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conprehend the whole queștions) were stated in the question, to apply any sum of unanimously returned :

nioney imprested to him for navy services, 1. Answer: That monies issued from

to other uses, public or private, without the Exchequer to the Governor and Com- express authority for so doing, so as to con. pany of the Bank of England, on account stitute a misdemeanour, punishable by inof the Treasurer of his Majesty's Navy, formation or indictment. pursuant to the Act of 25th Geo. III. c. 31. On the sith of June, at the last private may be lawfully drawn from the said Bank deliberation of their Lordships, a roll of by the person duly authorized by the Trea- the Peers names who had attended the surer to draw upon the Bank according to trial was made up by the Clerks of Court, the said Act, the drafts of such person and an order made that this roll be called being made for the purpose of discharging over next day on giving their final judge. bills actually assigned upon the Treasurer ment, and no Peer whose name was not before the dates of such drafts, but not contained in this roll should have a right actually presented for payment before such

to vote. A motion was made, that Lord drawing, and that such nonies so drawn for Melville should not be present while the such purpose may be lawfully lodged and Peers were delivering their votes, but this deposited in the hands of a banker, other motion was over-ruled. than the Governor and Company of the Bank, until the payment of such assigned

Sixteenth day, June 12. bills, and for the purpose of making payo. The anxiety to hear the final determi. ment thereof when the payment thereof nation of this most important case attracted shall he demanded, and that such act in so crowds beyond what had been present on drawing such monies, and lodging and de- any former day, and many hundreds who positing the same as aforesaid, is not in the had procured tickets were obliged to go. law a crime or offence.

away without being able to effect an enII. Answer.-If, by the expression “ for trance. The Peeresses attended in such the purpose of being deposited in the hands numbers that there was scarcely accomof a private banker, or other private de modation for them. About a quarter be. pository,” is to be understood that such fore eleven, the Managers, followed by the was the object or reason of drawing the other Members of the House of Commons money out of the Bank of England, the and after them by the Speaker, entered. Judges answer, that monies may not law. The Lords were closely shut up until fully be drawn out of the Bank of England twelve o'clock, during which time the by the Treasurer of the Navy for such pur several articles of impeachment were read; pose, although the money be intended to

and the final arrangements made for pasbe, and may in fact be, ultimately applied sing judgment in the High Court of Parliato naval services: But if, by that expression, ment. Their Lordships then proceeded in it is to be understood that such interme. the accustomed procession to the Hall. diate deposit in the hands of a private ban- Silence being proclaimed, the Lord Chanker or depository, is to be made bona fide cellor addressed their Lordships in the folas the means, or supposed means, of more lowing words :conveniently applying the money to navy “ Your Lordships having fully considera services, in that case the Judges answer, ed and deliberated upon the several articles that monies issued from the Exchequer to of impeachment exhibited against Henry the Bank of England, on account of the Viscount Melville, and the evidence ad'Treasurer of the Navy, pursuant to the . duced in support thereof, are now to proact of the 25th George 111. c. 31. may be ceed to pronounce judgement on the selawfully drawn therefrom by drafts

drawn veral questions, and the first question is in the name and on behalf of the Treasu- this." His Lordship then stated the charge rer, in the form prescribed by the said act, contaiged in this article. for the purpose of such monies being ulti- His Lordship then put the question to mately applied to navy services, although, the youngest Baron on the first article, and in the mean time, and until the same shall in succession to every other Peer, up to his be required to be so applied, the money may Royal Highness the Duke of York, the be deposited in the hands of a private banker, Prince of Wales not being present. The or other private depository of such monies,

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manger of putting the question was this in the name and under the immediate sole

“ John Lord Crewe, is Henry Viscount controul and disposition of some other per- Melville guilty of the high crimes and misson or persons than the Treasurer himself.

demeanours charged in this article or not III. Answer-To this Question the Jud. -Answer, Not Guilty, upon my honour." ges replied That it was not unlawful for The Peer in giving his vote stood up, the 'Treasurer of the Navy, before the act and inclining forward placed his right hand 25th Geo. Ill. although after the warrant on his heart. The Lord Chancellor ha



