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the Chancellor of the Exchequer calculates The claims of these unfortunate individuthat he has funds exceeding it by nearly als, it is understood, will now, after a lapse four millions, which is therefore the sur- of forty years, be submitted to a Commitplus of the revenue above the expenditure tee to decide on their justice. for the current year, and the real sinking 7.-An interesting conversation took fund possessed by the nation for the reduce place upon the subject of Mr Scarlett's tion of its debt. In this surplus, however, Bill for the Amendment of the Poor Laws. is included L. 500,000 to be received from Many members objected to the introducthe French Government as the proportion tion of the measure without accompanying of our expences for the last war, and which it by a general revision of all the laws we can only recover this year; so that the which affect the labouring classes the laws permanent surplus, according to the esti- against Mendicity, Combination, Emigramate of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, tion, &c. Among those who urged the may be stated at L. 3,500,000, which will objection, were several members considerbowever increase, if the revenue shall in. ed as high authorities on questions of concrease ; and of this desirable result the stitutional law, and political economy ; Chancellor of the Exchequer holds out the and the opinion that the question of the expectation from its produce for the early poor laws could not be properly treated as months of the present year.
an insulated subject, seemed to be pretty 4.-Sir James Mackintosh moved the generally favoured by the House. Mr third reading of the Forgery Capital Felo- Hume then brought forward a motion for nies Repeal Bill
. Several objections were inquiry into the affairs of the Ionian made, as well the principle of the Islands, and concluded a long speech by measure as to the partial nature of some of moving for a Commission to proceed to the exceptions, by members intimately those islands for the purpose of inquiring connected with the mercantile interest ; and into the conduct of Sir Thomas Maitland, the Attorney-General spoke at length in the Lord High Commissioner, and the gecondemnation of the measure in principle neral state of the government. The moand in detail. The third reading was, tion was opposed by Mr Goulburn, who however, carried by a majority of 117 to was supported by other Hon. Members, se111. A clause was then proposed, except veral of whom bore testimony to the meing from the oftences, lo be relieved of the rits of the gallant general, and the motion penalty of Death, the forgery of promisso was negatived by a majority of 70. ry notes, of bills of exchange, and of orders 8.-In a Committee of Supply, the Maron bankers. This exception, which would quis of Londonderry brought under consiconfine the merciful provisions of the bill deration the resolution of the 16th April almost to the single case of the first utter 1818, granting to his Royal Highness the ing of forged notes, was adopted by a ma Duke of Clarence an annuity of L. 6000; jority of 109 to 102. But the measure when his Lordship moved that his Majesty Fas not suffered to pass into a law; for on be enabled to grant to his Royal Highness, the question that the “ Bill do now pass," out of the Consolidated Fund, an annuity which follows the third reading, the Mar. to that amount,
commencing from the 5th quis of Londonderry divided the House, April 1818. This proposition is only a when the measure was rejected by a majo- resumption of the original vote, a call upon rity of 120 to 114.
the House to make good an arrangement 6. The Constitutional Association came previously made, but which his Royal under the consideration of the House of Highness has not claimed till now. Mr Commons this evening, upon the presenta Hume moved an amendment reducing the tion of a petition from one of the pamphlet annuity to L. 3500 a-year ; but seeing no fenders whom it has under prosecution. disposition in the Committee to support Dr Lushington, who presented the petition, him, he withdrew it in favour of another made a very warm attack upon the Insti- amendment proposed by Mr Harboard, for tution, which gave rise to a spirited conver- granting the original sum of L. 6000, but sation, but nothing farther occurred con. excluding the arrears, which was negatived cerping it. A long debate took place on a on a division, and the original motion carmotion by Lord Nugent, for the appoint- ried by a niajority of 76. Mr Serjeant ment of a Committee to inquire into the Onslow, at the suggestion of several mem. state of the Courts of Justice in the Island bers, withdrew his bill for the repeal of of Tobago. The motion was ultimately the Usury Laws till next Session. lost on a division of to 105.-A discus. 13.-'l he House went into a Committee sion took place on a proposition of Mr of Supply, and a great number of resoluCourteney for granting compensation to tions were agreeil to. The grant to the the American Loyalists. The Chancellor Commissioners for the suppression of the of the Exchequer opposed it, on the ground Slave Trade gave rise to a discussinn, in that the public could not afford to appro the course of which the difficulties which priate I.. 130,000 to this purpose, but the still impede the abolition of that horrid motion was carried by a majority of 17. traffic were cauvassed at some length; and
their magnitude, and the impossibility of the bill for the repeal of the Agricultural overcoming them by ordinary measures, Horse Tax being read, Ministers announce too generally admitted. Upon the resolu. ed their intention of acceding to the wishes tion for the law expences, the Constitution of the majority of the House. Mr Cur. al Association was again brought under the wen, in terms the most gentlemanly, rennotice of the House, but without extract- dered every justice to Ministers for the very ing any defence of it from Ministers, or handsome manner in which they had ac. provoking any particular animadversion on ceded to the opinion of the House on this the side of the Opposition.
