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sures had been instituted against the per- missal of the ministers : likewise a petition sons mentioned in the report of last session, from persons above sixteen years of age, as having fomented the disturbances which employed in the cotton manufactory at took place in different parts of the coun- Bolton-le-Moors, praying for regulations try.
as to the hours of work daily : and a petiMr B. BATHURST replied to Mr Fa- tion from owners and occupiers of cottonZAKERLEY, and saw no ground for the mills in and about Manchester, which remotion, and Mr C. Grant, jun., the Solicie presented that parliamentary interference tor General, Mr Canning, and Lord Cas- with the management of their trade was tlereagh, followed on the same side. The wholly unnecessary. Ordered to lie on the motion was supported by Lord Milton, Mr table. Bennet, Sir S. Romilly, and Mr Tier The House went into a committee on ney.
the chimney-sweepers' regulation bill, in Mr WILBERFORCE thought the mo which the Hon. Mr BENNET observed tion could not be complied with, but ex that it was a desirable object to abolish the pressed his opinion decidedly against the practice of employing chimney sweeping employment of spies and informers. boys altogether, after the 1st of May 1813.
Mr FAZAKERLEY replied. We had Some verbal amendments were made heard of revolutionary times, but it ap- and agreed to, and the report was brought peared to him that the present times were up and received. not without danger, for there seemed to be Feb. 17.—The annual indemnity bill, as a constant approach to an alienation of the to the qualification for offices, &c. was read government from the people. The house a first time. then divided : Ayes 53; Noes 111; Ma Feb. 18.-The election laws bill was jority 58.
committed, and after a long conversation Feb. 12.-In the consideration of the (during which, a clause, enacting that the report of the election laws amendment, poll should close, unless 400 were polled which was committed to a committee of by the evening of the second day of electhe whole house, a clause was added, which tion, was withdrawn) the bill was ordered conferred on the returning officer, during to be recommitted to-morrow. an election, and for a day afterward, the Feb. 19.- Sir Robert PEEL obtained power of a justice of the peace.
leave, and brought in a bill to amend and The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER extend an act of the 40th of the present moved that a petition from the president King, for preserving the health and morals and members of the Board of Agriculture of apprentices and others employed in cotshould be received. It was ordered to be ton mills and factories. brought in and laid on the table. It pray Feb. 20.-A petition from Liverpool aed for a grant in order to effect soine pur- gainst the salt-duties; and a petition from poses connected with the object of the the leather trade in Worcester, were preboard.
sented, and laid on the table. Several petitions were presented from in The chimney-sweepers' regulation bill dividuals who had been apprehended under was read a third time. The other orders the suspension of the Habeas Corpus act ; of the day were then disposed of, and the their prayer was against a bill of indem- house adjourned. nity, and for inquiry into the truth of the Feb. 23.--A petition was presented from allegations contained in their petitions. Chester, praying alterations in the duties They were severally ordered to be print- on leather : others to the same effect were ed.
presented by Mr Curwen, from WhiteA petition from the inhabitants of St haven, Workington, Cockermouth, MaryGeorge's, Hanover-square, on the subject port, Egremont, and Keswick. They were of Parliamentary reform, was rejected for ordered to lie on the table. containing these words :-" If the house Mr Sheriff DESANGEs presented the would not listen to their complaints, or city petition against an indemnity bill, grant the required reform, they would most which was read and ordered to lie on the certainly resist paying taxes.
table, and to be printed. Several other petitions were presented Mr D. GILBERT brought up the report from certain inhabitants of Bath, praying of the Committee of Income and Expendifor universal suffrage and annual parlia- ture, which was ordered to be laid on the ments. Ordered to lie on the table. table, and to be printed.
Mr BROGDEN brought up the report of Feb. 24.--General GASCOYNE presented the Committee of Supply, which was a a petition from the leather manufacturers greed to, and the bill ordered to be read a of Liverpool. third time on Monday.
