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ed by 200 or 300 of the most respectable

own acts.

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

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441,417

SUPPLIES, 1810.

• the interest of the loan; the surplus of the Navy (exclusive of Ordnance

stamp duties were more than sufficient for Sea Service)..................... 19,238,000 the purpose. "The loan had been procurel Army (inclading Bar

upon more advantageous terms than had racks & Commis

ever been done before, since the interest fariat) ............ 13,953,606

given to the contractors was not quiteL 4 5:. Ditto Ireland ......... 2,992,057

which was much less than private individuEn. 2,750,000 2

als could borrow at. Several observations irel. 200,000 {2,950,000

were made by Mr Huskisson on the necesiiUnprovided do. laft

ty of economy, as the war was likely to be

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 remarks Miscellaneous (about)

2,000,000 by Mr Rose, Mr Tierney, Mr Thornton'.

and Sir T. Turton, the resolutions were read Eng,3,000,000 iren." 900000 ............. 3,200,000 and agreed to; and the house hiving r

fumed, the report was ordered to be receiSicily.....

400,000 ved on Friday. Portugal...............

980,000

Thursday, May 17.

Mr WAARTON 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 Interelt 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 admiralty.

The bill, however, was passed.
Total Supplies .........52,185,000

'The house were into a committee on Mr lrifa proportion ...... 6,106,000

Martin's financial resolutions. On the re

solution being read for the abolition of fineEngland ......... 46,079,000

cures, Leifh proportion of

Mr BANKES rose, and proposed as an L.50,466,000...... 5,936,000

amendment, not to abolith entirely finecure 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 it 99; a

gainst it 93 ; majority 6. To meet these fupplies the Ways and

Friday, May 18.
Means were as follow :-
WAYS AND MEANS.

Mr D. Giddy brought up the report of Annual Duties ................... L.3,000,000 the select conimittee appointed to search for SurplusConsolidatedFund 1809 2,661,002 precedents in the case of Sir F. Burdert. Ditto 1810............ ......... 4.400.000 The report being read, some objeccions War Taxes ......................... 19,500,000 were made to it by Mr Horner; in confeLottery.............................. 350,000 quence of which, alter a debate of torie Exchequer Bills ................... *5,311,600 length, the report was ordered to be reVote of Credit ..................... 8,000,000

3.000.000 committed. Loan ............. .............. 8,000,000 Lord A. HAMILTON, purfuant to notice.

moved that the relolutions on the conduct

L.46,228,202 of Lord Caillereagh, in the appointment of "The Exchequer Bills funded in

a writership in Judia, 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 elnquero applied.

speech, in which he enforced the necefiity of To dischargeVote of

emancipating the liish Catholics, mosed that Credit Bills 1809. 3,000,000

the various Carholic petitions be referred to Towards the Supply

a felect committec. The motion was fecunof the Year.........5,311,600

ed by Sir J. Hippodley, but, on account of

8,311.600 the lateness of the hour, the debate was adNo new taxes were to be imposed to pay journed till Thuriday. May, 1810.

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* There is a wide difference (he observes) the empire of the east. It removes the debetween the mutiny of a corps and the dif- lufion by which for so many years a handaffection 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 rous correction will compel the one, but the Indian goveroment. 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 distracted 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 victory 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 ist of May; which suspended from the fer- importance, to justify a govertinent 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 Thewing 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 Itatę, 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 fure 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,

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 most the severity which have been adopted to studiously avoided by any one,'not desirous wards the army. Very different is the re of producing thofe calamitous' effects which salt of my reflections on this momentous Mr Petrie deplores. On this subject he subject, iniplicating the lives of thousands, continues and national confiderations 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 opic which, for the last fix or seven months, have gion I have given I must stand or fall; but taken place with respect to toalts, invitations, however I may bow with fubmillion to the and other circumstances of the same nature, will of a superior authority, I do not think in the private societies of the settlement.--that torture could make me retract the so- The power and influence of Government on lema dictate of my conscience, that every one side, and the general unpopularity of its order issued by this government, for the latt measures on the other, produced parties in twelve months, had better be repealed, than society, which very extraordinary talents the country plunged into the incalculable might have reconciled, but which authority horrors of civil war-a war with our coun could not fuppress. In the commencemenç 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 cronps is more pregnant with military discipline, it increased the spirit of danger to our fecurity 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 subordination 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 sai magaitude and importance.

they would not attend a ball of Lady Bar“. By this appeal to the lepoy, we in- low's. A battalion of fepoys was sent across fru& him in the fatal truth, that on the the peninsula to Goa, because the officers support of his arm depends the security of refused to dine with the Governor : this was

certainly

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