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TOLL ON MANURE.
ed of Lord Castlereagh, the Chancellor of into the question, as the rules of the House the Exchequer, Mr Curwen, Mr Rose, Mr forbade it; but he hoped the Noble Lord D. Gilbert, and others.
would give an answer one way or the other.
Lord CASTLEREAGH replied, that after · The House resolved itself into a Com the holidays, about the 1st of June, a committee of Supply, and the Army Estimates, munication would be made to the House and the Second Report of the Committee of concerning the internal state of the country ; Finance, were taken into consideration. after which, the same proceedings would be
Lord PALMERSTON said, he had ar proposed as had taken place in the early ranged the statement he was to submit to part of the Session, and it would be referred the Committee into four classes. The first to a Committee to enter into an inquiry a referred to the amount of military establish to the measures proper to be pursued. ments at home. The second included the Mr PHILLIPS moved, that the House army in France and the army in India. should be called the 2d of June. The third related to expenses incurred by Mr J. P. GRANT, after reminding the past services, such as Chelsea pensions, House that the first law-officer of Scotland widow and orphan allowances, and the Mili- had stated that the conspiracies at Glasgow tary Asylum. The fourth class regarded were not confined to the poorer classes of the services of military establishments that the community, said, that he (Mr J. P. were now to be reduced. After detailing Grant) knew that only one person above the the items, his Lordship stated the reduction rank of an operative weaver had been taken, in point of numbers at 55,000 men, and the and he had declared that he had no comsaving at £1,800,000.
munication whatever with political clubs Some debate ensued upon the several re £3000 had been offered for bail, in order solutions, which were finally agreed to. that he might continue his occupation, but
this was refused, and properly enough, as the Tuesday, May 13.-Mr D. GILBERT man was charged with high treason ; but obtained leave to bring in a bill to exempt he was now told, that without any farther the passage of manure from tolls. He meant information, the law-officers of the Crown, it as a declaratory bill, to amend and ex. after having confined this man six weeks, plain the act of the 53d of the King, and discharged him without farther statement, to remove doubts, &c.
and without bail : so that a respectable inPOOR EMPLOYMENT BILL. dividual had been incarcerated six weeks Some important discussion took place on without cause, discharged without inquiry, the measure proposed of loans to parishes (hear, hear!) and left to seek redress for upon security : in the conclusion the House the loss of his trade, character, and health, resolved itself into a Committee upon the in what manner he could. (Hear, hear !) bill, when the names of the following gen He hoped the House would consider tlemen were read as appointed to the Com. what manner the powers of the Act had mittee for the object in view : Lord R. been applied, and what was to be expected Seymour, Sir T. Acland, Mr W. Lamb, from the law-officers of the Crown: he did. Sir C. Edmondstone, Sir James Shaw, Sir not impute motives, but mentioned facts, J. Perring, Mr Gooch, Mr Edward Little- and he trusted some explanation would be ton, Mr Luttrel, Mr C. Grant, sen., Mr given. Curwen, Mr Estcourt, Mr Casberd, Mr J. The call of the House was then fixed for Smith, Mr H. Swann, Mr Benjamin Har- the 2d of June. rison, Mr Reid, Chairman of the E. I. C. May 16.-Lord LASCELLES withdrew (not a inember of the House), Mr Thorn. his original Bill for rendering the Proprieton, Mr Phillips, Mrs Angerstein, Mr C. tors of Lead Mines rateable for the relief of Baring, Mr Joseph Tierney, and Mr Bosan the poor, in proportion to the profits, and quet.
substituted another, which was read a first The report was afterwards brought up, time, and ordered to be read a second time and the Chancellor of the Exchequer nam on Friday next. ed Wednesday next for the further consider On the motion of Mr Rose, the Saving ation, which was agreed to.
Banks Bill was re-committed ; and after FURTHER SUSPENSION OF THE HABEAS some conversation, several of the clauses CORPUS ACT.
were read, and the blanks filled up. The Mr-Ponsonby, after observing that the report was ordered to be received on Monpresent act for the suspension of the Habeas day. Corpus would expire in July, and that the The Committees of Supply, and Ways middle of May being now at hand, a period and Means, were postponed to Monday. was approaching at which, according to all
CLERGY RESIDENCE BILL. experience, a number of members would re In the debate upon the motion for going tire into the country, begged to ask the Noble into a Committee upon the Çlergy Residence Lord opposite (Lord Castlereagh) if it was Bill, Mr MANNERS SUTTON moved a the intention of his Majesty's Ministers to clause, that the Clergy should be allowed to apply to Parliament for a further extension farm land, which was carried by a majority of that power of imprisonment which had of 38 to 35. After some further conver, already been given them? He did not enter sation, the quantity of land to be so farined
was limited to " eighty acres.” The Chair- the name of Poole, regarding the conduct of man then left the chair, and got leave to sit the latter in his informations against three again on Monday.