occasion. The Marquis of Londonderry 14.-Lord Archibald Hamilton brought stated, that no new tax was intended to up the report of the Committee on Scots supply the deficiency, but he wished it to Burghs. The Noble Lord complained be understood that Ministers, in consenting that the committee had not proceeded ac- to the present repeal, did not mean to precording to the instructions of the House- elude themselves from recurring to this tax to inquire impartially into the subject of in the ensuing Session, should it be found the petitions, but had thought proper to necessary. Mr Baring and Mr Peel were decide withont due investigation. The almost the only exceptions to the general conduct of the committee was defended by gratification with which the communication Lord Binning, and after a discussion con. of the government's determination upon fined to Scots members, the report was this subject was received. The first of read and ordered to be printed. A long these gentlemen complained of the repeal, and animated debate then took place, on as tending to a breach of the public faith ; Mr Curwen's motion for leave to bring in and Mr Peel deprecated it, as introducing a bill for the repeal of the Agricultural a principle of partial relief to particular Horse Tax. A number of members of the classes a principle which must, in his Opposition, and several gentlemen who opinion, lead to the most injurious conseusually support Ministers, spoke in sup- quences. The same evening the report of port of the bill ; and the tax was left to be the committee upon the provision for the defended in argument by the Chancellor Duke of Clarence was submitted to the of the Exchequer and Mr Huskisson, with House. No less than three hostile amend. the qualified aid of Mr Baring, who pro- ments were proposed by Opposition, but fessed his unwillingness to concur in a they were rejected by decisive majorities measure which went to diminish the secu. the number for the original grant to his rity of the public creditor, and to relieve Royal Highness was 131-Against it 81. the country gentlemen, whose pertinacions 20.-Mr F. Buxton called the attention opposition to economy and retrenchment of the House to the practice of women in rendered them wholly undeserving of the fa- India immolating themselves on the fuvour. On a division, leave was granted by neral piles of their deceased husbands, and a majority of 141 to 113.
The Bill was concluded by moving for certain communi. read a first time.
cations from India relative to the subject, 15.-The bill for the repeal of the Agri. which was agreed to without opposition. cultural Horse Tax was read a second In the course of the discussion the painful time, and the committal of it fixed for fact was elicited, that within the last four Monday, notwithstanding a slight opposi. years no fewer than 2300 females were tion on the part of the Chancellor of the burnt alive in British India, exceeding, in Exchequer, who wished to postpone the the proportion of seven to one, all the ofcommittee, and renewed his hints of a re- fenders who have suffered death by the solution to offer a decisive resistance to the criminal code of the United Kingdom, in
The bill for appointing Com- the same period, and by a mode of execumissioners to proceed to Ireland for the tion deemed too barbarous for the punish. purpose of inquiring into the state of the ment of traitors in this country. Mr revenue of that country, and of correcting Hutchinson again called the attention of whatever abuses they may discover in the the House to the state of Europe. He mode of collecting it, went through the went over (as on the former occasion) the committee the same evening. The revenue late proceedings on the continent, and ex. of Ireland has been much diminished by tended his views to the events of the late the imposition of duties which have dis- After an able reply from the Mar. couraged consumption ; the treasury has quis of Londonderry, the Hon. Member's been also defrauded by the misconduct of motion was rejected by a majority of 117 the persons employed to collect the revenue, to 28. and by the enormous expences at which The same
evening, the Scottish Malt the system is put into action. The ordi. Bill for reducing, for a time to be limited, nary expence of collecting the revenue of the duty on malt made from bear or bigg Great Britain does not exceed 7 per cent. only for home consumption in Scotland, on an average ; but in Ireland the average was read a second time.--The Scottish expence exceeds 20 per cent.
