WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22. The rumour he alluded to was, that the Sir John Sinclair rose to submit the Bankers had gone to the Chancellor of Dotice he had given of his intention to the Exchequer, requesting his interfepropose a measure for the cultivation of rence with the Bank for more liberal waste and other lands. It was unneces. discounts.--He urged the danger of sary, he remarked, to dwell on the im. making the King's Ministers the media portance of a subje& fo intimately con, um of accommodation at the Bank, and be&ed with the prosperity of the coun- represented the interference of the hand try. If it had been adopted when re. of power as incompatible with the stabi. cúmmended by the Board of Agricul. lity of public credit, and repugnant to ture, he allereed, that we should not now the principles of the Constitution. Rebe suffering so much from a national ca. probating, as he did, the interference of lamiry. In 1795, and the following Ministers, he thould give his negative to year, no less than a million quarters of the clause, foreign wheat had been imported at the Mr. Pite contended, that the Report expence of 3,000,000l. sterling, which of the Committee was sufficient autho. contributed in a great degree to the pre- ricy for contirming the Order, and the sent scarcity of cuin.-He concluded by indemnity was necessary to relieve the requesting Gentlemen to give the sub- Bank from the penalties for their obeject the most serious attention, and move dience to that Order. As to the intered, That a Committee be appointed to fercuce so much reprobated by the Ho. take into consideration the most effec- neurable Gentleman, he admitted that tual means of promoting the cultivation the Bankers had communicated to him and improvement of Waite Lands, Com. the neceility of a supply of cash for the mun Arable Fields, Common Meadows, accoinmodation of thcir cultomers, and lic. within this kingdom.

that he had ufèd what influence he pof. The motion paffcd, and a Committee sefied as an individual, to further their was appointed.

views. He urged the propriety of agree. Mr.Keene moved, That an humble ing to the clause. Address be presented to his Majesty, re Mr. Pollen was for delaying the pasquefting a lift of the number of French fing of the Bill until the Secret Commit. prisoners in Great Britain, and how tee brought up their Report. iney were disposed of; also an account The Solicitor General entered into a of the number of foreigners who have general defence of the clause. come into this country, from the ift of Mr. Sheridan attacked the clause in May 1792, and now relident therein, detail.-If the Committee adopted this distinguishing the laity and clergy, and clause without inquiry, they eitablished the number of each respectively. this pernicious principle, that the Bank,

Mr. Secretary Dundas laid, that Go. are bound to obiy, and that they are verament were now uhog their utmost sure of indemnity. He said, he could diligence to a certain the number; and not conceive it possible to make Bankwhen the examination was completed, notes a legal tender un the part of the he had no objection to lay before the Bank, without extending the regulation Houte the result of their researches. tu ihe whole class of Bankers allo.

The House having refolved itself in. Colonel Wood, the Attorney Gene. to a Committee on the Bank Indemnity ral, and others, spoke ; after which, the Bill, and the Clause for indemnifying elause was agreed to without a division, the Bank for having stopt payment be The Committee next proceeded to the ing read,

discullion of the restrictive clause,which, Mr. Fox said, he could not consent to after the adoption of a variety of amendo a cause of this pature, as he considered ments, was agreed to. nbedience to the Order of Council, on On account of the lateness of the hour, ste part of the Bank, as culpable rather and the discussion which was likely to toan meritorious. The intimate con. arise on the filling up of the blanks, it was ne&tion that fubfifted between Govern- moved, that the Chairman should rement and the Bank, made him extreme port progress, and as leave to fit again ly jealous in giving his consent to put on the resumption of the House. Leave the latter more under the controul of was given accordingly. toe formen If the rumour were true, Mr. Fox said, he had no objection to there would be an end of public credit. make way for the discussion of the Bank


Bill, by postponing his motion on the country, with all its abuses (ard fzftate of Ireland, which stood for to mor. grant they were), though they profess row, to a future day.-- Adjourned. to be established on similar principles. THURSDAY, MARCH 23.

