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mander in Chief was besides empowered next instance was Major John Shaw, who to apply the money arising from the sale of wished to be appointed Deputy Barrackcommissions to the increase of the Compas. Master at the Cape of Good Hope. He sionate Fund, for the assistance of the wi- happened to be no favourite with the Duke; dows and children of officers. Now, he however, he was introduced to Mrs Clarke, should be able to prove, that commissions and consented to give her the sum of 10001. had been sold, and that the money had on condition of obtaining the appointment. been applied to far different purposes from In consequence, he obtained the appointthose to which they ought to have been de. ment in April 1808, having paid down 2001. voted. He must allude to another estab. to Mrs. Clarke, and afterwards sent her lishment, which took place in 1803, when 3001. more, through a relation of his. Mrs his Royal Highness took a house in Glou- Clarke, however, applied in vain by letter cester Place, in which a lady, of the name for the remaining 5001, and in consequence of Clarke, took up her residence (expres- complained most bitterly to the Commandsions of disapprobation from several Mem er in Chief, who put Major Shaw on halfbers,) with a splendid establishment; he pay. He had in his pocket the various let
should have frequent occasion to notice this ters which passed, and one in particular lady. The first misapplication of money from Mrs Shaw, who threatened to expose
arising from the sale of commissions, which the whole affair. He knew of no other
They attempted, the re, to don, the Duke of York's Secretary.procure an exchange, but in vain, and they Capt. Maling might be an unexceptionable boch fell victims; but they had applied to officer. He had had the good fortune, no mistress, and employed no bribe. The however, to have been a clerk in Mr Green
wood's office, and had been made an Ensign, on which a Committee might judge. His while he was yet ať the desk. The facts Right Hon. Friend had said that he was which he had produced, and others might able to speak as to his knowledge of the have been added, appeared to him sufficient army he had lately commanded. He could to prove the necessity of going into a Com- also answer, that it had fallen to his lot to mittee. He would only add one circum know particularly how promotions were stance-there was actually a public office in made, and that such an advancement in the the city of London, where commissions are army never took place, without the names exposed to sale at reduced rates. He had being produced, by whom recommended, heard the persons belonging to it declare, and the sums ascertained which were paid that they were employed by the present
for the same. favourite, Mrs Carey. He was also informi. With respect to the removal of the Deed, that places of all descriptions were to puty Barrack-Master-General at the Cape be sold there (a laugh,) for the private be of Good Hope, he believed, and indeed nefit of two persons high in the Govern. knew, it was a case that frequently occur
He concluded with moving, red, and that Staff Officers, not on full pay “ That a Committee be appointed to in: at the time they were appointed, must go on • vestigate the conduct of his Royal Highness half pay. As to the case of the two officers,
the Duke of York, with regard to purcha. Majors Macdonald and Sinclair, he thought · ses, exchanges, and appointments to com it would be putting the Commander in misions in the army.'
Chief into a very invidious predicament, if, Sir F. Burdett seconded the motion. because he would not consent to any parti
The Secretary at War said, he did not cular exchange, to suit the private conve- rise to give any opposition to the motion : nience of two individuals, that he should, The Hon. Gentleman who niade it, had, in therefore, be liable to the charge of their a very candid manner, brought forward deaths. He coincided perfectly with the facts of the most important kind, and in Secretary at War, and should deem himself their consequences most serious and weigh- greatly deficient in duty, should he omit to ty. He cooceived the House would readic speak of the state of the army so lately unly acquiesce in going into an inquiry of the der his command in Portugal, and whose alleged facts. He was certain the illus- gallant atchievements had so recently retrious personage concerned in them was ceived the thanks of the House. He really ready to go into a full investigation of these believed there never had been an army in charges. As to the half pay list, he had a higher state of discipline, from the Staff stated, on former occasions, that it had down to the meanest soldier in the ranks. been most extensively and materially bene He thought so much from him was due to fired by the Commander in Chief, who had the Commander in Chief, to whose unrevoluntarily resigned a very extensive patro- mitting zeal and assiduity, the high state of page, in order that the sale of the commis. discipline which our army could now boast sions might be brought in aid of the Com was certainly to be attributed. passionate Fund, by which that fund had • Mr Yorke believed there was never a been greatly increased. With respect to charge of greater magnitude brought be. the Barrack Department, it was not within fore the House. He was sorry to observe, the patronage of his Royal Highness the it had lately been the misfortune of this Duke of York. He wished also to observe, country to have been inundated with the that the manner in which the army had most shameful and atrocious libels against been fitted out, which was lately sent to this illustrious character, and others of his Portugal, was a very striking mark of the August Family. He had viewed with the superior military talents of the Duke of deepest cern the continued and repeated York, and a strong proof of his great at current of scurrility which had been poured tention to and regard for that army, and of forth against various branches of the Royal course militated against the truth of char. Family; and he could not, from the whole ges, which, if founded in truth, must strike complexion of it, consider it in any other at its discipline, and, through that, at its lighi than as a vile conspiracy against the. very existence. His Right Hon. Friend illustrious House of Brunswick. (Near, bear, near him (Sir A. Wellesley,) who had so from all parts of the House.)
