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which 90,000l. was sent to the Bank, peachnient Committee, that Alexander and 3000l. was retained in the chest. Trotter had refused to answer the quesIn the subsequent January soocl. had tions put to him by the Committee; he been paid on account of Mr Jellicue, therefore moved that he be committed the Ex-Treasurer, so that the money to the custody of the Serjeant at Arms, paid into the chest then, was 16,000l. who should attend the Committee with But of this sum only goodl. had been Alex. Trotter whenever they required applied to naval services, and the other it.-Ordered. 13,cool. had been given by the Paymas.
Tuesday, March 6. ter to Lord Melville, on his receipts, in the following proportions : Nov. uith: peachment Committee, that Mr Trotter
Mr Whitbread reported from the im1782, scol.;-i2th, 2cool;—22d, 1cool.; had that day answered all questions in 24th, 3000l.;Dec. 19th, 1oool. ;ditto 3000l. April sth 1783, 2500l. To
a manner satisfactory to the Commit. tal, 13,000l. There was therefore, at
tee; he therefore presented a petition the beginning of 1784 a deficiency in
from him, expressive of his contrition, Lord Meiville's account of 13,0001.- stating that his refusal to answer quesThis deficiency was increased to 23,0001. tions did not proceed from want of deby a payment of 10,000l. for Mr Jelli. ference or respect to the orders of this coe, which had been given to Lord
Honourable House, but merely from a Melville. In April 1783, the deficien- regard to his personal security, and cy was reduced by payments from Mr
from the opinions which he had receivGrey, a clerk in the Navy Pay Office, ed from his legal advisers, and praying with whom Lord Melville had pecunia to be discharged. Mr Trotter was acry transactions, and from the house of cordingly brought to the bar, repri. Mess. Muir and Atkinson, to 7000l.- manded by the Speaker, and discharged. The report proceeded to state the dif
Friday, March 7. ferent times at which this sum of The House proceeded to the consi16,000l, had been paid. No reduction deration of the last report of the Comof the goool, took place till 1784, when mittee for conducting Lord Melville's there was an attempt to transfer the de- impeachment. Mr Whitbread moved, ficiency from the one Treasurership to that the Committee do prefer a further the other, but still the gross amount article of impeachment against Lord due to the public was 7000l. In 1784, Melville, on the matter contained in this deficiency had been encreased to that report. He added, that the mo10,000l, for the second Treasurership, ment his Lordship should plead to that but in 1785 it had again been reduced charge, the Committee were ready to to goool. But 16001, had been still left proceed with the trial. The motion on the first Treasurership, so that puts being agreed to, Mr W. brought up a ting the deficiency of 9000l. for the se. report of the Committee to this effectcond, and 16001. for the first, together, That the said Henry Lord Visc. Melthere was still an undischarged residue ville did take and receive, as Treasuof 10,6001. The report then proceeded rer, or Ex-Treasurer of the Navy, dito state, in a summary manner, the ap- vers large sums of money, amounting to plication of part of these sums, as far as 28,000l. or thereabouts, and did illegalthe Committee had been able to ascer- ly and corruptly apply the same to his tain this point. Part had been paid to own use, or other illegal or corrupt Mr Drummond, the banker, part to Mr purposes, and did continue so to employ Grey, the clerk above mentioned, and them, after the passing of an act regu. the 10,000l. paid on account of Mr Jel. lating the conduct of the Office of licoe had been advanced by way of Treasurer of his Majesty's Navy. loan to Mess. Muir and Atkinson. The report was then received. This, however, had been discharged.” In a Committee on the army esti
The report, on the motion of Mr mates for two months, the following esWhitbread, was ordered to lie on the ta. timates were agreed to :-Number of ble, and to be printed.
effective men 134,463-—Expence of miWednesday, March 5.
litary establishments in Great Britain Mr Whitbread reported from the Im. and Ireland, 793,406 1.-Military estab
ishments in the Plantations, the Me
Wednesday, March 19. diterranean, Gibraltar, Ceylon, &c.
The bill for renewing the Scotch 336,3961.
bankrupt act was passed. It is to be in Tuesday, March 11.
force till the 25th of March 1808. Mr Dillon asked a question of Mr
Sir John Sinclair moved for an account Fox concerning the intentions of Minis
of the grants from the funds of the forters with regard to the claims of the
feited estates in Scotland, and the ba. Irish Catholics; to which Mr Fox an
lances and interest thereon, and the sum swered, that his own conduct respect- in hand.--Ordered. ing these claims would be the same it had always been; but that the probabi.