We were now, he said, in a fiate fi. The House having resolved itself into milar to the period of 1774, when we a Commitree, to take into confideration

were to govern America by force, or the Petition from the Debtors in Lan- make conceflions. He relaied a varby cafter Caitle,

of occurrences which preceded the AmeClonel Stanley faid, the object of rican War, similar to those that have ca. his motion was to increase the allowance ken place in Ireland. The proclama. 10 persons charged in execution for debt, tion, for instance, for difarming the inunder the 2d Geo. 11. from fourpence habitants of Massachuset's Bay, to the to lixpence a day. He therefore moved, prociamation lately issued by General as a Refolution, that leave be given to Lake at Belfast, and the difpofition of bring in a Bill to amend part of an At the French to aid them in their relittance of the 2d Geo. II. for the relief of per. to the Government of Great Britain ; funs confined for debt.

though Government might disarm, ci. The Report was brought up, and leave perience proved their inability to keep given in conformity to the Resolution. the people disarmed.

Mr. Fox rose to make a niotion re. He hoped, that on so urgent an occaspecting the state of Ireland. He ob. son, no objections would be taken in terved, that the business he had to bring point of form. The neceility of the is. before the House was not only of great terference ought to luperfede all confi. importance, but likewise of great ur. derarions of this mature. He coneluded gency, on account of the distracted con by moving, “ That an humble Addre's dition of the filter kingdom. He en be presented to his Majesty, praying Tured into a detail of the circumstances that he would be graciously pleased to that led to there discontents, the causes take into his royal confideratiwn the di. of which were fit subjects of investiga sturbed ftate of Ireland, and to adopt tion : First, the Houte ought to enquire such lenient measures may tend to how far the people of Ireland have had rettore tranquillity, and conciliate the the benefit of the conceffions that had affi Etions of his Trilh subjects.” been made ; secondly, whether measures Sir F. Burdert seconded the motion. had been taken to allay the discontents Mr. Pitt objected to the motion, ca among the Roman Catholics, who con the ground that the Legislature of its fituted five-fixths of the people of Ire. country, having abdicated the power of land; and thirdly, to inquire into the enforcing any requifition by our aurbocauses of the discontents in the north of rity, we could not constitutionally intero Ireland. The general dissati faction he fere with an independent Legislature

. ascrived to the calamities brought on Befides, the morion was, in his opinat, by the war, in which the interests of

nugatory, as it went to advile his M:. the people were not consulted, and to jufiy to extend his paternal regard to se their conftitutional grievances. Ireland, fier kingdom ; a circumftance wira he said, had not a Legislature even vir. he bad never ccalcd to do duris tually representing the people, and long and happy reign. they had as little share in the Govern Lord Wycombe, Mr. W. Smith, Mr. ment as the subjects of the most arbi. Courtenay, and Mr. Hobhouse, ip ko trary Monarch. The concetions that in favour of the motion; and Lor! had been made, he contended from a Hawkesbury, Lord F. Campbell, as variety of facts, had not produced an Colonel Fullartou, against it. independence on the Miniliers and Ca Mr. Fox replied ; atter wbich a disor binct of this country; it had only pre. fion took place on the motion, cludedebe confruul of the Lrgillature.

For it 84 He cock a rapid review of their politi

Againftit cal history from its dependence on this country, traced their progress to civili.

Majority 136 zation and comparative freedom, and af. Adjourned. ferred, that the representation was 10

FRIDAY, MARCH 24. conducted, for purposes of emolument Mr. Ryder, in a Commitee of the and corruption, as to bear only a faint whole House, moveri, pnet che Choirteiemblance to the reprefentation of this man be dirccted to move the House for

leave to bring in a Bill to repeal part of Notes in Specie, Mr. Hobart in the an A&t of tbe present Sellon, permit- Chair; proceeded to read the residuc of ting the importation, and pronibiting the the Clauiis. exportation of corn, with a view to lake Mr. Pitt then moved, that the blank of the prohibition altogether, and to put lould be filled up with the words “un. the regulations respecting grain on the oil the 24th of June 1797," which was cd fcoring. The Report was ordered to pat and carried. be received on Monday.