individuals, called Parkinson, Fletcher, and Mr GILBERT brought up the Third Re. Deacon, before a Magistrate of Staffordshire. port of the Select Committee upon the Pub- [This is the case in which the Rev. Mr lic Expenditure and Income of Great Britain. Powis is concerned, against whom an action Ordered to lie on the table.
is now pending.) The second reading of the Bankruptcy Mr H. ADDINGTON opposed the motion; Bill was postponed to the 8th of June. and on a division there were, for the motion
Monday, May 19.-Sir S. SHEPHERD 13; against it 47; majority 34. and Mr GIFFORD took the oaths as members for Dorchester and Eye. LORD SIDMOUTH's CIRCULAR LETTER.
On the motion of the CHANCELLOR of Sir SAMUEL ROMILLY moved that an
the ExchEQUER, the House went into a address be presented to the Prince Regent, Committee on the Bill for providing employpraying, that the circular letter addressed on
ment for the poor, by the issue of Exchethe 17th of March last, by the Secretary of quer Bills on adequate security, when State for the Home Department, to the
Lord MILTON objected to one of the Lord Lieutenants of counties in England clauses, and proposed an amendment, that and Wales, together with the opinion of the word " parishes” should be omitted. the Crown Lawyers referred to in it, be laid
He thought it would place the country genbefore the House ; and gave notice that he tlemen in an awkward situation, as they must would submit a motion on the subject on
either become responsible for the money Tuesday, June 3. Ordered.
borrowed, or incur the odium of not assistOFFICES' COMPENSATION BILL.
ing the poor of their neighbourhoods.
The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER Mr D. GILBERT moved the second reading of the Offices' Compensation Bill,
defended the clause ; observing, that the which was opposed by Sir Robert Heron,
Commissioners would not feel themselves Mr Brougham, Lord A. Hamilton, and Mr called upon to advance any sum, except in Douglas. Upon the division there appear
particular cases of extreme pressure. ed—ayes 105; noes 45; majority 60. The
The House divided on the question for bill was then read a third time.
retaining the clause as it originally stood. The House resolved itself into a Com. Ayes 23, noes 15. mittee of Supply, when the following sums
Mr LYTTLETON objected to the clause were voted : £17,000 for the employment which respected the securities to be given, of convicts at home, and £18,000 for bills and moved an amendment, omitting that drawn from New South Wales.
part of it which allowed extents in aid. The other orders of the day were then agreed to modify the clause, and the amend
The CHANCELLOR of the ExcHEQUER disposed of.
ment was accordingly withdrawn. May 20...Sir FRANCIS BURDETT made
The remaining sections were then gone his motion for Reform in Parliament, which through, and the House being resumed, it stood for this day. It was seconded by the
was ordered that the report should be reHon. Mr Brand. Lord Cochrane, MrCurwen, ceived on Monday. Mr Tierney, and Sir Samuel Romilly, spoke
In a Committee on the Woollen Act, a in favour of the motion ; and Sir J. Nicholl, resolution was agreed to, to allow the exthe Hon. Mr Ward, Mr Lamb, and Lord portation of bale-yarn from Ireland. Milton, against it.
May 22.-The Metropolis Paving Bill, The debate was cut short by cries of ques. third time and passed.
and the Edinburgh Police Bill, were read a tion, and the House divided. For the motion 77; against it 265; majority 188.
Sir John NEWPORT gave notice, that The other orders of the day were then
he would, on the 5th of June, bring in a disposed of, and the House adjourned at
Bill to abolish the cottage tax in Ireland, two o'clock.
and a Bill to regulate fees in civil courts in
England. May 21.--Mr BROUGHAM gave notice of
EXTENTS IN AID. a motion for the 5th of June, for the repeal The CHANCELLOR of the ExchEQUER, of the Septennial Act. After some private on rising to give notice of his intention that conversation, he fixed the 10th of June as the House, at its rising to-morrow, do adthe day for his motion.
journ to that day se'nnight, was desirous of Mr PEEL obtained leave to bring in a stating at the same time, that it was in the Bill to continue the insurrection act in Ire- contemplation of his Majesty's Government land for one year.
to propose, immediately after the holidays, some new measure to the House, for the
purpose of regulating the application Sir J. MACKINTOSH moved, that there tents in aid after that time. They were perbe laid before the House, copies of all com- fectly aware, that the uses to which this remunications between the Home office, or medy had been applied yere foreign to their persons connected with it, and a person of original intention, and were such as could Vol. I.