Distillery Drawback Bill, for allowing to 18.- On the order for the committal of distillers of spirits for home consumption
in Scotland a drawback of a portion of the might be appointed to examine into the duty on malt used by them, and for the system of society which Mr Owen has farther prevention of smuggling of spirits created at New Lanark, and which he is on the borders of Scotland and England, desirous of seeing universally established was also read a second time the same even throughout the country. The motion was ing.
opposed by Lord Londonderry, Mr Wil. 21.-Lord William Bentinck brought berforce, Mr Buxton, &c. Mr Maxwell forward a motion for an Address to the seeing the sense of the House against the Throne, praying his Majesty to interfere proposition, did not divide it on the subin behalf of the
people of Sicily. The mo. ject, and the motion was negatived.-Mr tion was rejected by a majority of 69 to Wilberforce then submitted a motion upon 35. Mrs. Wortley then moved for copies the subject of the Slave Trade, similar in of the Laybach Manifestoes, in order to all respects to that of the Marquis of give the House an opportunity of recording. Lansdowne in the Upper House. The its condemnation of the principles contain-, Marquis of Londonderry defended the coned in these instruments. This motion duct of the British Government, and palliFas, like the former, opposed by Mini- ated that of France in regard to the hateful sters ; and in the end it was rejected by a traffic, on the ground that no law existed majority of 113 to 59.
in that kingdom for its prevention and 22. - string of resolutions was moved punishment. Sir J. Mackintosh, on the by Mr Rice, the member for Limerick, re other hand, charged the French Ministers lative to the conduct of the Chief Baron of with not merely countenancing the trade, the Exchequer in Ireland. Captain but also granting impunity to the incidenO'Grady, son to the Chief Baron, having tal murders to which it gave occasion.replied, the Marquis of Londonderry sug- The motion was unanimously agreed to. gested that the House should be allowed 27.-Mr Hume brought forward two uime to deliberate on the course to be motions, each of which gave rise to consiadopted, and the discussion in consequence derable discussion. The first related to a was adjourned. Late in the evening Mr bargain for the erection of a New Stamp R. Smith revived the consideration of the Office in Edinburgh, which the Honour. Austrian Loan. The Marquis of London. able Gentleman described as improvident, derry admitted that the question had never and with respect to the site of the strucbeen discussed with the Austrian Cabinet ture, extremely inconvenient. The explawith that formality which its nature de nation of Sir John Marjoribanks was full manded, and expressed his intention to and satisfactory, and the motion was nega. press the matter in a proper form. His tived without a division. In common with Lordship at the same time feared that the our contemporaries, we have frequently whole finances of Austria were not equal alluded with pride to the splendid improveto the amount of the principal and interest ment we are again led to notice; and with due to this country, and acknowledged them feel convinced that we owe entirely that the only payment to be hoped for was to the enlarged views, and liberal conduct 2 compromise of some kind.
of the Hon. Baronet, that a most stupen23.— The Scots Malt and Scots Distil. dous undertaking, (we mean the Regent lery Drawback Bills were read a third time Bridge,) which forms an easy and elegant and passed.
approach to one of the finest walks in Eu. 25Mr Wallace brought in a Bill for rope, has been completed with unparalleled the consolidation and simplification of the expedition. The Honourable Gentleman's laws which affect trade, (amounting to next motion embraced a subject of more nearly two thousand,) and removing some extent and importance ; namely, an Adof the principal embarrassments by which dress to the Crown, calling upon his Macommerce is restrained. The Right Hon. jesty to institute a strict scrutiny into the Gentleman introduced his bill for no other mode and expence of the collection of the purpose than to bring the subject under revenue; a revision of allowances and the notice of the Legislature, and having salaries, more particularly those granted dected that object, it was ordered to be since 1797, with a view to their adjustment read that day three months on the motion to the increased value of the currency ; and, of its anthor, who, at the same time, pro. in order to the making of all possible remised to revive the subject early in the ductions, especially in the army, that a vi. Dext Session, when it will receive ample gilant superintendence be exercised over consideration. The Duke of Clarence's the expenditure of the country. Mr Grant Bill was read a second time, and or. Banks moved, as an amendment, an addered to be committed the following even dress complimenting the government upon ing. The motion for the second reading the measures of economy which it had was carried by a majority of 61 to 14. hitherto pursued, and strongly recommend
A proposition was submitted to the ing a perseverance in the same line of conHouse by Mr Maxwell, for an Address to duct; at the same time recognizing the the Throne, praying that a commission necessity of referring to the improved state
of the currency, alluded to in Mr Hume's body of the House expressed its opinion by motion, and pointing to the army as a pro. voting for the Bill. The same Honourable per object for economical reduction. This Gentleman turned the discussion on the amendment was supported by Ministers, Coronation, which Ministers defended on and unanimously agreed to, after Mr the grounds of usage, antiquity, and the Hume's motion had been rejected by a ma- provisions of the constitution and which jority of 174 to 94.
the Opposition, on the other hand, con28.--The Agricultural Horse Tax Re. demned as a triumph over the Queen, and peal Bill was read a third time and pass. the expence as an insult to the feclings of ed.
the public.—The Extra Post Bill was car. 29.