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ving collected the other votes on each VII. Charging him with receiving charge, gave his own in this form :

20,000 l. of the public money, without in. “ | Thomas Lord Erskine having fully terest, from Alexander 'Trotter :considered and deliberated upon the mat- Not Guilty 85 ter in the first article, am of opinion, that Guilty 50-35 Henry Viscount Melville is not guilty up- VIII. Charging him with receiving on that article, upon my honour."

from Alexander Trotter, 22,000 l. of the All the votes being taken upon the first public money, for which the defendant was article, silence was again proclaimed, and to pay interest :the question put in the same manner on Not Guilty the remaining charges, till the whole was Guilty 14-107 gone through. About ten minutes before

IX. Charging, that while the said A. four, the numbers being all cast up by the lexander Trotter transacted the business of clerks, assisted by the agents of the parties, the defendant as his agent, he, the said A. the Lord Chancellor spoke as follows: lexander Trotter, was from time to time THE JUDGEMENT.

in advance to said Viscount Melville, in “The Majority of the Lords have ac- that respect, to the amount of from 10,000l. QUITTED Henry Viscount Melville, on the to 20,000 l. which sum was partly taken impeachment preferred against him by the from the public money, and partly from a House of Cornmons, and of ALL THINGS mixed fund of public and private money:contained therein; and, Henry Viscount Not Guilty Melville, I am to acquaint you, that you are Guilty 13-109 Acquitted of the Impeachment preferred X. And last Article, charging him against you by the House of Commons, 'with taking, at divers times, between 1787 and of all things contained therein." and 1784, and between 1784 and 1786,

The following is an abstract of the 27,000 . of the public money, and convertcharges, with the votes upon each, taken ing the same to his private use :from the Journals of the House of Lords. Not Guilty 123

I. On the First Article, charging Lord Guilty Melville with applying 10,000l of the

General Abstract of the Votes. puhlic money to his own use, previous to January 1786.

Guilty. Not Guilty. Majority, First Charge.15

120 105 Not Guilty



29 Guilty 15-105 Majority.


31 II. Charging him with permitting Alex



135 ander Trotter to apply sums of the pub



132 129 lic money to his own use, and conniving at



88 such fraudulent application :82

Seventh Not Guilty



Eighth 14

107 53-29


13 112 109 III. Charging him with permitting A


123 lexander Trotter to draw the public money from the Bank, and place it in the hands of

The following is a list of the Names of the his bankers, Messrs Coutts and Co. in his

Peers voting, and of the manner in which own name, and at his own disposal :

they voted ; Not Guilty 83

Guilty on the following charges.
Guilty 52-31

Lord Chancellor, 2, 3, 6, 7,
IV. Charging him with a similar con- Dukes Clarence, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10.
nivance, in respect of public money placed Kent, 2, 3, 6, 7.
by the said Alexander Trotter, in the hands Sussex, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10.
of Mark Sprot, for the purpose of private Gloucester, 1, 3,6,7, 9.

Lord President, E. Fitzwilliam,1,2,3,6,7,10 Not guilty, unanimously.

Lord Privy Seal, V. Sidmouth, 2, 3,6,7,8, V. Charging him the same as in the Dukes-Norfolk, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8. First Article, only laying the act subsequent Somerset, 2, 3, to January 1786:

St. Albans, 2, 3, 6, 7.
Not Guilty 13%

Marquis-Winchester, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9
Guilty 3129

Headfort, 2, 3,6,7. VI. Charging him with receiving pub- Earls.--Derhy, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9. lic money from Alexander Trotter, and ap- Suffolk, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9. plying it to his own use, and in participating

Winchelsea, 2, 3. with the said Alexander Trotter in the

Carlisle, 2, 3, 7, profit made of the public money :

Oxford, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10.
Not Guilty 88

Cowper, 2, 6, 7, 8.


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Earls--Stanhope, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Douglas...Douglas (Morton)... Mulgrave
Buckinghamshire, 2.

