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ed by 200 or 300 of the most respectable
The Committee further stated, inhabitants.
that the bringing of actions for acts done by Mr SIMEON, in seconding the motion order of the House was a breach of the prifor receiving the petirion, observed, that, vileges of the House ; and thac the House although the meeting was unanimous, yet had a right to commit the persons serving all the persons present were not electors. notices of such actions. Mr Giddy said,
Mr WARD faid, if he understond the there were three different modes, according Hon. Gentleman rightly, he meant to say, to which the Houfe might conduct itself in that a petition for a reform in Parliament this case, viz. to issue an inhibition against fhould not come from any but those of the the interference of any court, in matters afconstituent body; in answer to that argue fecting the privileges of the Honfe; the ment, he must obferve, that it could not next would be, to commit the persons who well be expe&ed, that those who enjoyed a dared to serve the process, but that would privilege would think it necessary to com not prevent the actions from going on; the plain.
third mode of proceeding was, to inform Mr Simeon explained.
the courts below of an intention to plead, It was then read, and ordered to lie on either by denying the jurisdiction of such the table.
courts, or by pleading in bar. He wished Sir J. Nichol, pursuant to his notice, that the House might take these statements after a few prefatory observations, moved, into its immediate consideration ; and, in the that several papers relating to captures
and mean time, should move, chat the report seizures made by his Majesty's cruizers in do lie on the table. the Balcic, and the proceedings of the The CHANCELLOR of the ExchEQUER King's Advocate in these causes, be printed. was not disposed to regret that the question -Ordered.
had not been brought to the test, of whether The Speaker acquainted the House, that the House had the power to defend its privihe had received a process from Sir Francis leges. If the House did not possess a legal Burdett, requiring him to appear to an ac power of protecting them, he was persuaded tion of trespass, wherein the damages were they possessed the power of protecting them laid at L. 30,000. These were ordered to conftitutionally. He was convinced there was be referred to the Committee.
no judge in the land, who, when the quesThe Aberdeen harbour bill was read a tion was stated to him to relate to the prithird cime, and passed.
vileges of the House of Cominons, would not say, “
I have no power to deter Friday, May 11.
mine.” The Speaker acquainted the House, that Mr D. Giddy then moved, that the At. he had received a letter from the Earl of torney-General be directed to defend the Moira, dared St James's Place, May 10, Speaker and the Serjeant against the said 1810, which he read to the House. His actions; which was also agreed to. Lordship briefly stated, that his counsel, Mr
Upon the motion of the LORD. ADVOCATE Garrow, had desired him to inform the
of Scotland, leave was given to bring in a Speaker, that a notice of process, at the suit bill, to repair certain roads and bridges in of Sir Francis Burdett, had been served up- the Highlands of Scotland. The Lord on him, as Constable of the Tower : chat Advocate of Scotland brought up the bill, he did not folicit the intervention of the which was read a first, and ordered to be Speaker ; but had directed his Solicitor to read a second time on Wednesday next. defend the action, resting his defence on the The LORD ADVOCATE of Scotland, in Speaker's warrant, and on the instructions answer to fome inquiries of Mr Abercromhe had received from the Secretary of State. bie's, said, he had given notice as to the The letter was referred to the Committee. Scots creditors bill, under the imprellion
Mr D. GIDDY brought a report from the that the existing bill would expire during Committee appointed to consider the nuti- the prelent session; but he had since found, ces of process againit the Speaker, &c. which that it extended to the next feffion; he had was read by the Clerk. The report stated, therefore withdrawn that notice for the pre that the Committee had found numerous sent. With regard to the bankrupt laws of instances of persons having been committed Scotland, he denied, most pofitively, that he by the House of Commons, for a breach of had given any such pledge, although he had that part of its privileges which consisted been strongly pressed fö to do. He had in the liberty of Ipeech; and it was always thought it necessary to consult certain legal confidered, that such commitments were ne authorities in Scotland, upon whose juugceffary towards maintaining the digoity of ment he wished to act ; but he had nor, as the House. The practice of the House had yet, received their opinion. It was a sub been, to vindicate its own authority by its ject of great importance, and, under these
circumstances, he did not mean to press the The CHANCELLOR of the Excurgues measure.
