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mons. In consequence of this information, a long different objets to be provided for, gave in the and defoltory conversation took place on a point totals of the expences of the ensuing year, as of order, which terminated by the reading of the under : whole of the pamphler, and in a resolution that it be taken into consideration on the Thurs. The whole of the navy
£-7,813,000 day after. When the subject was resumed that The army
6,104,000 day, there appeared but two diffenting voices on French corps
300,000 the subject, Mr. Windham's and fir William Sardinian sublity,
200,000 Dolben's. By Mr. Pict, and every other mem The extraordinaries of the army
2,646,000 ber of the house it was considered as a gross libel; The sum necessary to complete and the following motion to that effect, by Mr. ditto for the whole year, fince Sheridan, passed without a division: that the
the last payment, up to the book, intitled, “ Thoughts on the English Go. Sch of January, 1795
350,000 Ternment,” tending to create mifunderstanding Ordnance
1,744,000 between the powers of the ftate, tu alienate the Miscellanie's
360,000 fe&tions of the people from one branch of the To the sinking fund
200,000 ceniticution, by inculcating principles adverfe to Deficiency of grants
2,333,000 those upon which his majesty's family hold the Disco of land and malt
535,000 crown or these realms, and finally leading to Exchequer bills
3,500,000 the fubverfion of the liberties of the people, is Bounty for importation of corn 1,ono,ooo a daring libel upon the constitucion.'-Mr. She- Deficiency of Austrian general 400,000 ridan then moved for a coinmittee to inquire who was the author of the pamphlet, which also pall
27,485,000 ed nem. Con.--This committee met accordingly, and soon after brought up their report, the conta clufion of which was as follows: •It appears to chis committee, that Mr. John Reeves is the astbor, and has acted as the author of the pam In order to meet there expences, a loan of 18 phlet, intitled, “ Thoughts on the English Go- millions was necefTiry. That he had already vernment,” which is a malicious, scandalous, agreed for, and to pay at the rate of and seditious libel, containing matter tending to 41. 135. 6d. intereft on every hundred pounds. create jealoufies and divisions among his majesty's lc was necessary to add one per cent. more to this subjects, to alienate their affections from our interest, in order to form a capital for the link. prefent happy form of government, as establish- ing fund. That would cause the interest of the ed in king, lords, and commons, and to subvert loan to be about 6 per cent, and that part appro. the true principles of our free conftitution, and priated to the finking fund would amount to hat the said pamphlet is a high breach of the 1,111,500l. annually. In order to provide for privileges of this house.'— The report was then this interest, it would be necessary to lay on ordered to be taken into confideration on the new taxes. These, he trusted, would press as Friday following. On that day, Mr. Sheridan little upon the people as possible ; and he promoved, that the pamphlet in question be ordered ceeded to fate them as follow : to be burne in New Palace Yard, Westminiter, and before the Royal Exchange, by the hands An additional duty on legacies £250,000 of the common hangman ; and he added, that Ten per cent. upon all the be should afterward move, that an humble ad affefled taxes
140,000 dress be presented to his majesty, that he would A double tax upon all pleabe graciously pleased to remove the author, Mr. sure horses, and 25. per John Reeves, from all places of trust and confi. head on all other horses
216,000 To Mr. Sheridan's motion, Mr. Dun- Additional duty on tobacco, das proposed an amendment, that an address be 4d. per lb.