DURATION OF PARLIAMENT.
CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE HOME
no longer meet the countenance either of dry amendments agreed to.
The Report Parliament or the Courts of Justice. was then brought up, and the Bill ordered
Mr Thomson hoped that the extents in to be read a third time on Friday. aid would be confined to debtors in chief. RESIGNATION OF THE SPEAKER. Something ought also to be done to prevent Friday, May 30. Mr Dyson, the clerk, the enormous amount of costs. He knew a said he had to inform the House, that he county in which the Sheriffs had in one year had received a letter from the Speaker, received £10,000 as costs. In conclusion, which, with the leave of the House, he leave was given to bring in the Bill. would read : The Justices in Eyre Bill, the Irish Of.
“ Palace-Yard, May 30. fices Bill, the Exchequer Offices Bill, the " Sir, It is with the sincerest concern Board of Trade Bill, and the Irish Exche- and regret, that I feel myself obliged to requer Bill, were read a third time, and quest, that you will inform the House of passed.
Commons, at their meeting this day, of my The House went into a Committee on the inability, from continued illness, to attend Clergy Residence Bill : several clauses were any longer upon their service. agreed to, and the blanks filled up.
“ After holding the high office to which I On the motion of Mr SUTTON, an ex have been raised, by their favour, in five emption was introduced in favour of the successive Parliaments, it is impossible that Principal and Professors of the East India I should resign so honourable and distinCollege.
guished a situation, without feeling the Mr GORDON took occasion to mention, deepest gratitude for the constant kindness that he knew a clergyman who was a digni. with which they have been pleased to accept tary in no less than six cathedrals : he was and assist my humble endeavours to disprebendary in one, chancellor in another, charge its various and arduous duties. dean in a third, and other offices, in addi. “ It was my earnest wish and hope to tion to which he held two livings. He have continued longer in the service of the wished to know if such an individual ought House, if such were their pleasure ; but the to be exempted ?
interruption of public business which has Mr M. SUTTON professed himself un been already occasioned by my state of able to give a precise answer ; the case was health, and the apprehension of the same assuredly singular.
cause recurring which might again expose After a few words from Mr GORDON and the House to the like inconvenience, have Sir J. Nicholl, the chairman left the made me deem it necessary that I should chair, and the House being resumed, he re retire at this time, and have left me now no ported progress; and it was ordered that the farther duty to perform, than to return my Committee should sit again on Monday heart-felt acknowledgments to the House se'nnight.
for all the favours they have bestowed upon A Bill for the abolition of certain offices me, and to express my fervent wishes for in the Mint of England and Scotland was the perpetual maintenance and preservation read a first time.
of its rights, its privileges, and its independ. May 23. On the third reading of the I am, Sir, always most truly yours, Saving Banks Bill, Mr WESTERN moved
“ CHARLES ABBOT.” that the clause allowing relief from the “ To Jeremiah Dyson, Esq. Deputy Poor-rates be left out. The House, in con Clerk of the House of Commons." sequence, divided on the passing of the Bill : Lord CASTLEREAGH made a few obser. Ayes 60 ; Noes 27 ; Majority 33.
vations in a tone of voice scarcely audible. The order for a call of the House on the The noble Lord was understood to say, that 2d was discharged, and fixed for the 9th of from the communication now read, the June.
House, as well as he, must have felt the The Bill for rendering the proprietors of great loss (Hear, hear.!) which they suslead-mines liable to the payment of Poor- tained by the resignation of their Speaker. rates for the profits derived from that source On this subject he was sure there could be was opposed by Sir CHARLES Monck, no difference of opinion (Hear, hear, hear! and after some debate a division took place; from the opposition); and he felt it to be for the second reading 29 ; against it 22; quite unnecessary to dwell on the merits of majority 7.
the Speaker, which were so long and so well The CHANCELLOR of the ExchEQUER known. (Hear, hear, hear!) He would moved, that the House at its rising should merely propose that the House adjourn till adjourn till this day se'nnight. Ordered. Monday next, when it was probable he
The Irish Insurrection Bill was read a should have a communication from the second time.