It was lately commanded that army, would readily thought that the jacobinical spirit which tell the state in which he found it. He some years ago pervaded this country, was. thought it necessary to make these few ob in a great degree annihilated. He believed, servations as to what he knew of the con however, that where a spirit of jacobinism duct of the illustrious personage in ques
had once taken root, it would never be tion.
wholly subdued or eradicated; and wben Sir A. Wellesley rejoiced sincerely that he reflected on the infamous libels which sertain charges had been brought forward had lately appeared, he could not but con
sider them as the engines of a conspiracy Chancellor and the Duke of Portland. (A devoted to those purposes. He was, there. loud laugh.) There were variety of places fore, decidedly in favour of an immediate for sale, sone in Jamaica and some in Enginquiry.
land. He did not wish to keep back any Sir Francis Burdett said, he had heard thing. so many stories in circulation, which he
The Chancellor of the Exchequer then had never had the smallest doubt were ca moved that the Conimittee be of the whole lumnies, that, without knowing any thing House. more of the motion than what he had
Mr Canning expressed his admiration heard from the Hon. Gentleman, he had of the conduct of the Hon. Gentleman seconded it. He could have no other rea'. in bringing forward these charges, if his son for doing this, than a sincere wish that
motives were purely, patriotism and the these stories should be fairly brought to the public welfare; but it was not to be distest before that House, and there receive
guised, that, when this charge was once that decision which he had no doubt would
brought forward, it must, sone how or be highly honourable to the character of other, be brought to a conclusion, and he the illustrious personage who had been so begged him to recollect, that ignominy and vehemently assailed by them.
infamy must attach somewhere. There Mr Adam said, with respect to all those had been a degree of calumuy the most ex. alleged facts, which the Hon. Gentleman tensive, and attended with a brutality of inhad brought forward, he had not the smal. sult, which would almost make one regret jest doubt it would ultimately turn out that the liberty of the press, if it were not that they were founded in falsehood and misre- the evil was transient, while the good was presentation. With respect to money, there perpetual. were some circumstances in the transactions
Mr Whitbread thought that the Duke of "which positively forbade him from believ. York was obliged to his Hon. Friend for ing them possible to attach to his Royal bringing forward this charge, and though Highness the Duke of York. He had he had no doubt the illustrious Commandbeen more than twenty years gratuitously er in Chief would be found innocent, yet if in the service of his Royal Highness; and, he be, no infamy or ignominy could attach from motives of justice, he thought it his to his Hon. Friend, who had acted in disa duty to declare, that he had ever received charge of his duty as an independent menthe most unbounded confidence from his
ber of Parliament. The Right Hon. Gen. Royal Highness, as to all his pecuniary af- cleman (Mr Yorke) had ascribed this infairs; and he could positively say, that he quiry to a conspiracy, not only against the never heard of any loan, which he wished Duke of York, hut against the illustrious or attempted to negociate, with any individ House of Brunswick, and as sapping the dual whatever, that was not grounded on foundation of the constitution of the counás fair and honourable terms as a loan of try; and threw out some hints against the the Duke of Bedford, the Duke of Noré liberty of the press. He should have re, thumberland, or any nobleman could be. collected, that the liberty of this country He was, therefore, an advocate for the in.
