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then resumed, and the Chairman reported progress. The other orders of the day were then dispatched, and the House then adjourned.
May 3.-Mr. Grantley Berkeley moved, pursuant to potice, that the resolation of the Committee appointed last session, recommending the appropriation of a gallery to the use of the ladies, should be adopted by the House. -Mr. Potter seconded the motion, and after a short discussion, which created much merriment, the House divided on it-For the motion, 132, against it, 90: it was understood, bowever, that during the exclusion of strangers the motion was altered so as to apply to the future House of Parliament.—Sir W. Molesworth brought forward his motion for a Select Committee to inquire into the conduct of the Commander-in. Chief of the Forces in appointing Lieut.-Colonel Lord Brudenell to the Lieut.Colonelcy of the 11th Light Dragroons.-Lord Brudenell, in a speech which evidently made a deep impression on the House, justified his character from the imputations that had been endeavoured to be cast upon it. The House divided; and the numbers appeared-For the motion, 42; against it, 322.
May 4.- On the second reading of the “ Public Walks" Bill, an amendment was proposed that it be read a second time this day six months. On that motion the House was “counted out," there being only 38 Members present.
May 5.-. During the presentation of petitions an Hon. Member moved that the House he counted out, and only 27 members being present, an adjournment was the consequence.
May 6.-- The Chancellor of the Exchequer, in a Committee of Ways and Means, brought forward his financial statement for the year. Mr. Rice estimates the income of the current year at 46,980,0001., and the expenditure at 45,205,8071., so that the surplus would appear to be 1,774,1931. This estimate, however, does not include the charge for the West Indian Loan. The most he can be called upon for in the current year, on account of this charge, he estimates at 1,111,8631. He deducts the last mentioned sum from the 1,774,1931., and the result of that operation is the sum of 662,3301., which is the actual surplus. Mr. Rice proposes to dispose of part of this surplus of 662,330l. in the following manner: He intends to take off entirely the duty on stained paper, and to reduce the duty on first class paper by one-balf, that is to say, from 3d. to 1 d. per pound. This he calculates will cause a deficiency of revenue for the present year of only 125,0001., as he does not intend to make the reduction take place till next October.' He thinks he sball lose during the year by the post-office convention with France 20,0001. By his arrangements in his Stamp Bill respecting the probate duty, he calculates upon a loss of another 20,0001. He remits the South Sea Duties, for which an equivalent must be provided, and that, he says, will cost 10,0001. By bis reduction of the newspaper duties he calculates he shall lose 200,0001. a-year for the present, but in this year only 150,0001., as he proposes that the reduction shall not take place till July, so that the loss will be only on three quarters of the year. He means to reduce the duty on advertisements in Ireland, and estimates the loss therefrom at 60001. He extends the reduction of daty on fire insurance on farming stock to farming building, by which he will lose 15,0001. Finally, by various reductions, respecting which he entered into no explanation, but which he said bad reference to small taxes, tax-carts, flies, &c. he calculates that he shall lose 50001. Thus, then, stands the loss from reductions, &c. in the present year :-paper duties, 125,0001. ; post-office treaty, 20,0001.; probates, 20,000l.; South Sea Duties, 10,0001.; newspaper stamps, 150,000l. ; insurances on farming buildings, 15,0001. ; advertisements (Ireland), 6,000.; tax-carts, flies, &c., 5,0001; total, 351,0001. The surplus, therefore, amounts to the difference between 662,350l. and S51,0001.-that is to say, 311,3301. Mr. Rice stated, moreover, that it was his intention to repeal the additional duty of 50 per cent. on spirit licences; but that he should " take an equivalent on the consumption of spirits.”—The statement gave rise to much desultory discussion, but no specific opposition was offered.
May 9.—Sir J. Hobhouse brought up the report of the committee on the building of the new houses of Parliament.--Mr. P. l'homson then moved the second reading of the Factory Act Amendment Bill. Many Hon. Members took part in the discussion, and Mr. P. Thomson baving replied, the House divided-For be second reading, 178; for Lord Ashley's amendment, 176 ; majority in favour of the bill, 2. Adjourned.
May 10.–The House went into committee on the English Tithe Bill. On the reading of the 33d clause, Sir E. Knatchbull moved, as an amendment, that in taking the average of seven years, due regard should be had to the nature and quality of the soil. The committee divided-For the amendment, 51 ; against it, 111. The dis
cussion on the same clause lasted during the remainder of the night. The consideration of the 34th clause was about to be proceeded with, but was stopped by a motion of adjournment, proposed by Mr. Brotherton.