Prince Regent, marking the estimation in The Poor Employment Bill was, after a which the Speaker was held by that illusfew words from Mr WESTERN, read a trious person ; and when the House could third time and passed.
proceed to the election of a new Speaker.The Salt Bill was re-committed, and sun. Adjourned till Monday.
a knowledge of the most approved imWaterloo Subscription. General account plements. It has since been his object to of the Waterloo subscription to the 31st introduce the modern husbandry of this May 1817.
country into his extensive domains; and Amount received by the Committee, and in with this view he has held out great en
creased by dividends on stock, interest couragement to these emigrants, who are to on Exchequer bills, and profit on stock have farms on leases of twenty-five years, at sold,
£518,288 9 11 a very low rent, upon one of his estates, to
which, from respect to this country, he has APPROPRIATION.
given the name of Scotia. It is his further Annuities granted for life to
intention, we understand, to procure a the widows, wounded non
Presbyterian clergyman and schoolmaster commissioned officers, and
for the colony. With those farmers of capi. privates totally disabled,
tal who may wish to engage in larger conand to dependent relatives, £11,783 00 cerns on his estates, Count Paç has declared Annuities granted for limited
himself ready to treat upon very liberal periods to the children of
terms; his object, it appears, being rather officers, non-commissioned
to lay the foundation of a better system of officers, and privates, and
agriculture, by means of the superior knowto orphans,
9,209 00 ledge and industry of Scotsmen, than any
immediate increase of his income. [The Total amount of annuities, £20,992 0 0 colony reached Koningsberg in good health
and spirits, after a short passage of eight VOTED IN MONEY.
days, and soon after proceeded to the Count's "To the wounded officers, non
residence of Dowspuda, about a hundred commissioned officers, and
miles distant.] privates,
£71,126 0 0 6.-Trial for Libel.--Mr T. J. Wooler, To the parents and dependent
a printer, and author of a periodical work relatives of officers, non
called The Black Dwarf, was brought to commissioned officers, and
trial yesterday in the Court of King's Bench, privates killed, leaving no
which was excessively crowded, the case widows or children, 28,577 0 0 having excited a very great degree of inteTo the foreign troops,
62,500 0 0 rest. The defendant was tried on two ex
officio informations. The first charged him Total voted in money,
£162,203 0 0 with having libelled the King's administra
tion of public affairs, for the purpose of ex2.-Furious Driving. A dreadful acci- citing discontent and disaffection, and also dent lately happened at Prescot, in conse with having libelled Lord Castlereagh and quence of a coach upsetting, by which one Mr Canning, two of his Majesty's ministers. person was killed, and several others dread. The second charged the defendant with fully wounded. Mr John Ritchie of Liver. having libelled the Constitution, the Houses pool was one of the unfortunate sufferers. of Lords and Commons, and the right of He referred the damages in his case to ar- petitioning the said Houses, for the purpose bitration, which was finally settled on of inflaming the minds of his Majesty's subThursday, when the proprietors of the jects. The defendant pleaded his own cause coach were awarded to pay him seven hun- with considerable force and eloquence. dred and fifty pounds. From the evidence Many parts of his speeches excited the ap. of some of the witnesses that were exa- plause of the crowd who were assembled, mined, the conduct of the driver appears to and who, on the other hand, were not slow have been most brutal. One of the wit- in expressing their disapprobation of the nesses, a female, who has resided on the addresses of the Attorney-General. These spot where the accident happened many interruptions, so highly improper in a court years, said, that she had never before seen of justice, were commented on with be. a coach go at so furious a rate, except one coming severity by Mr Justice Abbot, who some years back, and it was upset in exactly presided on the occasion. A verdict of the same place.
Guilty was recorded against Mr Wooler on 4.-Emigration to Poland. The Helen, the first information ; but Mr Chitty intiCharteris, sailed this day from Leith for mated to his Lordship, in the course of the Koningsberg, with fifty-one passengers on day, that three of the jury protested against board, who intend to settle as farmers the verdict as illegal, it being contrary to on the estate of Lieutenant-General Count their sentiments. He stated, that they had Paç, a Polish nobleman of immense landed agreed on a verdict of Guilty, qualified as property in Poland and Lithuania. The follows :“ As truth is declared by the law Count himself, two years ago, resided some of the land to be a libel, we three are comtime in Scotland, and carefully inspected pelled to find the defendant guilty :”—but the best cultivated districts, and obtained the Court refusing to receive any but a sim.
ple verdict, the foreman, without their the Provost and new Councillors should be knowledge, had given a general one of by ballot, each member being voted for Guilty. A motion was this day made in seriatim : the same method was adopted arrest of judgment; and, after some plead- at the election at Michaelmas last. Soon ing, a new trial was ordered. On the se after the election, several constituent memcond information, a verdict of Not guilty bers of the Council of the preceding year was returned, which was loudly cheered by presented a petition and complaint to the the spectators.
