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hour the discharge of 21 guns announced and expenditure of the country. It has the arrival of his Royal Highness the Prince given me sincere pleasure, to find that you Regent, who, after the usual formalities in have been enabled to provide for every the Robing Chamber, entered the House, branch of the public service without any and took his seat near the throne.
addition to the burdens of the people. The Shortly afterwards the Speaker of the state of public credit affords a decisive proof House of Commons, very numerously at of the wisdom and expediency, under all tended by the members of that House, enter the present circumstances, of those financial ed the House, and advanced to the bar ; the arrangements which you have adopted. I Usher of the Black Rod being on his right, have every reason to believe, that the deand the Serjeant at Arms on his left. ficiency in the revenue is, in a degree, to
The SPEAKER then addressed his Royal be ascribed to the unfavourable state of the Highness in a short speech, in which he last season, and I look forward with santook a review of the business of the Session; guine expectations to its gradual improveand, in conclusion, presented to his Royal ment. Highness, a bill, entitled, “ An act for “ My Lords and Gentlemen, applying certain monies therein mentioned “ The measures which were in progress at for the service of the year 1817; and for the commencement of the Session, for the farther appropriating the supplies granted issue of a new Silver Coinage, have been in this session of Parliament.
carried into execution in a manner which At the conclusion of this speech the Lord has given universal satisfaction ; and, to Chancellor received the bill, to which the complete the system which has been sanc Royal Assent was given.
tioned by Parliament, a Gold Coinage of a His Royal Highness the Prince Regent new denomination has been provided for the then read his speech, of which the follow- convenience of the public I continue to ing is a copy :
receive from foreign Powers the strongest “ My Lords and Gentlemen,
assurances of their friendly disposition to“ I cannot close this session of Parliament, wards this country, and of their desire to without renewing my expressions of deep preserve the general tranquillity. The prosregret at the continuance of his Majesty's pect of an abundant harvest throughout a lamented indisposition. The diligence with considerable part of the Continent, is in the which you have applied yourselves to the highest degree satisfactory.
This happy consideration of the different objects which dispensation of Providence cannot fail to I recommended to your attention at the mitigate, if not wholly to remove, that commencement of the Session, demands my pressure under which so many of the nations warmest acknowledgments; and I have no of Europe have been suffering in the course doubt, that the favourable change which is of last year; and I trust that we may look happily taking place in our internal situa- forward, in consequence, to an improvement tion, is to be mainly ascribed to the salutary in the commercial relations of this and of measures which you have adopted for pre- all other countries. I cannot allow you to serving the public tranquillity, and to your separate without recommending to you, that ready adherence to those principles by which upon your return to your several counties, the constitution, resources, and credit of the you should use your utmost endeavours to country, have been hitherto preserved and defeat all attempts to corrupt and mislead maintained. Notwithstanding the arts and the lower classes of the community; and industry which have been too successfully that you should lose no opportunity of inexerted in some parts of the country to culcating amongst them that spirit of con: alienate the affections of his Majesty's sub cord and obedience to the laws, which is not jects, and to stimulate them to acts of vio- less essential to their happiness as indivi. lence and insurrection, I have had the duals, than it is indispensable to the general satisfaction of receiving the most decisive welfare and prosperity of the kingdom.” proofs of the loyalty and public spirit of the The Lord Chancellor then read the com. great body of the people ; and the patience mission for proroguing the Parliament till with which they have sustained the most the 25th of August next. severe temporary distress, cannot be too His Royal Highness now withdrew, and highly commended. I am fully sensible of the Commons retired from the bar. the confidence which you have manifested towards me, by the extraordinary powers
HOUSE OF COMMONS. which you have placed in my hands: the necessity which has called for them is to me matter of deep regret; and you may Monday, June 2.-By four o'clock the rely on my making a temperate but effec- House was crowded to excess. tual use of them, for the protection and se Lord CASTLEREAGH then rose, and decurity of Majesty's loyal subjects. livered the following Message from the
“ Gentlemen of the House of Commons, Prince Regent :“ I thank you for the supplies which you “ I have it in command from his Royal have granted to me ; and for the laborious Highness the Prince Regent to acquaint the investigation which, at my recommendation, House, that your late Speaker having comyou have made into the state of the income municated to his Royal Highness his inabi.
ELECTION OF A SPEAKER.
GRANT TO THE SPEAKER.
COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY.
lity, from indisposition, longer to fill the which were ordered to be brought up and Chair, and informed him of his resignation, laid on the table. his Royal Highness, desirous that public A long discussion then took place, which business should suffer as short an interrup- closed with the nomination of the old Com. tion as possible, has been pleased to take the mittee to examine and report on the said earliest opportunity of communicating this papers. After a division, for the old Comevent to the House, and of conveying his mittee 126 ; against it 66; majority for pleasure that the House do immediately pro. Ministers 60. ceed to the election of a new Speaker."
Mr Manners Sutton was proposed by Sir Monday, June 9.-The House, on the J. Nicholl, and seconded by Mr Littleton. motion of the CHANCELLOR of the Ex
Mr C. W. Williams Wynn was nominat. CHEQUER, resolved itself into a Committee ed by Mr Dickinson, and seconded by Sir on the Prince Regent's answer to the AdM. W. Ridley.
dress of Thursday, when the Right Hon. The House divided ; when there appear. Gentleman made a long eulogium on the ed, for the former 312; for the latter 152; late Speaker's merits, and concluded with majority for Mr Manners Sutton 160. proposing a grant of £4000 a-year for the LONDON COMMON COUNCIL PETITION. life of that gentleman, and £3000 to his
June 3.— The Sheriffs of London appear. heir for one generation ; which, after some ed at the bar, and presented the petition conversation, was agreed to. lately passed at a meeting of the Common The second reading of the Bill for legalCouncil against the farther Suspension of the izing the sale of Game being strongly opHabeas Corpus Act.
posed, on the question being put, the same The petition was read, and, on the mo. was negatived, and it was ordered to be read tion of Sir W. Curtis, was ordered to lie on that day six months. the table. MESSAGE FROM THE CROWN.
The House resolved itself into a Com. Lord CASTLEREAGH appeared at the bar mittee of Supply, when the Barrack. Estiwith a message from the Prince Regent, mates, &c. were taken into consideration. which was ordered to be brought up and Mr WARD said he would move the dif. read. It was similar to that presented to ferent Sums, and was ready to answer any the Peers the same day on the state of the questions that might be asked. The sums country, and was ordered to be taken into required this year were, with the exception consideration on Thursday next.
of those for Ireland, one half less than the THE LATE SPEAKER.
corresponding sums of last year. Lord CASTLEREAGH then brought up a After some observations upon the various second message from the Crown, in which items, the House resumed, and the resoluthe Prince Regent informed the House that tions were ordered to be reported to-morrow. he had thought proper to raise their late June 10.-General THORNTON obtained Speaker to the dignity of the peerage, by leave to bring in a bill to abolish the public the style and title of Baron Colchester of whipping of women. Colchester in Essex. His Royal Highness On the resolutions for giving a pension of therefore recommended it to the House, to £4000 to the late Speaker, an amendment enable him to make such provision for his was proposed, to substitute £3000 for Lordship and his next heir male as should £1000; but it was negatived, and a bill appear to the House just and reasonable. was ordered to be brought in pursuant to
Mr Wynn, and several other Members, to the resolution. contended that this measure ought to have COMMITTALS BY THE SECRETARY OF originated in the House of Commons, where the labours of the late Speaker could be best June 11.-Lord FOLKSTONE, considerappreciated ; and, after considerable discus- ing the probability that the House would sion, it was at length agreed to postpone the shortly be called on to discuss the propriety consideration of the message.
of a farther suspension of the liberties of the Junc 5.-Sir J. Shaw presented the pe- subject, thought that it was highly importtition of the Livery of London, lately passed ant that, previous to that discussion, the at the Common Hall, against any farther House should be furnished with certain reSuspension of the Habeas Corpus Act. turns connected with the imprisonments that Read, and ordered to lie on the table. had already taken place. He therefore mov
Lord CASTLEREAGH moved the thanks ed, “ That an humble address be presented of the House to the late Speaker, for the to his Royal Highness the Prince Regent, zeal and ability with which he had discharg- praying a list of all the names of persons coned the duties of that high office; which was fined by warrant of either of the Secretaries agreed to nem. con.
of State, or six of the Privy Council (under An Address was also voted to the Prince an Act, enabling his Majesty to apprehend Regent, praying his Royal Highness to con such persons as he might suspect to be disfer some signal mark of his favour on the affected to his Majesty's Government), with Right Hon. Charles Abbot.
a specification of the names, ages, trades or Lord CASTLEREAGH appeared at the bar occupations, places of arrest, and detention with a green bag, containing several papers, of the parties committed.”
