. the Scotch jobs were done away with, Horton said, he had no objection to give that they were taken out of the hands of specific information upon any particular the learned Bailies, and consigned to the subject, but he did not think they ought Trinity-House. Sir J. Newport said he to deal in generalities. The motion was had formed part of the Trinity-House then put and agreed to, without a divi. committee, and that instances of wastefulsion expenditure had come before them. Mr. REPORT OF COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY. Ellice thought all the lighthouses ought Mr Brogden brought up the report of to be under one Board. Captain Wemyss the committee of the 17th of March. On said, he should be sorry even to see the the resolution for £.200,000 to complete northern lighthouses under the manage the vote for civil contingencies, Mr Hume ment of the Trinity-House. He could repeated his objections to the diplomatic mention lighthouses, not in the north, expenses of this country, which exceeded more like lanterns and " lobster pots, than by £.10,000, the total civil expenses of any thing else.” Mr Hume said, that America. He moved as an amendment, unfortunately such houses were not under a resolution, condemning the general sys. the Trinity-House management.--Ac. tem of diplomatic expenditure of the counts ordered.
country. After a few words from Mr STATE OF PRISONS IN SCOTLAND. Secretary Canning and the Speaker, as to
The Lord Advocate brought forward the irregularity of the course pursued by his motion regarding the state of the pri. the Honourable Member, the amendment sons in Scotland. Many of them were was withdrawn. The resolution was in a wretched state. Debtors and crimi. then agreed to, as were the other resolunals huddled together in the most repul- tions, scriatim. sive manner, and in a prison sixteen miles The other orders of the day were then from Edinburgh, the jailor was stone disposed of, and the House adjourned at blind, the prison being under the control half-past eleven o'clock. of the jailor's daughter. In that prison 2 2.-Colonel Wood presented a peti. there was a crown debtor for £.7000. tion from 21 Adjutants of militia, comHis Lordship moved for a committee to plaining that their allowance of 8s. a-day, inquire into the subject. Mr Hume se half-pay, after a service of 20 years, had, conded the motion. It would be most by a late regulation, been reduced to 6s. useful. The bad management of the prie a-day, after a service of 30 years. The sons, doubtless, was owing to the few Honourable Member expressed his intenprisoners in them. Mr Peel, said if the tion of bringing the subject before the small jurisdictions would combine, as House, Lord Palmerston presented a. was the case in England, and have one petition from an individual praying an large prison, the several burghs, &c. re- amendment of the law of patents for intaining their jurisdictions, it would be in ventions. The Attorney General said, finitely more satisfactory.-(Hear.) the subject was one of great importance. Each burgh, &c. having its prison, oc. One of the prayers of the petition was, casioned them to be badly managed. that persons should not be restricted to Committee appointed.
the assignment of their patent rights to Mr Arbuthnot moved for leave to bring not more than six persons. That, he in a bill, authorising the purchase of all thought, could be easily remedied. Another prayer was, that the duration of the papers connected with the state of the right might be extended beyond 14 years, slaves in the colonies of Berbice and De. He thought, in some cases, 14 years was merara ; and, in answer to a question by not a sufficient protection ; and he thought Karl Grosvenor, his Lordship stated, that it might be right to leave it to the discre- Commissioners had been appointed some tion of the Crown, as was the case in time since to inquire into the state of the France, where patents were granted for liberated African slaves. Those Com5, 10, or 15 years.
missioners were now prosecuting their SUPPLY.
inquiries, and had made considerable proThe House then resolved itself into a gress. committee of Supply.