...Bradford...Stuart, (Moray)...Harewood Egremont, 2.

...Rolle...Carrington...Bayning... Bolton.... Radnor; 2, 3, 6.

Northwick...Eldon... St. Flelen's... Thomond
Mansfield, 2, 3, 6, 7.

Grosvenor, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10.
Carnarvon, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8.

Three protests were delivered into the
Breadalbane, 2, 3, 6, 7,

House of Lords upon the result of Lord Stair, 2, 3, 6.

MELVILLE's trial, but the length to which Enniskillen, 7.

they extend prevents us from inserting them. Donoughmore, 2, 3, 6, 7.

The first of these protests, which is signed Rosslyn, 2, 3, 6, 7.


Vassal Holland
Charleville, 7.


Viscount-Hereford, 2, 3, 6, 7.

Suffolk & Berkshire Oxford & Mortimer
Bishop St Asaph, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9.


Barons--Clifford, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10.

St John
St John, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10.

was delivered in the day before the verdict Clifton, 1, 2, 3,6,7.

was given in Westminister Hall; it consists King, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9.

merely of an objection to the form of proPonsonby, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9.

ceeding, the Noble Dissentients contending Dynevor, 7.

that“ it was the invariable practice of the Holland, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10.

House, in cases of high Crimes and Misde. Grantley, 2, 3, 6, 7. ,

meanours, to come to some vote within the Rawdon, 2, 3, 6, 7.

Chanıber of Parliament on the merits of Bulkeley, 6, 7.

the charges presented by the Commons.” Somers, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8.

The second protest, which was delivered Fife, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8.

after the verdict was given in Westminster Grimston, 2, 3, 6, 7.

Hall, is founded upon the answer to the Gage, 2, 3, 7.

second charge; it is signed, Auckland, 2, 3, 6, 7.


Vassall Holland
Ossory, 2,

De Dunstanville Lauderdale
Dundas, 2, 3, 6, 7.

Suffolk and Berkshire
Yarborough, 2, 3, 6, 7.

Augustus Frederick Oxford and Mortimer Dawnay, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10,


Dunstanville, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9.


St John
Minto, 2, 3, 6, 7.

This protest relates to the permission al-
Lilford, 2, 3,

ledged to have been given by Lord MeiCarysfort, 2, 3, 6, 7.

VILLE to Mr TROTTER, his Paymaster, to Ellenborough, 2, 3, 5,6,7, 8. draw from the Bank of England, for other Lauderdale, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10. purposes than for application to naval serCrewe, 2, 3, 6, 7.

vices, contrary to " an act for the better
Not Guilty upon all the charges. regulating the office of Treasurer of his
Dukes ... York ... Cumberland ... Cam. Majesty's Navy.”
bridge... Beaufort.:.Rutland.

The third protest is signed
Marquisses Salisbury
Abercorn ... Rosslyn

Vagsal Holland

Augustus Frederick Lauderdale
Earls...Aylesford (Lord Steward)..Dart- Clifton

Suffolk and Berkshire mouth (Lord Chamberlain)...Bridgewater St John

Oxford and Mortimer ... Westmoreland...Essex...Doncaster(Buc- De Dunstanville Dundas cleugh)...Bristol...Macclesfield ... Graham It refers to the answer to the sixth and se(Montrose)...Hardwicke...Chatham... Bao venth questions, and contends that, in viothurst ... Uxbridge ... Camden ... Strange lation of the letter and spirit of the said act (Athol)... Mount Edgecumbe ... Digby.... of Parliament, Mr Trotter, by desire of Onslow...Chichester... Fortescue... Powis... Lord MELVILLE, “ opened an account Strathmore...Kelly... Aboyne...Glasgow... called the Chest Account, in which he debia Westmeath...Longford... Lucan. ..Limerick t-d Lord MELVILLE with 10,000l. being ...Caledon.

the sum of money for which Lord Viscount Viscounts... Wentworth ... Hampden MELVILLE, by his own confession, was at Lowther.

