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SEDITIOUS MEETING BILL.
Mar. 14._ Lord DARNLEY presented a Appeal Committee, the recommendations in petition from Belfast, complaining of the which were agreed to by the House. distresses in the North of Ireland, from the
PROTEST, scarcity and bad quality of corn.
On the motion, that the consideration of
the Habeas Corpus Suspension Bill be put Mar. 17.-Lord SIDMOUTH moved the off for three months, being negatived. first reading of this bill, and the Lords were Dissentient,-Because we concur entirely ordered to be summoned for Thursday. in the reasons stated in the protest entered NAPOLEON BONAPARTE.
against the second reading of the said bill Mar. 18.-Lord HOLLAND moved for a on the 24th February last, and because the great number of papers and correspondence, delay that has taken place since the bill has respecting the confinement and treatment of been hurried through this House, contrary Bonaparte at St Helena, calling upon Go to its established forms and standing orders, vernment to vindicate themselves from as (in consequence of which unbecoming haste persions thrown upon them in various pub- the amendments have been found necessary), lications, for their harsh treatment of the has confirmed and increased our conviction, ex-emperor. Earl BATHURST denied that that this measure, which necessity alone can any unnecessary severity was exercised to justify, is without any such justification. wards Bonaparte ; and said that there is no
CLIFTON. other restraint upon his correspondence than
AUGUSTUS FREDERICK. what is usual respecting prisoners of war
VASSAL HOLLAND. the letters must be opened. The sum al.
SOMERSET. lowed for his establishment is equal to that Lords HOLLAND and DARNLEY entered allowed for the governor-£12,000 per an a protest, dissenting from the resolution of num; and he has, besides, personal proper the Lords, refusing the motion for the proty, which he may expend for his own com duction of papers regarding the treatment fort, if he find that allowance too small. of Bonaparte in the island of St Helena. His Lordship assured the house, that the Mar. 28.-The Exchequer Courts Bill inconveniences complained of were created was returned from the Commons, their by Bonaparte himself. The motion was ne. Lordships' amendments having been agreed gatived. SCOTS APPEAL.
Mar. 29.—Mr BROGDEN, accompanied Mar. 21—In the case of Arnot v. Stuart, by several members, appeared at the Bar, counsel were finally heard. Affirmed, with and requested a conference with their Lord£50 costs.
ships on the subject of the amendments in The house went into a Committee on the the Seditious Assemblies Bill, which was SEDITIOUS ASSEMBLIES BILL, on which granted, and the alterations agreed to. some amendments were made.
Mar. 31.-_The SPEAKER of the House SCOTS APPEALS.
of Commons attended, with several memMar. 24.—Shepherd v. Waterson affirm- bers, and heard the royal assent given, by ed, with £120 costs to one of the parties, commission, to the Seditious Meetings and viz. Mr Harvey
Naval Officers' Half-pay Bills. The House Macdonald v. Stalker affirmed.
then, on the motion of the Earl of LIVERPOOL,
adjourned till Wednesday fortnight. Mar. 25.— The order of the day for the third reading of this bill was read. Lord
HOUSE OF COMMONS. ERSKINE objected to the bill as unnecessary, and considered the existing laws sufficient for every purpose. The Lord Chan Mar. 3.-Sir E. KNATCHBULL wished CELLOR supported it. Lord SIDMOUTH to introduce a bill to alter and amend the introduced a clause to prohibit public meet
Game Act, which was to prevent persons ings within a mile of Westminster Hall, from going out at night armed to destroy with the exception of meetings at Covent- game. The bill was brought up and read Garden and Southwark. Several Lords ob a first time. jected to this clause, when the house di. SEDITIOUS ASSEMBLIES BILL. vided. For the clause 111; against it, 23; The SOLICITOR GENERAL rose to move majority 88.
The clause was of course the second reading of the bill for preventannexed to the bill, which was read a third ing seditious assemblies. Of the various time and passed.
means, he said, employed by the fomenters Mar. 26.—In the Scots appeal cause of of discontent, one of the most efficacious was, Walker v. Weir, their Lordship's decision to call together number of persons, to was, that the case be remitted back for fur. inflame them by harangues, to persuade ther consideration.
them that the evils arising from the cirThe Naval Stores Bill, and the Exche cumstances of the times would be remedied quer Bills Bill, were read a third time and by their application to Parliament, and to passed.
persuade them that they had a right to
force Parliament to comply with their deMar. 27.-The Earl of SHAFTESBURY mands. These meetings, which might be presented a voluminous report from the turned to every mischievous purpose, the
SEDITIOUS ASSEMBLIES BILL.
