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lel to be drawn; or that the name of liberties should be given to a fyftem of oppression and flavery that has been extending the faine defolation to every land, however remote, that have already cursed every nation within its reach. Though this was not the object of any measure now before the House, yet he would not now disavow the with, or the hope, that if any such effect could be produced, as that of extinguishing that monstrous fyftem, he should think it proper and glorious for this nation to co-operate in its atchievement. This much, however, he thought it adviseable to say, to prevent any conclusion being drawn from the parallel that seemed to be instituied between the councils and projects of the two countries. But though it be not the design of Great Britain to embark as a principal in the delivery of France from her present thraldom, yet there are other objects, in the accom, plishment of which it should be our glory to co-operate, were an opening to offer not unfavourable to such an attempt, and that is, to rescue other independent countries from the flavery under which they are now Atruggling. Such object, he trusted, there was no'man would oppose; much less did he expect that any one would confound it with the objects pursued by the profligate ambition of the enemy. Whether such an opening might take place, or what thould be our best mode of improving such an opportunity, was not the subject of that day's discussion." His only reason for alluding to it was, that if such opening did actually arise, and if such an endeavour was made on our part to benefit by it, no one should dare to assume a comparison to unjustly founded, and so dishonourable to our principles, or be permitted to confound an honourable exertion upon our fide, to rescue the liberies of oppressed countries from the gripe of France, with that plan of monstrous tyranny which France has been purfuing to overwhelm the liberties and ruin the independence of every nation within her Teach. Nor were the mistakes into which the Honourable Gentleman hasi fallen, less glaring than his precious observations wero reprehensible. -. He contenids that we are now voting a larger force than was voted last year, or rather incurring a greater' expence... but did he pay a little more attention to it, he mult perceive that the difference arose from the expence attending the Supplementary Militia 'which in the foriner estimates was made out only for half a year. There is theretore no real increase in the expence, but only appears fuch, because it is now made permanent and computed for


the full year. The other increase arises from a great force, especially Fencibles, being sent to Ireland. : They were ordered thither in the end of spring, and the militia, for the most part, not till the fummer was far advanced, and nearly about the close of the last Seslion of Parliament. Besides; the regiments now proposed to be raised were not new regi. ments, but some that were to be filled

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therefore now brought upon the estimate of 1799. The inistake of the Honourable Gentleman is therefore evident, since als lowing for the reductions now, made, the force upon the whole is less,, or at least not greater, than that of last year. Surely it could not be his wish to dininish the amount of the force in Ireland, for the rebellion was not there extinguilhed, as the Honourable Gentleman seemed to assert, on the authority of his Majesty's Speech. The Speech by no means acknowledged its extinction-it merely faid that it was curbed and repressed ; but there was no authority from the Throne for saying further: neither did his Majesty's Speech insinuate that there was no longer any danger of invafion in that quarter, or that the rebellion might not again break out; and indeed, whoever has looked attentively at the state of Ireland, and as to what it has been, and what it may be, inust see and acknowledge that every measure of vigour and of precaution is still necessary for confirming in an effectual manner the returning tranquillity of that country.

Sir John Sinclair expressed a wish to know, if the Report on the Army Eftimates was to be taken into consideration on Monday next?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer said, that as the discussion in the report might run into some length, it was his wish that it be taken into consideration on Tuesday, especially as Monday was already fixed upon for considering an important measure of finance. The report of the other estimates he wished might be brought up on Monday, as they must be voted before he could open the Ways and Means of the year, which it was his intention to bring forward without delay.

The Resolutions were then put and agreed to, and the Report ordered for Tuesday.

The Committee of Ways and Means was then ordered to Monday, and the House adjourned.




MONDAY, DEC. 3. Mr. Manning brought up a petition from the Merchants and others of the City of London and the Borough of Southwark, relative to the Wet Docks, which was referred to a committee.

Mr. Dickınfor brought up a petition from the Bath Agricultural Society, praying for leave to bring in a Bill for the inclosure of certain lands in their neighbourhood. Leave granted.

Mr. Rose moved for an account of the net produce of taxes for one year, ending the icth of October, 1798, distinguishing each quarter, and also distinguishing the duties imposed in the year 1793, 1794, 1795, 1796, 1797, and 1798 ; an account of the value of British Manufactures exported from October 10, 1797, to October 10, 1798; an account of the value of foreign merchandize exported in the same period; and a list of articles of British manufacture exported in the quarter ending O&ober 10, 1798. These accounts were brought up and laid on the table.

Mr. Rofe brought up a bill for continuing and granting a certain duty on pensions, and on tobacco and snuff, and a bill for continuing the duties on malt, mum, cyder, and perry, which were read a first time, and agreed to be read a second time the next day.