The Committee having gone through The House, in an adjourned Commit the remaining parts of the Bill, the Retee on the Bill for Indemnifying the purt, was ordered to be received.--AdBank for fuspending the payment of journed.




of about an hour the brig bore away, Copy of a Letter from Rear Admiral Har- and in half an hour after the Becius

vey :0 Mr. Nepean, dated on burri ibe struck her colours. The brig ran on Prince of Wales, fort. Royal Bay, Mar. Inore at St. Martin's, and by the fire tinue, Dec. d., 1796.

of the Lapwing was destroyed ; that on YOU will picase to acquaint their the Lapwing taking poffeffion of the

Lorathips, that a few hours after I Decius, it was found sne had about so anchored with the squadron in this Bay, men killed and go wounded, being full the 22 inft. I received a letter from of troops ; that the following day theo Capt. Barton, of his Majesty's thip Lap- Lapwing was chaced by two large wing, acquainting me that he had de French frigates, and Captain Earron troyed the French fhip Le Decius and found it necessary to take the prisoners La Vaillante brig, off St. Martin's, and and his men out of the Decius, and . that two French frigates, La Thetis set fire to her, when he returned to Sr. and La Penféc, were at auchor off St. Kitt's, and landed 170 prisoners. Martin's, referring me to Lieutenant I fall take the earliest opportunity &t. Clair for further informatior. of transmitting any further accounts

In consequence of the two frigates which may be lent by Captain Bartun; lying at S. Martin's, I immediately but it evidently appears that Captain ordered the Betlona and Invincible to Barton's conduct was highly meritorious 8!. Kitt's, and directed Capt. Wilson to by the capture and destruction of this obrain such information as was necessa. force of the enemy, and saving the ty at that illand, and then proceed 10. iland of Anguilla from further deprewards St. Martin's and Anguilla, using dation. his beft endeavours to take or destroy T ne French troups employed on this the French frigates and protect the service were picked men from Gaudalland of Anguilla ; and fie failed the Inupe ; and there is great reaion to same evening on that service.

fuppuse the greatest part of them have Captain Barton having referred me been taken or destroyed. Many of the to Lieutenant St. Clair, whom he de. foldiers were drowned in attempting to tached in a Danish schooner with his swim on thore. letter, it appears that the French had The Lapwing had but one inan kill. landed about 300 men on the island of ed (the Pilot) and fix men wounded. Anguilla, the 26th ult. and that aiter

I am,&:c. having plundered the island, and burnt (Signed) HENRY HARVEY. fereral houses, and committed every

ADMIRALTY OFFICE, JAN. 20, 1797. devaftation poflible, attended with acis Extract of a Leiter from Vice Admirad of great cruelty, that on the appearance Kirg/mill, Commander in Chief of his of the Lapwing they re embarked their Majesty's Furces and Veflels at Cork, to troops the night of the 26th, and the Mr. Nepean, dated on board the Poly. following morning early the Lapwing phemus, Jan. 13, 1797. came to action with the Decius of 26 PLEASE to inforin The Lords Com. guns, and Vaillante brig, mounting four millioners of the Admiralty, that his Ma. irty-two and twenty-four pounders, jefty's Mhip Druid is arrived at Kinsale, de. 25 a gun vefsel ; that after a close action tached from the Unicorn and Doris, with VOL. XXXI. APRIL 1797


a large

a large French ship, armál en flute, cap this morning with the national brig tured by them, named La Ville d'Orient, L'Allerger, of 200 tons, laden sich am. having on board 400 of the enemy's hus. munition and entrenching tools, being firs, completely equipped, bcrucs some one of the vessels on the expedition to mortars, cannon, muikets, powder, cloth. Ireland, which the captured the such inft. ing, &c. being one of the tips on he ex. about 30 leagues to the westward of pedition against this countiy; and the Uhant, the Spirfire having been driven to Unicorn and Doris were left following up that situation by itrong gales of northerly the inrelligence they had received, for die wind. further annoyance of the enemy. ADMIRALTY-OFFICE, JAN. 20, 1797.