170,000 presented to his majesty, praying him to give di. Additional duty of 34d on rections to the attorney general, to profecute the printed callicoes
135,000 author, printer and fublisher of the said libel. By a regulation of the salt dury
32,000 Mr. Sheridan's motion being negatived without a Diminution of one-fourth of division, the amendinent' by Mr. Dundas was the drawback on sugar
180,000 carried by 25 to 4. Upon this, fir William Dolben moved, that the house be counted, and Total of the new taxes 1,123,000 it appearing that 40 members were not present, the subject was obliged to begin de xova. Accordingly, the next day, Mr. Sheridan moved an Mr. Pitt then entered into some confiderations addrels to his majesty, praying him to give din respecting a complaint made by one of the parre&ions to the attorney głneral to prosecure the ties that were candidates for the loan, that there author, Mr. John Reeves ; which was carried had not been a fair competion for it; but as this unanimously.
appears to have been more of a private than a On Monday, Dec. 7, Mr. Pitt rose, and af. public nature, we forbear to mention the partiter an exordium, containing several observations culars. When Mr. Pitt had finished, a motion on the flourishing fate of our finances, and the was made for the chairman to report progress,
when there appeared for it 37, against it 137.
(Continued from our lafl.) was delivered from his majesty :
HOUSE OF COMMON S. GEORGE R.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 1796. • His majesty, relying on the assurances which he has received from his faithful commons, of HE addresses to the king and the lord their determination to support his majesty in those lieutenant were reported by the commitexertions which are necesary under the present tees, and agreed to. circumstances, recommends it to this house to Mr. Hoare moved, “ That the order of last consider of making provision toward enabling his feffion relative to Henry Orriwell, be read.”. majesty to defray any extraordinary expences The order was read. which may be incurred for the service of the en Mr. Hoare then moved, “ That Henry Ottifuing year, and to take such measures as the ex. well be taken into the custody of the Serjeant at igencies of affairs may require. His mojesty, on Arms." this occalion, thinks proper to acquaint the house, Right honourable Yo's Beresford said, that as that the cribs which was depending at the coma one of the board with which Mr. Ottiwell's barmencement of the present reffion, has led to gain was made, and which public report had in. such an order of things in France, as will induce plicated in the business relating to him; and as bis majesty (conformably to the sentiments which it had b.en even infinuated that he himself in para he has already declareri) to meet any disposizion ticular had been involved in the business, he for negociation on the part of the enemy, with could not let pass this opportunity, which was the an earnest desire to give it che fullest and speedi- first he had, of saying a few words upon the eft effect, and to conclude a treaty for general subject. He confessed, be faid, that he was a peace, whenever it can be effected on just and niember, perhaps too an active member of chat Tuitable terms for bimself and his allies.
board, so far as related to the New Bridge and "It is his majesty's earnest wish, that the spí. New Custom-house; but the house would do sit and determination manifested by parliament, him the kindness to recollect, that it was at the added to the recent important successes of the earnest defice of nineteen-twentieths of the memAuftrian armies, and to the continued and grow. bers of both houses of parliament that he being embarrassments of the enemy, may speedily come ones that several persons had before under. conduce to the attainment of this object, on such taken the same object and failed ; and that, pergrounds, as the justice of the cause in which haps, but for his particular exertions, nothing this country is engaged, and the fituation of af. would have been done in comparison to what had fairs may entitle bis majefty to expect.'
been done. It had been insinuated that he had
been engaged with Mr. Orriwell in this business ; This message was ordered to be taken into for his part, he most solemnly denied ic : he conlideration the ensuing day, when Mr. Pitt knew nothing of Mr. Ortiwell's bargain further moved an address to his majesty, which was an than as a member of the board, and as far as echo to the mesiage. To this Mr. Sheridan he could judge of others, he could say the same of moved an amendment to the following effect : every other member of the board. The circum
• That his majesty's faithful commons having stances of this transaction he would not now go taken his message into consideration and wishing into. The perversion of the story appeared in to give it the fullest effect, had to regret that his general to be this: That Mr. Occiwell having majetty had been so ill-advised as to refuse to taken ground at a certain rent from the board, treat with any form of government in France, and set it at an advanced one, the public were and humbly to implore his majesty to abandon losers by the difference : as if the public could ete: rally those who had advised him to such mea. have set the ground as well as Mr. Ottiwell did fures ; that his majesty would endeavour to pro --as if the same care never occurred to indivi. cure a speedy peace; that an immediate negocia- duals--and as if Mr. Ottiwell had not (as he tion for that purpose should take place; and that did) given the full value for it that it would bring no change in the government of France should at the time. prevent the carrying of this object into effect.' Colonel Blaquiere said he saw no reason why on the conversation that ensued, the different the right honourable gentleman should have en. Gentlemen that spoke on both lides, delivered tered into an explanation of his conduct, when their retpective sentiments concerning our present nobody who knew him could fuppose him to Situation relative to France, and the subject alhave any connxeion with Mr. Occiwell. He ready so amply discussed of war and negociation; thougbe it extraordinary that he should do so. and Mr. Sheridan's motion having been negatived He observed also that the business was taken up without a divilion, the original address was car in the house of peers, and dropped in a moft exsicd.
