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acted upon with extravagance and wildness of perfidy unex, ampled in the annals of history, unparalleled since the creation of the world. I know not any word to call the expedition by, and I shall take the liberty to anglicize a word of their own for that purpose; the only one I think which can nearly reach its nature., Sir, I call it the last, though not least, monstrosity of that horrid, unaccountable, unfathomable revolution.

“Sir, I feel warm on the subject of that revolution, and wishing to say something of it; but, Sir, I will return to the point before us: now, Sir, I humbly pray that the Almighty may go forth with the combined fleets and armies, and that the prædatory army of Buonaparte (and such I may infer they are, from their general's address,) may be cut in pieces, and not one man saved to tell the tale in Paris ; that the armament (of transports) may be wholly destroyed, and that there be not a wreck left behind.

“ Sir, I have ever thought and said in this House, that I thought this a just and necessary war. I think it ftill just and necessary, more than ever ; upon that point I agree with his Majesty's ministers, and I assure them, that when we have disagreed on other points, I have differed froin confcience fake. My feelings are very warm on the subject before us, and I have gone to a greater length than I intended, and I thank the House for permitting ine to indulge those feelings thus far; and, Sir, I now vote most cordially for your leaving the chair."

The House resolved itself into a committee, the Honourable Captain Berkeley in the chair.

His Majesty's message having been read, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said, that as the motion which he was to make could not but be fupported by the unanimous feeling of the committee, he should content himself with moving, “ that a pension of 2000l. per annum, to commence froin the ist of August, 1798, should be granted to Admiral Lord Nelson of the Nile, and his two next succeflors in the title."

General IV upole seconded the motion. He thought that Lord Nelson should have an higher degree of rank. He was aware of its being said that the gallant Admiral coinmanded only a detachment of the British feet; but he still was of opinion that the reward should be proportioned, not to the rank and situation, but to the merits, of that deserving commander. The Chancellor of the Exchequer fgic, that, entertaining the

highest highest fense of the transcendant merits of Admiral Lord Nelson, he thought it needless to enter at any length into the ques. tion of rank. His fame must be coeval with the British naine ; and it would be remembered that he had obtained the greatest naval victory on record, when no man would think it worth his while to ask whether he had been created an earl, a vila. count, or a baron. To decide on the degree of rank to be conferred, he must also observe, was not within the province of that House : -It was for the Sovereign himfclf to dispose of that question. The noble Admiral was de!erving of every hcpour; but it must appear that a small degree of rank confersed on a junior and inferior officer, was as great á mark of his Majeity's satisfaction as an higher degree conferred on a senior officer, and one who had previously reached to the highest honours of his profession,

The question was then put, and carried nem. con. and the report was ordered to be received the next day.

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The House then resolved itself into a Committce of Supply, to which the fpeech of his Majesty was referred. That part ofthe speech adilrefled particularly to the Commons being read,

The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved, “ That a fupply he granted to his Majesty.”-Ordered to be reported the next day.

SCOTS DISTILLERIES, Sir John Sinclair called the attention of the Horle to the businels of the Scots Distilleries, which, he obrved, was of much importance to the northern part of this kingdom. It had undergone much difcuffion in a very able com nittce during the last fefsion ; but, from the pressure of public buliness, thote gentlemen were prevented from bringing their labours to a conclufion : he trusted that it was in contemplation, tpeedily to re-appoint the same committee.

The Cbancellor of the Exchequer faid, that Governinent had by no means loft right of this important question. He ftill retained his opinion, that a great revenue might be drawn from this source, and that to be levied on an article which every man would allow was a fair object of taxation. It was his intention Diortly to revive the same committee, as in his judgment a more able one could not be found,



Mr.Wilberforce Bird moved for leave to bring in a bill to res vive and annend the act of laft feffion, permitting the circulation of small notes. The amendment which he should propole was, to prohibit the circulation of notes under 20s. He reminded the House that the bill of last feflions was passed at a period of fome embarrassment in the country, owing to the order to the Bank not to pay in specie. The present state of our silver coinage was a serious grievance, which he understood it was in contemplation to remedy, as an order had been sent in the month of August to the Royal Academy, deiring that the members would furnish models for a new coinage but in the mean time, if these small notes were called in without any fubstitute being furnished, it would produce a severe inconvenience. He trufted, therefore, that the House would see the necessity of continuing the act at least for another year,

