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Thursday, June 12.
missioners, is to audit the current ac. Mr Fox obtained leave for a Bill to
counts; the second, consisting of 3 Com. prevent any ship from cleaning out from missioners, is to have the charge of the any port of Great Britain for the Coast accounts now under examination; and of Africa, for the purpose of taking the third, also consisting of 3 ComSlaves on board, unless such as have missioners, is to audit those accounts been previously engaged in the trade, that are entirely in arrear, and not at or already contracted for.
all entered upon. The Treasury is to
be empowered to direct the labours of Monday, June 16.
these Commissioners, as circumstances On the motion of Mr Whitbread, a
may require. None of them are to be Committee was appointed to inspect replaced, in case of a vacancy by death, the Lords' Journals rilative to Lord till reduced to five, without an applicaMelville's trial. Mr Fuller gave notice tion to Parliament. Some additional of a motion on the subject of the re-. Inspectors are to be chosen from the payment of Lord Melville's expences on
most meritorious half-pay Commissaries, his trial, an expectation to that effect by which the half-pay will be saved to having been held out by a Noble Lord the public. Every Accountant is to on the other side.
deliver in his accounts and vouchers In answer to a question from Sir H. every year, within three months after Mildmay, Lord Howick distinctly stated, the 31st of December, in each year, so that no regular exchange of prisoners that the accounts will be henceforth anhad yet been agreed to between France pually balanced like those of a merchant, and this country. The sum of 25,000l. There are also some other subordinate was voted to Messrs. Chalmers and provisions tending to facilitate the au. Cowie, to indemnify them for the loss diting of the accounts. of a quantity of Swedish herrings in the Baltic.
Tuesday, June 24.
Lord Howick explained the measures
which it was intended to propose for The House resolved itself into a the benefit of seamen,
The out-pen. Committee on the Assessed Taxes Bill. sioners of Greenwich Hospital are to Mr Vansittart moved, that the bill should receive from 71. a-year to 181. 55. Or is, be divided into two parts; one part to per day, according to their wants and allow the exemptions from the Property merits.--The disabled seamen on the Tax, and the other to levy the 10 per chest to have a proportionate advance, cent. This motion was agreed to. A provision to be made for a certain
Sir John Sinclair rose, and after advert. number of post-captains, masters and ing to the many misfortunes which had commanders, and other officers, who may Iately occurred in consequence of so be disabled in the service. To defray many passengers being allowed on the this additional expence, sl. per cent. is outsides of stage coaches, moved that to be taken from all prize money and leave be given to bring in a bill to droits of Admiralty ; il. 135. 4d. to alter and amend the present act, and to Greenwich hospital, and 31. os. Sd. to regulate the conduct of the drivers, the chest. Resolutions to this effect Leave was granted.
were agreed to unanimously. Monday, June 23
Wednesday, June 25. Lord H. Petty moved for leave to Mr Vansittart obtained leave for a þring in a bill for better auditing the Bill to preventevasion of the Post-office public accounts. He said that 534 mil- Acts, by the conveyance of letters in lions still remained unaudited, and in brown paper covers by stage coaches. order to get through this mass, it is in On the second reading of the Milita tended to consolidate the present ex Bill, Mr Windham signiñed that it was isting Boards, and to add four Commis not at present to extend to Scotland, şioners, which will make the whole but to be limited to England. A motion number 10. These are to form three for extending it to Scotland was nega. Boards. The first, consisting of 4 Com. tived by a majority of 76 to 38.
Friday, June 27
Should it be favourable, it would then ,
sures should be adopted to render
Vaccination more extensively beneficial
years, to the discovery, had become the
Friday, July 4.
The House resolved into a Commit,
A debate of some length followed re.,
stamp duties on Lottery Office Kesers Oficers of the regulars should not be do cease and determine, an that a commanded by viluuteer officers, and stainp duty of sol. be, in future, taken as to regular offic rs below the rank 08: by every person who shall divide of Field Officers, 'hey would remain as tickets or shares in the Lottery. at present. He further stated that there Tuesday, July 8.
was no intention of giving the regular
Field Officers any command over volun. The motion for the third reading of teer colonels, except in the case of the the American Intercourse Bill wasp. volunteers being called out to do dury poser. by a number of members.
The with the regulars. areasure, they said, was deprecated by The Princes Annuity Bill being the whole mercantile interests of the brought up, Colonel Wood said he took Country, as pregnant with the most de- great shame to himself for sitting in the siructive consequences to our trade and House the other night, when these an. Davigation.' Sır C. Price moved, as an nuities were voted, without saying one atendment, that the third reading be de- word on the subject: he thought that, * vred to: three months; it was negatived at the present time, when the people by 85 to 30, and the bill was passed. were paying 17 per cent. of taxes, this
should not be introduced. The Royal Wednesday, July 9.