Tuesday, March 25. lity of success at present, was less than
Mr Grey, in an appropriate speech, it may be at a future period.
moved the thanks of the House to AdWednesday, March 12.
miral Duck worth, Admirals Cochran Mr Tierney brought up a bill for pre
and Louis, and the other officers, seaventing unnecessary expences in the men, and marines engaged in the late election of Members of Parliament. It glorious aciion off Si Domingo. Ora
Mr Rose took this opportunity of obtravelling expences, or as a compensa
serving, that the fruits of this victory tion for loss of time, or for meat or
completed the number of ONE HUNDRED drink, or under any other pretence
AND NINE sail of the line taken from whatsoever.
the enemy during that Administration
which Gentlemen on the opposite side Friday, March 14.
had characterised as possessing neither Alderman Prinsep rose to move for
ability nor foresight. certain documents, the object of which
A message from the Lords announce was to shew the unnatural and enor
ed that they had appointed Tuesday the mous disproportion of the trade carried
29th April for the trial of Lord Melon between the United States of Ameri-, ville. Mr Whitbread moved, that the ca and the European Settlements in the
Committee of Impeachment be the Ma. Peninsula of India, compared with the
nagers, and the Solicitors to the Bank, imports of this country, which he stat- the Solicitors to the impeachment.ed to be in the proportion of three to Ordered.
When he considered the enormous expence those establishments were
Wednesday, March 26. to this country-the great portion of Mr Whitbread moved, that the House our navy that was appropriated to the attend the trial of Lord Melville, as a protection of these settlements and the Committee of the whole house. Mr R. alarm and anxiety at this moment en- Dundas (Lord Melville's son,) observed, tertained for their security, he consider- that were the motion adopted, the trial ed the subject as most alarming.--After must be conducted in Westminster Hall, a speech of considerable length, he con- He deprecated this mode of proceeding, cluded by moving for a return of lists as harrassing in point of time, and ruinof all ships or vessels, navigating under ous in point of expence to Lord MelEuropean or American colours, cleared ville, whose private fortune was well out of Bengal from the year 1801, with known to be by no means large. The the cargoes, and amount thereof; and substantial ends of justice would be as also the British ships not chartered, to effectually obtained, and in a fifth part the latest time the same can be made up, of the time, at the bar of the House of
The motion was resisted by Mr Se- Lords. Mr Banks, Mr Rose, Mr W. cretary Fox, and others, on the grounds, Dundas, Mr Percival, Mr Canning, and that the document required would af- others, spoke to the same effect. Mr ford but a partial and unconnected view Tierney, Mr Fox, Mr Grey, Lord H. of the subject, and that it would inter- Petty, and others, supported the mofere with delicate and important nego. tion, on the ground that all possible ciations now pending with the United publicity and solemnity should be given States of America. The motion was to the trial. The motion was carried withdrawn.
without a division,
had paid the tax, upon their producing Friday, March 28.
at the Tax-office the will or document Lord Henry Petty rose to state the constituting the annuity, and demonsupplies that would be necessary for 'strating the claim to exemption, the Tax. the year, and the Ways and Means that office should make repayment. were proposed to meet them. He be- He also stated, that the Governor, &c. gan by siating the amount of the na. of the Bank had agreed to receive the tional debt, funded and unfunded. The tax upon the dividends at the Bank, funded debt on the ist of January was which would greatly facilitate the exe517,280,000 l. and by the operation of cution of the act. Thus regulated, he Mi Pitt's excellent system of the Sinks expected an additional five millions from ing Fund, there had been redeemed the tax. He further proposed to add 123,476,000l. The unfunded debt a. another million to the war taxes, by enmounted on the 1st of January to creasing the Customs and Excise du. 23,165,7471. Great as this debt was, ties. The increased duties on wines the country possessed the fair means of should be reckoned among the permasupporting the interest, and for its ex- nent taxes, but the war taxes upon the tinction, by means of the Sinking Fund. articles in the Customs he proposed to The permanent taxes amounted to increase by an addition of 25 per cent. 32,535,9711. and the sum which would from one-fourth to a third of those at go to the extinction of the debt amount- present paid. On sugar he proposed an ed to 7,566,591 l. which bore to the addition of 15 per cent. upon the consowhole debt a proportion of 1 to 68.
