« AnteriorContinua »
Mr. Secretary DUNDAS faid, that another duty remained to be performed, and that it was neceffary for the House to mark their veneration for thofe who had fallen in the fervice of their country. One gallant Captain, who had greatly fignalized himfelf in the action of the first of Auguft, had fallen-he meant Captain Weftcott. He fhould therefore move,
"That an humble addrefs be prefented to His Majefty, humbly "defiring His Majefty will be pleafed to give directions that a "Monument be erected in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, "London, to the memory of Captain George Blagdon Weficott, of "His Majesty's fhip Majeftic, who fell gloriously in the naval engagement on the first of August, when a decifive victory was "obtained by Rear Admiral Lord Nelfon over the French Fleet, "off the mouth of the Nile, and that this Houfe will make good "the expences attending the fame."
Agreed to nem. con.
Mr. KEENE faid, that Captain Weftcott's family, who depended upon him for support, must be reduced to much distress by his lofs. That gallant Captain had given great part of his property,' which he had procured during the war, to his father, to relieve him from embarraffments. The death of fuch a The death of fuch a man must be a fevere lofs to his family; and he trufted that fomething would be done for them.
Mr. Secretary DUNDAS faid he was perfectly ready to admit that the transactions to which he was about to refer were not attended with all those striking circumstances which accompanied the victory of Admiral Nelfon. He admitted, that Sir John B. Warren's fleet was fuperior to that of the enemy; he admitted that the enemy had not made fuch a manly refiftance on the coaft of Ireland as they had done in the Mediterranean; but he felt that he fhould not difcharge his duty, if he did not call the attention of the Houfe to the fervices that had been performed on the coaft of Ireland. For many years paft, from the commencement of the war, the country had been indebted to the exertions of Sir John B. Warren. He might by fome be called fortunate; but never should this derogate with him from any man's merit; for he always found thofe to be most fortunate, who put themfelves moft in fortune's way. The conduct of Sir John B. Warren was diftinguifhed by exertion, by activity, by a meritorious love of his country; but what he wished to direct the attention of the Houfe to, was to the victory on the coaft of Ireland-a victory which had relieved the public mind, been productive of the most beneficial confequences, and though not fo brilliant a one as fome others, yet it was a victory
highly worthy of the gratitude and thanks of the Houfe. He therefore moved,
"That the thanks of this House be given to Sir John Borlafe "Warren, Bart. and Knight of the most honourable order of the "Bath, for his meritorious and fuccefsful exertions on the 12th "of October last, in the total defeat of a French Armament, destined "for the Invafion of the Kingdom of Ireland."
The motion was agreed to nem. con.
Mr. Secretary DUNDAS then faid, that his motion of thanks to the Captains, and other officers and feamen under Sir John Warren would include a longer period than the 12th of October laft, because fome of the French fhips had been taken at different periods in that month. He therefore moved,
"That the thanks of this Houfe be given to the feveral Cap"tains, and other Officers on board His Majefty's fhips which were "engaged with a French fquadron deftined for the coaft of Ireland "in the month of October laft, for their bravery and gallant con"duct in the defeat of that armament, and that Sir John Borlafe "Warren do fignify the fame to them."
Agreed to nem. con.
Mr. Secretary DUNDAS then moved,
"That this Houfe doth highly approve of and acknowledge the "fervices of the Seamen and Marines on board the feveral fhips "engaged with the French fquadron, deftined to the coaft of Ireland "in the month of October last; and that the Officers command"ing the feveral fhips do fignify the fame to their respective crews, "and do thank them for their good behavionr."
Agreed to nem. con.
Thursday, November 22.
Lord CHARLES SOMERSET reported to the Houfe, that His Majefty would be ready to receive the addrefs at half past three o'clock at his Palace of St. James.
Mr. Chancellor PITT brought a meffage figned by His Majesty, viz.
"His Majefty having taken into his royal confideration the fignal and glorious fervice performed by Rear Admiral Lord Nelson in the memorable and decifive victory obtained over a fuperior French fleet off the mouth of the Nile, in the month of Auguft laft, not only in the highest degree honourable to himself, but eminently beneficial to His Majefty's
kingdoms; and being defirous to bestow upon the faid Rear Admiral Lord Nelfon fome confiderable and lafting mark of his royal favour as a teftimony of His Majefty's approbation of fuch diftinguished fervice, and for this purpose to give and grant to the faid Rear Admiral Lord Nelfon, and the two next fucceffors, heirs male of the body of the faid Rear Admiral Lord Nelfon, the title of Baron Nelfon of the Nile, and Burnham Thorpe in the county of Norfolk, fhall defcend, for and during their lives, a net annuity of 2000l. per annum. But His Majefty not having it in his power to grant an annuity to that amount, or to extend the effect of the faid grant beyond the term of his own life, recommends it to his faithful Commons to confider of a proper method of enabling His Majefty to grant the fame, and of extending, fecuring, and fettling fuch annuity to the faid Rear Admiral Lord Nelson, and the two next perfons on whom the title of Baron Nelson of the Nile, and of Burnham Thorpe in the county of Norfolk, fhall defcend, in fuch manner as shall be most effectual for the benefit of the said Rear Admiral Lørd Nelfon and his family.
On the motion of Mr. Chancellor PITT, the meffage was referred to a Committee of Supply for to-morrow.