bill was intended to control, by some regu. merely whether they would prohibit the lations precisely of the same kind as those distillation in Ireland ; the trade with Ire adopted at other critical times. After some land was free, and, consequently, such a discussion, and some remarks from Lord prohibition would give to the English distiller COCHRANE respecting the imprisonment of a preference in the Irish market. It should a Mr M‘Arthur of Glasgow, who had been be considered, that one of the evils attend. afterward released, the bill was then read a ing the stoppage of the regular distillation second time, and ordered to be committed would be the stimulus thus given to illegal
distillation, which would probably cause, on SEDUCTION AND TREASON BILLS. the whole, an increase in the consumption Mar. 3.-The Army and 'Navy Seduc. of corn : and, as it would at least be a tion Bills, and the bill respecting Treason. month before the stoppage could be affectable Practices, were read a third time and ed, he was persuaded that the proposed passed.
measure would not save one barrel of corn,
but be productive of mischief rather than Sir FRANCIS BURDETT moved that the good. He should add, that the Irish Gopetitions which lay on the floor, signed by vernment had taken all practicable means nearly a million of subscribers, should be in its power to obviate the dangers of scarreceived. (There appeared to be nearly a city, especially by taking upon themselves waggon-load of petitions ; they lay in a the responsibility of admitting American heap, and almost covered the floor of the flour, which the letter of the law did not House ; it is understood there were 600 of permit. At the suggestion of Sir J. NEW. them.) The SPEAKER.-Bring them up. PORT the motion was withdrawn. (a laugh.) Sir Francis, on the suggestion of the Speaker, agreed to the propriety of Mar. 5. Mr BROUGHAM moved for proceeding with the petitions some other copies of some correspondence which had day.
passed between the Chancellor of the ExPRISONERS AT GLASGOW, &c. chequer and certain Magistrates in the counMar. 4.-Lord COCHRANE, seeing the try, respecting the new coin, and expressed Learned Lord Advocate of Scotland in his in strong terms his indignation on discoverplace, begged to know if the statement was ing the letters W. W. P. on the reverse of true, that some of the persons imprisoned at the new coin of the realm ; adding, that Glasgow had been discharged, there being Cardinal Wolsey having impressed upon no foundation for any charge against them. the king's coin a cardinal's hat, this was The LORD ADVOCATE stated, that he had made one of the articles of impeachment received no information on the subject. Sir against him. Mr W. W. POLE declared, FRANCIS BURDETT said, he had received that if there had been any such corresponda letter from Glasgow, stating, that the per ence as that alluded to by the Hon. and sons apprehended, and afterwards liberated, learned Gentleman, he had never heard of had been taken up on the evidence of spies. it. With regard to the letters W. W. P. Several petitions for reform were presented the learned Gentleman ought to know that by Lord Cochrane, some of which were ob- he was authorised, by indentures, to put jected to, and others ordered to lie on the what private marks he pleased on every table. The SolicITOR GENERAL moved piece of the new currency. The question some new clauses in the Seditious Assem
was put and negatived. blies Bill, pro forma, and the House ad. EQUALIZATION OF WEIGHTS AND MEAjourned. COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY.
Mar. 7.-The CHANCELLOR of the Ex. Mar. 5.-The CHANCELLOR of the Ex CHEQUER, in reply to a question of Sir CHEQUER moved a grantof £200,000 on ac George Clerk, respecting the general equalicount, for expences of a civil nature in Great zation of weights and measures, assured Britain, which formed no part of the or him that a measure was in progress for the dinary charge of the civil list. Agreed to. purpose to which he alluded. A commis
Lord PALMERSTON moved for £500,000 sion had been issued, and the whole was, as a further sum for the expense of the land for the present, under the superintendence service, with the exception of the troops in of the Royal Society. France, and in the territories of the East India Company. Agreed to.
Mr CALCRAFT presented two petitions
from two parishes in Devonshire, in one of Mar. 5.-Mr MAURICE FITZGERALD which the Poor Rates amounted to 18 or 19s. moved for an investigation into the amount and in the other to one guinea in the pound and state of human food in Ireland, with to the landholders ;--that in one parish, cona view to determine whether it might be taining 575 inhabitants, no less than 497 expedient to stop the distillation of grain in were receiving parochial relief, and to this Ireland. Mr PEEL thought he should be he begged to call the attention of Lord Cas. able to satisfy the Hon. Gentleman and the tlereagh. His Lordship said, he was conHouse, that a prohibition of distillation vinced a great part of the rate would be would not lead to the result which he an found to be wages paid in the shape of poor ticipated from it. The question was not rates; a system which ought to be discou
SCARCITY OF FOOD IN IRELAND.
raged as much as possible. MR CALCRAFT, Hon. Baronet, Sir Francis Burdett, was 527, in reply, stated, that he wished to call the of which 468 were printed. After several attention of the Committee on the Poor
were rejected for want of form, and others Laws to the subject of making funded pro for impropriety of language, the question perty rateable to the support of the poor, was put that the 468 printed petitions should and that he had sanguine hopes that their be read, when Lord CASTLEREAGH conlabours would be attended with the most tended, that the rules and practice of the salutary effects.
