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mittee of both Lords and Commons on both sides had , agreed upon that point. If the measure' were to come. from the right honourable, gentleman opposite only, lie should look upon it with suspicion, but at present he saw no reason to oppose it. He trusted that the honourable gentlemen opposite would use the powers given by this bill, with the same moderation that had been displayed . by their predecessors, so much to the 'honour of the noble duke who presided over the Irish government, and to the benefit of the country..
Leave was then given to bring in the bill, as also a bill to prevent improper persons from having arms in : Ireland.
Mr. Hobhouse brought up the report of the Irish glebe houses bill, which was agreed to, and the bill ordered to be read a third time..
The Chancellor of the Exchequer brought up the bill for inquiring into the state of Windsor forest. Read a. first time, and to be read a second time the next day.
The Scotch taxes regulation bill was read a second time ; to be commited on Monday next.
The three millions exchequer bills bill, and the one million and a half ditto, were read a second time ; to be committed the next day.
The House went into a committee on the Irish provi, sions act, and resolved, that Irish salted beef and work should be allowed to be exported duty-free. - The House - then resumed, and the report was ordered to be received the next day.
The coffee warehousing bill passed through a committee, and was ordered to be reported the next day. Adjourned.
:: HOUSE OF LORDS. :
FRIDAY, JULY 10. Mr. Bankes, Mr. Hobhouse and several other member: of the llouse of Commous, brought up the offices revera'. sion bill, the American trade indemnity bill, Sir John Stuart's annuity bill, and the Kilmainham hospital bill, * which were read a first time.
The American treaty bill passed through a committee, and on the motion of Earl Bathurst; was ordered to be read a third time on Monday.
Mr. Smith, from the commissioners of Richmond bridge, presented their cash account, which was ordered to lie on the table.
Lord Viscount Sidmouth said, he had attended that and the preceding day, in the expectation of seeing in his place the noble lord, who conlucted the official business of that House, of whoin he wished to ask a question, whether it was the intention of his majesty's government to bring for i ard any measure in consequence of the present momentous crisis of affirirs, and particularly any mea. sure relative to the amount and distribution of ihe military force of the country? He confessed that it was not al. together recent events which had called his attention to this important subject, but when he considered the information recently received, he thought it of the utmost importa'ce that measures should be adopted without dlay, calculated to me:t with vigour and effect the increased and increasing dangers of the country. As, how ever, from some business before the House, he under: stoo:) that a full, attendance was expected on Monday, be should defer till then his proposed question..
Earl Bathurst said, there having been nothing before the blousc for the last two or three days which was expec!ed to excitę any discussion, and his noble friends having much business before them elsewhere, they had not thought it necessary to attend. On Monday, bow. ever, he had no doubt that the noble viscount would receive a satisfactory answer. Adjourned.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
.:: FRIDAY, JULY 10. Mr. Alderman Shaw presented a petition from the masa ter ship-owners of the port of London, against the Dover pilots regulation bill; which petition was referred to the cominitiee upon the said bill, and it was orilered that counsel should be hearil for and against the petition.
Mr. Long gave notice of a motion for Tuesday, for leave to bring in a bill to enable the trusłces of the British Museumn to dispose of certain articles belonging, thereto.
A per on presented at the bar certain accounts from the commissioners of Richmond bridge. Ordered to lie on the table.
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· Mr. Leslie Foster give notice for a.molion for the next day, that the House shonld resolve into a committee to consiiler of ihe act with regard to hospitals in Ireland. - The second reading of the Bristl port bill being moved,
Mr. B. Bithurst, not withstan ling that an opposition was inten led to this measure,, endeavoured to shew that such an intention proce:led from a mi conception of its • charicter. He s alel that the object of the bill was to procure further aid for the completion of a most material work of national utility, upon which a large sum had already been expemled.
Sir Thomas Turion disæpproved of any further grant for the purpose which this bill had in view ; 300,0001. had been alreadly obtained from the public for thi.15,0001. more were applied for last session, but now the sum sought for was no less than 78,0001. and all this for an undertaking from which the public derived no advantage, while those engaged in the West India trade complained loudly of the inconveniences to which they were subject in the port of Bristol. . . .,
Sir Jolin Newport was peculiarly jealous of any mea, sure of this nature, where a company provised in the first instance t) e ecute a great public undertaking for a cer, tain specified sum, and afterwards came to Parliament for fiarther aid. But the fact was, that this company neither really wanted nor deserved such aid. For it was remarkable that although the work to which the bill referred was pro:lictive of no advantage to the public, the proprie ors actually derived a profit from their respective shares. Let them those profits be applied to complete the work, and, let not the public be burihened for the particular benefit of individuals.