Friday, November 23.
Mr. SPEAKER acquainted the Houfe, that His Majefty had been waited on with the following addrefs of thanks for his mot gracious fpeech from the Throne:
"Moft gracious Sovereign,
"We, your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal fubjects, the Commons of Great Britain, in Parliament affembled, beg leave to return your Majefty the thanks of this Houfe for your most gracious fpecch from the Throne; and to congratulate your Majesty on the signal fuccefs which, by the blefling of Providence, has attended your Majesty's arms, particularly on the memorable and decifive action in which a detachment of your Majefty's fleet, under the command of Rear Admiral Lord Nelfon, attacked, and almoft totally. destroyed, a fuperior force of the enemy, ftrengthened by every advantage of fituation.
"It is with juft pride and exultation that we obferve, that, by this great and brilliant victory, an enterprize, of which the injustice, perfidy, and extravagance, had fixed the attention of the world,
and which was peculiarly directed against some of the most valuable interests of the British empire, has, in the first inftance, been turned to the confufion of its authors; and we entertain an earnest hope, that the blow thus given to the power and influence of France, the laudable example held out by the Emperor of Ruffia and the Ottoman Porte, and the difpofition manifefted in the different countries ftruggling under the yoke of France, may encourage other powers to adopt that vigorous line of conduct which experience has fhewn to be alone confiftent with the fecurity and honour of independant ftates, and which, if generally adopted, may lead to the deliverance of Europe.
"We are fully fenfible of the peculiar advantages derived to this kingdom from the extent of our preparations at home, and from the general demonftrations of zeal and spirit among all ranks of your Majesty's fubjects; and we have feen, with the greatest fatisfaction, the effect of the measures adopted in Ireland for repreffing a rebellion inftigated by our inveterate enemy; the surrender of the French troops landed for its fupport; and the fuccessful vigilance and activity of your Majefty's fquadrons in capturing or difperfing the arman ents fince deftined for the fame purpose.
"We are anxious to teftify to your Majefty the abhorrence and indignation with which we have obferved the defperate principles and practices of those who have long planned the fubversion of our Conftitution, which have now been fully detected and made manifeft to the world; and we cannot but exprefs our firm perfuafion, that those who had been mifled or feduced muft now be awakened to their duty, and that a juft fenfe of the miferies and horrors which thofe traitorous defigns have produced muft imprefs on the minds of all your Majesty's faithful fubjects the neceflity of continuing to repel with firmness every attack on the laws and cftablished Government of their Country.
"We fhall not fail diligently to apply ourfelves to the confideration of fuch meafures as may provide the neceffary fupplies with as little inconvenience to your people, and as little addition to the permanent burdens of the State, as the circumftances will admit ; and, under the unavoidable preffure of protracted war, while we join with your Majefty in regretting the indifpenfable neceffity of heavy expences, we fhall derive the greatest fatisfaction and confidence from the productive ftate of the revenue, the maintenance and improvement of public credit, and the extent and profperity of the commerce and induftry of your Majefty's fubjects; and that we fhall eagerly avail ourselves of every opportunity to cultivate and improve advantages fo important to the public fafety and welfare.
"We embrace with fatisfaction the opportunity of thus renewing to your Majefty the folemn affurances of our firm and unalterable determination to perfevere in thofe exertions which may enable your Majefty to conduct the great conteft in which we are engaged to a fafe and honourable conclufion. Animated alike by a fense of the difficulties we have furmounted, and of the diftinguished fuccefs which has rewarded our perfeverance in a juft caufe, we fhall uniformly maintain those principles, an adherence to which, in a period of general danger and calamity, has procured to us the advantages of our prefent fituation, and will, we truft, under every viciffitude, continue to prove that the fecurity and happiness of the British nation find the fureft fupport (under the bleflings of Providence) in its own conftancy, its energy, and its virtue."
HIS MAJESTY's moft gracious ANSWER.
"I return you my particular thanks for this loyal and dutiful addrefs; and receive, with the greatest fatisfaction, your congratulations on the late glorious events, and the declaration of your firm adherence to thofe wife and honourable principles which have uniformly guided your conduct. The perfeverance and firmnefs of Parliament, and the zeal and Spirit of my people, will give additional weight to my exertions in endeavouring to improve the advantages which this country and Europe have every reason to expect from the happy confequences of the fuccefs of my arms, and from the prefent fate and difpofition of other powers.”
Mr. Chancellor PITT moved the order of the day for a Committee of the whole Houfe, to confider of His Majefty's moft gracious meffage refpecting an annuity to be granted to Rear Admiral Lord Nelfon.
Mr. THOMAS TYRWHITT JONES:-From no man in His Majesty's dominions can come a more humble and fincere acknowledgement of the royal meffage before us than myself. The victory obtained by Admiral Lord Nelfon is above all praife, and no language I am mafter of can be adequate to it. The confequences are fo eventful and eventual, that if rightly followed up (which I am fully difpofed to think will be the cafe) by His Majefty's Minifters, the noble Lord may be hereafter (I think I do not exceed the mark), juftly called the Saviour of mankind. As to the armament itself, which is connected nearly with the object of the meffage, when it lay at Toulon, I often hazarded an opinion that its deftination was India, but I could not get three people to