traordinary manner. In the will of one of the
commissioners some of this land(To be continued.) He was interrupted by the Speaker, who see
minded him that the question was to revive the lord lieutenant's Speech to both houses of parliaorder of laft reffion,
Mr. M. Beresford said, the honourable Colo Adjourned. nel himself had been the person to make the im 25.] The house resolved into a committee of putation, as from common report, which he the whole house, to take into consideration his now expressed himself surprised to hear removed excellency the lord lieutenant's speech. by his right honourable relation's declaration. The speech being read by the clerk at the ta
Mr. Grattan said, that the ground referred to ble. in the will of a respected friend (Mr. Bushe), Mr. Attorney General (the Chancellor of the was not at all connected with or situated near that Exchequer being ablent) moved that a supply be now in question.
granted to his majesty-which being put, was Right honourable J. Beresford said it had been unanimously agreed to ; and, upon the motion mentioned that the upper house bad relinquished of the same right honourable gentleman, ordered the enquiry; chat house had in fact put the that the house do on to-morrow take the farne same question to Mr. Ortiwell respecting his into confideration. partners which this house had put : He had re Mr. Hoare rose to move that it be alked of the fused answering, declaring upon oath, that the ferjeant at arms, whether the order of Friday, answer might injure his property. The house, for taking into custody Mr. Ottiwell, was como with the first law Lord and the iwo Chief Judges, plied with. had decided, that thus circumstanced he was not Mr. Speaker accordingly put the question to bound to answer it; and if the question now the serjeant at arms, who answered in the affirwere, whether he should answer it, he would mative, and that Mr. Oruiwell, was now in think the man hardly treated, but as it was on a attendance. contempt of the house it turned, not a word Mr. Hoare then moved, as a matter of course, could be laid.
that Mr. Orriwell be committed to Newgate. Mr. Egan denied the decision of the lords to The Attorney General faid, he apprehended be law,
that the object of the honourable gentleman's The question was then put and carried. motion was not a matter of course, but for the
Mr. Hoare said he would, if Mr. Octiwell discretion of the house and he would appeal to did not obey this order, bring in a bill to annul the chair how the fact stood. the bargain, so far as related to him, saving the Mr. Hoare said, he humbly apprehended the rights and bargains of his tenants.
right honourable gentlemen was totally out of The Chancellor of the Fxchequer ftated, that order, for, by the uniform practice of parliahis excellency the lord Licutenant had appointed ment, whenever any man refused to comply four o'clock this day to receive the addrefscs. with the orders of the house, and refused to anThe house then adjourned.