Personages had a coinpetent allowance, In a Committee of Supply, the follow, and not only that, but they also held ing suis were rotidin
high military rank, while they contri. To the Princess Sophia of Gloucester, buted nothing to the burdens of the 4000l. per ann. 'm, and a turther yearly state; so their real income was, nearly sum of 2cool. upon the death of her mo. one half more than their nominalincome, ther.' To the Commissioners of Naval Lord Temple argued that the augmen. Enqury, as a compensation, 26,5001.- tation was necessary, in consequence of To the Commissioner's of Military En: the depreciation of the value of money. quiry 10,5001.-To the Veterinary since the annuities were first granted. College isool.
Thursday, July 10. In this Committeé Lord Henry Fetty * Mr Windhan brought in a Bill 10 a. stated, that the Commissioners of Mili. mend the 42d of the King with respect tary Inquiry had presented to the House to the pay of the Officers of the Militia a Report, now on the table, containing and Army. The Bil provides, that an matters of high importance, and which increase of pay shall be granted to all bad led to the recovery of a large sum the Officers of the Regulars, but that of public money, for the whole of i hich the augmentation shall only extend to the Treasury were in possession of se subalterns of the Militia. The exclusion curities. [This allud 's to an article in of the Superior Officers of the Militia the report which states, that Gen. De. was stronzly objected to, as entirely al. Jancy, the late barrack-mister general, tering the constitution of that body, had charged one per cent. on all the who, when embodied, were told that debursements in his department, whic'ı they were to receive the same pay
in charge formed the sum of 87,000l. but every respect as the Army. The Se. which the C mmissioners had disal. cretary at War, in reply, observed, that lowed in his accounts.--The money as the pay was no object to the superior accordingly been repaid to the Exche, Officers of the Militia, who were men quer.]
of fortune, while the Officers of the Mr Windham brought in a bill to re Army had no other means of existing. gulate the rank of Office s in Yeomanry The Bill was read a first time. In the and Volunteer Corps. He had, he said, Committee on the Bill for regulating at first thought that a Captain of the re the rank of Volunteer Officers, a short gulars ought not to be commanded by conyersation took place. General Tar. any volunteer officer. Finding, how. leton considered the Bill as degrading ever, the feelings of most of the volun. to the Volunteers, who, had hey not ieer officers to be against this change, been discouraged, would have been, by he had, in order to meet their ideas, ai. this time, in a transcendant state of distered his original intention, and the cipline, and he would have had no hesi. present bill would declare, that Field tation in mixing 10,000 of them with
the same number of the regulars and Amount received in In. militia; his only apprehension would dia, and included in the have been, that they would have been quick stock there, dared
He also mentioned the 30th April 1804, which names of many gentlemen, who had ser formed part of the cargoes ved abroad in the army, and now served afloat outwards, in the asas officers in the volunteers, who, of sets at home. £. 583,299 necessity, must be degraded by the bill, Goods in the as they would be put under the com
export warehou. mand of junior officers of the line. ses in India on
the 30th of April EAST INDIA BUDGET.
1801, arrived in The House went into a committee on
England, and inthe East India accounts..
'cluded in the asLord Morpeth stated, that it was now sets at home, 43,619 his duty to submit to the consideration
626,918 of the Committee a general and comparative view of the situation of the The amount of the dete. East Lydia Company on an average of rioration will then be
2.966,112 In the course of this
The assets at home exhibit an instatement he should have occasion, pre
crease in value during the year in the ty much at lengti, to refer to the esti
sum of 442,1921. from the insertion of mates, to the various revenuecharges, to
the amount of the claims of the com. assets at home the and abroad, to the debts at home and the hame accounts, culated before it was under the 'consi.
pany on the public, it having been caland lastly, to contrast the assets at home
deration of Parliament. As this branch with the debts and assets abroad. His
of the concern is under examination uLordship entered into a long and most laborious statement, for a comprehen
pon principles recommended by a com
mittee of the House of Commons, which sive view of which we refer our readers
will lessen its amount, a further consi. to the following general comparison of derable adjustment will hereafter be redebts and assets :
quisite. His Lordship lamented the deGeneral Comparison of Debts and Assets. terioration in the funds of the company; Increase of debts in India £. 2,606,984
but contended, that as peace in India Increase of debts at home
was now established, there was little 1,223,331
doubt that every difficulty affecting the Total increase of debts
Company would be speedily got over.