ADMIRALTY-OFFICE, JAN. 31. Copy of a Letter from Captain Barlow, Commander of his Majesty's Ship Pbabe, Copy of a Leiter from Sir Edward Pe!to Evan Nepran, Esq. Secretary of the Admirally, dated Caufand. Bay, Jan.

tw, Bart. Captain of bis Nigefy's

Frigate Inde futigable, io Evan Nepean, 13, 1797

Esq. dated Jan. 17, 1797. SIR, I HAVE the honour to acquaint you, I HAVE the honour to make koown for their Lordships information, thai un to you, for the information of the Lords the oth in it. Cape Clear bearing N.N.W. Coinmissioners of the Admiralty, that or dittant about 20 leagues, his Majetty's Friday last the szih ipit. at half paft noon, Thip under my cominand fell in with the in latitude 47 deg. 30 min. N. Ushant French corvette L'Atalante, of 16 guns, bearing N. E. 50 leagues, we discutered a mauned with 112 men, commanded by large thip in the N. W. quarter, steering Lieutenant Dordelin, which, after a chase under easy fail for France : the wind was of cight hours towards the N. E. quarter, tlien at weit, blowing hard, with thick the came up with and captured. The hazy weather. I inttantly made the fig. Aislante is a very fine brig, coppered, nal to the Ainazon for a general coace, having 80 feer keel, and is only three and followed it by the signal that the years old. Should their Lord thips think

chace was an enemy:

At four P. M. proper to order her to be in pected, me the Indefatigable hart gained sufficiently will, I think, be deemed fit for his Ma. upon the chace for me to diftinguith very jesty's service. As soon as I shall have clearly that the had two ner of guns, with landed the prisoners, and received the her lower deck ports Nut, and that she Phoebe's men troin the corvete, I purpose had no poop. proceeding to fea in further execution of Aiis minutes before fix we brought their Lorusips orders of the z« init.


enemy to close action, which continued I am, Sir, your very humble Servant, to be well supported on both sides near an

ROB. BARLOW. huur, when we unavoidably shot ahead; ADMIRALTY-OFFICE, JAN. 20. at this moment the Amazon appeared Cupy of a Letter from Adiniral Sir Rich. altern, and gallantly supplied our place;

ard King, Bart. Commander in Chief but the eagerness of Capr. Reynolds to of his Majesty's Ships and offels at fecund bis friend had brught him up ulPlymouth, 10 Evin Nipean, Ejq. der a press of fail, and, atier a well lipa dated Jan, 17, 1797.

ported and close tire for a little time, he LIEUTENANT GARDINER, of alto unavoidably not ahead. The euciny, his Majefty's ship Hind, arrived here this who had nearly affected running me ca morning in the La Favorite national pri. board, appeared to be much larger than vareer of eight guns, four pounders, and the Indetarigaile, and, from her very 60 men, captured by the Hind, in coin heavy fire of masquetry, I be ieve was pany with the flet commanded by Lord full of men : this fire was continued unul Bridport, from whom he parted the 13th the end of the action with great vivaciis, init.‘in the lat. of 48 deg. Vorih, long. although he frequently defended bula 8 deg. 30 min. Weft.

fides of the ihip at the same time. Lord Bridport looked into Bantry Bayon As soon as we had replaced some nethe 8thinst. no French thips were thereifien. cessary rigging, and the Amazon had re.

ADMIRALTY OFFICE, JAN, 20. duced her fail, we conimenced a second Extrait of a Letter from Admiral Sir attack, placing ourlelves, a ser funeraking

Rocnard King, Bart. Commander in broadlides, upon each quarter; and this
Chief of his Majesiy's Ships anu attack, often 'within pintor vioi, was og
Veels at Plymouth, to Evan Nepean, boih ihips unremitted for about five hours:
E./9. duted Jan. 17, 1797.