Court, founding on the different acts of 9.- National Monuments. The com Parliament respecting elections, and praymittee appointed for receiving and deciding ing their Lordships to find the late election upon the merits of the several designs offered of Magistrates and Council of Montrose for the Waterloo and Trafalgar monuments, null and void, and contrary to law. The on Wednesday held their final meeting at Magistrates in office defended their election Argyll-house, London, when Messrs Wil on various grounds ; in particular, that the kins, Gandy, and Smirke, attended with complainers had no right or title to comtheir designs, exhibiting the various altera plain ; that they had acquiesced in the mode tions suggested by the committee. The of election at the time; that they were report to the Treasury was agreed upon, themselves elected the preceding year by the and the buildings will be immediately car same mode they now challenged ; and at all ried into execution. The monuments are events, the election could not be set aside, each to be about 280 feet high; the addi even supposing the use of the ballot to be tional cost of the Waterloo is occasioned found an illegal mode of election, there principally by embellishments and sculp- being a legal majority of Magistrates and tures. The design for Trafalgar is a plain Council continued ex officiis, independent octangular structure, 45 feet in diameter at of the numbers elected by ballot. Very the base, raised upon a magnificent flight of able and ingenious arguments were used steps, and surmounted with a naval coronet. on both sides ; but the Judges were of The Waterloo is an ornamental tower of opinion that the use of the ballot was illethree orders of columns, around the base of gal, and therefore their Lordships unaniwhich is a circular colonnade.
mously reduced and set aside the election. 12.-- Thunder Storm. On Tuesday fore The Magistrates have acquiesced in the innoon, Edinburgh was visited by a most tre terlocutor of the Court, and their functions mendous storm of thunder, hail, and rain. are therefore at an end. Very little inconThe lightning was remarkably vivid ; and venience, however, is likely to arise to the the peals of thunder, which succeeded each inhabitants from this decision, as an appliother in rapid succession, were awfully cation was immediately made to the Court, loud ; while hail in large pieces, and rain, to appoint proper persons to give infeftment descended in torrents. Several chimney tops within burgh, and to take charge of the were thrown down, and houses unroofed ; revenue and patrimonial interests of the and two persons were struck by the light- town; and a petition being presented to the ning, one of whom was deprived for a time Sheriff-depute, to grant a substitution of of every faculty, but happily no lives were
power to a fit person, in the mean time he lost. Immediately after the storın had sub has appointed Charles Barclay, Esq. his sided, the surrounding heights exhibited substitute within the burgh and its liberfor a short time all the appearance of win ties; and prompt measures have also been ter, being capped with snow or hailstones. taken to prepare a petition to the Prince About four o'clock another storm passed in Regent, to issue a warrant for a new electhe same direction, but it was neither 60 tion of Magistrates and Council. violent nor so long in duration. The storm 18.-Trial for High Treason.-On Monwas felt at Perth, Dundee, and Cupar, day, in Westminster Hall, the trial of James northward, and at Kelso, Newcastle, Hull, Watson, senior, which had occupied the and York, southward, with various degrees whole of last week, concluded by a verdict of violence, but happily did no serious ' from the Jury of Not Guilty. Three others, damage, except at Dundee and Cupar, namely Thistlewood, Hooper, and Preston, where the hail destroyed a number of fruit were indicted for high treason along with trees and bushes ; at the former place the Watson, but the Court proceeded only with stones were two inches in circumference. the trial of the latter; and in consequence
14.-Burgh of Montrose. On Saturday of the verdict in his case, the Attorney-Gelast, a question highly interesting to the neral declined calling evidence against his burghs of Scotland was decided in the Court companions, who were therefore set at liberof Session. By this decision the burgh of ty on Tuesday. Watson's counsel (Mr Montrose has for the present lost its political Wetherall and Mr Sergeant Copley) groundrights and privileges. For some years past, ed their successful defence on the want of the mode of electing the Magistrates and proof of a treasonable conspiracy, excepting Council, as it had obtained by marking the in the testimony of Castles, an accomplice, votes by scores, was thought to be attended whom they stigmatised as too infamous to with many inconveniences and disadvan- be believed ; and whose cross examination tages; and at the annual election at Mi. disclosed such a course of villany as seldom chaelmas 1815, it was resolved, that in meets the cars of a jury. He had been applace of the former practice, the election of prehended for forgery, and turned king's