was established upon the accession of that quiry, and should be happy that the five family to the throne of England, If those facts, or alleged facts, which had been sta calumnies did exist, it was the duty of his ted by the Hon. Gentleman, should be Majesty's Ministers, and of the Law Offispeedily'inquired into. It was his advice cers of the Crown, to institute prosecutions, that it should take place in a Committee of and punish these calumniators. the whole House, where every Member Lord Castlereagh said, it was a proud siwould be a witness to it.
tuation for the constitution of this country, The Chancellor of the Exchequer was de as well as for the illustrious person who was cidedly in favour of an inquiry, but prefer- the subject of this accusation, to have a perred a Committee of the whole House - sonage the most exalted in rank of any subThe Hon. Gentleman, who brought for: ject in the realm (except one,) desiring the ward the motion, had stated, that an agency same publicity in the examination of the extended to situations in church and state, charges against him, as would take place as well as the army, and that two great of in the case of the lowest and meanest subficers in his Majesty's present Councils ject. There certainly did exist a conspira. were privy to this office.
cy, which turned the attributes of the li. Mr Wardle said, the office was in a court berty of the press to the destruction the out of Threadneedle Street; one of the agent's names was Dunlop, and he thought * The question was then put, " that the the other was Warren. The two great of Committee be a Committee of the whole ficers who had been mentioned were the House," and was carried without a division.
Mr Smith, secretary to the American CCOUNTS have been lately recei- navy, in a report, states, that the sum
of 2,662,949 dollars, and 51 cents. will Serampore. They are all well, and dili. be wanting in the ensuing year for the gently employed in the work of transla. support of the 'navy; that the additions ting the Scriptures into the Indian and al number of officers and seamen reChinese languages. They have received quired for the public service, which the same protection as formerly, since
cannot be employed without the authothe British were in possession of Seram. rity of a special act of Congress, is as pore. Seven churches now exist at
follows :-284 midshipmen and 2000 Serampore, Dinage pore, Cuteva, Jes.
The President had intimated to the sore, Goamally, Calcutta, and Bangeor. At the latter place, Mr Felix Carey, nished with licences for a given num.
ship.owners, that they might be fure who received instruction in medicine in
ber of vessels, which were to be allow: the hospital of Calcutta,' and from Dr Taylor, has introduced the vaccine in: ed to proceed to sea in ballast, on the oculation in the kingdom of Burmah, special condition of returning (under a and has been sent for to inoculate the penalty) with a cargo of salt. Governor's children.
Several of the northern States of the Union have publicly avowed their deter.
mination to resist thefurther continuance AMERICAN STATES.
of the embargo restrictions. In New
England, town meetings have again On the 20th December, a bill was re. been held, and strong resolutions enter: ported for prohibiting commercial inter- ed into. In Boston, Rhode Island, and course between the United States and other States, the Collectors and Comp: Great Britain and France. By the 11th trollers of the Customs have resigned section of this bill, the operation of the their situations, finding it impossible to act and the embargo acts shall cease, maintain them against the will of the provided Great Britain and France re- people. In Connecticut, the merchyoke or modify their orders and decrees. ants and people had held meetings, at In short, hardly any thing else seems to which they had earnestly and deliberately occupy the attention of the American determined to be the first to set an exrepresentatives but the embargo, and ample of resistance to the oppression of the circumstances connected with it. the Government, and no longer submit On the 30th December, the resolution to the privations, inflicted on them by for raising 50,000 volunteers was adopt- the embargo laws. ed in a Committee of the whole, and de The American papers of the 27th Ja. bated at length in the House. From nuary contain sufficient proofs of the this and several other circumstances, it indignation in which the embargo laws would not be surprising if the States are held, and of the determination of should finally resolve upon a war, in the people to resist the execution of preference to their present system of them, if the Government do not immeembargo.