After some observations from Mr Adding
THE BUDGBT. ton and Sir Francis Burdett, Mr CANNING The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER moved an amendment to the Noble Lord's moved that the order of the day be read for motion, “ That a return should be made of going into a Committee on the State of the the numbers, ages, times, and places of con Finances ; and the House resolved itself infinement of persons committed under war to a Committee of Ways and Means. The rants from the Secretary of State.”
whole of the supplies wanted for the year The House divided ; for the amendment were stated at £22,137,808, and the total 104 to 53.
of the ways and means practicable by June 12.-Lord A. HAMILTON obtain the ordinary modes of finance amounted ed leave to bring in a Bill to repeal so much only to £9,541,537. There therefore reof the 43d of the King as relates to the tax mained a deficit of £12,600,000, to be on houses in Scotland not having more than raised by Exchequer bills. By the method four windows, paying a rent not exceeding proposed, the Right Hon. Gentleman ob£3 annually.
served, that the public would be subjected The Miscellaneous Services, on the mo to no new charge whatever ; and he contion of Mr ARBUTHNOT, were referred to cluded by moving a resolution for the issue a Committee of Supply; when £10,000 was of Exchequer bills. After some debate, the voted for the college of Edinburgh.
resolutions were read; and the House have Monday, June 16.- The House resolved ing resumed, the report was ordered to be itself into a Committee of Supply, when it received on Tuesday. was moved, that the sum of £1,400,000 Monday,June 23.-Lord CASTLEREAGH should be granted to his Majesty for the moved the first reading of the bill for susmiscellaneous services of the army.
pending the Habeas Corpus Act. SPIES AND INFORMERS.
This gave rise to a debate of great Mr BENNET immediately rose, and length. When at last the House divided, wished to ask the Noble Lord (Castlereagh) there appeared, for the question 276 ; a. whether Mr Reynolds, of infamous mem- gainst it 111 ; majority 165. ory, was appointed consul-general to Malta ? June 24.-Lord CASTLEREAGH noved (Hear, hear, hear!)
the second reading of the Habeas Corpus Lord CASTLEREAGH did not know why Suspension Bill. that question was put to him in these terms. After a short debate, the House divided : He believed that several juries had given for the second reading 80 ; against it 30 ; credit to Mr Reynolds' testimony, and he majority 50. did not understand why the Hon. Member On the motion of Mr BENNET, a bill to should attach infamy to Mr Reynolds' cha- prohibit the sweeping of chimnies by means racter, unless it rendered a man infamous of climbing-boys was read a first time. to be instrumental in the discovery of trea Sir FRANCIS BURDETT presented a pesonable practices.
tition from Mr Wooler, the proprietor of After a good deal more of angry discus- the Black Dwarf, complaining of the mode sion, the subject was dropped. The resolu- in which the verdict of the Jury in his case tions were then agreed to, the House re had been taken by Mr Justice Abbot, and sumed, and the report was ordered to be of oppression on the part of the Attorneyreceived to-morrow.
General, in not having granted him, preJune 17.-In a Committee of Supply, vious to his trial, a copy of the informathe House voted £300,000 for expenses not tions, and in hurrying on the trial of the included in the civil list; £300,000 for second information while he was wearied army extraordinaries ; £300,000 for the from his defence on the first. army in Ireland ; and £25,000 for the In The ATTORNEY GENERAL denied the verness canal.
allegations as far as he was personally conJune 19.-Sir EGERTON BRYDGES cerned, and contended, that the petitioner moved for leave to bring in a bill to alter had been treated with the greatest leniency, the law of Anne, which gave universities in granting him a new trial. He also stata right to eleven copies of all books gratis ; ed, that he had offered Mr Wooler his dishis object was to make the universities pay charge on his own recognizance. After a half price for such books. The motion was desultory discussion, the petition was laid lost by one only-58 to 57.
on the table. REPORT OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE. SUSPENSION OF THE HABEAS CORPUS
June 20. On the motion of Mr BRAGGE BATHURST, the report was ordered to be Lord CASTLEREAGII moved that the read. It was in substance similar to the House resolve itself into a Committee on report of the Lords' Committee ; and con the Suspension Bill. cluded by recommending the same powers Mr GURNEY voted for the first Suspension, to be confided to Government for the fur. but objected to a renewal of the measure. ther and final suppression of the mischief Sir John NEWPORT moved, that as that may be otherwise apprehended. The the bill was to continue till the next Session reading being finished, Mr Bragge Bathurst of Parliament, its duration should be fixed moved that the report do lie on the table. and limited to the first of December next. The report was ordered to lie on the table. On this the Committee divided ; for the VOL. I.