that time accountable to the public;" and Bishops...Bath and Wells...Chichester. " that various advances were niade at subse

Barons....Spencer (Blandford)...Hay... quent periods on the same account,” &c.Boston....Cathcart.... Rodney...Elliot...Bo. This protest is the longest of the whole, ringdon...Berwick... Montague..... Hawkes and is founded chiefly on the arguments bury...Kenyon... Braybrook... Amherst... urged by the Managers,


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Deputy Purveyor, and Hospital Mate, Monday, July 14.

from zol.-Physician and Purvey

or, from 30l. to 401.-Commissaries at N a Committee of Supply the Secreta- 205. per day, from 30l. to 401.--Ditto, at

ry at war explained the rates of aug. 155. per day, from 261. to 301.-Ditto at mentation of pay to be allowed to the los. per day, from 2012 to 261. army--and moved that 161,700l, be The augmentation to the Foot Guards granted towards defraying the expence

is as follows: of such additional allowances-agreed Serjeant-Major and Quarter Master to.

Serjeant, per day 25. 8d. ; serjeant 25. The following are the rates of aug- corporal after 14 years service is. 7d.; mentation :

from 7 to 14, is. 6. below, is. 5d.; Liêutenant-Colonels to be raised from privates after 14 years service, is. 3d. ; 155. 11d. to 175. per diein.--Majors, from 7 to 14, 1s. 2d.; below 7, no ad from 145. 1d. to 16s.-Captains, from 98. 5d. to ios. 6d.; two shillings more The Militia Officers Bill passed thro' to be allowed to Captains having the a committee after a good deal of oppoBrevet of Major, or any superior rank.

sition from Sir W. Élford, Mr Yorke, --Lieutenants, from ss. 84. to 6s.6d. Col. Bastard, and others, who contendand one shilling more to be allowed to ed that the measure was degrading to Lieutenants of above seven years stand. the Militia, and 'à breach of faith with ing:--Ensigns, from 4s. 8d. to 5s. 30. them, as by their original engagement Adjutants from 8s. to 8s. 6d. - Quarter they were entitled to the same pay as masters, from gs. 8d. to 6s. 6. Ser. the regulars, and that it was in fact subjeant-Majors and Quartermaster-Set. versive of the Militia Laws. The bill jeants from 73.0 d. to 2s.6d.-Serjeants was passed (July 16) after strong oppo. from is. 64d. to is. iod. Corporals, sition, on a division, 35 to 24. after 14 years service, is, ód. ; ditto, from seven to fourteen, is, 5d.; ditto,

Tuesday, July 15. below' seven, is. 4d.;---Privates after In a committee on Earl Nelson's e. fourteen years service is. 2d.; ditto state bill, Col, Wood thought that soeol. from seven to fourtcen,; ditto per annum was a sufficiept reward, as below seven Is.

the money was voted to a collateral In addition to these rates, the officer branch of the family. Mr Rose and commanding a battalion is to receive Lord Henry Petty supported the bill, a further allowance of 35. a day, and which passed thro' the committee with Field Officers of Infantry Regiments at some new clauses added to regulate the home are to be allowed forage for one purchase of the estate, &c. In the horse.Officers holding double appoint- course of his speech Mr. Rose stated, ments, whether Staff or Regimental, are that Lord Nelson, on his leaving Eng. not to have the increase of pay. The land to take the command off Cadiz, in. Lieutenants of Militia are not to get formed him (Mr Rose) that all the proany additional allowance beyond 6s. 6d. perty he had in the world was not worth a-day, after seven years.

above 15,000l, and that his debts were The increase of Pensions to Officers' nearly as much. Widows are as follows:--Lieut. Colonel from sol. to 6ol.-Major from 401.

Wednesday, July 16. to sol. Captain and Paymaster, from Mr Robson rose to make his promised 301. to 401, Licut. and Surgeon, from motion respecting barracks. He said 261. to 301. Second Lieutenant, Cor- the most enormous abuses and specunet and Ensign, Quartermaster, Adju. lations existed relative to barracks ; for tant, Assistant Surgeon, and Veterinary common shells of barns in the Isle of Surgeon, from 2012 to 261.--Chaplain, Wight, the sum of zool. a.year had been

of the year.