House were against the entertaining printed PETITIONS FOR REFORM.
petitions. The House divided. Ayes 6 ; Mar. 10.-Sir R. FERGUSON presented noes 58 ; majority against receiving the pea petition from Arbroath, praying for a re
titions 52. form in Parliament. It was not reasonable, MANUFACTURES AND COMMERCE. he said, to think that the people in Scotland
Mar. 13.-Mr BROUGHAM, in a long should be content, when they could not but and elaborate speech, set forth the distresses know that Cornwall sent as many members of the lower classes of the community in to that House as all Scotland. Mr BRAND fearful colours. The pressure in the cloth rose to confirm what had been said by the trade, great as it is represented, was less gallant General, as to the anxiety of the than in the other branches. At Birmingpeople in Scotland for a reform in Parlia. ham, out of 80,000 souls there were 27,000 ment. Mr BOSWELL observed, there was paupers, who were formerly able to earn not a single petition from the landholders from £2 to £3 a-week, who did not make of Scotland in favour of parliamentary re more at present than from 7s. to 9s., in no form. Lord A. HAMILTON asserted, that instance more than 188., and their wives the voters in that country were not commen and children had no employment at all. surate with the landholders. The LORD In Lancashire there were 500,000 persons ADVOCATE had stated on a former night, engaged in the weaving and spinning trade, and he would repeat it now, that the people who could formerly earn 13s. a-week, but of Scotland, taking those classes of the com their wages in January last were as low as munity who were most capable of forming 4s. 3 d.,
and some inferior workmen so little a judgment on the subject, were nine-tenths as 2s, 6d. weekly, for the support of themof them opposed to any change in the re selves and families, and that many of them presentation of that country in Parliament. were actually reduced to live upon half a After much discussion, the petition was or pound of oatmeal a-day, with a little salt dered to lie on the table.
and water. In Spittalfields and Coventry, ARMY ESTIMATES.
the distresses were nearly as great. He did Lord PALMERSTON called the attention
not attribute this state of things to the of the House to the Army Estimates, when change from war to peace (except perhaps the following sums were voted, from De at Birmingham), but to our restrictions on cember 25, 1816, to June 24, 1817: trade, our neglect of commercial treaties, For defraying the expenses of volunteer and our excessive taxation, and keeping up cavalry,
£370000 so large a standing army, which not only Ditto for Ireland,
15,682 10 prevented the nations on the continent from Chelsea Hospital,
25,000 o considering us in the light of a commercial In-pensioners of Kilmainham
country, but excited such jealousy of our Hospital,
8,3000 power as incited them to every possible Out-pensioners of Chelsea, 393,2000 means of injuring our trade. He contend. Ditto of Kilmainham,
82,700 0 ed, that if the duties on foreign articles of The CHANCELLOR of the ExCHEQUER consumption were greatly reduced, our trade moved for a grant of £1,000,000, to be would be much increased, in consequence advanced to the armies who fought at Wa
the revenue would be eventually augmentterloo. Also the sum of £5,152,000, to ed, and all classes of society benefitted. make good out-standing Exchequer Bills.
He concluded with proposing resolutions Also £1,680,000 for the discharge of Irish tending to reprobate the conduct of minisExchequer Bills. And the House resumed. ters, and calling upon the House to take
the subject into their serious consideration. POLICE IN IRELAND. Mar. 11.-Mr PEEL introduced a bill
Mr ROBINSON replied ; and Lord Cas. for the better regulation of the Police in
TLEREAGH, after stating that commercial
treaties were calculated to do more harm Ireland, which would gradually reduce the military establishment of that country,
than good, moved the orders of the day.
The House divided. For going into the WAYS AND MEANS. Mar. 12.-The CHANCELLOR of the
orders of the day 118; for the resolutions EXCHTQUER proposed that the sum of 63; majority in favour of ministers 55.