REPORT OF THE POLICE COMMITTEE.
amendment 45; against it 78; majority proving of the clause which allowed those 33.
who had money deposited in such instituAfter some further discussion, the House tions to derive aid from parish funds, was divided upon the question, whether the act passed. should extend to Scotland ? Ayes 129– noes 48.
Mr BROUGHAM brought up the report June 27.-The third reading of the of the Committee on General Education ; Habeas Corpus Suspension Bill was then it contained a description of many enormous moved, which produced a most animated abuses attending the management and apdebate, in which several Members who had plication of charitable funds. before voted for the measure took part against it.
At the close of the debate, a di July 8.-Mr BENNET presented another vision took place on the third reading report from the Committee appointed to inAyes 195—noes 65.
quire into the police of the metropolis. The House also divided on the question, The present report embraced two subjects whether the act for the suspension should ex the policy of granting what was called pire on the 1st of March, or on the 25th of blood-money, or rewards on conviction ; and December, on the motion of Mr C. WYNN. the state of juvenile offenders. The numbers against Mr C. Wynn's pro
LUNATIC ASYLUMS. position were 152 to 50.
Lord Binning brought in a bill to proMonday, June 30.— The House resolved vide asylums for the Lunatic Poor in Scot. itself into a Committee of Supply, and Sir land; but observed, that he did not intend G. WARRENDER moved that a sum not to bring idiots within its operation. The exceeding £1,332,311 :13: 2, be granted bill was read a first time, and ordered to be for defraying the expense of the ordinary printed ; when the Noble Lord stated, that naval establishment for the period of seven he did not mean to propose any farther prolunar months, commencing in June 1817. ceeding upon it during this Session.
Mr ARBUTHNOT, among other items, Wednesday, July 9.---Lord BIWNING moved for a sum not exceeding £40,000, brought up the returns of Lunatics in Scotfor extraordinary charges of the mint, and land, the total number of whom was said gold coinage.
to be 4300. £3000 were granted for the Board of July 11.-Sir FRANCIS BURDETT preAgriculture ; £207,000 for disembodying sented a petition from John Knight, who the militia in Great Britain, in the year had been kept in solitary confinement in 1817; and £154,251 for the same purpose Reading gaol for more than seventeen weeks, in Ireland.
and was now removed to another prison. STATE OF NEWFOUNDLAND.
The petition was read : it prayed to be July 3.-Mr M. A. Taylor first ad- brought to trial, or to be transported out of verted to a statement made on a former the country. It was ordered to lie on the night, respecting the distressed state of the table. inhabitants of Newfoundland, and now moved that the report on the subject be Mr BROUGHAM made his motion, which read ; and after drawing a very afflicting stood for this day, on the state of the napicture of the present condition of that tion. After an animated debate, in which island, concluded by moving that the House Lord CASTLEREAGH repelled some charges do resolve itself into a Committee, in applying to his former conduct in Ireland, which he would propose that a bounty of a motion for an address to the Prince Re2s. per quintal be given on all fish iinport- gent was put and negatived without a di. ed from Newfoundland. The motion was vision. negatived by 50 against 29.
July 12.- The SPEAKER having returnMonday, July 7.- The English Savings ed from the House of Peers, read to the Banks Bill, on the motion of Mr Rose, Members a copy of the Prince Regent's was read a third time; and after an obser- speech, and the Members forth with separvation from General THORNTON, disap- ated.
STATE OF THE NATION.