The motion for the second reading ried through a Committee by a very small of the Duke of Clarence's Annuityand majority ; the numbers being, for the ReArrears Bill provoked from Mr Creevey'an port, 33; against it, 30. Mr Martin's attack upon his Royal Highness, of such a Bill for preventing cruelty to animals was nature, as called for repeated corrections read a third time and passed, by a majorifrom the Speaker, and of which the great ty of 40 to 16.
abstracted the cargo, in the month of June CIRCUIT INTELLIGENCE.- Conclud. 1816, the vessel called the Friends, of ed. –On the 7th April, at Stirling, John Glasyow, while on a voyage to Hamburgh. Fleming was found guilty of uttering a The prisoner pleaded Not Guilty, and the forged L. 5 note of the Paisley Banking public prosecutor having departed from the Company, and was executed at Stirling on charge of abstracting the goods, the trial the Ilth May. The other cases at this proceeded. The principal evidence, togecircuit were uninteresting:
ther with the pannel's declaration eonfessing At Aberdeen, on the 21 April, William the fact, was the testimony of the master Grant, about 18 years of age, was convict- and mate of the vessel. The whole of the ed of housebreaking and theft, and sen- first day was taken up with the proceedings, ienced to be executed, which has since on an objection made by the prisoner as been changed to transportation for life. to the reading of his declaration, on the
At Jedburgh and Ayr no case of interest plea of the prisoner's insanity at the time it occurred.
was emitted. After hearing witnesses on 5.-Dundee Ferry. A great improve that point, the Court refused the objecment is about to be made in the communi. tion, and the trial proceeded at ten o'clock cation between Fife and Angus, by the em- on Thursday, and did not finish till about ployment of a steam vessel at Dundee Fer. three o'clock on Friday afternoon. This ry. The description of vessel fixed upon day, at two o'clock, the Court met again, is a twin-boat, the wheel by which the ves. when the Jury delivered in a written versel is impelled being placed between two dict, finding M.Dougall guilty at common hoats, which are to contain each an engine law of procuring mariners to sink the ves. of 15 horses' power. The extreme length sel called the Friends, with the intent of of the deck is to be 92 feet, and the extreme defrauding the owners of the cargo and the breadth to be about 35. It is expeeted to underwriters. After hearing Mr Murray be ready by the beginning of the month of in mitigation of punishment, the Judge August.
Admiral pronounced sentence, ordaining 7.-APPREHENSION OF RADICALS.- the pannel to be for ever rendered an inWilliam Watson, weaver in Strathaven, famous person, and to be transported be. John Dunlop, in Stewarton, James and yond seas for the period of his natural life. Andrew Roxburgh, in Galston, and James After this sentence was pronounced, the Gunn, weaver in Balfron, against all of Court next proceeded to the trial of the whom true bills were last year found for same John M.Dougall and Archibald M high treason, have been within these few Lachlan, for robbing and sinking the Mary, days apprehended at their several places of of Glasgow, in June last, when M‘Lachresidence, and lodged in the jails of Ayr, lan pleaded Guilty, under the common Glasgow, or Stirling.
law, and was sentenced to transportation 12.-High Court of Almiralty of Scot- for fourteen years.-M.Dougall pleaded land.- On Wednesday the 9th instant, Not Guilty, and the diet was continued came on the trial of John M.Dougall, late against him to the 11th of June. It is ship.owner in Glasgow, accused of having not supposed that the trial will be proceed. feloniously sunk or destroyed, after having ed with. The loss sustained by the sink
ing of the Friends and of the Mary is cal guilty art and part of thefl, were put to culated at upwards of L. 40,000, the great the bar. Their Lordships, in full Court, bulk of which fell upon Lloyd's.
unanimously sustained the objection on 14--Cheap Travelling.–At present an which the case had been certified from Perth individual may travel from Edinburgh to by Lords Hermand and Succoth, viz. that Dublin for 285. viz.
sentence could not follow upon a verdict of To Glasgow,
outside, 8s. inside, 16s. guilty of a crime not libelled in the indictBelfast, per Rapid, steerage, 10s.
ment. Dublin, outside, 10s. inside, 20s.