diately repeal them.-Ships sail in de A bill passed the American Senate, fiance of the laws, and the Government voting 4000 seamen for the better man. officers are wholly unable to enforce the ning that part of the naval force which orders of the Executive. Some of these was to be employed in the enforcement officers have resigned, and the military of the embargo laws. The bill was, have refused to fire upon a tumultuous however, rejected in the other House, meeting. Associations have been held by a majority of thirteen.
in different parts of America, and the March 1809,
strongest resolutions have been passed our countrymen in the West Indies in against the Government, One of the the bighest terms of esteem. The Sparesolutions passed at Boston was, that niards had not got possession of the ci“ we view, with the deepest concern ty of St Domingo in the beginning of and astonishment, the determination of December, but it was expected soon to the general Government to persevere fall into their hands, as the garrison and in a system of commercial restriction, inhabitants were in the greatest distress which is equally repugnant to the true from the want of provisions ; nor was interest and design of the Constitution, there any probability of their obtaining and to the best interests of the Union ; a supply, the ports being blockaded by or to relax it with a view only to a state British vessels, and all communication of hostility, which must probably ter with the interior cut off by the Spaminate in an unsuccessful and ruinous niards. war with Great Britain, and a fatal al Samona, that famous rendezvous for liance with France ; that having there. a horde of privateers in St Domingo, fore expressed our disapprobation of the has been captured by his Majesty's fri. laws imposing an embargo on cum gates Franchise, Aurora, and Reindeer merce, and signified to the constituted and Pert brigs. On the ioth Dec. these authorities of the Union our earnest vessels anchored off the town, when the wish for their repeal, we perceive, with alarm was soon spread, and, at the sight indignation and regret, ihat unprece- of such a superior force, the principal dented, arbitrary, and unconstitutional part of the inhabitants, consisting of upmeans have been provided for enfor wards of goo men, women, and chil. cing them, and that no resource remains dren, sought refuge on board the Exto us but in the protection of our State change privateer, of 14 guns and 100 Legislature.”
men, and another privateer, lying in the harbour, expecting they would be able
to effect their escape to St Domingo, WEST INDIES.
with the assistance of their sweeps.
The men of war, perceiving their inThe arrival of General Prevost, with tention, immediately dispatched four 12,000 men, off Martinique, has been boats, well manned, after them, which announced. He was to attack that island soon came up with and captured them, immediately. The French garrison was In the mean time, several other boats said to amount to 4000 men, and a vi- proceeded to storm the fort, which was gorous opposition was expected. Hos. accomplished after a slight resistance. tilities seem to have commenced with We regret, however, to add, that Capt. an attack on Pigeon Island, off Marti. Dyer, of the Aurora, was dangerously nique, which was taken by the Circe wounded in the head by a musket ball, frigate, Captain Collier, after a severe while landing the party. Four vesseis, engagement. The capture of this island lying in the harbour, laden with coffee, will facilitate the attack upon Mar. &c. also fell into the hands of the captinique. Guadaloupe is next to be at. turs. A vessel was shortly after dis. tacked; and should our troops prove patched to Porto Rico with the intelli. successful there, they are finally to at, gence, and requesting a sufficient núm. tack Cayenne, and thus to deprive the ber of troops to be sent from thence to French of all their West India posses: garrison the place. sions.
An unhappy rupture has taken place In the month of November, a body between his Grace the Duke of Manof Spaniards landed from Porto Rico, chester, Governor of Jamaica, and the and attacked the French in St Domin. House of Assembly of that island. This go. General Ferrand, who command. difference regards a mutiny which broke ed the French, marched out of the town out in the 2d West India regiment, at to oppose them, at the head of a respec- Fort Augusta, in the month of May last, table body of men; but part of his own in which Major Darley and Lieut. Ellis force, who were Spaniards, joining the were killed by the mutineers, and the enemy, the General was so much dis- other officers escaped with difficulty. converted, that he put an end to his own Many unpleasant rumours having run life with a pistol. He is spoken of by on this affair, in consequence of there