May 1i.-The third reading of the Roman Catholic Marriage Bill having been moved, Mr. Lefroy moved, as an amendment, that it be read a third time that day three months. After a short discussion the House divided-For the third reading, 100; for the amendment. 91. The Bill was then read a third time, and passed. Several of the orders were disposed of, but no business of public interest arose.
May 12.-The House again went into committee on the Tithes (England) Bill." During the consideration of clause 54, Mr. E. Buller moved, and subsequently withdrew an amendment, and another was proposed by Mr. W. Miles, to the effect that fifty per cent., instead of sixty, as proposed by the Bill, should be the minimum of tithe in cases of compulsory commutation. A long discussion ensued, which terminated in a division, when there appeared-For the original clause, 95; for the amendment, 71. Adjourned.
May 13.-The Irish Constabulary Bill was brought back from the Lords, as amended by their Lordships. The House then went once more into committee on the Tithe Commutation Bill, beginning with clause 34, which fixes a maximum and minimum of tithe.—Mr. Parrott moved a proviso to the effect that a deduction of ten per cent. shall be made upon the average value, as ascertained by the Commissioners. -Lord J. Russell opposed the proviso, which was rejected by 13 to 38.-A division afterwards took place on the clause itself, when the numbers were— For the clause, 78; against it, 70. The remaining clauses up to 49, inclusive, were then agreed to, and the House resumed. The other orders of the day were then disposed of, and the House adjourned.
May 16.-Mr. Maxwell brought up the report of the Committee on the city of Dublin election, declaring Messrs. West and Hamilton duly elected, instead of Mr. O'Connell and the late Mr. Ruthven.- The Bishoprick of Durham Bill baving been read a third time and passed, the House went into Committee on the Ecclesiastical Leases Bill, and the report was brought up.
May 17.-Messrs. West and Hamilton, the sitting members for the city of Dublin, took the oaths and their seats.-- The Chancellor of the Exchequer gave notice that on Tuesday after the recess, he would move for leave to bring in a Bill to remove the civil disabilities affecting the Jews.-The orders of the day were then in course of being disposed of, but on the motion of Lord Cole, the House was counted, and there being only 31 members present, an adjournment took place.
May 18.-Several Bills were forwarded in their respective stages. The Over (Cambridgeshire) Inclosure Bill was lost on a division.-Sir A. Agnew subsequently moved the second reading of bis Bill.-Mr. Ward moved, as an amendment, that it be read a second time that day six months.-After some debate, in which a general feeling was expressed by the several members who spoke, that the measure was inadequate to the objects it had in view, a division took place-For the second read. ing, 43; against it, 75. The Bill was therefore lost.-The Lords' amendments on the Irish Constabulary Bill were then agreed to, and the House adjourned.
May 19.--Messengers from the Lords brought back the Irish Municipal Corporations Bill, with the amendments agreed to by their Lordships.-Lord ). Russell, in answer to Mr. O'Brien's inquiry, moved that the Lords' amendments be printed, in order that the House might see the nature and bearings of the amendments previously to being required to decide upon them. He said it would be an affectation not to declare that the alterations had changed the character of the Bill—that the present Bill destroyed, annihilated the corporations in Ireland; and that, though he was ready to concede fair compromise, he must declare, that nothing could lead him to be a participator in any measure that deprived Ireland of municipal governments.The amendments were ordered to be printed.-Adjourned.
May 20.—Mr. O'Connell took the oaths and his seat for the city of Kilkenny, amid considerable cheering from the ministerial benches; and gave notice that on the 21st of June he would move for leave to bring in a Bill for the reform of the House of Lords.- The Stamp Duties Bill went through committee.-Mr. Grove Price gave notice that on the first motion for a committee of supply, after the recess, he would move that the notice given by Mr. O'Connell, with reference to the House of Lords, be expunged from the notice-book, as inconsistent with the privileges of Parliament. The remaining business was then gone through, and the House ad. journed till the 30th instant.
MEMOIRS OF PERSONS RECENTLY DECEASED.
Tue Hon. Francis De Grey. It is with regret we record a melancholy loss of life from drowning, which took place at Wouldham, near Rochester. The Hon. Francis De Grey, one of the younger sons of Lord Walsingham, a most promising and amiable young man, about twenty-one years of age, imprudently entered the water with all his clothes on to secure a boat that was drifting down the Medway, although repeatedly urged by the Rev. Gentleman with whom he lived not to do so; unfortunately be was unable to reach the boat, and becoming exhausted he sunk, notwithstanding the most strenuous efforts of his friend to save him, who narrowly escaped the same fate, After a search of some hours the body was picked up a short distance from the spot where it sunk.
