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to perforin, in stating, that he was not satisfied with the explanation of the honourable baronet. If he had a good cause, it was impolitic to defend bimself by general challenges. These were not times when such statements as were made against the honourable baronet, were to be so put down. As to what had been said of the adoption of the calumny by him, it was the calumny of the fourth report of military inquiry; and he would plainly say, that until the case should be satisfactorily cleared up, the honourable baronet ought not to be upon the finance committee. The public would not be satisfied, nor would it be for the honour of the honourable baronet, nor for the credit of the House ; and it he should be proposed, painful as the duty would be, he should oppose his nomina. tion, wbilst iliis charge continued unexplained. The noble Jord then went into a statement of the items in the report, which he thought not satisfactorily explained, and concladed by assuring the honourable gentleman, who was the personal friend of the honourable baronet, that he would feel equal pleasure with himself if that could be **** done.

Mr. TF. Dundas briefly stated the part he had in the transaction, which was merely an official form.

General Hope and Mr. P. Carew sajd also a few words, the substance of whicli we could not collect.

Mr. 01. Montague observed, that the observations of gentlemen should be deferred upon this subject, until the memorial should be laid before the House, and gentlemen would be able to express a final opinion upon the subject.

The Chancellor of the E.cchequer agreed with his honourable friend, that if any persons thought that the slightest impotation attached to the honourable baronet, they ought to defer their observations till they should have the advantage of further facts to decide upon. But he could not agree with him, that there was any necessity for a momeni's delay for the memorial, because the statement they had heard was sufficient to clear the honourable baronet, from the whole of the charge. As to what had been said by his learned friend opposite, relative to the sum awarded by the jary, that it was equal to the fce-simple of the land, he contended, that it was not an extravagant award; for' even the expence of assessing the property would amount, to two or three hundred pounds, and thie expence of restoring the lands to the state in which they were before, by

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filling up the immense ditch, would be very heavy. The jury could never have had in contemplation to estimate the right to occupy the house, and in transactions between an individual and the public, where the individual may not voluntarily part with his property, juries uniformly awarded higher compensation than between individuals, where the transaction is wholly voluntary on both sides; besides, the furniture was of considerable value, and certainly the honourable baronet was entitled to full compensation for both his house and the furniture. Those who had any doubt as to these facts, would do right to wait for further facts ; but, for his part, where no blame was imputed either to the commissioners or any of the parties, he could wholly acquit his honourable friend on the evidence before the House. As to the fact of the want of any attendance of counsel on the part of the public, he trusted that gentlemen would not impute that as a matter of charge against his honourable friend, which however they might regret it, would be more properly imputable to one of the public departments.

Mr. C. Ashley exculpated the board of ordnance,

Lord Henry Petty totally acquitted the honourable gentleman opposite (Mr. Bourne) from any blame. From what he had an opportunity of knowing of that gentle man's correctness in the discharge of his official duties, he always acquitted him of any part of the imputation ; and whenever the subject had been discussed in his presence, he had uniformly declared his conviction that the charge against him must have originated in a mistake. He had risen for the purpose of declaring this impression, and also in consequence of what had fallen from the right honourable gentleman opposite (Mr. Secretary Canning), lest it should be thought, from his silence, that he was satisfied with the statement of the honourable baronet.

Sir H. Mildmay's motion was then agreed to.

The House, on the motion of Lord Casilercagh, went into a committee on his majesty's most gracious message, and resolved nemine contradicente, that a sum of 10001. per annum be granted to his majesty out of the consolidated fund, to be settled, during his natural life, on general sir John Stuart. The House then resumed, and the report was ordered to be receiyed the next day. Petitions were presented, complaining of the late elections for Evesham and Down patrick, which were severally fixed for consideration on Tuesday the 21st of July.

The Secretary at War obtained leave to bring in a bill to e able the commissioners of Kilmainbam to make certain rules and regulations respecting the payment of pensioners.

The House went into a committee on the lords commissioners sj eech, and resolved, that a supply be granted to his majesty, which was referred to a committee of the whole House the next day. * Mr. Riobhouse brought up a report of the Irish customs bill; the resolution for continuing the act was agrecd to, and a bill ordered accordingly.

The fiouse went into a committee on the Irish revenue act, and the American treaty act, and severally resolved that they should be continued ; and on the House being respectively resumed, the chairman moved for, and obtained, leave to bring in a bill for continuing each. Mr. Rose gave notice, that the indemnity which it was proposed to grant by a clause in the American treaty bill, would be made te subject of a separate bill.