Mr Benson hoped the Chancellor of Feb. 16.--Lord STANLEY presented a the Exchequer would make provision for petition from a place in Lancashire, pray- the repeal of the additional duties on leaing for the repeal of the corn bill, for a ther, before he brought out the budget. parliamentary "reform, and for the dis Sir JAMES MACINTOSH rose to submit
to the house the motion of which he had ers at the trial, and the point was reserved given notice respecting forgeries on the in the usual way. The case was then arBank of England. His
object was to bring gued by counsel, and the judgment of the under the view of the house, the evil of court was delivered as the judgment which the multiplication of crimes, by stopping decided the case. bank payments. In order, therefore, to Feb. 26.-Mr Alderman Wood preascertain the real increase or abatement of sented a petition from the Lord Mayor, crime, he moved for the numbers prose- Aldermen, and Livery of the city of Loncuted for coining or altering the current don, praying against the passing of an act coin, gold or silver, during the fourteen of indemnity for ministers, in consequence years preceding the restriction, and during of any proceedings under the suspension of the period since then to the 25th day of the Habeas Corpus act. February 1818, distinguishing the convic Mr BRAGGE BATHURST presented the tions and punishments.
report of the Secret Committee. It was Mr BENNET suggested that the mo- brought to the table by the Right Hon. tion should be for the numbers committed gentleman, and there read by the clerk. or prosecuted during the several periods. After the reading, a debate took place ;
Sir JAMES Macintosh acceded. the motion for printing the report was op.
Mr GRENFELL said it was important posed by Mr TIERNEY, on the ground to know what proportion of crimes and that it was wholly useless, as all who were punishments arose from L. 1 or L. 2 notes. resolved to believe any thing required no Almost all who were convicted of these for report, and those who wished to make up gerics were low persons, who could not their mind wanted evidence. have an opportunity of committing the Lord CastLEREAGH defended the course same crime as to notes of a higher amount. that had been pursued, as wise and effec
The several motions were agreed to. tive, and assured the house that the same
Feb. 25.-Mr BROUGHAM rose to re dangers would be met with the same firmquest the further attention of the house to ness of spirit and vigour of action.-In the subject of blood-money. It had been conclusion the report was ordered to be stated that Brock, Pelham, and Power, had printed. received a pardon ; but he wished to know Mr R. Ward brought up papers conwhether they were not to be indicted for a taining an account of the expences in the conspiracy.
ordnance department incurrcd by the army Mr BATHURST said, it was not in his of occupation in France, under the compower to give any further explanation on mand of the Duke of Wellington. the case of these per
The other orders of the day were then The ATTORNEY GENERAL said, that disposed of, and the house adjourned till an objection had been taken by the prison Monday.
Charge, exclusive of Sink7...- The Public Debt.--Amount of the ing Fund, estimated at L. 27,868,439 public funded debt of Great Britain, dis- Sinking Fund, estimated at 13,847,137 tinguishing the redeemned and unredeemed, together with the annual charge thereon, Total Annual Charge, and the Sinking Fund applicable to the
estimated at L.41,713,576 discharge thereof, on the 5th of January By the 57th Geo. III. c. 48, the Sink1818:
ing Fund accounts terminate on the 5th of Great Britain, including Ireland, funded January in each year, instead of the 1st of
therein, consolidated per 56th Geo. III. February, as heretofore. c. 98.
Revenue of Ireland. The amount of Public Funded Debt* L.1,106,759,615 the net produce of the revenue of Ireland,
as paid into the Exchequer for the year Debt Redeemed
358,557,624 ended the oth of January 1817, was Debt Unredeemed
748,201,991 L. 4,394,461 ; and for the year ended the
5th of January 1818, L. 4,388,007.,
Issue of Gold and Silver Coin.--The Exclusive of L. 1,900,000 Irish 5 per amount of sovereigns issued last year was cents. payable in England.
L. 3,224,025; half sovereigns L.1,037,295.
Total L. 4,261,320.-Silver : half crowns the apprehension of Thistlewood, who has
Bank Notes.—The amount of Bank of evening, the English Opera House opened England notes in circulation, on the 12th with a new species of entertainment, under of January last, was L. 30,619,440, being the patronage of his Royal Highness the something above two millions more than Duke of Sussex. A troop of Highlanders on the corresponding day of January 1817. brought from Scotland for the purpose, The increase is entirely in notes above L.5; exhibited their skill in bag-piping, dancin the smaller notes there has been a de- ing, broad-sword fighting, and other exer. crease of about L. 750,000.