Her Grace The Duchess of BUCKINGHAM. It is with unfeigned regret we have to record the sudden and unexpected death of ber Grace the Duchess of Buckingham. Her Grace, in company with the Duke, was driving through the delightful gardens at Stowe, and bad dined the same even ing with his Grace, in health and excellent spirits. During the same evening she was seized with violent indisposition, arising from spasms, and, after twenty-four hours' illness, she expired. An express was sent off to the Marquis and Marchioness of Chandos at Buckingham House, in Pall Mall, but on their arrival at Stowe the Duchess bad ceased to exist. Her Grace was in her 57th year, and was by birth Lady Anna Elizabeth Brydges, daughter and heiress of James, the third and last Duke of Chandos, and co-beir with the Marquis Townshend of the Barony of Chandos. Her marriage with the Duke of Buckingham has left issue an only son, Ricbard Plantagenet, Marquis of Chandos, born February 11, 1797. Of all the vir. tues which can adorn the human character, and fit our imperfect nature for a better world, her Grace the Duchess of Buckingbam and Chandos was a splendid example. Sincere, gentle, affectionate, and pious, and boundless in her charities, this excellent lady seemed to be born for the happiness of all whom the common relations of life brought within her sphere, and for their improvement by her conversation and ex. ample. One who knew her well and long says, in communicating her death, "A better human being never existed, and but for my high good fortune in ber Grace's acquaintance, I could not have believed it possible that so good a human being could exist." The Duchess of Buckingham and Chandos was the only child of James, third Duke of Chandos; who was himself the first lineal descendant of Mary, Queen of France, second daughter of Henry VII. The late Duchess was consequently the representative of the eldest English branch of the Royal Family of England, except that which possesses the crown. In this proud distinction, as well as in many of her excellent qualities, she is represented by her only son, the Marquis of Chondos.
Married.The Rev. Edmund Smith Ensor, son of John Ensor, Esq., of Rollesby Hall, Norfolk, to Ellen, second dangbter of the late Charles Thompson.
At St. George's, Hanover Square, the Earl of Antrim, to Laura Cecilia, firth daughter of the Hon. Colonel Parker, of Ensham Hall, Oxon, and brother to the Earl of Macclesfield.
At St. George's, Hanover Square, the Rev. William Corfield, to Henrietta Louisa, second daugbter of the Lady Maria Cotes.
At Great Staughton, Huntingdonshire, Neville Day, Esq. of St. Neot's, to Sophia, eldest daughter of General Onslow.
At Maidstone Church, Henry Hoare, Esq. to Lady Marsham, the third daughter of the Earl of Romney.
At Frankfort on the Maine, Henry George Koper, Esq., Attaché to his Majesty's Legation, to Mary, widow of the late s. Cumberlege, Esq.
Died.--At Haleswell House, Somersetshire, Anne, wife of Colonel Tynte, M.P. for Bridge." water.
At Wardour Castle, in the 28th year of her age, the Right Hoo. Frances, Lady Arundell, wife of Henry Benedict, eleventh Baron Arundell, of Wardoor, and second daughter of Sir H, Titcbborne, Bart.
At Lytham, Lancasbire, aged 62, Mr. Grace Peel, widow of the late Edmund Peel, Esq.
At Tunbridge Wells, in her 2012 year, Lydia , Whitefoord, wife of John Laing, Esq., late of Baker Street, Portman Square.
In Harley Street, Lady Whale, wife of Sis John Whale, Kot., late Major in the lord Lancers.
At Geneva, in her 734 year, Eleonora, wife of the Right Hon. Williani Wickham.
At the Royal Military Repository, Woolwich, Colonel Williamson, C.B., of the Royal Are tillery.
NOTICES OF NEW WORKS.
The King's Own. By Capt. MARRYAT. 3 Vols. Second Edition.