noticed two paffages which rendered it unft Monday, May 14.
for the House to receive; the first, in which Mr Austen presented a petition from the House was accused of a “ flagrant in the East India Company, claiming
justice, paft endurance, as an outrage upon L.1,900,000 as a debt due to them from the Englishmen;" and the other, stating that country; which was referred to the Com
“ of the illegality of their proceedings, the mittee on India affairs.
petitioners conceived there could be but one MAJOR CARTWRIGHT'S PETITION.
opinion.”. From these, among many others, Mr WHITBREAD faid, he belt in his he thought the House must reject the petia
tion. hand a petition on the subject of Parliamentary Reform, purporting to be the perition Mr Brand spoke in favour of receiving of the “ Undersigned Freeholders ; " It was the petition, and Mr Ryder against its put into his hands by Major Cartwright, and when a division took place :he considered it drawn up in decorous lan- For the motion 21-Against it 92-Ma. guage.
jority 71. The petition was brought up and read by On a mation by Mr Tierney, that the the Cleik. It was very long, and set out by grant to the Duke of Brunswick should be ftacing, that the late proceedings of the paid from the Admiralty droits, a division Houle, on the illegality of which, he con, took place :ceived, there could be but one opinion, had For the motion 84-Against it 10S-Mabrought the question of Parliamentary Res jority 19. form more immediately to issue. It referred to the decision of the House on the night
Tuesday, May 15. between the 11th and 12th May last, on the
Mr WHITBREAD gave notice, that he charges brought against Lord Caftlereagh hould, to morrow, move for leave to bring and Mr Perceval, which it characterised as in a bill to explain and amend an act of the a flagrant outrage; as when seats in the last fellion with regard to the regulation of Houle were bought and fold, Englishn:en workhouses. Seeing a Right Hon. Gent. in were bought and fold and this practice it his place, he took an opportunity of saying asserted was past endurance. It then went
a few words upon the subject of the papers through the topics of the profligacy of sells which had been laid before the House reing seats
, and the audacity of vindicating it; lating to the late differences between Ame the illegality of the House afluming higher rica and this country ; the charge againt powers than belonged to it-higher than the Mr Erskine, of having acted dire&ly in united Parliament or the King himfelf
. It contradi&ion, not only to the fpirit, but not laid down what the House ought to be, to according to the letter of those instructions be entitled to the reverence of the people, and, in his vindication, nothing more was nea and argued, hypothetically, that it inight be cessary than the publication of that paper the reverse, and abandoned to every vice- which was now before the House. its seats to be trafficked in by unprincipled Mr CANNING said, the Hon. Gentleman fharpers, unfaithful Ministers, Afiatic Na- had charged him with a misreprefentation, bobs, &c. In proof of this, it cited the Na- which, if it could be established, would have bob of Arcot's having purchased seats for proved him guilty of injustice towards the seven or eight of his agents, and the ageut country-it would have reflected disgrace of a French King's Mistress, (we believe upon his own character, by thewing he was Madame du Barre) having a feat in the capable of traducing another nian. He did House. By this means the Constitucion not hesitate to repeat his assertion that Mr might he murdered, and, unlike the King, Erskine had not acted up either to the letter, who never died, as one fucceeded another or the spirit of his instructions; and he was without a break, the Constitution, if it once prepared at any time that the friends of tha: fell, would never refufcitate. From these gentleman thought proper. doctrines, it argued the necessity of a radical reform, and concluded by condemning the
W'ednesday, May 16. employment of a ftanding army, as had been done in taking Sir Francis Burdett. Under the civil government, the country would The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER, acquiefce, but under the military it was rank in introducing this fubje&, said, he should despotism.
