Imatges de pÓgina


FRIDAY, DEC. 7, The Sheriffs of London presented a petition on behalf of the City, praying for the adoption of a plan of cutting 2 . Canal from Blackwall through the Ile of Dogs, for the ; better accommodation of shipping, &c. Referred to the committee to whom the former petitions were referred.

Mr. Manning moved for leave to bring in a bill for making Wet Docks, &c. for the greater accommodation of the Port of London.--Granted.';..

Mr. Sewell presented similar petitions from the West India merchants, and which stated, that they would them, félves defray the expences attending any regnlation for rert : dering the Port of London more cominodious.-Referred to a committee.

Mr. Hobhouse moved, that there be laid before the House an account of the money advanced by the Bank of England for the public service, and outstanding on the 7th December, 1798.-Ordered.

Mr. Role brought up a bill for continuing for a further inte to be limited, a bill for preventing and punishing persons who attempt to seduce any person in his Majesty's service, by fea: or land, from their duty and allegiance, &c.---Read a fifts time; ordered to be read a second time the next day...

Sir Wm. Young presented a petition from the Planters of St. Vincent and Grenada, praying for a loan, to enable them to defend their property againit a ferocious and cruci enemy.

Ordered to lie on the table.

The Speaker observed, that no application for publie money could be attended to buy the Houle, unless it came by way of recominendation from the Crown,

The bill for continuing the land tax duty on pensions, and fome personal estates, &c. pailed the committee; and the report was ordered for the next day.

LAND TAX REDEMPTION BILL. The Chancellor of the Fxchegier brought up a bill to en large ihe time limited for the redemption of the land tax, and to amend the aut for the sale thereof, &c.--Read a first time.

On the question for the second reading.

Sir John Sinclair suggested the propriety of fome delay in fo important a matter as this, Mr. Ryder thought the propostion of the hon. Baronet

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a singular one; for this matter was amply discussed when it was before the House last year, and this was only to give a facility to carrying into effect' what Parliament had already approved ; and so, he believed, had the great bulk of the country: liwas strange if the Houfe wanted time to determine whether its own intentions thould be carried into effect.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer faid, he proposed the fecond Teading of this bill the next day; and as he had no apprehenfiou that the business of the loan would' on Monday 00cupy much time, he thould think it would be convenient to go into a committee upon this hill on that day; that, indeed, he considered as the proper tage for the discussion: and as the hon, Baroner seemned to be totally ignorant of the contents, he thould propose that the bill be printed.

Mr. H.Jey wished ibat this bill might meet as much difpatch as was consistent with the nature of the thing; but could not help adverting to the expence with which it had been attended. He thought it his duty, as onc of the Reprefentatives of the people, to exainine into that matter. He did not pretend to know the real state of the case ; but he had heard that the expence already incurred was not less than one million. He did not ftare hele things lightly ; but if he was misinformed, the minister would correct him.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer said, if ine plan which the bill was intended to enforce, had cost the public the sum alluded to by the hon. Gentleman, it would have been cheaply purchased; but he had.not the most distant comprehension, or even guess, how such, or any thing like fuch, an expence could altcnd ihe execuion of this act. He thould be glad 10 hare some specific information upon that matter.

Mr. Hulley said, he could mit give the minister the particija Jers. But had the right hon. Gentleman never heard of this, por an; thing like it?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer; faid, never.

The bill was then ordered to be read a second time the pext day, and to be printed.

MILITIA IN IRELAND. The Chancellor of the Exchequer bronght up a bill to con- » tinue, for a time to be limited, a bill to enable his Mateity to accept of the forvices of such part of the militia as may voluntarily offer themselves for service in Ireland, &c. Read a fisit time; and on the quellion for the fecond reading,


Mr. Tierney said, that he felt so much disposed to give every possible credit and confidence to the noble Lord at the head of affairs in that country, that he was ready; as far as in him lay, io put any force whatever under the direéiion of that noble Lord. But feeling that mischief might have been done, and he was afraid that incalculable mischief had been done in that country, he could not poflibly support this bill; and yet so situated were things there at this time, that he knew not how to oppose the measure now before the House.

Ordered that the bill be read a second ti ne the next day.

TAX ON INCOME. The Income bill being in a committee of the whole House,

The Chancellor of the Exchequer observed, that perhaps the committee would dispense with formalities in the present stage of this important proceeding, as the amendments thould be printed; and that he proposed to have the discullion of the ineasure on the recoinmitment of the bill.