cises of their country, to the admiration of The Army.-The army estimates for a London audience. the year 1818 have been printed, by order 14.-Calamitous Fire.-This morning. of the House of Commons. The total a little after five o'clock, the large cot. number, including officers and non-com ton-mill of Mr Thomas Atkinson, at Colnemissioned officers, is 133,539 ; from which bridge, near Huddersfield, was disco. are to be deducted the troops in France, vered to be on firez and though every exand the regiments for service in India, ertion was used to extinguish the flames, amounting to 42,892. There will then the whole of it was burnt to the ground. remain, exclusive of corps, &c. intended But the most calamitous and dreadful part for reduction, 90,647. To this last num of this misfortune is yet to relate ; for in ber is to be added corps ordered home consequence of the fire beginning near the from India, viz. 4299, and charges for staircase, the retreat of a number of the corps to be reduced in 1818, viz. 4200, children was cut off, and upwards of 14 making together 99,146. From these a- girls, who had been working all night in gain are to be deducted the corps ordered the factory, perished in the flames. 'I he home from India, 4299, and there re loss of these poor children, in such a hor. mains to be provided for in 1818, a total rible manner, can alone be imputed to of 94,847 men, including officers. The to- avarice and inhumanity, which compelled tal expence of providing for this army is them to labour during the hours that naestimated at 1.6,494,290, 10s. 4d. of which ture devotes to repose; and this melancholy L.5,313,282, 9s. is to be defrayed by Great event will no doubt plead powerfully in faBritain, and L.1,181,058, 1s. 4d. by Ire. vour of the petitions recently sent to Par. land.
liament, praying its interference in shortMonument to Burns. After considering ening the hours of labour in the manufacthe variety of plans, sent to the committee, tories. from London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Suicide of Sir Richard Croft.-On the other parts, the committee have resolved morning of the 12th, Dr Croft, the accouto adopt one by Mr Thomas Hamilton jun. , cheur who attended the Princess Charlotte, architect in Edinburgh, to whom they shot himself in the house of a gentleman have accordingly voted the premium of 35 near London, whose lady he was profession. guineas; but Mr Hamilton has generous ally attending. Sir Richard had been obserly requested that this sum may be added ved to be in a very distressed state of as his subscription to the undertaking. mind ever since the melancholy death of The monument, according to Mr Hamil. the Princess Charlotte. The lady whom ton's design, is triangular, and constructed he was attending, when he conimitted the in such a manner as to admit of a circular desperate act, was afterwards delivered by apartment of 17 feet in diameter. It will another accoucheur, but she died a few be upwards of sixty feet high, and will days after. have a very imposing and pleasing appear. 19.-Shocking Murder.-On the even. ance, and does great credit to the classical ing of Monday or Tuesday last, a most taste of the artist.
inhuman murder was committed on the 11.-Challenge to Lord Sidmouth. On person of Elizabeth Low, a widow about Saturday the 7th, Lord Sidmouth appear. 75 years of age, residing in the centre of ed in the Court of King's Bench, and the populous village of Dunning. It claimed its protection against a person of would appear, by the marks of violence the name of Thistlewood, well known as which she exhibited on her body, that the one of the persons tried last year along monster by whom this diabolical deed was with Watson senior, for high treason. perpetrated, had effected his bloody purThe pretence for the challenge was, that he pose by a single blow with an axe, so as to had frequently applied to Lord Sidmouth fracture completely the skull. The mur. for redress of certain alleged grievances, derer afterwards carried off every moveable and as his Lordship treated his communi- article in the house. Several men and a cations with neglect, he had no recourse woman have been apprehended on suspileft, but to demand satisfaction as a gen. cion, and lodged in the jail of Perth. tlenian. The Court issued a warrant for 26. Infamous Conspiracy.- Another