swer their interrogatories, commitcal to Newgate 23.) At four o'clock the Speaker, attended was the constant practice. by several members, went up to the Caftle with Mr. Attorney General contended that he was che addresses, voted by the house on Thursday not out of order, in doing the very same thing laft, and being returned,
with the honourable member, in appealing to Mr. Speaker reported, that the house had at- that authority which certainly ought to know tended his excellency the lord Lieutenant with the usage of parliament much better chan he did the address of this house to his Majetty; and but he conceived the house was at liberty to that thereupon his excellency was pleased to re- exercise its discretion in this case, and was by turn the answer following:
no means bound as of course to commit Mr. “I hall forthwich transmit this loyal and du. Ortiwell to Newgate, because he was in custody, ciful addrels to be laid before his Majesty." Colonel Blaquiere said, that the house, in
Mr. Speaker reported also, that he had pre- complying with the motion of the honourable sented the address of thanks to his excellency the member, would defeat its own purposes of oblord Lieutenant, for his most excellent speech to taining the answer of Mr. Ottiwell to the quesa both houses of parliament, and that thereupon tion before propounded to him. If the house his excellency was pleased to return the answer had an object in the answer to this question, Mr. following:
Orriwell in his mind ought to be called to the “ It affords me the highest satisfaction to re- bar, and interrogated and wich respect to the ceive fu flattering a testimony of the approbation charge of contempt against him, perhaps he had of the houle of commons.
fome excuse to offer which might be satisfactory “ It will be my duty, and my inclination, io to the house, and avert their disple fure. --Atail promote by every means within my power, the events let the man come to the bar and be heard, happiness and prosperity of Ireland, and my ex. and if he offered nothing fatisfactory in his exertions cannot receive so powerful encourage- cule, he should himself be ready to second the ment, as the expectation you hold out to me, motion for his committal. that they will meet with your heasty co-opera Mr. Speaker rose and said, he should state as tion,”
he was asked, what the practice of parliament Ordered, that his excellency the lord lieute- 'was in such cases. He had examined minutely nant's answers be entered on the journals of this the Irish Journals, and could find no case of con house.
tempe on them fimilar to the present. Resolved, that i his house will, on Monday On the English journals there were four cases, next, take into confideration his excellency the which he recapitulated, whereto che perions Hib. Mag. Feb. 1796.
interrogated by the British houses on refusing to to take up ali idle vagrants and persons who had answer, alledged in their defence that their an no visibic means of earning a livelihood, and fwers would go to criminate themselves but, send them to serve aboard the Aeet. He said he nevertheless, the house in that case committed did not propole to hurry this bill through the them to Newgate, or the Tower.
house, but give time for the confideration, as it He stated those painis unwillingly, as they might be necessary to add much and make leve. would go to affect 3 respectable man, who had ral alterations. He then moved for leave to fallen arder the jaipeature of the hous--but bring in a bill for the more effectually preventbeing called on in his official duty, he was bound ing of infurreétions, tumults, and riots, by perto give the house olie information defired. funs itiling themselves defenders, and other dis
The question being then put, that Henry orderly perfors. Ortiwell be committed to Newgate, it paired in Mr. Curran observed, that there was an affecthe affirmative and it was ordered that the tation of secrecy on the part of the gentlemen Speaker do make out his warrant for that pur- who were in the confidence of government. He pore. Adjourned.
should have expected that the gentlemen of that 26 ) Went into committee to take into con- house, would have been consulted. A previous lideration the motion for granting a supply to his consultation had, some inquiry, and some examimajesty, righe bonourable John Beresford in the nation made, before adminitration would send chair.
their officer forward with a bloody penal code. The Attorney General moved, that a fupply be He said, that the face of the people, the ftate granted tớ his mrjesty, which was agreed to ; and of the laws of the country, thould be taken inon the house being relumed,
to confideration, before such a bloody penal code Ordered, that the report be received to should be enacted.
The Attorney General denied his being set Mr. Burgh moved, that the proper officer do forward by administration ; be does it because he Jay before the house an account of corn and flour approves of the measure; does not every person that came coast ways, by canal, and land-carriage know, and does not the honourable and learned to the city of Dublin for the last year; and also gentleman who was employed in trials for high for the bounties which were paid thereon; which tresfon know, that there were traitors ftudious were ordered accordingly..
to overturn the conftitution, and tear al under the Adjourned.
