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313 Bills, also the Bill for preventing the stance, he would propose, as in all formmaking of Spirits from Wheat, &c. the er calus, that the book should be publicMutiny Bill; and three Road Bills. Af- ly burned; and that a copy of that Reter which, the House adjourned to Tuero folution should be communicated to the day the ad of February.

Lords in a conference. As to further

profecution, he would few an example HOUSE OF COMMONS.

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of the mercy which this man and the The House resolved itself into a Com- active part of his Association were withmittee of the whole House on the bigh out, and would propose only to address price of Corn; the report of the Select the King to remove him from all his ema Comorrittee was taken into consideration, ployments under the Crown; after which which recommends that an engagement that he should be called to the bar of that should be entered into by ruch Members House and reprimanded by the Speaker. as should chuse to sign the fame, to re. He concluded by moving, duce the consumption of wheat in the " That the pamphlet be publicly families of the persons fubfcribing such "s burned by the common hangman in engagerneni, by at least one-third of

" Palace-yard on Monday the zift inst. ibe ulual quantity consumed in ordinary and before the Royal Exchange on times.

" Tuesday the 22d; and that the SheThe Resolutions were agreed to, and a “ riffs of London and Middlesex be die Committee appointed to prepare and “ rected to attend at those places, and bring in the Engagement.

« see this order put in force. Sir John Sinclair made his motion re Mr. Dundas oppoled the motion. It lative to the cultivation of Waste Lands, would be a refledion upon the justice of viz." That a Select Committee be ap- the House, in a case in which they were pointed to take into consideration the parties offended, to take upon

themselves best means of cultivating the uninclosed, the punishment. Moreover, the mounproductive, and Waste Lands.” The tions would deprive a man of all public motion was agreed to, and a Committee service and emolument upon ex partë appointed.

evidence, upon an examination without Dec. 14. The new Tax Bills, Money oath, and without allowing the defendBills, Assessments, &c.which ftood as or ant an opportunity of cross-examining ders of the day, were gone through, on the witnesses, or invalidating any particach of which conversations of confider- cular fact of which he had been accused. able length took place.

This, and every other offence against the On the order of the day for taking in- House (except a case of privilege, which to consideration the Reports of the Com, could not be taken cognizance of by any mittee appointed to inquire who was other judicature) he thould vote for gathe Author of the Pamphlet, entituled, ing to a Jury of the Courts. From some " Thoughts on the English Govern, expressions that bad fallen from the Hon. mert,” The Resolution was read, which Gentleman, he had now discovered that declared that work to be fcandalous, fe. the real cause of his taking an active part ditious, &r. and a gross violation of the in the present business, was not that the Privileges of that House.

book contained a gross and fcandalous Mr Sheridan, after thating and com. libel, but that it was written by the Head. menting on the evidence contained in of an Association against Republicans and the second Report, which went to con- Levellers. So far, however, was he from firm the proof of Mr Reeves being the thinking this to be a circumstance which. author of the pamphlet, (and in which ought to prejudice the llouse of Comit was also stated, that the Committee had mons against Mr Reeves, that he confifound that the name affixed as Secre- dered it to be a great recommendation tary to the first three Advertisements of of his character. His exertions in 1792 the Crown and Anchor Association, J. he affirmed to have been productive of Moore, was fictitious, the correspondence essential good to the community, and to being conducted by Mr Reeves, who them was owing all that peace and quiet held it with 2000 other Associations, and which we now enjoyed. So that on this which correspondence would fill 14 vo- part of his speech he agreed with him in fumes,) said he could not but with some point of fact, but differed from him beavy censure and punihment of that widely in the conclusions which were House upon Mr Reeves, and his publilh. deduced from this fact. If the Hon. er, (though he was not very anxious that Gentleman was particularly keen for the latter should fuffer.) In the first in burning books, let him collect a quanti

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ty of the libels on the other side of the Majesty, to be graciously pleased to order question, and, for God's sake, let him kin- his Attorney General to prosecute John ele a fire which would fill all Palace-Yard. Reeves, Esq." But let him not, by moving that this Agreed to without a division. publication be burned, affix the fanation Mr Pitt moved, that the Sedition Bill, of the House on all that swarm of 'libels fent back from the Lords with amendwith which the country had been infeft- inents, be taken into consideration. ed for some time paít. He concluded Mr Fox objected to the amendment; with moving an amendment--that after there ought not to be any amendments the word "'That, the following words in Money Bills, much less in these, may be inserted, “ An humble Address but this practice had been lately adoplbe presented to his Majesty, that he may ed. When the Bill went to the Lords, be graciously pleated to give directions the words were, “ certain penalties for to the Attorney General to enter a pro- certain offences;" instead of the word fecution against John Reeves, Esq. for the