We are most happy to see a re-issue of this work, which, at its first appearance, excited so much attention, and the interest of which has been so constantly preserved, as much by its own surpassing merits as by the clever series of works by the same prolific and humorous writer. Of the “ King's Own," it may be justly said, that it is the epic of all nautical narratives. There is in it that to move all the gentler passions, rouse all the nobler. The action of the piece is generally stirring and lofty, and the narrative teems with valorous deeds. There are heroes, in the truest sense of the word, among the characters. It is true, that this exciting novel commemorates an unfortunate, some may think, a disgraceful period of our naval history ; but this misfortune was ultimately productive of great good; this disgrace was the parent of honour, of victory, and a never-dying national glory. In justly condemning and showing the inevitable consequences of military insubordination, the gallant captain stretched forth the hand of justice to assist the oppressed seaman, and shamed the tyrant, lashed the peculator, and, throughout, bravely proved himself the sailor's friend. We certainly think that this novel has given a better tone to those parts of the service in which the foremast man comes in actual contact with his officer. The latter now always respects the sterling though rough merit that is found under the tarry jacket or disguised in the homely language, and the former sees in his officer an example, and forgets that obedience has its hardships in the manliness of his affection for him who exacts it. This novel is founded on some heart-rending incidents connected with the mutiny at the Nore; a mutiny that assuredly caused more tears than blood to flow. To those few who have not read these national volumes, we would direct their attention to the first half of the first volume. In the perusal, the reader will forget every thing in the sublimity of the pathos that will overpower him, and he will be unconscious, either of the fineness of the writing in which it is conveyed, or the great magnitude of events by which it is accompanied. He will think nothing of this stern but necessary vindication of a nation's supremacy of her brave, rash, and rebellious sons. His feelings will remain at home;
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ne will cry out to spare the misguided mutineer, he will weep with the bereaved the infant-truly, emphatically, mournfully, “The King's Own.” But the novel is not all of this melancholy cast. When the sadness of the reader's feelings has had due time to subside, the occasional bursts of the captain's honest English humour make their most welcome appearance. This work has long taken a first rank among the first of the classic fictions of the country—it has been made familiar to foreigners by numerous translatious, and should, we do not hesitate to say, be found in the collection, however small or large, of every man's books who loves his country, who honours the arduous service that has protected and carried it triumphantly through so many dangers, or who has a bosom that can sorrow over the unfortunate and mourn the untimely fate of the misguided brave.
Home, or the Iron Rule. A Domestic Story. By SARAH STICKNEY,
Author of “ The Poetry of Life,” “ Pictures of Private Life,” &c. 3 Vols. Miss Stickney is one, and a very eminent one too, of those gentle and elegantly-inspired monitresses, whose writings tend so much to soften our sterner natures, and to convince us that morality and beauty are in one and the best sense, synonymous terms. Her “ Poetry of Life" was a human translation of the divine command, “Be happy;" and if it have not been read rightly, we have nothing but our own sordid natures to thank for it. The moral that this lady has elaborated in the wellwritten volumes before us, is a most important one, and we are sure will have the effect of correcting many errors of the well-meaning and the good. Yes, of the good and of the well-meaning. Alas! it is their faults, their mistakes, that are so mischievous, and so dreadful, in their consequences. Against the errors and the machinations of the wicked we are prepared—we resist, we overcome. But a vice in the hands of a good man--a vice that the wielder of it conceives to be a virtue, what a dreadful engine of oppression, what a powerful inflicter of wrong it is! All this the tale of Miss Stickney shows to demonstration. “ The Iron Rule:” excellent title! It is the domestic one, that in which the iron goes to the heart's core, against which she wars. And then her contrasts are so beautiful. We are not going to do the authoress the injustice to give the reader an outline of her plot, for an outline of any sort would be unfair to the merits of this excellent work. The exquisite art that she has displayed in the general and gradual developement of her story, should not be damaged by anticipations. But, perhaps, no story less depended upon a good plot, yet fewer have got a finer one. We cannot do better than give our readers an extract from the work itself, depicturing the monarch of the iron sceptre: it must be a long one, and yet all too short for justice.
" When the morning came, however, Mrs. Lee was a little puzzled bow to reconcile her preconceived ideas of the proper occupation of the sabbath, with the manner in which it was spent by ber friends. Almost all the members of the family dreaded, and some loathed, its strictness, its monotony, and its dull dead calm ; and therefore all took advantage of the prolonged slumbers of Mr. Grey, to extend their own to the latest period his discipline would allow. Then followed the struggle so fatal to domestic peace-the struggle against time, producing a scene of confusion, hurrying, and discord ; with blame thrown here and there; harsh words bandied to and fro; and servants, and those who could not or dared not defend theinselves, left smarting under a sense of suffering and wrong; in order that a decent procession might be seen in due time moving under the banners of religion to the house of God.