lidated duty that it at present pays. He then proceeded to state the sup. The increase on the Customs would plies for the year, viz. Navy, 15,281,000l. tbus produce 700,000l. The increase Army,18,000,00ol.Ordnance,4,718,000l. by Excise would be 309,000l. This Miscel. Services, 2,170,000l. Arrears was principally to be raised on tobacco of Subsidies, 1,000,000l. Vote of Cre- (6d. a pound). The whole of the war dit, 2,000,000l. Total joint charge for taxes would then be 19 millions and a England and Ireland, 43,669,000l. Add half, from which deducting a million and England's separate charges, 5,247,000l. a half which would probably be out. -Total supplies, 48,916,000l. Deduet standing on the 5th of April 1807, the op account of Ireland, 5,297,5281.-Re- sum of 1$ millions of war taxes would mains on accountof England,43,618,4724. remain, applicable to the service of the
In order to meet this supply, the Ways present year. and Means were-ist, The Malt and He now came to the new permanent Personal Estate duties, 2,750,0col. Pro- taxes for defraying the interest and ceeds of ships captured prior to the war, charges on the loan. First, he proposed 1,000,000l. Profits of the Lottery, to render the wine duty permanent, 380,000l. He next stated the Loan, 20 which would produce 500,000l. A tax millions, (two millions being for Ireland) of 40s. per ton on pig iron would prowhich he had concluded on terms bighly duce 500,00ol. The persons employed advantageous for the country. The in that trade would be protected by a terms were, that for every cool. the countervailing duty on foreign iron. He subscribers received 100l. in the Con- next proposed to equalize the duties sols, and 661. in the 3 per cent. Reduc- on tea, making the coarse teas, hitherto ed, making the interest for the money exempted, pay the same duty as the fine, advanced only 4l. 195.7d. for every rool. which would produce 70,000l., A tax
The War Taxes was the next and on sales by appraişement, equal to half most prominent article in the Ways and the auction duty, would produce 66,000l. Means. After some observations on Total produce of new taxes 1,136,0001. the advantages of raising a large part of He then recapitulated the Ways and the supplies within the year, he said, he Means--viz, malt, and personal estate proposed to raise the Property Tax to duties, 2,750,000l.--Produce of ships io per cent, on all property above sol. captured before the war 1,000,000l. 2-year, and to authorise the Commis. Lottery 380,000l.-Surplus of consosioners to assess two years together. All lidated fund 3,500,000l. -- War taxes exemptions were to be done away ; but 18,000,000l.Loan 18,000,000l.--To. for the relief of small tradesmen and an. tal 43,630,000l. zuitants, he proposed, that after they The resolutions were all agreed to.
My enemies are subdued and abashed,
The House of Naples has for ever lost LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY.
its crown. The whole peninsula of PARIS, March 2.
Italy belongs to the Great Empire.-1,
as the Chief of that Empire, am the THE opening of the Session of the guarantee of the Sovereigns and Consti
tutions, by which its several parts are uncommonly interesting. All the places governed. allotted for strangers were crowded “ Russia has the capitulation which early. About mid-day, the firing of I granted alone to thank for the returni cannon announced the arrival of the
of the wreck of her armies. Possessing Emperor and King, who entered the
the power of overthrowing the Impehall, in which his statue, holding in one rial throne of Austria, I have on the hand the Legislative Code, is erected.
contrary confirmed it. The conduct of The head of the statue was, on this oc- the Cabinet of Vienna will be such that casion, adorned with a crown of laurel.
posterity shall not impute to me want The Empress had, a short time be
of political discernment on this occasion. I fore, entered by another door; she was have placed complete confidence in the accompanied by the Princesses her sis.
assurances which have been made to ters, and the Prince Royal of Bavaria, amidst shouts of, Live the Empress : Besides, the high destinies of my crown
me through the Sovereign of AustriaHer Majesty seated herself in an arm
do not depend upon the sentiments and chair near the statue, and received,' views of foreign powers. My people with most gracious affability, the proofs will always maintain this throne, against of respect which were offered to her all the efforts of hatred and envy. No: from every side.
sacrifice will be difficult to them, whenMilitary music was played while the
ever it may be necessary for the securiEmperor entered. The moment he ty of this chief glory of the country. ascended the throne, the Empress, and “ Though educated in armies, and all the Members of the Assembly, always in conquering armies, I must stood up, and the Hall resounded with
say, that in the last campaign, the deeds the exclamation, Live the Emperor! of my soldiers exceeded my, expecta
At the desire of the Arch-Chancellor tions; and, at the same time, it is with of the Empire, several Members who
the greatest satisfaction I declare, that had not before been sworn in, proceed- all the rest of my people have also fuled to take the oaths. The ceremony filled their duties. In the midst of Mo. being concluded, the Emperor arose tavia, I have never ceased for a mument and made the following speech:- to experience the effects of their love
“ Messieurs the Deputies from the and affection; and never have these Departments to the Legislative Assem- proofs of attachment reached me, withbly:-Messieurs the Members of the
out penetrating my heart with the most Tribunate, and the Members of my pleasing sensations. Council of State.
