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inerely on fuch as the appearance or the necessity of the case might require. Nothing that had fallen from the Honorable Baronet had at all gone to prove that any thing in the prefent establishment was fuperfluous. He admits that the fruits of our naval superiority are confpicuous in the fplendid victories we have atchieved --in the protection afforded to our trade and commerce-and in the imprisoned state of the enemy's ships, which continue to be blocked up in all their ports. This, it seems, is enough for him; but the war ought to be prosecuted with vigour and spirit; it should be a war of attack, and not merely of defence as the Honourable Baronet would have it ; but the few men now difputed about might make the difference between an offensive and a defensive war. The latter would be pufillanimous and inglorious; the former what becomes the honour of the British people, and the proud fituation in which the nation now itands. To rest in the languor of a defensive war would be permitting France to recover from the blow by which the has been astonished and confounded; but following up the glorious advantage of our victories will alone lead to the attainment of that great blessing which the exertions of the country aspire to, a safe, durable, and honourable peace. To economy he trusted he was as zealous a friend as the Honour. able Baronet, but in a time of war he was no friend to economy of exertion--in certain cases such economy would be ruin: the spirit that would dictate it could lead to nothing but to a war merely and purely defensive, and to the protraction of the contest to an incalculable length-it is a spirit that by paralysing our energies and crippling our exertions, would permit the enemy again to breathe and recover from his dismay, and perhaps place the happy terinination of hofti, lities at a diftance not easy to be ascertained.

General Tarleton assured the Houfe, and the Honourable Baronet who opposed the resolution, that neither he, nor those political friends with whom he had the honour to act, either now, or ever did entertain an idea, of opposing any thing that went to strengthen our naval department, which was the pride of the nation and its best defence ; on the contrary, they had always approved of the measures that had that tendency, and gave them all the countenance in their power. To the British navy alone could the country look for a termination of the war, and the attainment of a secure and honourable peace-to our navy the country owed all the


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glory of its victories, and the imposing attitude in which it now stood ; these great and glorious advantages should not be risked for any trivial or partial reduction of expence.Such a reduction would be unwise and improvident in the extreme ; the maintenance of our naval superiority should be our greatest study and our proudest boast; and firmly was he convinced that the timely addition of Sir Roger Curtis's detachment to the force under Lord St. Vincent had principally, if not solely, contributed to turn the tide of war in favour of Great Britain, and for this vigilance and attention the Admiral had every claim on the thanks and gratitude of the country.

The Resolution was then put and agreed to, with only One diffenting voice, namely, that of Sir John Sinclair.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved, that the House should resolve itself into a Committee of Ways and Means to-morrow - Ordered.

The Chantellor of the Exchequer then moved, that the A& of the 38th of his present Majesty be read, empowering his Majesty to avail himself of the voluntary offers of the English militia to extend the ordinary circle of their service.

The Act being read,

The Chancellor of the Exchequer said, that the House must be aware of the invaluable effects produced by the finguDar gallantry of those regiments of Militia who had so nobly itepped forward with so seasonable an offer of their services, to afilift quelling the rebellion in Ireland—but great and happy as these effects might be, their beneficial operation might prove ineffectual should any diminution be prematurely made in the cause from which it was derived. The state of Ireland might sooner or later dispense with that caution, but whether the whole, or only a part of that force could fafely be drawn from it, it was not at present his intention to examine. His with merely was, that the act fhould be continued in force some time longer, and in this with he made no doubt but that the wisdom of the House would concur. He then concluded by moving for leave to bring in a Bill for continuing for a time to be limited, the act alluded to.-Leave granted.




WEDNESDAY, NOY, 28. Lord Grenville brought a message from his Majesty on the subject of Lord Nelson's annuity, similar in effect to that delivered to the House of Commons on a former day, and defiring their Lordships to concur in the measure therein recommended to the Commons.

After the message had been read by the Lord Chancellor, and at the table,

Lord Grenville said, it was wholly unnecessary for him to detain their Lordships by a single word upon that subject, as the sense of the House on the great merit and importance of Lord Nelson's services had been fully and warmly expresfed by all the noble Lords who spoke in the debate, which was concluded by an unanimous vote of the thanks of the Houfe to that noble Lord and his officers, a tribute in the highest degree honourable and flattering to them. He would, therefore, trouble their Lordships no further than by reading and moving the words of an Address to his Majesty, returning his Majesty their thanks for his gracious communication, and affuring his Majesty that the House would concur in the meafure recommended.