The Chancellor of the Exchequer faid, that he thould not oppose the motion for leave, as the policy of the measure might be the subject of future discussion. The hon. Gentleman had founded the necessity of thię original measure on the stoppage of the Bank ; but though this stoppage was ftill continued, it could not be said that it was accompanied by the same embarrassmeni, On the contrary, the circulation was now as free and as unembarrassed as in the feafon of our greatest prosperity. If the state of our silver coinage was so debased as it had been represente), most undoubtedly any confideration respecting the ornamental part could furnith no arguinent for delay. But he confefled that he regarded the queition in another point of view. He did not think that the House was pressed in point of time, and he therefore thought it highly expedient to reduce the coinage to a proper standard, and thereby to prevent the evils and inconveniences which had occurred.

Mr. W. Bird laid, that he did not mean to state that we should relapfe into our foriner embarrafiments, but still. thought that great inconveniences would ensus if the act was not continued.

Leave was granted to bring in the bill.

On the motion of Mr. W. Dundas leave was also granted to bring in a bill to continue the circulation of small notes in Scotland.--Adjourned.



SATURDAY, Nov. 24. The report of the committee, to whom his Majesty's message respecting Lord Nelson had been referred, was brought up by the hon. Capt. Berkeley. It stated it to be the cpinion of the committee, that a clear yearly sum of 2000). should be granted to his Majesty out of the consolidated fund, from the ist of August, 1798, to enable his Majesty to settle the same in the most beneficial manner for the use of Admiral Lord Nelson, and the two next succeeding heirs on whom the title shall descend.

The report of the committee of supply was brought up. by Mr. Hobart, and it was ordered to be taken into consideration on Monday next.

Mr. Rose moved, that the usual estimates be laid before the House, viz. an account of the navy and army estimates for the year 1799, together with an estimate of the half-pay of such officers of the navy and marines as were not employed last year. The estimate of the charge for guards and garrisons, and lists of regimental and warrant officers that are to be on half-pay during the year 1799 ; lists of the out-penfioners of Chelsea and Greenwich Hospitals; also an account of services incurred and not provided for by parliament.

Mr. Rofe also moved for an estimate of the probable expence of the transport service.

Mr. Rose then moved for leave to bring in a bill to continue for a limited time the acts of the last fellion for more effe&tually punishing mutiny, and such persons as should attempt to incite his Majesty's failors or soldiers to mutiny and defertion.- Leave granted.

Adjourned till Monday.


MONDAY, NOV. 26. Mr. Douglas reported at the bar, that his Majesty had been waited upon with addresses of that House, and that he had been graciously pleased to say he would give directions accordingly.

Mr. Nepean brought up the navy estiinates, which were ordered to be laid on the table.

He then gave notice, that it was proposed to have them taken into consideration on Friday next.


Captain Berkeley brought up a bill for settling and securing a certain annuity on Lord Nelson, and the two next in succellion on whom the title shall devolve, in consideration of the eminent services of the said Lord Nelson to his Majesty and the public. Read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time next day.

The Secretary at War brought up the army estimates. Ordered to be laid on the Table.

He then gave notice, that he should propose taking them into consideration on Friday next.

Mr. Serjent brought up the ordnance estimates. Ordered to be laid on the Table.

He gave notice that he should propose taking them into consideration on Friday next.

Mr.W. Dundas said, he had now risen, pursuant to notice, to move for leave to bring in a bill to give power to the Bank of Scotland to issue small notes. The clauses which he intended to introduce into this bill would be, in some respects, different from those of the former bill. He then moved, that the former act be read, which being done, he moved, “ That leave be given to bring in a bill to continue the said act for a time to be limited."


Mr. Tierney gave notice of a motion which was, in bis opinion, he said, of considerable importance. It was his duty to move it ; in doing so, he begged to be understood as acting as an individual merely, and not on the suggestion of any other person. He would therefore, without further preface, say, that; on Friday next, he should move the House to this effect, “That it is the daty of his Majesty's ministers not to enter into any engagements that may prevent or impede any negotiation for peace, whenever there shall appear a difpofition on the part of France to accede to terms of peace that may be consistent with the interest and the honour of the British nation."

After a few words from the Chance!lor of the Exchequer on the inconvenience of letting the matter stand for that day, on account of some business of finance, which he trusted would be ready for the Houle at that time, the day was altered for this motion for Thursday se'nnight.

The order of the day for the House to resolve itself into a committee of the whole House, to consider of a supply to be granted to his Majesty, being read, the House resolved it. Telt accordingly.


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