also an arch, upon which both were found26..Yesterday morning the jail of Ayred. Through the opening thus made, the was again broken, and three of the prisoners prisoners dropped into the cellar where the escaped. • They were confined in the very fire engines are kept, the lock on the door rongest room of the prison, usually called of which they wrenched off, and so got to a condemned cell. Nevertheless, by means the street. This is the third time within a a single common mason's iron, they rais- twelvemonth this prison has been broken. up one of the flags of the floor, broke an Extraordinary Circumstance. At, the i grating on which the stone lay, and Stafford Assizes, on the 26th instant, two
soldiers, named Hall and Morison, were ed for observing to your Royal Highness, convicted of robbery, and ordered for exe that it is wholly unworthy the character of cution. They were prosecuted by a man the royal navy of this kingdom to maintain named Read, a bricklayer's labourer, who this system, which, though introduced withswore that they knocked him down, and out any design of deception, yet may give robbed him in the church-yard of Wolver- occasion to foreign nations to accuse us of hampton, on the 23d of July; and the evi- misrepresentation, when we state that a Bridence of the woman in whose house they tish frigate of 38 guns has taken a foreign resided, went to prove they did not sleep at frigate of 44, when, in fact, the British frihome that night. There was no other evi- gate was of equal, if not superior force.” It dence. It appeared, however, subsequent- is then stated, that the American ship Prely to the conviction, that the soldiers did sident had 55 guns mounted on the day of take ls. 1d. which fell from the prosecutor's her capture, though she was rated at only pocket while he was wrestling with Hall for 44. In the British navy this practice will amusement, but they had no intention of no longer continue, for it is now ordered, felony; and that Read had no idea of in- that the rule which prevailed prior to 1793 dicting them, until he was instigated by a shall be revived, and in future all his Maman of the name of Roberts, the keeper of jesty's ships will be rated at the number of the house of correction at Wolverhampton, guns and carronades which they actually with the view of gaining the reward called carry on their decks, quarter-decks, and “ Blood Money,” which was accordingly forecastles. pocketted by Read and the keeper of the 2.- A Nero Frigate.-A fine new frigate prison, to the amount of £80. This case of 46 guns, named the Arcthusa, was having been fully established, and laid be launched on the 29th ult. from the new fore Lord Sidmouth, by the Rev, Mr Guard, dock-yard, Pembroke. Her dimensions and a highly respectable clergyman, his Lordship tonnage are as under :granted a respite. The men, who bear good characters, have since been liberated. Length of keel for tonnage, 126 1 29.-Swindling.-- This day a fellow con Breadth,
40 1 trived to carry off a considerable sum from Tonnage,
1,934 60-94ths. the Glasgow Bank, by using the name of This vessel is a sister ship to the Thetis Adamson and Logan, manufacturers there; frigate, launched from the same yard in whose proceeds of bills dicounted he auda. February last. ciously called for, and received from one of University of Edinburgh.-- This Univerthe tellers. The amount was £1314; but sity yesterday conferred the degree of Doctor this being a larger sum than the swindler of Medicine on ninety-two students, after wanted, or was able to utter, he next day their usual trials, viz. thirty-seven of Scotreturned £900 enclosed in a letter, in which land, thirty-two from Ireland, eighteen from he promised to repay the remainder on his England, three from Jamaica, one from arrival in America.
Barbadoes, and one from Hamburgh.
4.-Water Spout.-On Friday, the 1st
current, between three and four o'clock in Marines.-By a recent order from the the afternoon, Cupar-Fife was visited by a Admiralty, there is now fitting at Plymouth thunder storm of about an hour's continudock-yard, a machine, in all respects similar ance. It was attended by the singular pheto a part of the gun-deck of a man of war, nomenon of a water-spout, which discharged having quarters for three pieces of ordnance, itself on Tarvit Hill, over the north side of and which, when completed, is intended to which it descended in a torrent on the adjabe placed in the rear of the Marine Barracks, cent fields; and these, to a considerable ex
'exercising the whole divi- tent, were entirely flooded. The violence of sion of marines at that port in the necessary the torrent was such, that large stones were manæuvres of great guns for sea-service; rolled along ; deep trenches were formed ; and, as the different parties are deemed suf and from the ground over which it passed, ficiently skilled in this exercise, they are to every trace of vegetation has fled. fire with shot, at a mark, from the battery Melancholy Event. On Saturday night, a at Devil's Point Lieutenant Woolridge, of most deplorable accident happened at Irvine. the royal marine artillery, is appointed to The brig Anna had just completed her cargo this particular service.
for Halifax, when the master went on shore The Navy.-An important document has to bid farewell to his friends, and convey to just been published, in the shape of propo the ship two of the last passengers. In gosals and regulations relative to the navy ing out of the harbour, it was found difficult made by the Board of Admiralty, and to row the boat ; and recourse was had to a sanctioned by an order of Council. After sail. The night wās breezy, and the boat elucidating the accidental causes which have wanted ballast, and it is supposed that it introduced the existing anomaly of rating was overset in tacking. No one, either on ships at a certain number of guns, while shore or in the brig, observed the catastro. their real complement exceeded that nomi- phe; and it was far in the forenoon of Sunnal amount, the Board make the following day before it was known. There were on observation :-" We trust we shall be excus board, beside Captain Miller, two seamen,
for the purpose