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were services of so important a nature as to be justly entitled to the gratitude of the House, and of this kind he thought the merits of Sir J. B. Warren.
Mr. Secretary Dundas said, that the honourable gentleman had suggested what was already announced, for the pren ceding night he had given notice of his intention to move the thanks of the House, both for our naval successes off the Nile, and off the coast of Ireland, though as the House was in fome confusion, the gentleman had not observed it.
Mr. Hobhouse said, every Englishınan must be filled with pride and admiration, in contemplating the achievement of Lord Nelson. There were some very important features in the character of that gallant Admiral which had not been noticed; these were his modesty and piety ; his modelty, in ftating, that, when wounded, the conduct of the thip devolved upon Captain Berry, and that the service sustained no loss by that circumstance; bis piety, in afcribing the victory to Providence. He wished that some further reward were bestowed on Admiral Nelson, such as in the case of Earl St. Vincent and Lord Duncan. He alluded to some pecuniary provilion. With respect to the title bestowed on him, he supposed it was owing to Lord Nelson's being an inferior officer to Lord St. Vincent and Lord Duncan, that a higher title had not been given.
The Chancel or of the Exchequer said, he was happy in feeing the cordial concurrence of the honourable gentlemen on this occafion; but they would fee, that they were only suggesting what was already in contemplation, and perhaps, though not quite regular in the way of notice, he might ftate, that, probably the next day, a message would be brought down from his Majesty, for the purpose of inviting the House to make the provision alluded to in favour of Lord Nelson.
The motion of thanks to the gallant Admiral then passed nem. con.
Vote of thanks to the captains and officers, to the sea. men and marines of the feet, in the usual manner, were then passed nenl. con.
Mr. Secretary Dundas said, that while thus expressing their sense of the merit of the living officers, it was usual likewife to give some testimony of veneration for the memory of those who unfortunately fell. One of the caplains of the fleet who had distinguished himself greatly
(captain Westcott,) had been killed in the action. He now moved therefore,
! That an humble address be presented to his Majesty, humbly deGring that his Majesty will be pleased to give directions, that a monument be erected in the cathedral church of Si. Paul's, London, to the memory of captain George Blagdon Westcott, of his Majelly's fhip Majeltic, who fell gloriously in the naval engagement of the filt of August last, when a decisive victory was obtainid by Rear Admiral Lord Nelson over the French Fleet off the Mouth of the Nile; anci that this House will make good the expence attending the fame. Agreed to nemine contradicente.
That the said address be presented to his Majesty by such members of this House as are of his Majeity's most honourable privy council. Agreed to nemine contradicente.
Mr. Keene said, that it was within his knowledge that the family of captain Walcott were, in a considerable degree, allisted and supported by him when alive, and by his death were plunged into great distress. He hoped therefore that fome provision would be made for his relatives.
THANKS TO SIR. JOHN BORLASE WARREN. Mr. Secretary Dundas then rose to move the thanks of the house to Sir John Borlase Warren. He said, that undoubtedly this victory was not attended with such brilliant circumstances as the former, since the force under Sir J. B. Warren was superior, yet it was important to the country in a very high degree. He was happy too, that on this occasion he had an opportunity of expressing the high sense he had of the distinguished services rendered by Sir John Borlase Warren during the course of the war. might say, that he was a fortunate officer, but with him this was no derogation, for certainly that man was most likely to be fortunate who put himself in fortune's way. The conduct of Sir J. B. Warren on the day of the action was particularly meritorious, and the result of the action had relieved the public mind from all anxiety respecting the enemy's attempts on Ireland. From its extreme importance therefore, it well deserved the gratitude of the country and the thanks of the House.
That the thanks of this House be given to Sir John Borlafe Warren, Baronet, and Knight of the most Honourable Order of the Bath, for his meritorious and successful exertions on the 12th of O&tober laft, in the to
tal defeat of a French armament, destined for the invafion of the kingdom of Ireland.
Mr. Secretary Dundas said, that the vote to the captains would not be confined to the 12th, as several of the ships were not captured on that day. He then moved,
" That the thanks of the House be given to the several captains, and other officers, on board his Majesty's ships which were engaged with the French squadron destined for the coast of Ireland, in the month of October last, for their bravery and gallant conduct in the defeat of that armament; and that Sir John Borlase Warren do signify the same to them.
That this louse doth highly approve of and acknowledge the services of the seamen and marines on board the several ships engaged with the Frence Squadron destined to the coast of Ireland, in the month of O&o. ber laft; and that the officers, commanding the several thips, do fignify the same to their respective crews, and do thank them for their goood be. haviour.” Both votes were agreed to, nemine contradicente. Adjourned.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
THURSDAY, Nov. 22. Lord Charles Somerset informed the House that his Ma. jesty would be ready to receive the Address at half past three o'clock.