Mr. Bayley and Mr. Dillon spoke on the side of the last speaker ; and the llouse divided,
For the bill, - - • 55 .
88 . Of course the bill is losi.
Mr. N. Dan las suggested to an honourable baronet (Sir T. Turton). the propriety of postp ning his motion with regard to the Poly rars, 9 the papers on that subject were not ready to be laid before the House.
Sir Thomas Turton acceded to the suggestion, and posl. poned his motion to that day se'nnighi.
Mr. R. Dundas an!!ounced his intention of bringing
forward the Ladia budget" on Monday; and upon the motion of the right honourable gentleman, accounts were ordered to be laid before the llouse, of ihe riveille and expenditure of ke severat presidencies of Beigal, Madras, Bomba, Fort William, Fort St. George, and Bombay, and of our settlements in Lidia. • The petition of General Hiriin was, upon the motion of Mr. Varsitiart, referred to a select coinmittee, with orders to report thereon. • Mr. H. Martin put his motion witle regard to certain advances made by the treasurer and the paymas et of the forces, from the year 1802, up to the latest period at which the samne could be made oul, in the corrected for suggested to him in the conversation which to'k place upon the subject the preceding day, and the mo:ion was agreed to.
The secreiary at war s ated, that he would on Monday, move certain resolutions with regard to the army.
Sir C. Pole adverted to the resolution pa sed by ili at touse in the year 1:04, with respect to the payment of those wlió were concerned in the capture of Touton. It would be recollected that a larve and liberal'sum lad been vóled upon' that occasion, which sun was not yet distributed, and in consequence of the delay and difficilis com fained of by those who were entitled to a shule of his prize moa ncy, he felt it his duty to move that there be laid before the House an account of the several sums issued from ile treasury to the agents of lord lleol, &c. from the 29111 of Marchi, 1804, stating the date of cach issue, and the sum total. Also an account of the payments actu illy made to ile several classes of the arms and navy, together with a statement of the balance remaining in the lands of the agents, and also the balances in the frasury.
Mr. Rose ws not afrare that such an account could be made out in any of the oflice's, as that which referred to the balances in the hands of the agents,
Sir C. Pole thought, that when the ainount of the issues from the balance iit the treasury was ascertained, wlat related to the agents might be easily made out.' • Mr. Huskisson observed that the treasury was ready to is-uc the whole of this sum at the line it was voted. But from the difficulty in ascertaining the several claimants, which difficulty was naturally to be expecied from ihe time that had elapsed since the capture of Toulo , it was deemed more advisable to issue the money from time to Kk2
time. The balances which now remained in the treasury, which he supposed about 20,0001. would be advanced as soon as the justice of the demands was made known. - After a few words more from Sir C. Pole, the motion was agreed to.
Petitions were presen'ed complaining of undue relur::s for Chippenham, Kincardinshire, Malden, Penrhyn, Be. verley, 'Malmsbury, East Grinstead, Bridgewater, Christo church, Newcastle-under-Line, and Westminster. The petition respecting the latter was from the right lionourable R. B. Sheridan, and certain elcctors, complaining of bribery, treating, &c. on the part of Lord Cochrane. The whole of these petitions were appointed to be taken into consideration, on Safurday the 25th instant. From which order it is inserred that they will not be gone into in the course of the present session.
The secretary at war presented the accounts ordered on the motion of Mr. C. Johnstone, with regard to the sale of commissions. Ordered to lie on the table, and to be printed.
Mr. Windham moved for a relurn of the number raised for the regular army, in each month from the Jst of July, 180i, up to the latest period, at which the same could be made out ; also for a similar account during the corresponding periods of the years 1805 and 1806, es pocially those raised under the additional force act, those obtained by ordinary recruiting, and at the regimental head-quarters; and also those recruited for the foot guards.
The secretary at war had no objection to this motion, with an amendment distinguishing the number of boys taised for the army.
The moʻion with this amendment was agreed to, as was the motion for a return of the number of de ertions during the before-mentioned periods in the army at home, distinguishing the effective strength of the army ont of which such desertions respectively took place; and also distinguishing Ireland from England. * Mr. Sheridan, adverting to his notice which stood for that day, relative to the admission of strangers, obscrved, that it was not his practice to address motions to that House against the sense of a decided majori'y, but much less against the opinion of his friends. Upon the subject of the notice to which he alluded , he had consulted with several who were friends to the object of his motion, and