discovery of a conspiracy to obtain blood- the company, dug the first spadeful in this money has been detected in London by a extensive work. From a drawing which Committee of the House of Commons, ap was exhibited at the meeting, of the aquepointed to examine the prisons of the me. duct over Slateford valley, it promises to tropolis, of which Mr Alderman Wood is be one of the most striking and elegant chairman. Two boys, named Spencer and structures of the kind in the kingdom. It Kelly, the one 17 and the other 18 years is to be nearly 500 feet long, and 65 feet of age, who were to have been executed on high; and it is designed by Mr Baird, on Wednesday, for uttering Bank of England the principle of the celebrated aqueduct at forged notes, were employed in this illegal Llangothlen, in Wales. traffic, by a man named Finney, (who was Calamitous Fire in London.-On the in connection with a police officer named morning of the 1st inst. about six o'clock, Limberick,) and were taken in the act by a fire broke out in the house of a Mr the contrivance of Finney. In consequence Wheater, grocer, in the Strand, which, in a of the visit of the committee to Newgate, a short time, destroyed the one in which it discovery of the plot was made, and a re- commenced, and those of four other genspite has been obtained for the condemned tlemen, with almost every article of their prisoners. The conspirators have been ta- property. In a few minutes after the first ken into custody; but it appears there is alarm, a most heart-rending scene was no law authorizing an adequate punishment witnessed--of men and women rushing out for such criminals; and the law officers of of doors in their night-clothes, and chil. the crown have in consequence resolved dren in a state of nudity. A female serto bring in a bill for that purpose. vant in one of the houses, after the other
Earthquake.-A smart shock of an members of the family had escaped, was earthquake was felt last week from one dragged out in her night-clothes, just in side of the county of Lincoln to the other, time to save her life. At the house of Mr and extended across Holderness, in York. Wheater, a more dreadful sight was witshire. This is the second shock which has nessed. From a window of the second been experienced in Lincolnshire within floor, Mrs Wheater held out a child of three the space of twelve months. In some places months old by the clothes, which she dropthe noise was as if a battery of cannon ped on the heads of the crowd, just at the mowere discharged. In Holderness it resem. ment that a blaze and volume of smoke burst bled the clattering of carts and waggons through the window, and she perished in driven with great haste along the road. the flames. Mr Wheater leapt from a winHull Packet.
dow at the back of the house, and was 28.-Mr J. Kemblc.—This day several found on the ground in a state of insensiadmirers of Mr John Kemble, in Edin- bility; two of his workmen, endeavouring burgh, entertained him with a dinner in to escape from the flames, threw themselves Fortune's hotel ; Mr Francis Jeffrey in the from different windows of the third story, chair, and Mr Walter Scott croupier. Af- and were killed on the spot. Another ter dinner, Mr Jeffrey, in name of the shopman of Mr Wheater's was burnt to company, requested Mr Kemble's acceptance death. Mr Wheater himself is in a dana" of a handsome gold snuff-box, bearing the gerous state ; and the child is scarcely exfollowing inscription." To John Philip pected to recover from the injuries it has KEMBLE, Esq. in the first year of his re- received. tirement from the Stage, this Box was pre 7.-Violent Storm.- A most severe gale sented by FRANCIS JEFFREY, Esq. in of wind raged during the whole of Wednes the name of Fifty Inhabitants of Edin- day last, the 4th, over most parts of the Eng. burgh, as a slight token of their sense of lish coast, and was the cause of many sethose important services which his taste and rious calamities, both by sea and land. In his example have rendered to the British London the storm was so violent, as to leave Drama ; in grateful remembrance of the traces of its fury in almost every street, exquisite delight which they have received unroofing houses, blowing down stacks of from his talents as a Performer ; and as a chimneys, &c. In Portman Square, the testimony of their high esteem and regard wall of a kitchen in the house of Lady for his private Character : 28th of February Haye was blown in, and buried three fé. 1818."