REAR ADMIRAL LORD NELSON. The Chancellor of the Exchequer brought up a Message from his Majesty, intimating that
George R. His Majesty having taken into his royal consideration the signal and glorious service performed by Rear Admiral Lord Nelson, in the memorable and decisive victory obtained over a superior French fleet off the Mouth of the Nile, in the Month of August last, not only in the highest degree honourable to himself, but eminently beneficial to his Majesty's kingdoms; and being desirous to beltow upon the said Rear Admiral Lord Nelson some considerable and lasting mark of his royal favour, as a testimony of his Majesty's approbation of such distinguished service, and for this to give and grant unto the faid Rear Admiral Lord Nelson, and to the two next fucceeding heirs male of the body of the said Rear Admiral Lord NELSON, to whom the title of Baron Nelson of the Nile, and of Burnham Thorpe, in the county of Norfolk, should descend, VOL. I. 1798. I
for and during their lives, a net annuity of 2000l. per anum. But his Majelty not having it in his power to grant an annuity to that amount, or to extend the effect of the said grant beyond the term of his own life, recominends it to liis faithful Commons to cortider of a proper meihod of enabling his Majesty to grant the saine, and of extending, fecuring, and fettling, such annuity to the said Rear Admiral Lord Nelson, and to the two next persons on whom the title of Barop Nelson of the Nile, and of Burnham Thorpe, in the county of Norfolk, Mould descend, in such manner as thall be thought moit effcctual for the benefit of the said Rear Admiral Lord NELSON and his family.
On the motion of the Chancellor of the Exchequer the Message was referred to a Comınittee of Supply the next day.-- Ordered.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved, that his Majesty's molt gracious message should be taken into consideration the next day.--Ordered.
He likewise moved that a supply be granted to his Majesty, and that the House would next day resolve itself into a Committee of Supply, to take the said motion into consideration.-Ordered.
Mr. E. Coke moved, that a new writ be ordered for it election of a Member for the Borough of Downton, in the soom of Sir Wm. Scott, appointed Chief Judge of the Court of Admiralty._Ordered.
Adjourned, and proceeded with the Address to St. James's.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
FRIDAY, Nov. 23. The Speaker, upon taking the Chair, acquainted the House that his Majelly had been waited on with the Address of the House; to which his Majesty was pleased to return a most gracious answer.
Mr. Lygon presented a petition from the prisoners confined for debt at Worcester, praying for relief.--Ordered to lie on the Table.
Mr. Dickens presented a petition from the prisoners confined in Northampton gaol, also praying for relief.-Ordered to lie on the Table.
Mr. H. siddington presented a petition from Sarah Baker, praying for leave to enlarge the theatre of Rochester.-Or dered to lie on the table. On the motion of the Chancellor of the Exchequer it was
ordered, ordered, to receive no petitions for private bills after the 15th day of February next.
ADMIRAL LORD NELSON'S PENSION., On the motion that the House shall go into a Committee of Supply, in which his Majesty's Message was referred, ... Mr. Jones faid“ From no man in his Majesty's dominions can come a more humble and sincere acknowledgement of of the royal message before us than myself. The victory obtained by Admiral Lord Nelson is above all praise, and no language ) am master of can be adequate to it. The consequences are so eventful and eventual, that, if rightly followed up (which I am fully dispofed to think will be the case) by his Majefty's minifters, the noble Lord may be hereafter (1 think I do not exceed the mark), justly called the Saviour of Mankind. As to the armament itself, which is connecied nearly with the object of the message, when it Jay at Toulon, I often hazarded an opinion that its destination was india, but I could not find three people to agree with me. This, however, is only my private observation on the expedition ; and I shall only say, that I am sorry I was right, and that I hope some of his Majesty's ministers, and some of the Directors of the East India Company, thought as I did, and took their measures accordingly
« Now, Sir, I Mall pass from that long, awful, and solemn fufpenfe which the nation laboured under ; I shall pass, Sir, with the warmth of an Englishman, to the scene of action, that scene of glory to the British arms, that scene of confusion and dismay to the French-that scene of wonder and delight to the unlettered and paralifed Arab, that scene of astonishment to the whole world !-Here, Sir, I will observe on the immediate consequences of this victory as they ftrike me: from that moment the King of Naples felt easy on his throne, and ceased to temporise with the Directory ; the cold Russian grew warm in the common cause against the common enemy, the proud and stately Porte forgot old animofities, their mutual jealousies subsided, their heartburnings ceased, they shook hands; the tocfin was rung, thie war whoop was founded through their distant regions with the rapidiiy of lightning and the tone of thunder, and thousands of armed men rushed forth, panting to crush an expedition engendered in horrible, diabolical ambition, concerted and carried on with hypocrisy under the mark of friendship, I 2