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would make the estimates, and the accounts moved for, tally exactly.

Mr. M. A. Taylor said, that he would peruse the paper presented by his right hon. Friend, and he made no doubt but that the matter it contained would fully answer the objca of his motion.

The Mutiny bill was read a second time, and ordered to be committed the next day:

The Three Million Loan bill was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time the next day.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved that the House do resolve itself into a committee the next day upon the bill for continuing and amending the Land Tax Redemption Ad. He also observed that he saw nothing which could prevent him from going into that business the next day,

The House then refolved itself into a committee on the bill for continuing, for a time to be limited, an Act passed laft Session for enabling his Majesty to accept of the voluntary offers of the English militia regiments to extend their services to Ireland.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer faid, that he had only to remark to the committee that the time to which he wished to limit the operation of the bill was one month after the commencement of the next session. He had also a clause to propose which would sufficiently characterise the spirit of the A&t, and the object of this clause was, that no persons Mould be called upon to serve, but such as had already made a voluntary offer of their services, or who might hereafter voluniarily engage in such service.

Mr. M. A. Taylor said, that last year he had opposed this bill because he thought it unconstitutional; even now he wished it to be understood, that he did not confort to it. He took this opportunity of saying, however, that the conduct of the Noble Marquis who now presided over the affairs of Ireland, had his perfect concurrence; the affairs of Ireland were in a better situation than they had been for inany years. He both saw and felt this to be the case.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer said, that as it had frequently been the practice with Gentlemen who last year reprobated the system pursued in Ireland, he wished to say a few words against the conclusion which this language was intended to infer. He was perfectly aware of the merit of the Noble Marquis now at the head of affairs in Ireland in every situation he had filled. Al the same time, he was not Ver 1.1-08.


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blind to the merits of others. This much he was ready to fay, that to the firmness, the moderation, the wisdom, and the vigour of the Noble Lord who preceded the Noble Marquis, was it owing that the latter had an opportunity to pure fue at all any measures for the fafety of Ireland.

Mr. Taylor hoped that nothing that had dropped from him thould in the least be construed into any thing like blame on the conduct of the Noble Earl who preceded the Noble Marquis. He had the honour of fome personal acquaintance with that Noble Earl, and it was impossible for any words he could make use of to do justice to the cândour, the mildness, the moderation and generosity of that worthy Nobleman; both to his private and public virtues he was always. ready to pay a due tribute of applause.

Mr. Jones faid, that he had on a former occasion voted for the bill as a measure of State necessity, though in a conftitu. tional point of view he neither did then, nor could he now approve of it. In his opinion Ireland was under great obligations to the ministers of this country, and he hoped they would pursue every fair means of restoring safety and tranquillity to that distracted country.

Mr. Ellison said, 'that he would vote for this bill and for every such bill which ministers would introduce for extinguishing any thing like rebellion, or averting the dangers to which it might expose us. For their conduct in the affairs of Ireland they had his most heartfelt gratitude, as they ought to have that of every well wisher to the fafety and prosperity of the British Empire, and he trusted they would not relax in their vigilance and activity as long as there remained in Ireland a single rebel in arms.

The clause was then read and agreed to, and the report ordered to be received the next day.

The bill for preventing and punishing attempts to seduce from their allegiance his Majesty's sailors or soldiers was read a third time and passed. · The Cape of Good Hope Trade bill was read a second time, and committed for the next day.

The Committees of Supply and Ways and Means were then deferred till Friday, and the House adjourned.


THURSDAY, DEC. 13. The Earl of Cork took the oaths, on having succeeded his Jate father in the Peerage.


Mr. Hobart brought up and presented the Pension, Offices: and Place Duty bill, the Annual Malt Tax bill, and the Army and Navy Seduction bill, which were read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time the next day.

Mr. W. Dundas also brought up the Scots Small Notes Bill, which was likewise read a firit time.

The Appeal cause, which food for hearing the next day, svas put off till Monday next. ---Adjourned.,


THURSDAY, Dec. 13. The Three Million Loan Bill was read a second time, and ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole House the next day.