An account was brought up, and laid on the table, of the amount of the voluntary contributions in lieu of atreffed taxes. «Mr. Tierney said, that as he supposed the week would be wholly filled up with discussions on finance, he should, with the permission of the House, put off his intended motion till the next day week. The order was accordingly made for day.

Lord Nelson's annuity bill was read a third time, and passed nem. con.

Mr. Hobart brought up the report of the army estimates, and, except the resolutions relative to the number of troops, the second reading of which was postponed, they were all read a first and second time, and agreed to,


The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved, that the House do resolve itself into a committee of the whole House to con

Dec. 3.] WOODFALL'S PARLIAMENTARY REPORTS. 93 sider further of a supply to be granted to his Majesty. Agreed to.

He next moved, that the Act of the 38th of his present Majesty, chapter the 16th, be read, and that it be an instruction to faid committee, to consider of faid act, which being also agreed to, the House refolved itself into a

COMMITTEE OF WAYS AND MEANS, Mr. Hobart in the chair.

The Chancellor of the Exchequcr said, before I proceed to open to the committee the very important subject to which their attention will this evening be directed, it will be proper for me previously to lay before you a general outline of the supplies, which will be necessary for the service of the. present year. It must be obvious to the committee, that it is impossible now to produce that statement with perfect accuracy, but from the manner in which the different estimates are made, we may form a general outline which will approach pretty near the truth. This statement must be founded upon a comparison with the expence of the same branches of service in former years.

Independently of the transport service, which has not yet been

voted, the extent of which it is impossible to state with pre-
cision, but wbich I shall state at 1,300,000l. the sums vot-
ed for the navy, including 120,000 seamen, amount to
10,720.000l. making in all, under the naval department, $.
ordinary and extraordinary

13,642,000 For the army there has been apready voted upon estimate 8,840,000 The extraordinaries last session amounted to about 3,200,000l.

besides a vote of credit of one million, but I am happy to say that these sums will be fully adequate to cover the extraordinaries in the course of the year, and that there will be no arrears on this head. As no specific provision, however, was made for the vote of credit, that article must come to be provided for in the supply of this year

1,000,000 For the service of the year 1799, I should imagine that the ex

traordinaries of the army will not exceed the sum of two millions, at which I now state this article

2,000,000 There has this night been voted under the head of ordnance , the sum of

1,500,000 Miscellaneous services, including money expended on the plan

tations (which, however, on the whole will be somewhat less than usual)

600,000 The sum voted in addition to the annual million for the reduction of the national debt

200,000 Carry over 6.27,782,000

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Brought ov 27,782,000 Certain other fums under the head of deficiencies of grants

Interest due to the bank on various sums advanced to government

565.00 Discount on prompt payment of the loan of last year

210,000 Interest on Exchequer bills

300.000 Deficiencies of land and malt

300,000 Making in all about

$129,157,000 WAYS AND MEANS. Towards this supply there are the same general resources aš

usual, except the instance of the land tax now male perpetúal. In lieu of the land tax, however, there are ttated the particular duties which will be reserved for the same purpose. These will amount to

2,700,000 The lottery

200,000 Last year the growing produce of the consolidated Fund was

taken at 2,100,000l. In the present year, however, väriaus circumftances have concurred to diminish the amount of this branch: arrears of different kinds the arrears of the interelt on the Imperial Joan, &c. On the other hand it is fwelled by the payment of a sum of 800,000l. which had been advanced to the merchants of Grenada. Under all the circumstances, then, I Mall ftate it at no more than

1,500,000 The tax upon exports and imports, taken last year at

1,200,000l. has, I am happy to fay, yielded very consider. ably more than the fun at which it was estimated. In addition to the additional fums which it has produced, it has likewise enabled us to ascertain in a manner more accurately thap hitherto, and by the acknowledgment of the parties interested, the extent of our prosperity. We know from unquestionable evidence that the British manufactures have continued to fourish beyond the moft sanguine statements, and that the sum of our exports has exceeded what they had been eftimated upon former calculations. In addition to the increase upon this article, the present situation of affairs, which has thrown into our hands the uorivalled commerce of the West Indies, it may be found adviseable, when competition no longer exifts, to reduce the draw.backs which it had been contidered politic to grant on the exportation of fugars. I do not mean at present to enter into the particulars of this subject, or the details of any new regulation which it may be thought proper to bring forward. I only ftate it as a matter connected with the exports and imports, and by which the produce on that head is likely to be increased. Upon this branch I fall take what the regulation of exports and imports has produced

1,700,000 This will amount to about

£6,100,000 Leaving a sum of about 23 millions to be provided for the service of the current year.

It remains then to be considered in what manner this sum shall be raised, and in what proportions it may be divided be


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