66 offences," 6. felonies” were subiti. publication of a scandalous, malicious, tuted. and dangerous libel against the House of After a conversation of short dura. Commons."

tion, the bill was agreed to with the Lord Sheffield reconded the amendo' amendments; the Chancellor of the Exment; but he did it for reasons which chequer to carry it to the Lords.-Orwould not be acceptable when he told dered. them, perhaps, to either side of the The Bill for raising 18,000,00ol. by House. He faid, he observed ibat one annuities, was read a third time and palfet of men, instead of prosecuting a libel fed. againft the constitution, meant to prose Mr Wilberforce begged leave to say a. cute a man whom they considered as hav- few words on the Slave Emancipation ing counteradied their views; and that Bill. He had, he said, pledged himself another fet shrunk from the common to bring this business forward before, the protection of a man, the attempt to op- ist of January 1796, and gave notice, press whom was perfectly clear, altho' therefore, that he would bring the marthey did not consider him as proved ter forward again in this seMion, and that guilty'; he therefore thought it highly immediately after the recess. proper that the prosecution should be car Mr Fox said, he was glad that the ried on by the Attorney General, and Hon. Gentleman brought it forward awhen evidence on oaths would decide the gain, and hoped that this business would question.

obtain a full and fair discussion, and that Mr Fox opposed the motion, and Mr the House would recover that portion of Fitt supported it; and after several other charity which it had loft. Members on both sides had delivered Mr William Smith rose and moved, their sentiments, the original question « That a Committee be appointed to take was negatived, and the amendment car into consideration the loan of 18,000,000l. ried. It was then proposed, on Mr Dun- and to report thereon." das's motion, to address the Crown to Mr Pitt said, he should certainly give prosecute John Reeves, Eiq. together his vote for the measure proposed by with the Printer.

the Hop. Gentleman, and he trufted Mr Sheridan moved to amend this, by that the result of the inquiry would be Teaving out the Printer, which was a to eradicate every particle of doubí that greed to; but on putting the main queso might exift in the mind of any man, eition, Sir William Dolben and Mr Dent ther in or out of that House, relative to infiited upon dividing the House ; when the Loan. they were told out, it appearing that The question for the Committee of the numbers were only Ayes 24, Noes Inquiry was then carried without a divi. 4, so that the House was adjourned, and 'fion. the question remained this day unde. Mr Smith moved, that it should be a cided.

Committee of the whole House. 15. Mr Sheridan objected to referring, Mr Pitt moved, as an amendment, the Sediticus Pamphlet to the Attorney that it thould be an open Committee General, as well as the prosecution of ei- above stairs. ther the printer or publisher, and moved After a few words the House divided, that the debate on it be resumed. An For Mr Pitt's amendment 36, againft it amendment was moved to this, " That 19; majority 37. an humble Address be prefented to his Mr Pitt proposed that the Drawback

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315 on the coarser kinds of Sugar fhould cease The Bill for regulating the Marine on the 20th of this month.

Forces while on More was read a fecond The other orders of the day were time, and committed for Thursday the then disposed of, and the House adjourn- 4th of February nexi. ed.

18. The following hills were read a 16. Mr Hufey moved the order of the third time and passed: the Mutiny and day for a Committee of the whole House Defertion Bill, Horse-dealers Licence on the high price of corn.

Bil, Working horie Duty Bill, and Poor Mr Pitt wished to know if the Hon. Rrlicf Bill. Gentleman had any thing particular to On the motion of Mr Wilberforce, a say,

clause was added to the Pleasure-horse Mr Husay replied, to raise the bounty. Duty Bill, exempting Freehold Farmers

After a conversation of some length, under 70l. annual rent, who sometimes Mr Hussey moved, that 205. should be rode their work horses, which was agreed subltituted in the place of 158. which to. was agreed to.

19. The Sugar Drawback Reduction Sir Peter Burrell made another motion, Bill was read a third time, and passed. that three-fifths of the additional duty Mr Pitt moved that no Petition for on all corn imported from foreign parts private Bills be received after Thursday should be granted on all foreign corn in the irth of February. Ordered. the King's ftores. Agreed.