commence by a statement of the supplies Mr WHITBREAD moved, “ That the peo which had already been voted for the precition lould lie on the table."
the interest of the loan; the surplus of the Navy (exclusive of Ordnance
stamp duties were more than sufficient for Sea Service)............ ...1.19,238,000 the purpose. The loan had been procurel Army (including Bar
upon more advantageous terms than had racks & Commis
ever been done before, since the interest fariat) 13,953,606
given to the contractors waynot quiteL 4 5:. Ditto Ireland ......... 2,992,057
which was much less than private individu2
als could borrow at. Several observations .
were made by Mr Huskiffon on the necesijUnprovided do. last
ty of economy, as the war was likely to le year. ............... 441,417
of infinite continuance. He thought that
20,337,000 fome millions annually might be saved in Ordnance.........
4,411,000 the naval department. After some reniarks Miscellaneous (about)
2,000,000 by Mr Rose, Mr Tierney, Mr Thornton'. SEng,3,000,000
and Sir T. Turton, the resolutions were read Irel. 200,000 $
3,200,000 and agreed to ; and the house having ron
sumed, the report was ordered to be receiSicily....
400,000 ved on Friday. Portugal...........
Thursday, May 17.
Mr WHARTON obtained leave to bring Joint Charge L.50,566,000 in a bill for extending the superannuation SEPARATE CHARGES.
of the officers of excise in Scotland. Loyalty loan............ 18,776
On the third reading of the Duke of Interest on Exche
Brunswick's annuity bill, a debate ensued on quer bills............1,600,000
the propriety of reimbursing the confulida1,618,776 ted fund from the droits of the admiralıy.
The bill, however, was passed.
'The house went into a committee on Mr liisa proportion 6,106,000 Martin's financial resolutions. On the re
solution being read for the abolition of fineEngland ......... 46,079,000
cures, Irish proportion of
Mr Bankes rose, and proposed as an L.50,466,000...... 5,986,000
amendment, not to abolish entirely firecure Ditto Civil Lift and
places, but to create from such as should be other charges 170,000
in future abolished a fund, to enable bis Ma
jesty to reward public services. The house 6,106,000
divided on the amendment-for i: 99; aTo meet these fupplies the Ways and gains it 93 ; majority 6. Means were as follow :
Friday, May 18.
Mr D. Giddy brought up the report of Annual Duties ........ L.3,000,000 the select conimittee appointed to search for SurplusConsolidatedFund 1809 2,661,602 precedents in the case of Sir F. Burdett. Ditto 1810........
4,400,000 The report being read, some ohjeccions War Taxes
19,500,000 were made to it by Mr Horner; in cenfeo Lottery.......
quence of which, after a debate of fone Exchequer Bills
*5,311,600 length, the report was ordered to be reVote of Credit
Lord A. Hamilton, pursuant to notice,
moved that the relolucions on the conduct L.46,223,202
of Lord Caillereagh, in the appointment of *The Eschequer Bills funded in
a writership in India, be erated from the the present year, amount to 8,311,000 journals. The motion was negatived witisThe like amount to be issued for
out a division. the service of 1810, will be
Mr Grattan, after a long and eloquero applied.
speech, in which he enforced the neceflity of To discharge Vote of
emancipatmg the liish Catholics, mosed that Credit Bills 1809. 3,000,000
the various Catholic petitions be referrell io Towards the Supply
a select committec. The motion was lecincin of the Year.........5,311,600
ed by Sir J. Hippedey, but, on account of 8,311,600
the lareness of the hour, the debate was acNo new taxes were to be imposed to pay jow ned till Thursday. May, 1810.