The annual Indemnity bill was read a second time, and ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole House on Monday next,

The Bill to enable his Majesty to accept of the services of such of the militia as may chuse to serve in Ireland for a limited time, was ordered to be read third time the next day, if then ingrossed,

The Mutiny bill was read a second time, and ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole House on Tuesday next.

LAND TAX REDEMPTION BILL. The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved the order of the day, which was for the House to resolve itself into a committee of the whole House on the bill to alter, amend, and enlarge the provisions of the Land Tax Sale bill.

The question being put, “That the Speaker do leave the chair."

Mr. Jones said, it was of very little use for so helpless an individual as himself to say any thing upon this bill, after the marked, manifest, and avowed indifference of the Chancellor of the Exchequer towards every thing that was said against the measure. This bill was said to be a measure to give effect to the former bill; and fo, indeed, the preamble indicated. He could not oppose any modification of the former bill, after all that had been said upon it. If it should appear from one corner of this country to the other, that this bill was a good one, however violent he had been against it, (and againft it he was from principle), he Mould be glad B b 2


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to hear it. He had acted upon this measure from his own judgment. If he was wrong, he thould have nobody to blame; if right, nobody to praise for it. However, he retained his opinion upon one part of the bill, and he had no idea that any thing could ever change it; that was, that the bill was an unconititutional measure. Good, or bad, in any other respect, it was a violence to the constitution of England. He believed he was borne out in that assertion by the best authority; he meant De Lolme, on the constitution of England; who stated, that the land tax, if made perpetual, might be applied to the payment of a standing army. He should {ay no more, but leave the bill to the country, to consider whether it was good or bad.

The Speaker then left the chair; and after various claufes were offered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and adopted by the committee, who went through the bill, the House being resumed, the report was received immediately, read, and ordered to be taken into further consideration on Monday next.

Mr. Ryder said, that the House last year nominated a committee to consider of the Herring fisheries ; that committee had proceeded in part upon the subject, but had not concluded it: they had made a report. He wished to propose, that a committee be re-appointed to consider of the Herring fisheries. He therefore moved, that a committee be appointed to inquire into the state of the Herring fisheries, &c. Ordered.

He moyed, that the report of the former committee be referred to this committee. Ordered.

The Cape of Good Hope Trade Regulating Bill passed through a committee, and the report was ordered to be received the next day.

Mr. Tierney moved, that the account of the number of General and Staff Officers, their pay, station, &c. in this kingdom, be printed. Ordered.

Deferred the other Orders of the Day.


FRIDAY, DEC. 14. The pension duty bill, the malt tax bill, and the Scots small note bill were read a second time. Adjourned till 12 o'clock to-morrow,

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The pension duty bill, and malt tax bill, will receive the royal afsent, by commission, on Monday.


FRIDAY, DEC. 14. The Sheriffs of London brought up a petition from the Lord Mayor and Commons of the city of London in Common Council assembled, against a bill now pending and brought in on behalf of the Merchanis, &c. trading to the port of London, aud for making wet docks.

Mr. Manning observed, that ihis petition was verbatim the same as that which was presented from the same quarter upon the fame subject last year, which occasioned a delay of 136 days. He hoped that this petition would not have a similar effect.

Sir John Anderson maintained that there had been no affected delay on the part of the corporation of London, which he vindicated as having done that which was laudable in defence of their chartered rights.

The petition was ordered to be laid on the table until the bill Mall be read a second time; and all parties are to be at liberty to be heard by Counsel.

The three millions loan bill paffed the committee, and the report was ordered to be received on Monday, on the motion of Mr Rose.

The bill to empower his Majesty to accept of the services of such militia forces as may voluntarily offer to serve in IreJand for a time to be limited was read a third time and passed.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved the order of the day for the farther consideration of the report of the committee on the incorne bill, which being read, he moved, “ That “ this report be now taken into further confideration.”

Sir John Sinclair said, he thought it was a duty peculiarly incumbent on those who have directed their attention to financial enquiries, to take an early opportunity of stating their sentiments on this subject; and under that impression he now jose to state his sentiments to that House.

After enumerating the different ways resorted to for raising the supplies, he said, he knew of none of such tried efficacy and safety as that of the funding system ; to this was owing the great splendour of this country, for it was by it we had been enabled to check the ambitious projects of our enemies. But we were now told that the funding system is


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