Mr Pitt then moved, and it was The House went into a Committee of agreed to nem. con. “ That the House the whole House on the new Horse Duty shall adjourn until Wednesday morning BI!.

Mr Pitt moved an amendment in fa 23. A message was received from the your of all horses under 13 hands high ; Lords, acquainting the House that their this particularly related to small horses Lordships had agreed to the Tax Bills, used in parts of England and Scotland. together with various other public and

This amendment was agreed to;. after private Bills. which the bill was reported with amend. Mr Sloane presented a Petition from

the Bath Agricultural Society, praying The other orders of the day being gone the House to enact a general Inclosure ihrough, the House adjourned.

Bill, for the purpose of improving all the 17. A message was lent down from the Waste Lands. The Petition was referLords, fignifying that their Lordhips had red to the Select Committee appointed agreed to the Treason and Sedition Bills, for examining the state, &c. of the Walte with the amandments,

Lands. Mr Hobart brought up the report of Several private Petitions respecting the Corn Bill, with the amendments of the Inclosures were presented, and nuch Committçe on the increafe of a bounty private business was disposed of.Ad. from America and the Colonies, which journed. were agreed to.

24. After some private business, '. Mr Hobart brought up the report on Mr Pitt moved ine adjournment of the the general Horse Duty Bill with amend. House till Tuesday the ad of February ments, a clause being added exempting next. horses travelling poft and paying 3d. per

On the question being put, mile duty.

Sir John Sinclair gave notice, that on Mr Hobart brought up the report on Tuesday the 21 of February next he the Pleasure-Horfe Bill." A clause was would move triat the Report of the added to it, exemp:ing the Yeomanry Committee respecting the Itate of the Cavalry from the duty, each captain or Wafie Lands be considered. The House other commanding officer to give in the then adjourned to Tuciday the ad of Feba lift of horses thus employed.

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Interesting Inielligence from the London Gazettes.

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From the London Gaxette, March 22. ed the marines and boarders to land be

hind the point, and take the batteries in Admiralty-Office, March 22.

the rear. As the boats approached the A

DISPATCH, of which the follow. Beach, they met with a very warm rca

ing is a copy, has been received ception, and a temporary check, from a at this Office from Sir William Sidney body of troops drawn up to oppose their Smith :

landing: the fituation was critical, the

ship being exposed to a most galling fire; Diamond, of Cape Frehel, 18 Mar. 1796, and in intricate pilotage, with a confi

derable portion of her men thus detache

ed. I pointed out to Lieut. Pine, the ap. Having received information that arm; parent practicability of climbing the preed vessels detached by the Prince of cipice in front of the batteries, which he Bouillon, had chaсed a convoy, confitt- readily perceived, and, with an alacrily ing of a corvette, two luggers, four brigs, and bravery of which I have had many and two loops, into Herqui, I proceed. proofs in the course of our service togeed off that porr, to reconnoitre their po ther, he undertook and 't xecuted this hafition, and found the channel, which I zardous service, landing immediately un. found very narrow and intricate. I fuc

the guns, and rendering himself malceeded, however, in gaining a knowledge ter of them before the column of troops of these points sufficient to determine me could regain the heights. The fire from to attack them, in the Diamond, with the fhip was directed to cover our men out loss of time, and without waiting in this operation; it checked the enemy for the junction of any part of the fqua- in their advancement, and the re-embarkdron, left the enemy should fortity them. ation was effected, as foon as the guns felves ftill further on our appearance. were spiked, without the loss of a mang

Lieutenant M.Kinley, of the Liberty though we have to regret Lieut. Carter brig, and Licutenant Goffet, of the As of the Marines being dangerously woundritocrat lugger, joined me off the Cape, ed on this occasion. , and, though not under my orders, very The enemy's guns, three twenty-four handfomely offered their services, which pounders, being Glenced and rendered. I accepted, as small vessels were effenti- useless for the time, we proceeded to ata ally necessary in such an operation. The tack the corvette and other armed vefpermanent fortification for the defence of fels, which had by this time opened their the bay are two hatteries on a high rocky fire on us, to cover the operation of haul. promontory. We observed the enemy ing themselves on shore. The Diamond to be very busily employed in mounting was anchored as clofe to the corvette as à detached gun on a very commanding her draft of water would allow. The Li. point of the entrance. At one o'clock berty brig was able to approach near, ġesterday afternoon, ibis gun opened u- and on this occafion, I cannot omit to pon us as we palled: The Diamond's mention the very gallant and judicious fire however filenced it in eleven mi manner in which Litur. M.Kinley, her putes. The others opened upon us as commander, brought this vessel into acwe came round the point, and their com- tion, profiting by her light draft of wamanding fituation giving them a decided ter to follow the corvette clofe. The advantage over a fhip in our position, I enemy's fire foon flackened, and the judged it necessary to adopt another, crew being observed to be making for mode of attack, and accordingly detach. the dore on the English colours bçing