with a visable coldness and reserve, by the Iu a general order, issued by the Gover. native officers. nor-General, on the 25th September 1809, the following officers were ordained to be An authorized publication has recently tried by a Court Martial, viz :-Lieut.-Col. issued from the press, vindicative of the official John Bell, ift bat. artillery, senior officer, condut of Mr Petrie one of the Members commanding Seringapatam; Lieut.-Colonel of the Supreme Council of Madras, in the John) Doveton, 8th regiment cavalry, com- opposition shewn by him to the system of manding a detachment of the Hydrabad Sir George Barlow, for the suppreslion of Subsidiary force at Jaulna; Major Joseph the discontents in the Madras army. This Storey, 1st bat. 19th regiment, N. 1. fenior consists wholly of public documents, in the officer, commanding Masulipatam.
form of a statement of facts presented to The alternative of a Court Martial, or the
Lord Minto, and a reply to a minute, also relignation of their commissions, was also of- detailed, of the governor of Fort St George. fered to the undermentioned officers:- These papers are of too great an extent Lieut.-Col. Munro, 2d bat. 15th regiment, to insert at length, nor will our time or Seringapatam ; Major David C. Kenny, space allow us to make, at the instant, any 2d bat. 19ch regiment, ditco; Capt. T. É. Other than a short extraa from them, and De Haviland, engineers, ditto; Capt. George that chiefly applicable to the military quesCadell, 12th bat. N. I. and Town Major,
tion. ditco; Capt. Hugh M'Intosh, 1lt bat. Sth re
“ That the Government would not have giment marched without orders from been disposed to carry their resentments Chittledroog to Seringapatam ; Capt. F. K. further than the dismissal of General MacAilkill, in bat. 15th regiment, ditto; Capt. dowall, with the strong and criminating A. Andrews, Madrass European regimenc, orders that they published to the army on Masulipatam ; Capt. James Patterson, it that occasion, and that it would not have apbat. Ilth regiment, Samulcottach ; Captain peared necessary to extend punishment to Gec. Wahab, if bat. 21st regiment, Chica- the fubordinate officers, who acted merely cole ; Capt. James Sadler, ilt bat. 24th re- in obedience to the orders of the General.giment, Eliore; Capt J. L. Lushington, 4th Sir G. Barlow viewed in a different light, regiment cavalry, 'ditto; Capt.-Lieut. C. and, in an evil hour, proposed and carried the Hopkinson, 1st bat. artillery, lenior officer fatal resolution, of suspending the Adjutano of artillery, at Jaulna ; Capt.-Lieut. G. W. and Deputy Adjutant-General from the serPoignand, horse artillery, senior officer of vice, for having, in the usual forms of office, the corps at Jaulna; Capt. C. M. Gibson, ift circulated, agreeably to the directions of the bat. 10th regiment, 3 aulna; Capt. Thomas Commander in Chief, his address to the Pollack, itt bat. 12th regiment, ditto ; Ma- army. jor Mathew Stewart, 2d bat. 17th regiment,
“ The measure of removing Lieut.-Col. ditto ; Capt:John Turner, 2d bat. 15ch re- Capper and Major Boles, was universally giment, Seringapatam.
condemned by the molt respectable officers All the above Gentlemen, with the ex- in the army, and not more so by the officers ception of Capt. M'Intosh, who commanded in the Company's service, than' by those of the Chittledroog detachment, have resolved his Majesty's regiments. It was felt by all to abide the event of a trial.
as the introduction of a most dangerous prioBy the latest intelligence received from ciple, and setting a pernicious example of that quarter, it appears that several duels a disobedience and insubordination to all had tuken place between the officers of his the gradations of military rank and authoMajesty's and the Company's army, arising rity; teaching inferior officers to question out of maciers connected with the late trans- the legality of the orders of their fuperiactions. And the officers suspended from
ors." &c. command on declining the test of obedience, Mr Petrie, after an exposition of the conoffered to them by Lord Minto, have been ciliatory policy which is said to have goverreceived, on joining their respe live corps, ned his conduct proceeds to late
* There is a wide difference (he observes) the empire of the east. It removes the de. between the mutiny of a corps and the dif- lufion by which for so many years a handafection and revolt of a whole army, and ful of Europeans have kept millions in awe; the measures fuitable to the one are totally and for a temporary, and no great national inapplicable to the other; prompt and rigo- object, endangers the whole machine of our sous correction will compel the one, but the Indian government. I consider this to be other must be regained and subdued by the the most fatal wound that the public safety same means which wisdom, talents, and has received in the present diaracted knowledge of the human mind employs in conflict. Granting us complete success, it the government of millions."