HOUSE OF LORDS.

TUESDAY, JUNE 30. Mr. Caley, secretary to the commissioners of public records, presented several extracts from records, wbich were ordered to lie on the table, and to be printed.

The Lord Chancellor stated, that upon consideration he thought it most expedient that the first step towards the reliéf of parties interested in private bill., which had been interrupted by the prorogation, should be to take into consideration the standing orders. He therefore moved that the standing orders relative to private bills should be taken into consideration on Thursday, on which day he intended to move with respect to such bills, four propositions : First, that with respect to petitions for bills, upon which reports had been made by the judges last session, such reports should be taken as of this sessi n, without a new reference, provided ihe renewed p'itions were in substance the same as tho.e presented la: t se ion. Secondly, that instead of a fortright being reg ired to clapse, previous to the commitment of a bill of thi description, a week only should be necessary. Thirdly, that the evidence taken last sessions in committee, on private bills,

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should be referred to the committees on the renewed bills, with a proviso that such new committee should not be concladed by such evidence, but should be at liberty to call such further evidence as they might deem necessary; and fourthly, that the standing orders in other respects should be strictly complied with.

Lord Grenville acquiesced generally in the mode proposed by the noble and learned lord, and thought that whatever difference of opinion there might be with respect to the late dissolution of Parliament, there should be a general disposition to give relief to the pårties interested in a private bill, as far as such relief was consistent with the dignity of the House, and with justice to all parties.

The standing orders, together with tlie propositions of the Lord Chancellor; were ordered to be taken into consideration on Thursday, for wbich day the lords were ordercd to be summoned.

Lord Hawkesbury; in consequence of the wish expressed by Lord Grenville on the preceding evening, for further information respecting the order of council, stated, that the only proceeding had was the usual circular letter from the treasury to the officers of customs and excise, to conform to the regulations contained in the act.

Lord Grenville moved for the production of this circu: lar letter; and also an account of the rates of duties levied under the act; adding to the latter motion, on the suge gestion of Lord Hawkesbury, an account of the rates of duties payable by law after the expiration of the act alluded to,

These motions were agreed to. Adjourned.

HOUSE OF COMMONS.

TUESDAY, JUNE 30. Dr. Grey presented at the bar the accounts of the British Museum, with the rules and regulations for the admission of strangers; as also a list of the number of persons admitted under the same. A copy of the said list was ordered to be printed.

A person gave in at the bar the annual accounts of the reports and disbursements of the Ramsgate harbour. .'

The sheriffs of London presented at the bar a petition for Vol. 1.-1807. .. R

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122 THE PARLIAMENTARY REGISTER.. [com. the improvement of Smithfield market; also theentrance into the city of London at Temple-bar; and also a petition for the establishment of a coal-market in the city of London ; and also a petition for improving the port of London.

Colonel Bathurst brought in a bill for the better regulating parish apprentices.

Mr. Curwen said that he knew nothing that called more for the intervention of Parliament than the abuses which prevailed in the treatment of those children. He himself, since the dissolution of the late Parliament, on his journey to the north of England, met a caravan which had no less than sixty children crowded into it. This he thought a most disgraceful abuse, and had determined to take the first opportunity of mentioning it in Parliament.

The bill was then read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time the next day.

Mr. Foster brought up the Irish customs bill, which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time the next day.

The Master of the Rolls gave notice that he would the next day moie for leave to bring in a bill to enable his majesty to settle Frogmore and the lands thereto adjacent on the queen for the term of 99 years.

TIIE SHIPPING INTEREST. Mr. Eden rose to move for a return of the British and foreign ships in the British trade, for the last three years ; he said he had been induced to make such a motion, as he thought, if it could be complied with, the House would be enabled to judge how far the shipping interest had been affected by the measures of the late administration. He was sure the House would be convinced, as he was, that, notwithstanding the contrary assertion of his majesty's ministers, the British ships had increased onc-sixth in the course of the last year, while the foreign vessels had diminished in nearly the same proportion. Of the serious accusations advanced against the late ministers, the chief source (as al. leged by those who made them) was the American interconrse act, which, to use the very words of the right honourable gentleman opposite,“ did for our enemies what they could not do for themselves ;” if that was the case, he wondered that ministers had not before now availed themselves of the opportunity their present situations gave them, of repealing an act of such dangerous consequences,

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