The Address was agreed to nem. dif.

The Earl of Elgin and Earl of Dumfries then took the oaths and their seats.

Several accounts were delivered at the bar from the commillioners of the customs, and a variety of petitions, &c. in cases of appeal, were moved, read, and ordered to lie on The table.

Adjourned to ten o'clock the next day.


WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28. The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved the order of the day, for the House to refolve itself into a committee of the whole Houfe to consider of ways and means for raising a fupply granted to his Majesty.

The House having resolved itself into a committee, he moved the following resolutions:

“ That it is the opinion of this committee, that towards raising the fupply granted to his Majesty, the several duties imposid on sugar by the 2-0, 341h, and 37th of his present Majeily, and also the duties of excise of


tobacco and snuff, directed in the last feffion of Parliament to be continued until the sth of March 1799, should be further continued until the sth day of March, 1800.

" That four thillings in the pound and no more be imposed on all penfons, offices, &c, and continued.

" That the duty on malt, &c. be continued from the 23d of June, 1999, to the 24th of June, 1800.

These resolutions were agreed to, and the House being refumed, the report was ordered for Friday ; on which day there will be a further committee of ways and means,

Several public accounts were brought up from the commissioners of the custoins, which were ordered to be laid on the table.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved the order of the day on Lord Nelson's annuity bill; which was for its commitment.

The bill went through the committee, and the House being resumed, the report was ordered for Friday.

Deferred a committee of supply until Friday.



THURSDAY, Nov. 29. The House having assembled, in order to proceed to Weftmister Abbey, agreed at its rising to adjourn to Wednesday next.


FRIDAY, Nov. 30. Mr. Il'ilberforce Bird brought up a bill for continuing for a limited time, the act of the last session of parliament, for regulating the mode of issuing promissory notes and bills of exchange for fmall sums of money. Read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Tuesday next.

Mr. Hobart brought up the report of the Committee on Lord Nelson's Annuity Bill, which was read, agreed to, the bill ordered to be engrossed, and read a third time on Monday next, if then engrotled.

Mr. Steele moved, that the thanks of the House be given to the Rev. Dr. Reynell for the serion which he preached the preceding day before the House at St. Margaret's Church, and that he be requested to print the same.-Ordered; and that Mír. Steel and Sir William Younge do acquaint him therewith


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Mr. Hobari brought up the report of the Committee of Ways and Means; the resolutions being read and agreed to, a bill or bills was ordered to be brought in upon them.

ARMY ESTIMATES. The Secretary at War moved the order of the day, to confider further of a supply, which being read, the House refolved itself into a Committee of the whole House.

The Secretary at War then proceeded to open the army estimates ; his great object in doing which, he said, was to Thew the difference between the present and former estimates. The difference between this and the last year would be something more than one million. The objects which had created this difference were the Supplementary Militia ; the Provisional Cavalry, the Volunteer Corps and, Barracks. He proceeded to enumerate the articles which composed the incréase. The estimates for the year 1797 amounted to the fum of 6,900,cool. Those of the following year, were voted at two different times. The first sum (5900,00ol.) was considerably less than that of the preceding year, and would have answered for the charges of the last year, were it not that other objects, not expected at the time the estimates were made, arose out of the situation of affairs that afterwards took place ; the charges therefore attendant upon those new arrangements, added to those already estimated for the year 1798, (2,316,000l.) amounted in the whole to the sum of 8,305,9231. The objects which he alluded io, were the call. ing out of the Supplementary Militia, the Provisional Cavalry, and the Volunteer Corps, together with the increase of barracks. Besides these increased establidhments, which were to be kept up for the ensuing year, there were some Volunteer Corps that had not been called out till the present time, and others that had confiderably encreased since the last estimate; on this account the estimate for the ensuing year would amount to somewhat more than the sum of 9 millions. There was one circumstance which had swelled the estimate of 1798 above that of the preceding year, and that was the augmentation of pay to the army; and, he apprehended, that was an increase which must continue. He declined entering into any arguments upon the necessity of it, because the subject had been amply discussed when it was first under the conlideration of Parliament. There were fome other things also which he thould state, in order to explain the difference of the excess in one year, from what it had been in another. The principal heads of thefe estimates were those which


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