we then thered ok to Sicure our maits. HIS Miljeity's tloop Spitfire arrived

I would be neeilless to relate to their Rocks. Exhausted as we were with faLordships every effort that we made in an rigue, every exertion was made, and every artack which cominenced at a quarter be inch of canvas see that could be carried, fore tix P. M. and did not ceale, excep:- and at eleven A. M. we made the break. ing at intervals, until half past four A.M. ers, and by the bletting of God weather:d Iselieve ten hours of more levere fatigue the Penmark Rocks about half a mile. was scarcely ever experienced ; the sea The Ainazou had hauled her wind to was high, the people on the main deck up the northward, when we stood the south. to their middles in water; dume guns ward; her condition ! think was better broke their breechings four times over, than ours, and I knew that her activity and Come diew the ring bolts from the fices, exertions were fully equal to any inat and many of them were repeatedly drawn could be effected under Ginilar circumimmediately after loading; all our inalts stances; the judgment with which she was were much wounded, the main trp mait managed during so long an action, and the compleatly unrigg d, and saved only by gallantry of her attacks, could not but meuncommon alacıy.

rit the highest commendation, and to the At about twenty minutes past four, heart of a friend it was peculiarly gratify, the moon opening rather brighter than ing. I have full as much real in to speak before, sheived to Lieutenant George highly of my own Officers and men, to Bell, who was watchfully looking out on whom I owe infinite obligations.

The the forecastle, a glimpse of the land; he Lieutenants Thompson, Norway, and had scarcely reached me to report it when Bell, Lieutenants O'Conner and Wilson we faw the breakers. We were then of the Mtrines, and Mr. Thompson the close under the enemy's starboard bow, Master, have abundant claims "pon iny and the Amazon as near her on the lar- gratitude, as well as every inferior Offibard; not an instant could be lost, and cer in the ship. The sufferings of the every life depended upon the prompt Amazon are unknown to ine ; and I am execution of my orders; and here it is fingularly happy to say that my own are with heartfelt pleasure 1 acknowledge inconfiderable. The First Lieutenant, the full value of my Officers and thip's Mr. Thompson, a brave and worthy or company, who with incredible alacrity ficer, is the only one of that description hauled the tacks on board, and made fail wounded, with eighteen men, ewelve of to the southward. The land could not which number have wounds of no ferious be ascertained, but we took it to be confequence, consisting chiefly of violent V hant, and in the Bay of Brest, crippled contulions from splinters. as we were, I had no particular fcars,

I am, &c. but before day we again law breakers (Signed)

Ep. PELLFW. upon the lee bow; the thip was instantly wore to the northward ; and being ADMIRALTY-OFFICE, JAN. 21, 1797. then satisfied that the land we had before

Extraal of a Letter from Admiral Lord scen was nor Ufhant, the lingering ap Bridport to Mr. Nopean, dated at Sca, proach of day-light was most anxioully the 16th of January 1797: looked for býʻali; and soon after it

open CAPTAINCOUNTESS,of the Dæ. ed, seeing the land very close a-head, dalus, informs me, that on the 8:h inft. off we again wore to the southward in ewen. Ufant, in company with the Majestic and

fathoms water, and a few minutes af. Incendiary, he cantured Le Sutfrein, a ter discovered the enemy, who had fro

French iranlprit, which had been taken by bravely defended herself, laying on her

the Jafon, and recaptured by Le Tortu fribroadlíde, and a tremeodous turf beating gate, and was going to Brest. She had two over her. The miserable fate of her

mortars, a quantity of small arms, pow. brase but unhappy crew was perhaps der, shells, and some intrenching tools on the more fincerely lamented by us, from

board, which he sunk to prevent her fal. the apprehension of suffering a limilar

ling into the hands of the enemy. misfortune. We parled her within a

Extract of a Letter from Captain Sir Thomile, in a very bad condition, having at

mas Williams, of his Mujejly's Ship that time four feet water in her hold, a

Unicorn, to Afr. Nepean, dated Cargreat sea, and the wind dead on the

Sand Bry', Jan. 18, 1797. Ikore, but we had ascertained, beyond a doube, our fituation to be that of Holierne changed to the N. W. when I thaped a

In the evening of the 10th inst, the wind Bay, and that our fare depended upon the

course which I calculated would fall in pollible chance of weathering the Penmark

with Lord Bridport; the following after



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