NOTES PAYABLE WHERE ISSUED. Mr Hume said, he thought it would 10.-The Marquis of Lansdowne said, be taking the House by surprise to bring that in compliance with the notice he had forward the estimates, without more time given before the recess, he had now to being granted for examination. Mr Goul. present a bill, making notes issued pay. burn moved, that £.25,000 be granted able at the place where they were issued. for the education of the poor of Ireland. He should move that the bill be read a
Mr Hume said, he objected to the grant first time now, and a second time on Friof money to the Kildare Place Society, day, and that the Lords be summoned. as it had not the confidence of the people. Lord Lauderdale' asked whether the bill
The Honourable Gentleman moved that extended to Scotland ? The Marquis of £.22,000 be substituted for £.25,000. Lansdowne replied in the affirmative
Mr S. Rice said, he would at a future Lord Lauderdale said, the effect of the time call for an accurate return of bill would be inevitably to destroy 20 of the number of children at the Society 40 Banks of Scotland. He hoped that Schools.
the bill would not have extended to 23. Mr Hume gave notice, that he Scotland. The bill was then read a first would bring forward a motion, after the time. recess, for an address to the Crown to
PREVENTIVE SERVICE. change the present form of government 11.-Earl Darnley called the attention in Ireland, by discontinuing the office of of the House to this subject. The noble Lord Lieutenant. Mr Peel brought in a Lord alluded to the recent event which bill to amend the laws relating to lar. terminated in the loss of the life of an ceny, and other offences respecting pro officer of his Majesty's navy, by being perty-Read a first and second time, and fired at by one of the men employed in committed. The several blanks were the preventive service. He could not filled up in Committee. The same Right suppose that this man had acted under Honourable Gentleman brought in a bill orders issued, but that it arose more to improve the administration of crimi. from accident than design. The noble nal justice.
Lord then alluded to a record to be found SUPPLY.
in a church-yard in Sussex, of a fisher. The report of the committee of the man who had been hailed, but because whole House being brought up, Mr he gave no answer, was immediately Hume objected to the several votes of shot. He mentioned these circumstances, money for the charitable institutions in to show how harrassing the system was. Ireland, and moved that it was the duty The noble Lord then entered into various of the House to institute an inquiry be details, showing that smuggling, instead fore they voted £.371,589 for that pur. of being suppressed, had been carried on, pose. A division took place, where there on as great, if not greater scale than hereappeared, for Mr Hume's motion, 6; tofore ; and concluded by moving for å against it, 60 majority, 54. The se return of the number of officers and veral resolutions were then agreed to. petty officers employed in the preventive The House then adjourned till the 5th service, and their annual expenditure. April.
Lord Melville said, no one could more HOUSE OF LORDS.-April 5.-Earl sincerely regret the unfortunate accident Grosvenor said, he had a petition to pre which deprived a valuable officer of his sent from the weavers of Macclesfield life, than he did ; but if the Noble Lord against the corn laws. The noble Earl supposed that the man who fired upon vindicated the principles of free trade. the officer in question was acting under Lord Malmesbury said, if persons gave orders, he was quite mistaken. The Noble the subject due consideration, they would Lord concluded, by detailing the stratasee that the landholder ought to be pro- gems resorted to by smugglers, and the tected.
necessity which existed of a suitable viNEGRO SLAVERY.
gilance to keep them down. The Earl 6. Lord Bathurst laid on the table of Liverpool said, that since this system
was established, twelve years ago, this ercised upon slaves, by officers in the isl. was the first accident of the kind that ands, who were themselves interested in had happened. After some farther res slaves. Lord Bathurst said, the cases inarks, the motion was agreed to
mentioned by the Noble Mover were much 13. Several petitions were presented exaggerated, and moved the order of the against any alteration in the banking sys. day. The motion was withdrawn. tem of Scotland and Ireland.
18.A message from the Commons It-Lord Dudley and Ward presented communicated to the House that permis. a petition, praying for compensation, ifsion had been given to Mr Leslie Foster slavery were abolished, from the House to be examined on the coinmittee of inof Assembly in the island of Antigua.- quiry on the banking system of Scotland The petition was referred to the commit. and Ireland. tee.