connection between Great Britain and Ireland ; 27.] The right hon. Mr. Beresford brought he asked was there an inquiry of this fort when op the report of the committee of fuprly, who the White Boy act passes ? Are we gravely to fat yesterday. The report was read and unani. delay the bill, at the time when the country is moufly agreed to.
infeited with detenders? He hoped, that through Ordered that the house, on this day fe'nnight, the progress of the bill, it should meet with the do resolve itself into a comınittee of the whole fupport of the house, for it was such a bill as house, to take the supply to his majesty into involved every thing dear to every man in this further confideration.
boure. Mr. Vandelcur moved, that the proper offi Mr. O'Hara fiid, that this was not the time to cers do lay before the house an account of the argue the bill, and he should reserve himself for particulars of the civil lift, agrecable to the act the proper itage of the bill, to deliver his fentiof the 33d of the king.
ments on it. Acjourned.
Mr. Grattan, wished that no kind of warmth 28.] The Attorney General said, that on the first should be used on the introduction of those bills night of the feflion, he had given notice of his but hoped they would be a mitter of calm deliintention to bring in two bills, the object of one beration He was for receiving the bills of the of them was, for preventing in future insurrec- right hon. gentleman with the most perfect calmtions, tumults, and riots in this kingdom ; and neis. With respect to the bill of indemnity, the the object of the other bill was, to indemnify right hơn. gentlemen ought to face fome further certain magistrates and others, who, in their ex. ground for indemnifying the magistrates, than his errions for the preservation of the public tran own authority. quility, mighi have acted against the forms and After a few words from the attorney general, rules of law; be ftated, that the bill for the and Mr. Curran, leave was given to bring in the more effectually preventing of insurrections, tu- bill. mults and ticts, by persons Itiling themselves The Attorney General, adverting to the notice defenders, and other disorderly persons, was, he had given the house, on the first day of the however repugnant to his feelings, a bloody pe- session, of his intention to bring in a bill to inmal code. He said, that the acts now in force demnify certain magistrates aod others, who in for administering of unlawful oaths was not suf- cheir exertions for the preservation of the public fcientiy strong, and the adminiftering of un- tranquility, had acted against the forms and rules lawful paths was the fource of all the treasonable of law, oblerved that bills of indemnity were actions which had taken place in this country. ; not novel in the constitution ; in England several and the bill proposed thai the admin. tering of bills of indemnity have been parled tince the reunlawful oaths should be felony of death; but volution; the principle of the bill was to indem. "Be would propose that this bill be but a tempora- fy such persons who have nobly dared to preserve ty law; there was also a clause in the bill to the tranquility of the country, and who in quelenable the magiftrates, at the quartes feflions, ling tumults and insurections had exceeded che
ordinary forms of the law, this principle was For the question of adjournment, 137 con ttantly adopted in Great Britain. It appears Tellers, Mr. Maxwell, and Mr. Barrington. by the itatute book, that a bill of indemnity Against the question of adjournment, 26 was passed in the first year of king William the Tellers, Mr. Curran, and Mr. Tighe. third ; that a bill of indemnity was passed Adjourned. in the first of George the First, when a re 29.) No debate. bellion broke out in Scotland; and in the 30.) Mr. Secretary Pelham gave notice, that Scotch rebellion of 1746, another bill of in- he would shortly submit to the confideration of demnity passed ; and in 1786, after the riots of the houle, two propositions : one of them would London, another indemnification bill passed. be to appoint a committee to inquire into the After having stated these precedents, he moved high price of corn, and the other to enable the for leave “ to bring in a bill for indemnifying lord Lieutenant to prevent the exportation of fuch magiftrates and others, wbo might have corn, notwitbitanding it should be under the fince the 1st of January 1795, exceeded the ore export price. This he said, would be a means dinary forms and rules of law tor the preserva- of defeating the designs of persons, who, from tion of the public peace, and suppreslion of speculation, might make tn artificial price, fo as insurrection prevailing in some parts of this king. to open the ports for exportation. dom."