The bill then, pro forma, pailed the committee, and the son post was ordered for the next day.



SATURDAY, DEC. 8. The Speaker acquainted the House, that he had received a letter from Sir J. B. Warren, in which that gallunt Admiral has exprefied the very high and grateful fenfe which he and his officers, and the men under his command, entertained of the honour conferred upon them by the thanks of the Houfe of Commons for their recent conduct on the coast of Ireland; an honour which, next to the glory of serving their king and country, they regarded as their neft fiattering reward.

The report of the Scots for all note bill was brought up; and the bill ordered to be read a third time on Monday, if then engroffed.

The new land tax redemption bill was read a fecond time, and ordered to be committed on Monday.

The report on the Income bill was ordered to be taken into further consideration on Friday next; the bill was allu ordered to be printed.

The bill for empowering his Majesty to accept the voluntary offers of the Englith militia to serve in Ireland, was react a fecond time, and ordered to be committed on Monday; as,

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was the bill for punishing attempts to seduce his Majesty's sailors or soldiers from their duty, Adjourned.


MONDAY, DEC. 10. This day the House went into a committee upon Lord Nelson's Annuity Bill, which was afterwards read a third time.

Mr. Rickett's Divorce Bill was presented and read, and ordered to be read a second time on the 26ih inftant.

The Lord Chancellor communicated Sir John Borlase Warren's answer to the thanks of the House.

Adjourned to Thurday next.


MONDAY, DEC. 10. Mr. Manning brought up the London Wet-Dock Bill, which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Tuesday fe'nnight,

General Tarleton bronght up a Petition from Liverpool, praying for leave to enlarge and improve the harbour of that town.

General Tarleton said, that a petition from a place of such commercial importance as Liverpool, diftinguished for honourable enterprise, was deserving of the attention of the House. When, however, the petition came from a body of men so eminent for public spirit and patriotism, as those he had the honour to represent, it came with peculiar claims to regard. He need not remind the House of the readiness and zeal which the town of Liverpool had displayed on every occafion to promote the security of the country ; their ardour in coming forward for their own and the public defence at a critical moment; and their putting their town in a most respeable posture of defence without pecuniary atlistance from the country at large. On every occafion they had given an honourable example to the nation. At present, when a new plan of finance was proposed, they had warmly expresid, their willingness to concur in every plan by which the vigous and resources of the state could beít be called into action. For his own par:, he confidered it the greatest honour of his life to represent such a body of men. For fone time his

profesional professional duties had been suspended; but he hoped speedily to have an opportunity of making up for the time that had becn loft ; and he hoped that when that time arrived he should, on every occasion, exert himself in such a manner as to contribute, as far as lay in his power, to the security of These kingdoms, and the honour of his Majesty's service.

The petition was referred to a committee.

The committee on the land tax bill was, on the suggestion of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, put off will Wednesday.'

'WAYS AND MEANS-LOAN. The House resolved itself into a committee of Ways and Means : Mr. Hobert in the Chair.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer. When I last presented to the coinmittee the view of the Ways and Means of the ycar, I had it in contemplation to contract for the whole of the loan, which, exclufive of two millions for Ireland, I stated would amount to fourteen millions. Since that period, however, on a view of all the particular circumstances of the case, particularly the unaccountable depression of the funds, after so great a rise, I had great reason to believe that it would be more beneficial for the public interest to poftpone the bar. gain for the bulk of the loan till after Chriltmas; and to limit the sum at present to be raised in this way to three millions. In the opinion I had formed, I have been confirmed both by whai appeared in the course of the negociation, and what has since happened. I thought it right, therefore, to limit the hum to be now bargained for, to three millions, and - to reserve the remainder till after Christmas. I have the satisfaction in state, that when I announced my intention, I received numerous offers from many respectable classes of Genilemen; and that I have been able to obtain terms confiderably under the market price of the day. The Gentlemen with whom the bargain was concluded, had come forward actuated by great liberality and zeal for the public intereft ; and I am happy to find, and the House will be glad to hear, that though they acted with so much disintereltedneis on the occation, they are not likely to be losers by the bargain. Although the terms were below the market price, they now bear a confi!erable premium.

I mall now shortly state the terms on which the bargain was concluded. The 3 per cents. confols were at 521. The seduced at 511. For every 100l. in money, then, is to be given 534 per cent. confols, and a proportion of leven-eights


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