The Duke of Atholl presented petitions LOCAL PAYMENT OF NOTES BILL. from sundry parishes in the county of
The Marquis of Lansdowne rose to Perth against any alteration in the Scotch move the second reading of the bill banks. . making notes payble in gold at the place 20.- Earl Grosvenor put a question to at which they were issued. He was the Earl of Liverpool (founded upon the aware that the banking system in Ireland, presumption that the fortress of Misso. and Scotland was carried on differently longhi had fallen) as to the future proto that of this country, and, therefore, spects of the Greek population. The Earl he would allow that in each case it might of Liverpool stated, positively, that Misadmit of some exceptions and modifi. solonghi had not fallen upon the date, cations. He concluded by moving that assigned to that event in the newspapers, the bill be read a second time. Lord but declined answering as to the course Rosslyn contended, that if the bill was which the British Government might allowed to extend to Ireland and Scotland, hereafter deem it advisable to take with it would, instead of doing good, destroy respect to two belligerents, both of whom public credit. Lord Melville said, that were at peace with this country, the present bill partook a little of unfair Lord Redesdale presented a very long dealing. Great alarm had been occasion. petition from the gentlemen interested in ed in Scotland by the introduction of this the West-India trade, complaining of the bill; and he would put it to the noble ruinous depreciation of their property, Marquis, whether it would not be pru. produced by the false views of the slave dent, under all the circumstances of the condition forced upon the people of Engcase, to defer it for a time.
land, and the unjust and angry feelings The Earl of Lauderdale opposed the which these misrepresentations excited. bill, and Lord Liverpool supported it.
REVERSAL OF ATTAINDERS. 17.-Petitions against any alteration of 25.-The Earl of Liverpool had some the banking system of Scotland were bills to bring into the House respecting presented from different places in Perth the restoration of some attainted titles ; shire by the Duke of Atholl and Lord and, as their Lordships might recollect, Arbuthnot; from various places in Aber. conversations had taken place in consedeenshire and Ross-shire by the Marquis quence of some doubts entertained as to of Huntly ; from St. Andrew's by the the manner of doing so. The proceedinge Earl of Rosslyn; and from Dumfries by relative to the Airly and Wemyss cases the Marquis of Queensberry. The Mar. had been referred to, and he laid them quis of Lansdowne presented a petition on the table for their Lordships' infor. from the Catholics of Ireland, praying formation. Those upon the case of Lord equal civil rights, which he advocated in Lovat had also been looked into. His a short speech. Earl Grey presented a Lordship then moved the first reading petition from certain Catholics of Ireland, of acts to restore the titles of Lords Duf. praying for the repeal of the bill for sup: fus, Elcho, and Fingask, and of the pressing the Catholic Association ; and Earls of Carnwath and Airly. Read a also one from the parish of St. Audeon's, first time, and the second reading lxed in Dublin, on the subject of Catholic for Thursday next. emancipation generally. Lord Suffield The Duke of Montrose presented a pe. moved an address to his Majesty, praying tition from the Students of Glasgow Col.
that in future no proprietor of slaves lege against slavery. might be appointed to the offices of Go. Lord Darnley wished to know if it was vernor, Chief Justice, Attorney-General, the intention of Government to let the Fiscal, Guardian, or Religious Instructor, Alien Bill expire without introducing in the West Indies. His Lordship prefa. another bill on the subject. Lord Liver. ced the motion with a statement of various pool said it was anusual for a Minister cases of great cruelty and oppression ex. to say whether any bill should expire or VOL. XVIII.
not. This he would say, when the sub. 7.-Petitions against any alteration of ject would come before the House, it the Scotch banking system were presented would meet with the attention it required. from various places in Scotland. PRONISSORY NOTES' BILL.