will be found, I fear, at no remote period, In this impression, Mr Petrie recommends that we have purchased the vi&ory at the conciliatory measures, and particularly de- ruin of our country. Great indeed must be precates the publication of the orders of the the emergency, and the objed of infinite 1st of May; which suspended from the ser- importance, to justify a government in revice, or removed from their official stations, forting to the dangerous and unexampled eight meritorious officers, ' without trial or experiment we have made on the native a hearing in their defence. After shewing troops : nothing less, in my opinion, than an the inapplicability of these orders to the obvious and evident danger, which menaces ftate of things, and the more than hazard- the very existence of the statę, by a combious tendency of them, Mr Petrie contrasts nation of officers to deliver over the army, the view taken by Sir G. Barlow of fur- or the country, to our enemies." rounding circumstances, and the policy Mr Petrie explains, on the concurrent which he fancied to be adapted to them, opinions of the best-informed military meri, with his own.
that an appearance even of conciliation " To Sir G. Barlow it appeared that go would have brought back the minds of the vernment must not concede under any cir- army to their original state of obedience ; cumstances whatever, and must meet all instead of which they were inflamed, as he those eventual misfortunes rather than re- remarks, by a number of lesser and subordi. peal an order once passed, or rescind any of nate causes ; which should have been mat the severity which have been adopted to- ftudiously avoided by any one,'not desirous wards the army. Very different is the re- of producing thofe calamitous' effects which sult of my reflections on this momentous Mi Petrie deplores. On this subje& he subject, implicating the lives of thousands, continues and nacional considerations of greater mag. “I shall at present only advert to the very nitude than ever came under the delibera. injudicious, indiscreet, and frivolous disputes, tion of a British Government. On the opi. which, for the last six or seven months, have nion I have given I must sand or fall; but taken place with respect to coats, invitations, however I may bow with submislion to the and other circumstances of the same nature, will of a superior authority, I do not think in the private focieties of the settlement.that torture could make me retract the so- The power and influence of Government on lemn dictate of my conscience, that every one side, and the general unpopularity of its order issued by this government, for the last measures on the other, produced parties in twelve months, had better be repealed, than society, which very extraordinary taleots the cogntry plunged into the incalculable might have reconciled, but which authority horrors of civil war-a war with our coun. could not suppress. In the commencement trymen, Briton against Briton, and the Sea of the discontents, the military in general, at poys appealed to and called in to decide this the Presidency, declined accepting of the fatal conflict."
governor's invitations to dinner. This was And afterwards
taken up in a manner which gave impor"With respect to remote and ultimate tance to a circumstance of no moment in it. consequences, this appeal of government to self, and, by making the refusal a breach of the native tronps is more pregnant with military discipline, it increased the spirit of danger to our security in India than any resistance; and many officers preferred inother measure we have yet adopted. Be curring the severest displeasure of Governfides its immediate and ruinous effects on ment rather than give this involuntary test the discipline and fubordination of the army, of obedience. The young men of the instiit leads to consequences of far more gene
tution were ordered to their corps, because sal magnitude and importance.
they would not attend a ball of Lady Bar“ By this appeal to the sepoy, we in- low's. A battalion of fepoys was sent across ftru& him in the fatal truth, that on the the peninsula to Goa, because the officers fupport of his arm depends the security of refused to dine with the Governor : this was