The rig bi honourable Denis B owne role, and Mr. Fletcher, in a speech of some length, said, that he got up for the purpose of presentobserved, that the precedents adduced by the ing a petition, which he then held in his hand, right hon. gentleman did not at all square with from a gentleman now in Newgate, who had the the existing circumstances of this country. He misfortune to fall under the displeasure of the hoped that after the bill was printed, time would house, Mr. Henry Ortiwell. He had been inbe given to look into precedents, and he trusted formet, and did believe, that there were cire that the bill would be discussed with wisdom, cumstances in this gentleman's case, that being calmness, and deliberation.
known to the house, would induce them to cona Leave was given to bring in the bill.
Sider Mr. Oltiwell, as an obj.at no longer meritThe Attorney General then presented the bill ing their displeasure. His case was this :- In for the more effectually preventing of inlurrec the last session of parliament, Mr. Ottiwell was tions, tumults, and riots, by persons itiling ordered to the bar of the house, and was asked themfelves detenders, and other disorderly per a question, in his mind, not within the jurisdicfons ; which was read a first time, ordered to be tion of parliament, namely, “ who were his printed, and to be read a second ciine on Thurs- partners in a bargain he concluded with the comday next.
millioners of wide-streets, which Mr. Ouriwell He then presented the indemnity bill, which refused to answer,” giving as a reafun, “ that was read a firit time, and to be printed ; and af- if he answered, it would involve him in many ter a short conversation between Mr. Curran, Jaw suits, to the injury of his property." Here Mr. Fletcher, the attorney general, the prime Mr. Browne forcibly stated, that in his opinion, ferjeant, Mr. Hoare, fir Laurence Parsons, and the house had no power of putting such a quela Mr. Egan ; it was ordered, that the bill be read tion; the houte, he said, in their judicial capaa second time on Wednesday next.
city, had a right to ask, and demand of any one, Mr. Curran now role to inake his promised who made a bargain with public trustees, if any motion. He prefaced it, in a speech of very officers of this house was concerned ? and if it confiderable length, in which he displayed the appeared there wis, he had no helitation to prodistresses of the labouring poor of this country, nounce such a bargain void, as the trustees in arising from the high price of land, and the low that case would be conlijered influenced; but, price of labour, in very glowing colours ; and in the present instance, no suen question was after a very long and difficult ftatement of the asked; and if it was, and Mr. Ortiwell refufed causes of the di tretses of the labouring poor of to aniwer, he would be the first man to compel this kingdom, he concluded with moving, “ that him. this house do appoint a committee to inquire Mr. Browne then said, that after Mr. Otti. into the fate of the poor, and the price of la.. well refused, he was ordered to attend at the bour in this kingdom."
bir; and being summoned late in the evening, The Chanceilor of the Exchequer, after ad he went to the house, but was told it was up; mitting of lume of the proposicions laid down by the situation of his family then made him go the hon. and learned gentleman, and controvert. home; and, to his surprite, the next morning, ing some other parts of his statement, moved the he was informed he was ordered to be taken into question of adjournment.
the custody of the lerjeant ai arms. He that night Mt. Curran's motion for going into a com. did attend, and gave such reasons to the houle, mittee, was supported by Mr. William Tighe, thut a motion was made, and pailed u Janimouny, Mr. Fletcher, Mr. Jephson, Mr. Hoare, Mr. that he should be discharged without fees; he Christopher Hutchinion, and Mr. Grattan. was then ordered to atiend in the gallery half an
it was opposed by Mr. Holmes, Mr. Maxwell, hour; after which he was again called to the Mr. Wynne, Gr Boyle Roche, Mr. Barrington, bar, a motion was then made, that Mr. Orriwell, the Solicitor General, and Mr. Burton Conyng- by not answering, is guilty of a contempt of ham.
that house, which motion fell to the ground, On the question being put that the house do there not being a fufficient number of members now adjouin, a division took place, when the to make a houle, of course' Mr. Ucenivell was de numbers were