male servants, two of whom were dug out
alive, but with legs broken, and other hurts. 3.-Union Canal. This day, the com- and the third was taken out a corpse. Thunmittee of management, with many of the der, lightning, and rain, added in many proprietors, proceeded to the west end of places to the horrors of the storm. In the Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, the spot fixed country, many of the roads were obstructed on for the basin, where they were met by by trees torn up by the violence of the the engineer and contractor, and after an wind. Several mail and stage coaches and appropriate prayer by the Rev. David waggons were blown over, and the drivers Dickson, jun. one of the ministers of the and passengers more or less injured ; in some parish, Mr Downie of Appin, president of cases lives were lost. The steeple of Ash
church at Canterbury was struck by the Burgh Elections.-Court of Session. lightning; and burnt several feet from the On Tuesday the 3d instant, the Second top. The sight of the sea raging on the Division of the Court advised the petition coast is described as being terribly sublime. and complaint of “ Lawrie and others verAbout 200 sail were in the Downs when the sus the Magistrates of Edinburgh," on the storm came on, which all ran for shelter ;- subject of the last Michaelmas election, with it is feared, a considerable number of them answers, replies, and duplies. Two of the have been lost in the attempt, and it is tru- judges (Lords Robertson and Bannatyne) ly lamentable to add, that, in many in. were of opinion, that the fact of non-resistances, the crews perished. At Ports- dence, as made out by the complainers, mouth, three young gentlemen, midship- ought to have the effect of setting aside the men of the ship Tiber, left the vessel in a election ; but the other two (Lords Glenboat soon after the gale came on, tempted to lee and Craigie) thought it necessary to hazard the danger, from an anxiety to wit- institute a further inquiry as to the usage ness the performance of Mr Kean. Their of the burgh in this respect. The Court, boat was overset at the mouth of the har. therefore, being equally divided on this bour, and all of them drowned, together point, it was determined that Lord Reston, with a waterman and a boy. These are as Lord Ordinary, should be called in to but a few out of innumerable similar acci- give his opinion with regard to it. The dents which occurred both on sea and land. Court accordingly met again yesterday, Indeed, there are few people who remember when Lord Reston delivered his opinion. a storm having so extensive a range, ar.d so He observed, that the statutes on which the long a duration.
present objection was founded had certainly Improvements in Edinburgh.- A joint gone into desuetude, with regard to the elecstock company has been formed, with a ca tion of provosts, as, by these enactments, pital of L. 22,000 in shares of L. 25 each, residence was declared necessary in the case for building a coffeeroom, hotel, and tavern, of provosts as well as bailies. Usage, howat Waterloo Place, east end of the Regent's ever, had altered the law in the case of Bridge, and near the intended triumphal provosts, and why might it not have the arch. The shares have been all subscrib. same effect in the case of bailies ? His ed, and the building will soon be commen- Lordship was therefore for allowing the ced. It will comprise every accommoda- defenders to prove their allegations in this tion which the most splendid edifice of the respect ; and if it appeared that the eleckind in England presents. The tavern, tion complained of took place on an entire which will be separate from the hotel, is to bona fides, both on the part of the electors and have two rooms, of at least 80 feet by 40, of the elected, that those who were chosen and altogether will certainly be the first in were duly qualified, then he apprchended the country. Mr Oman has agreed for a that this election should not be set aside. lease of the premises, when finished, at a The Court accordingly ordered a conde. rent of 6 per cent upon the whole out- scendence of the facts the Magistrates aver. lay.
red, and offered to prove, with regard to (11.-Scottish Burgh Reform.-In Pee. the usage of the burgh as to the residence of bles and St Andrew's, meetings of the bailies. The Court then proceeded to the burgesses have been recently held, and re- consideration of the case of Inverness. The solutions passed of their determination to principal objection to the election was, take measures for obtaining a reform in that though, by the set of the burgh, it the sets of these burghs. A case has been was necessary that the whole members submitted to eminent counsel in Edin- of the Council should be resident burgesses, burgh, from the inhabitants of Dundee, yet, at the last election, two bailies and for their opinion as to what steps they several councillors were elected, who were should pursue for obtaining a change in not so qualified. It was contended for the the present plan of the burgh election ; Magistrates, that the original set of the and the gentlemen applied to, namely, burgh has been altered by usage ; and it Geo. Cranstoun, Thos. Thomson, H. Cock was asserted, that the usage had been to burn, and James Ivory, Esqrs. have given elect persons who were not resident burit as their opinion, that the burgh of Dun- gesses. The Court ordered the Magistrates dee, not being disfranchised, any applica. to condescend on the facts which they avertion to the Privy Council for a new set is red in support of this plea ; but, at the altogether incompetent ; neither do they same time, expressed an opinion, that, if recommend a petition to Parliament in the usage is to be permitted to change the oriparticular case of Dundee, but advise an ginal constitution of the burghs, this usage application to the Convention of Burghs, ought to be inveterate and general; not for as the only source from which redress can a small period, or confined to a small mumbe obtained, and this on the supposition ber of cases, but for a period of at that all parties interested shall concur in least forty years, and extending to a great the application ; for, without this, the Con- variety of instances. The Court afterwards vention has no power to interfcre.
took up the case of the city of Aberdeen.