“ Frenchmen, my hopes have never “ Since your last meeting the greater been deceived. Your love contributes part of Europe has been united with
more to my fame, than to the greatness England; but my armies never ceased and prosperity of your country. Mato conquer, until I ordered them to
gistrates, Priests, Citizens ! you have cease to combat.
all shewn yourselves worthy of that fire “ I have avenged the cause of the empire, whi for two ages, has been weak states, which were oppressed by an object of conspiracies and envy for the strong. My allies have acquired her neighbours. encreased power and consideration - My Minister of the Interior shall April 1806.
lay before you a report on the events in France; in the diocese of Rouen one that have occurred during the last year. hundred and sixty priests have died My Council of State will submit to within two years, and only thirty sucyour consideration plans of laws which sessors could be found. The Archbishop, have been prepared for improving the in a pastoral letter on this subject, says, several branches of the Administration. that “there will soon remain nothing My Ministers of Finance and the Ge. to the Church of Rome, but the bare neral Treasury shall produce the ac- walls, and the regrets of the faithful.” counts which have been drawn up for my inspection, and by them you will be
New CONTINENTAL ARRANGEMENTS. convinced of the prosperous state of our finances. Since my return I have la. The changes which Bonaparte has boured without intermission to give vi- determined to make on the Continent gour and activity to the Government, are now executing with considerable which provides for the happiness of the activity. Whether he acts with the most distant parts of this great Empire. free consent of Prussia, or the latter is
“ No fresh burdens shall be imposed compelled to be his tool, is not certain ; on my people; but there shall be com- but from circumstances it would seem municated to you new information res- that Prussia has been compelled, and pecting the financial system, the plan that Bonaparte has dictated these chanof which was laid down last year. I ges, leaving to that monarch only the have it in view to diminish the direct alternative of war or acquiescence. taxes, the pressure of which falls upon Be this as it may, we are informed, landed property, and to compensate the that M. Lucchesini returned to Paris deficiency in part by an increase of the from Berlin on the 10th of March, with direct imposts.
the King of Prussia's full consent to the “ In consequence of a battle impru. schemes of partition so dictated by the dently commenced, ue have lost some French Ruler. On the 15th, a eonven. ships by the storms. I cannot, howe. tion was accordingly concluded between ver, sufficiently praise the great zeal Count Haugwitz and Marshal Duroc, for the common cause, which, under the particular terms of which have not these circumstances, has been displayed been published; but besides the cession by the King of Spain.
or exchange of certain districts or terri. “ I desire PEACE with ENGLAND. tories, which it no doubt stipulates, this Not a moment's delay shall it experience on
transaction seems to lead to events of my part,
I shall be ready always to con- the highest importance to all the northclude it, taking for its basis the Treaty of ern powers. Amiens.
On the 18th of March, in terms of this “ Messieurs the Deputies to the Le convention, the Prussian garrison evacu. gislative Body : The attachment which ated Wesel, and next day it was occupiyou have shewn me, and the manner in ed by a division of French troops under which you gave me your support in Gen. Beaumont, one of Prince Murat's your last sitting, will not permit me to aid-de-camps, who in a proclamation inentertain any doubt of your assistance. formed the inhabitants that the adminis. Nothing will be proposed by you but tration was to continue till the pleasure what is necessary for the glory and wel. of the “new Sovereign" was known. fare of my people.”
Who was to be this new Sovereign, was The Emperor having concluded his kept a profound secret from the people address, withdrew in the same manner of Wesel. An article from that city, datas he entered, and returned to the Thuil. ed March 26. says: leries amidst the plaudits of the people. “ At length the future condition of
A circumstance is mentioned in the these countries is no longer a secret. last French papers, which has hitherto The Emperor's brother-in-law, Prince been little noticed, during the delirium Murat, is to govern Cleves and Berg, of the revolution, but which in the next under the title of Joachim, Duke of age may produce consequences beyond Cleves and Berg. The following Prothe sagacity of man to anticipate at pre. clamation, to this effect, was published sent :-During the last fifteen years, yesterday :scarcely any persons have taken orders " Napoleon, by the Grace of God,