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Interesting Intelligence from the London Gazettes. 317 hoisted on the hill, I made the fignal for and I beg leave to recommend him to the boats, manned and armed, to board their Lordships as a moft meritorious ofker, directing Lieut. Goffer, in the lug. ficer. ger, to cover them. This service was I have the honour to be, &c. executed by the party from the shore,

W. Sidney Smith. under the direction of Lieutenant Pine, A return of the Killed and Waunded be in a manner that does them infinite cre.

longing to his Majesty's ship Diamond, dit, and him every honour, as

a brave man and an able officer., The enemy's

in ibe three attacks of the enemy's bato

teries and shipping in Herqui, the 19th troops occupied the high projecting rocks

of March 1996. all around the vessels, from whence they kept up an incesant fire of musque..

Killed, a leamen. try; and the utmost that could be effect. Wounded, fir ft Lieutenant Horace Pine, ed at the moment, was io set fire to the

Lieut. Carter of the marines, and five corvette, (named L'Etourdie, of 16 guns,

seamen. twelve pounders, on the main deck) and Admiralty-Office, March 26. one of the merchant brigs, fince, as the

A dispatch of which the following is a tide fell, the enemy preffed down on the fands, close to the vessels; Lieut. Pine from Sir John Burlaic Warren, Bart.

copy, has been received at this Office, therefore returned on board, having re- K. B. ceived a severe contusion on the breaft from a mulquet ball. As the tide role La Pomone, Falmouth, 24 March 1796. again, it became practicable to make a Sir, second attempt to burn the remaining I beg leave to inform you, that on the velles Lieut. Pearlon was accordingly Isth initant, in consequence of my letter detached for that purpose with the boals, to their Lordships from Falmouth, I and I am happy to add, his gallant exer ftood over to the French coast in search tids fucceeded to the utmost of my of the Artois, who joined me on the hopes, notwithftanding the renewed and 18th ; and on the 20th, at day-break, heavy fire of musquetry from the shore. having discovered from the matt-head

This fire was returned with spirit and several sail of vesels in the S. S. E. the good effect; and I was much pleased Saints bearing N. N. E. three or four with the conduct of Lieut. Goflet, in the miles, I made the signal to the squadron hired lugger, and Mr Knight, in the under my command, consisting of the Diamond's launch, who covered the ap- Artois, Galatea, and Anson, for a generproach and retreat of the boats. The al chace, and upon our near approach, vessels were all burnt except an armed perceived them to be a convoy of the Jugger, which kept up her fire to the enemy steering in for the land. At ten lait.

A. M. being up with part of the mer'The wind and tide suiting at ten at chant ships, I captured tour, and ordered night to come out of the harbour again, the Valiant lugger to proceed with them we weighed, and repassed the Point of to the neareft port. I continued in pura Herqui, from which we received a few fuit of the men of war, who were formthot, the enemy having found means to ing in line a head to wind ward, and kept reitore one the guns to activity. working to come up with the enemy, loss, as appears by the inclosed return, who I loon perceived were endeavouring is trifling, considering the nature of the to preserve their distance from us, and enterprize, and the length of time we to avoid an action, by their tacking at were exposed to the enemy's fire. Their's, the l'ame time with our thips; but being I am persuaded, muft have been great, at length arrived within lialf gun-shot to from the numbers within the range of leeward, the two squadrons engaged, and our hot and shells. The conduct of e paffed cach other upon opposite tacks. very officer and man under my com- Immediately upon our fternmost_mip mand meets my warmeft approbation ; being clear of the enemy's line, I made it would be fuperfluous to particularize the signal to tack and gain the wind, any others than those I have named; which, by making a very short board on fuffice it to say, the characteristic brave- the starboard tack, was obtained; pere ry and activity of British (eamen never ceiving them rallying round the Comwere more conspicuous.

modore close in fhore, and beginning to Lieutenant Pine will have the honour form again, I made the lignal for our's, to present their Lordships with the co in close order, to endeavour to break hours which he truck on the battery; their linc, by cutting off the rear thips,

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