A message from the Lords requested The Marquis of Lansdowne moved that Sir J. Newport and Mr S. Rice might that the House do go into a committee have leave to attend the Lords' committee on the bill. The Earl of Liverpool said, on the banking system of Scotland and he fully agreed in the principle of this Ireland. bill, but saw very great difficulties in the PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE. practical application of it. He hoped, The Chancellor of the Exchequer mov. therefore, the Noble Marquis would see ed that the House again go into a comthe propriety of postponing the farther mittee on this subject. consideration of the bill till the next Ses. Mr Hume wished to know how the sion of Parliament. The Earl of Lauder new salary of L.5000 was to be paid ? dale objected to the bill in principle, and By the abolition of sinecures, by an apat some length argued to show that its propriation of part of the revenues of the effect would be mischievous as regarded see 'of Durham-a langh) or by abo. Scotland. The Marquis of Lansdowne lishing the sinecure of the Treasurer of supported the principle of the bill, but the Navy? The Chancellor of the Exchewas willing to acquiesce in the suggestion quer did not view the office of Treasurer of the Noble Earl, and therefore he would of the Navy as an office that could be vote that the bill be committed this day safely abolished, or its salary reduced. He three-months, which was agreed to knew such fact, from having held the
28.- The Earl or Roseberry presented office. The Treasurer had many import. a petition from Burntisland against the ant duties, especially regarding seamen's bill for improving the communication wills.' He could not agree to the aboli. between Edinburgh and Fife. Lord Vis. tion of the Treasurership of the Navy. count Melville presented a petition from He hoped the reduction to £.2500 would the Chamber of Commerce of Edinburgh be admitted. All admitted that £.5000 to the same effect. Laid on the table. a-year was not an inadequate remunera. Lord Viscount Melville, pursuant to his tion for the President of the Board of notice last night, brought in a bill to re Trade. Mr Tierney agreed that such sagulate Copartnerships in Scotland.---Read lary was not too high ; but as to the a first time. ..
Treasurer of the Navy, it was an office of ATTAINDERS REVERSED.
great antiquity, trust, and utility. He 27.-The Earl of Liverpool having was not for abolishing the office; nor was moved the second reading of the bill for he for allowing the Government to give reversing the attainders of Earls Airly and the two offices and salaries to one indivi. Carnwath, and Barons Elcho, Duffus, and dual. Mr Huskisson said, he was thank. Fingask,
ful for what had been remarked respecting The Earl of Roseberry seized this op him personally. As to the increased re. portunity of expressing his feelings on the muneration, or the utility of the Treasusubject. He considered the reversal of rership of the Navy, he felt it a hardship the attainders of the two noble families of that he should have the responsibility of Airly and Wemyss, (Baron Elcho,) as such an office as the Treasurer, when he merely an act of justice, for the heads of desired to attend to another office. Mr those houses had committed no crime Calcraft inquired, how came it that the whatever at the time when the attainders right Honourable Gentleman had never were issued against their heirs, who alone coinplained of this intense responsibi. had been implicated. Notwithstanding lity before ? -(Cries of hear, hear) He the effect which the increase in the num hoped that object would be defeated. ber of Scotch Peers might produce on his Mr Curwen, Mr Dennison, Sir J. New. own election, he saw the restoration of port, and Mr Hume, were against any noble families to their titles with sincere additions to the public burdens. Sir M. pleasure.
Ridley thought the Treasurer ought not The Earl of Liverpool agreed with the to have a seat in the House. Mr Bernal noble Earl, that the restoration of the thought a small additional salary in the houses of Airly and Wemyss was an act insolvent circumstances of the country of pure justice.
would be sufficient. Mr Abercromby April 5. Mr Hume presented a peti- said the talk about responsibility was idle tion from the Council of Montrose against and fallacious ; the doctrine was not ad. the Frith of Forth Ferry Bill. h Ferry Biu.
mitted at the Treasury. He objected to A petition was presented from the In the introduction of more placemen into habitants of the Shetland Islands against the Houses. Mr Canning denied that it any alteration in the Scotch currency. , was intended to create a place. The