NAVY ESTIMATES. £18,000,000 be raised by Exchequer Bills. Mar. 14.—Sir G. WARRENDER proposAgreed to.
ed, that the sum of £1,140,000 be granted PARLIAMENTARY REFORM.
for the ordinary service of the navy for six The SPEAKER informed the House that lunar months, from the 1st of January 1817. he had caused the several petitions to be SEDITIOUS ASSEMBLIES' BILL. sorted. The total number presented by the Upon the third reading of this bill, Mr VOL. I.
ILLNESS OF THE SPEAKER
W. Smith took occasion to make an
EXCHEQUER BILLS. attack upon the author of a Poem called Mar. 20...On the motion of the ChancelWat Tyler, which he condemned as the lor of the Exchequer for the third reading most seditious book that ever was written ; of the Exchequer Bills' Bill, Lord Cochthat government ought to repress this work, RANE insisted, that this system of Exand punish its author, who was, he under. chequer Bills was the real cause of the rise stood, the writer of the 11th article in the in the funds, in consequence of the bills be31st Number of the Quarterly Review, ing deposited in the hands of the bank, who which contained sentiments strangely in issued their notes to ministers, to enable contradiction to the spirit with which the them to go on without a loan. But this poem was written. Mr C. W. Wynn, in would ultimately be the ruin of the public reply, said, he was surprised the Hon. Gen- credit. The CHANCELLOR replied, that tleman should amuse the House with criti- if the Noble Lord would take the trouble cisms upon two anonymous publications, to inquire at the Stock Exchange, he would and by personal reflections, in a place where find his opinion was totally wrong. (Hear, the author could make no answer. Sir hear, and much laughter.) SAMUEL ROMILLY opposed the bill, ob
WEIR'S PETITION. serving, that to control doctrine by force, Mar. 21.-Sir SAMUEL ROMILLY prewas as idle as to attempt to take a besieged sented a petition from John Weir of Glastown by syllogism. Mr CANNING support- gow, complaining that he had been unjusted the bill, because, he said, persons wently detained in prison, on charge of sedition, amongst the poor, not that they felt their for two or three days, and then discharged. distresses, or were anxious to relieve them,
The Scots Lunatic Asylum Bill was read but that their voices inight be called forth, a first time. and that they might take advantage of the inflan. nability of the people, to goad them on to a subserviency to their own wicked ill, it was early in the evening understood,
Mar. 2.1.--The Speaker being extremely purposes.
Mr BROUGHAM entered his that all questions likely to excite discussion protest against the measure of putting the
were to be put off. power into the hands of a single magistrate,
POOR LAWS. of arresting any person for uttering any thing which, in his opinion, tended to bring ed from different places, praying relief from
Mür. 25.-Several petitions were presentthe government into contempt. A division took place, when there appeared for the the poor rates ; one of which, from Sudbury, third reading.--ayes 179; noes 41; ma
stated, that out of a population of 4000 jority 135.
souls, 2000 received parochial aid : and that
the town lands paid 30s. per acre to the Mar. 17.-Mr WARD) moved, that a
SEDITIOUS MEETINGS' BILL.
Mar. 26.- A message from the Lords from the 1st of January to the 30th of June stated, that they had added some amend1817.--Agreed to.
ments to the bill. It was ordered that the
amendments be printed, and taken into COTTAGE WINDOW TAX.
ABOLITION OF SINECURES.
dlar. 27.-Mr DAVIES GILBERT apthis tax.
peared at the bar, and stated, that he held
in his hand the First Report of the ComLOTTERIES. Mar. 18.----Mr LYTTLETON moved,
mittee of Finance. (Hear, hear, and a that the existence of state lotteries is preju- order was restored, the clerk began to read,
general cry of rcad, read.) As soon as dicial to the people, and must ultimately di- and the substance amounted to this, that minish the financial resources of the country. Such offices as might be considered in the The CHANCELLOR of the ExchEQUER contended, that most of the evils formerly
nature of sinccures, ought to be abolished attending upon lotteries had been done them. “ They therefore recommend, that
on the death of the persons who now enjoy away with by the present mode of drawing; the following offices should be abolished, and he did not see how such a sum could be raised in a less objectionable way. Mr
viz. Chief Justices of Eyre, north and south WILBERFORCF, in feeling and eloquent Bills-Four Tellers of the Exchequer--the
- Auditor of the Exchequer-Clerk of the terms, recapitulated the evils attending on lotteries. The House divided. For the re
Warden of the Cinque Ports-the Governor solution 26 ; against it 72; majority 46.
of the Isle of Wight--and the CommissaryGeneral of Musters.” Mr GILBERT said, .
it was unnecessary to go farther. Enough Mar. 19.Lord BINNING, in moving had been read to satisfy the House of the to bring in a bill for their better regula spirit of the report. tion, stated, that there were 1500 lunatics On the motion that the amendments to in confinement, and about 2000 at large in the Seditious Meetings' Bill be now read, Scotland.Leave given.
they were postponed till to-morrow.