24.-Court of King's Bench, London.L.1, 8s. L.2, 175. Thomas John Evans, proprietor of the From Dublin he may go to Liverpool for
Manchester Observer, who had been con25s. and from Liverpool to London 25s.
victed at the Lancaster Assizes, of publishand thas, for a very moderate sum, see all ing a libel on the Government and the the capitals and great towns in the empire. King's troops, and also of a libel on the
19.-Brig of Earn.On Thursday the late Dr Cunliffe of Bury, in Lancashire, 17th instant, the foundation stone of the was brought up for judgment. The senNew Bridge of Earn was laid by Sir Da- tence of the Court was for the first offence, vid Moncrieffe, Bart. Right Worshipful the defendant to be imprisoned in the Master of the St Andrew's Lodge, in the Castle of Lancaster for one year; and at presence of the Brethren of the various the expiration of that time to be further Lodges in the neighbourhood, the Magis- imprisoned for the second offence for six trates and Town Council of the city of months, and to enter into recognizances Perth, many of the noblemen and gentle. for his good behaviour for three years, men of the county, and an immense con. himself in L. 400, and two sureties in course of spectators. The new bridge is to
L. 200 each. be built a short distance to the westward 28.—John Hunt, one of the proprietors of the present bridge, which is in a very
of the Examiner, London Sunday newsparuinous state. There are extant records of per, for a seditious libel published in that orders for stones for its repair so far back paper, was sentenced to 12 months imprias about 1220, and in more recent records sonment in the House of Correction, Coldit is stated to have aye been ane evil big. bath-fields, and to find sureties to keep the git brig."
peace for three years, himself in L. 500, Castle Campbell. The following singu- and two sureties in L. 250 each. lar circumstance lately occurred at Castle
Libel on the Queen. On the same day, Campbell: A young cow, belonging to the Thomas Flindell, proprietor of a newspaperson who keeps the castle, escaped from per published at Exeter, called the Westthe place where it was kept, and ascended ern Lun.inary, received sentence for a libel the spiral staircase to the top of the castle, on the Queen. Mr Justice Bayley observ. where, after being for some time, it was ed upon the malignity of this libel, as tenddiscovered by some of the surrounding ing to prejudice the inquiry, at that time Deighbours, who immediately informed the carrying on by the House of Lords. The owner. After great difficulty and consi- circumstances urged by the defendant, his derable danger, he at length 'succeeded in being sorry for the publication, his having rescuing it from a situation su singularly a family of twelve persons, nine of whom perilous.
were dependent upon him for support, and Emigration. On the 1st instant the a recommendation of a Jury of the city of Earlof Buckinghamshire, Captain Johnson, Exeter, who, op account of defendant's sailed from Greenock for Quebec, with 600 good character, had recommended him to settlers, from Renfrew and Lanark shires. the utmost mercy, induced the Court to On the 11th the Commerce, Captain Cover- sentence him only to eight months' impridale, left the same port with 422 passen, sonment in the city of Exeter jail, and to gers for Quebec, chiefly from Glasgow and find sureties for his good behaviour for its neighbourhood. And on the 19th, the three years, himself in L. 500, and two ship David left Greenock for Quebec, with sureties in L. 250 each. 364 emigrants, chiefly country people from the counties of Lanark, Dumbarton, Stir- 1.Sedilion - The Court of King's ling, Clackmannan, and Linlithgow. Thus, Bench sentenced Major Cartwright to pay in the course of 19 days, 1386 persons have a fine of L. 100, Madox and Wooller to emigrated from the West of Scotland, in be imprisoned, the one for 18, and the search of subsistence on the other side of other for 15 months, and Edmonds for 9 the Atlantic.
months, in Warwick Castle, and to find 23.Justiciary Court, Edinburgh. securities, themselves in L. 400 each, and This day, P. Wallace, J. Robertson, J, two securities in L. 200 each. Their ofShaw, and w. Smart, who had been tried fence was illegally choosing Sir C. Wolsley at the Perth Circuit, on a charge of assault a member of parliament for Birmingham. and robbery, committed in the High Street Executions. Offences for which there of Dundee, and whom the jury had found have been capital executions in England,