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given; though they were kept in re- ble length into the case of Mr Roberi. pair by Government. The tent was af. son of Strowan, a Genileinan whose terwards lowered one half; but even estates had been forfeited for the rebelthat was far too much. Hie liad confin- lion of his ancestors in the years 1690 ed a former niotion of his to the Isle of and 1715, but restored to him by the Wight ; his present motion should re- act of Parliament in 1784 ; the case of late to the whole of the temporary bar. this Gentleman, he stated, was one of sacks throughout England, many of peculiar hardship; the interest of the which had been used but a short time heritable debts on all the other fortcited in the course

He then estates had been regularly paid by Go. concluded with moving, that there be

veroment out of tlie rents, so that upon laid before the House, an account of all the landlords getting them restored in the temporary barracks in the king- 1784, they received them on the same dom, hired by Government from the footuig as their ancestors held them.--. year 1793 to 1.806 : that the whole ac, In the case of Mr Robertson, however, count should contain 15 columns, com

the interest of the debts on his estate prehending the various circumstances hat not been paist, so that upon getting Jelating to the buildings, &c.

it restored, he was in a worse situation Mr Robson, in the course of his speech, than any other proprietor isa siruilar cirstated one case of a house, which being cumstances. taken by a Lady for 30l. was let for The Lord Advocate replied to Mr Pera mess of officers at 701. and the reason cival at some length, and with his usual assigped by this fair dame was, that as ingenuity; he ridiculed the idca that she saw every body robbing the pub. the Highlanders of Scotland were not to lic, she conceived she had a right to get be benefited by the erection of the Court something in the scramble.

of Justice, and a Lunatic Asylum; and Lord H. Petty admitted the existence as to the case of Mr Robertson of Strow. of considerable abuses in that depart. an, he would remind the Hon. Memment, and after some conversation, the ber opposite of the good old proverb, motion was agreed to.

that a “ Gift horse should not be looked Wednesday, July 16.

in the mouth.” In committees, resolved that the The Chancellor of the Exchequer sug. Lords of the Treasury be empowered to gested that Mr Robertson of Strowan raise money by a Lottery of 100,000 might obtain some compensation upon tickets ; that a bounty of 5s. 6d. per application to the Committee ; when, cwt. be allowed on oil of vitriol export. after considering the Report of the comed, and that a million be granted to the mittee, it was resolved, East India company, to repay so much “ That the sum of 9641. out of arrears of the sum expended by them in the of rent of the Perth estate, of 10901, out public service.

of the arrears of the Lovat estate, and of SCOTS FORFEITED ESTATES.

12,000l, out of the unexhausted balance

and surplus of the rent of the different On the motion of Sir John Sinclair, forfeited estates in Scotland, be applied the House went into a Committee on to the purposes of taking down the old the Report respecting the Scots forfeite and erecting a new Exchequer Chamed estates accounts (for which see page ber in Edinburgh. That 7500l. out of 659.) when

the same unexhausted balances be apMr Percival rose to oppose the grant. plied towards the erection of a harbour ing of the sums proposed by the com. at Wick in Caithness. That sool. per mittee; he stated that he considered annum for ten years be granted out the funds proceeding from the forfeited of the same fund to the Highland Socieestates as having been devoted to what ty of Scotland, for the purpose of en. was called Highland purposes exclusive. couraging agriculture in that part

of the ly: he considered the grant of such large country; the Society becoming bound sums as were proposed for building a new to pay the annuities to the surviving Court of Exchequer and a Lunatic A. officers of the Board of Forfeited Essylum at Edinburgh, as being for the tates during the said period. That the benefit of the Lowlands of Scotland en. sum of 2000l. be granted towards the tirely. He then entered at considera. erection of a Lunatic Asylum in EdinSept. 1806,


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