3,890,315 Increase of assets
Af er dwelling on these points, and enin India, - £. 1,833,720
larging on the general statement, his Increase of assets
Lordship concluded by moving his resoat home
lutions, which were agreed to. 1,273,923
Friday, July It. 3,107,643 Net increase of
Mr Vansittart brought in a bill for inbalance at Chi.
vesting the estates and property of Alex. na and St He
Houston and Co. in certain Trustees, lena 443,478
for the repayment of a loan advanced
by Government for repairing devastaTotal increase of assets 3,551,121 tions committed by the enemy in Gre. Deducted from the in.
nada. Mr Baker having expressed crease of debt, will shew a
somne doubts respecting the employment deterioration to have tak
of the money, Mr Macdowall stated, en place on the whole con.
that he had succeeded his father in his cern in this view, during
connection with the house of Houston, the years 1803-4 abroad,
and that since 1300 he had made every and 1804-5 at home, to
exertion for liquidating the debt in the the amount of 339,194 manner now proposed, but his efforts had
béen rather obstructed than seconded by to merit, when they have done that sets the Law Oficers of the Crown in Scot. vice which they only intimated a dis. land. He should take the first oppor. position to perform! With respect to tunity of laying a full státemerit of the the drill serjeants, and some other minor transactions before the House and the matters of regulation, it may be eligible, public.
to leave those in the care to which such Mr Whitbread gave notice of a mo. subjects are officially committed. But tion, to be made early in the next Ses. I think that the Reports of the Military sion, “ to revise and amend the act of Inspectors have been treated with a dethe 25th of the King, for regulating the gree of levity which is neither candid office of Treasurer of the Navy.” This, nor decent, Sir, it is a fact most notohe said, was rendered necessary by the rious, that nothing made so strong an recorded opinions of the Judges on a impression on the French Government, late impeachment.
during their hostile designs upon this Sir H. Mildmay rose, to call the atten. country, as the energy manifested by tion of the House to the merits and ser the volunteers: the effect was equally vices of the volunteers, upon which he felt by Bonaparte and his Minister Tal. expatiated for some time, and conclud. leyrand ; they saw with mortification, ed by moving, " That this House does that the nation would be indebted for highly approve and gratefully acknow. its independence to its valour. The ledge the meritorious services so emic people of England did not prostrate nently displayed by, the Volunteer themselves and petition the Sovereign. Corps, and that it does think it neces. "O King, hire us as an army, and we shall sary to record its decided opinion, that be protected;' but they took the wea. the due encouragement of the zeal and pon into their own hands, to weild it patriotism of these corps is essential to in their own cause." their discipline and the maintenance of M: Sheridan concluded by proposing their establishment,
that the original motion should be thus Mr Dent seconded the motion. It ainended." That the thanks of the was also supported by Sir R. Milbank, House be given to the several corps of General Phipps, Mr Fuller, Mr Banks, yeomanry and volunteers, for the prompSir Robert Williams, Mr Wilberforce, titude and zeal with which they have General Tarleton, , Mr Percival, Mr stood forward for the defence of the Canni:g, Lord Castlereagh, &c. Lord country in the moment of public danOssulstone moved the previous, question, ger.” After a long debate, the previous which was supported by Mr Windham question was carried by a majority of and Lord Howick. Mr Sheridan made 75 to 41. an animated speech in favour of the vo. Mr Sheridan then urged the necessity lunteers, but could not altogether ap of a declaration of the sentiments of the prove of the wording of the motion. House with respect to the volunteers, He fairly acknowledged that he was at as the best means of removing those variance with his Right Hon. Friend suspicions and jealousies which had of (Mr Windham) upon the whole of his late appeared among them. He conmilitary arrangements. “ I wish," said cluded by movingMr S.“ distinctly to be understood, “ That this House continues to rethat with regard to the volunteers, I tain its cordial sense of the zealous exnever shall vary my sentiments. I did ertions of the several corps of Yeomanry before move the thanks of the House to and Volunteers of the United Kingdom, that meritorious body, and in so doing associated for the defence of their counI gave them a pledge of the spirit in try, and doth highly approve the perse. which I would support their interest, verance and patriotism they so eminente character, and dignity. If, Sir, they de- ly displayed in continuing to be associaserved this mark of public feeling mere ted for that object.” ly for the promptitude with which they Upon this also Lord Howick moved stept forward for the defence of the the Previous Question, which was carState, how much higher are their claims ried by a majority of 69 to 39.