LUNATIC ASYLUMS IN SCOTLAND.
and a Committee of Conference to commuSEDITIOUS MEETINGS' BILL.
nicate with the Lords was appointed. Mar. 28.-The SOLICITOR-GENERAL Mar. 29.-Mr VANSITTART, Mr BROGmoved, that the Lords' amendments to this DEN, and others, who had been appointed bill should be taken into consideration. to manage a conference with the Lords, Lord COCHRANE considered it his duty to stated, that they had left the bill, and a delay the progress of the bill by every means copy of the amendments, for their Lord. in his power; and under that impression, ships' consideration. A message from the he should have taken the sense of the House Lords informed the House, that their Lord. on every one of the fifty-four amendments; ships had agreed to the amendments. but as he could not find a seconder, he ADJOURNMENT OF THE HOUSE. must suppose the majority of the House Mar. 31.-The Speaker, attended by were right, and that he was wrong. Seve several Members, went up to the House of ral verbal amendments were read, and a Lords, and heard the Royal Assent given greed to. Mr BROUGHAM contended, that to several bills. Mr VANSITTART moved, all the amendments could not be proper- that the House, at its rising, should be adly considered at so short notice, and he journed till Monday fortnight. Mr Ponshould therefore move that the farther con SONBY hoped, that Ministers would, in the sideration of them be adjourned till Mon meantime, take some measures that would day. The House divided, For the adjourn lead to a complete removal of the distresses ment 31 ; against it 77; majority 46. The of the people. Adjourned till Monday fortseveral other clauses were then gone through, night.
have been voted by the Lord Provost and 1...Meeting of Merchants...A inceting Magistrates of Glasgow, and by the Town-' was held yesterday, at the London Tavern, council of Paisley. Meetings for the same of the principal merchants, bankers, and purpose have been called of the counties of traders of the city of London, Sir Robert Edinburgh, Haddington, Fife, Roxburgh, Wigram, Bart. in the chair ; and a declar- Renfrew, and in various other parts of Scotation to the following effect was unanimous. land. ly adopted: After deploring the criminal Greenock.--First Ship from the East excesses which had lately disgraced the Indies.-Yesterday morning, the ship Anne metropolis, it stated, so that they were Robertson, Macfarlane, from Calcutta, laden fully sensible of the distresses and privations with sugar, cotton, indigo, &c. came into of the lower classes of people, and were this port, being the first arrival in the Clyde, anxiously desirous of using every practica- consequent on the breaking up of the East ble means of relief, at the same time pledg. India Company's monopoly; and it is truly ing themselves, individually and collectively, gratifying to find, that the most sanguine to support the government and constitution anticipations then entertained of the beneas by law established ; and to resist every fits to be derived from throwing this trade attempt, whether of craft or violence, that open, bid fair to be amply realized. may be directed against civil liberty or 8.--Mildness of the Season. As a proof social peace.” The opinion of this most of the extreme mildness of the season, the respectable body of men has always had following plants were observed in blossom great influence upon the public mind, and on the 30th ult, in a garden in the neighwill doubtless have a good effect at the pre bourhood of Glasgow, viz. the wall-flower, sent crisis.
stock primrose, cowslip, polyanthus, daisy, 6.--The Level. The Prince Regent's hepatica, crocus, Christmas rose, green hellevee, at Carlton House, this day, was one lebore, winter aconite, white coltsfoot, whit. of the most numerous that is recollected, low grass, scurvy grass, golden saxifrage, as persons of rank and distinction, of all and early flowering heath ; besides which, parties, were anxious to congratulate his many gooseberry bushes, currants, roses, Royal Highness on his escape from the late honeysuckles, and even some plants of hawtreasonable attempt on his person.
thorn, had already unfolded their leaves. 6.-Edinburgh Address.-At an extra 10,--The Spafields Mecting. Every ordinary meeting of the Town-council of precaution was taken to prevent any riot or Edinburgh, on Monday the 3d instant, the disturbance from the meeting at Spafields, Lord Provost, Magistrates, and Council, vot which was announced to take place this day. ed a dutiful and loyal address to the Prince About one o'clock several thousand persons Regent, expressing their detestation of the had assembled, when Mr Hunt made his apgross outrage offered to his Royal Highness pearance; and, after stating that Lord Coch. on his return from opening the Parliament, rane could not attend, and that Sir Francis on Tuesday the 28th uit. Similar addresses Burdett would not, he delivered a long and