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Mr. Burke.

industry and care from that most fatal consequence of his late awful judgment, we now throw ourselves at your Majesty's feet to implore your royal favour, and the nation's bounty, under your Majesty's most gracious countenance, to enable us to bear up under this dreadful fhock of our finances, and afist us to repair the uncommon dainage we have sustained; or we have but too just causé to fear that your Majesty's most ancient and ever loyal colony of Barbadoes, may be lost in every point of valuable confideration to the crown and parent state, and fink themselves into an abyss' of indigence and despair.

By order of the Houfe, Houfe of Armby] John Gay AllEYNE, Speaker." , 1781.

JOHN GAY Mr. Burke applauded the liberality of the proposed relief, and the judgment with which Lord North had proportioned the distribution of it, He thought clearly, that Barbadoes should have more of the money which Parliament could afford to give, than Jamaica, for the reasons that had been urged by the sroble lord, and also that because in Jamaica only a part of a community, a rich and generous community, had suffered; but the whole of the island of Barbadoes had been ravaged and almost wholly desolated. None could help his neighbour. To Barbadoes therefore, we must yield the melancholy pre-eminence. And when I say this, said Mr. Burke, I speak with impartiality, and more than impartiality, for I have the honour of knowing many of the inhabitants of Jamaica ; but with those of Barbadoes I am wholly unac

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Mr. Burke, in answer to Mr. Pultepay, said, that it could not be expected that the noble lord could have any data for fixing with precision, a sum adequate to the necefsity of the case in question. If the suns proposed exceeded the relief of extreme want, so much the better. If any alteration were to be made in the sums proposed with fo much liberality and judginent, he would rather be for extending than reducing them. But though he should ever be defirous of straining the ability of Parliament to relieve distress, yet he did not think that Parliament were obliged by any law whatever, to make up the losses that might in the course of Providence, fall on our fellow subjects. As to any distinction between an indemnification for a lofs, and such affistance as might support the sufferers in the mean time, and put them in a way of refuming their habits of industry, he thought the former

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was in no small degree implied in the latter. A committee should be appointed, consisting of the agents for the islands, and the West India merchants, who should determine, in the face of the world and of one another, the most proper mode of effecting the humane purposes of the King and Parliament. The judgments of all men were too apt to be warped by pártial motives and views. . As a counterbalance to this difpofition, it was that he proposed that the committee should be as public as poffible, The committee should determine the kinds of relief that should be sent to the West Indies; and the individual application of the means of relief should be committed to the governors or church-wardens, or others who are acquainted with the circumstances of the various sufa ferers. Parliament specifies the sum they can afford to give; the committee determines the quantity of the species of materials to be sent; and the most respectable inhabitants on the island, make the application of relief to the exigencies of individuals.

Sir W. Guise thought that the sums proposed fhould go to Sir . the relief of the islands without any fees or deduction. Guise

Lord North and the whole House agreed to this proposal. Three resolutions were formed in the committee; one, to grant eighty thousand pounds for the relief of Barbadoes ; another, to grant forty thousand pounds for the relief of Jamaica ; and a third, that these fums be paid for the use of

: the sufferers without any deduction.

This day, Mr. Jenkinson, secretary at war, presented to the House, pursuant to their address, the following papers :

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State of His Majesty's British regular Land-Forcės, Officers included, in North America and the West Indies, as they

were at the End of the Ycar 1779, taken from the last Returns dated within that Year.

Officers present.

Commision.

Non-commission.

Rank and File.

Total,
Officers included.

Rank and File wanting to compleat.

e Staff.

North America,

Under Sir Henry Clinton, by monthly return of Dec. I, 1779,

591 83 1402 17077

17077 19153

19153 3648
Under General Haldimand, by monthly re-
turn of Dec. I, 1779,

114 32 230 3009 3385 831
| Under the convention, by monthly return of
Ľ August 1, 1779;

258 1228 1646

2532 By monthly return of Dec. 1, 1779,

712 6076

7130 4238

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134 26 276 66

West Indies.

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An Account of the Menloft and disabled in His Majesty's Land-Service, including two Battalions of Marines,

ferving on Shore, by. Death, Captivity, Defertion, Wounds or Sickness, in North America and the iVest Indies, from November 1, 1974, to the Date of the last Returns inclusive, distinguishing each Year's Corps and Service, so far as the same can be made up from Papers in the War-Office.

A. 1781.

Total number of prisoners by ibe laft rcturn of each year. (1)

Discharged. (2)

Years.

Services.

Deserted.

Corps.

Dead.

D E B A T E S.

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781

115

1974, North America, under Generals Gage and Hal-
dimand,

British
West Indies

Ditto
1775, North America, under Generals Haldimand,
Gage, and Howe,

Ditto
West Indies

Ditto
under Sir William Howe, Ditto
1776, North America, {under Sir Guy Carleton, Ditto
West Indies

Ditto
under Sir William Howe, Ditto
1777, North America, under Sir Guy Carleton,

Ditto
under General Burgoyne, (3) Ditto
West Indies

Ditto

000
I21

000
869 744
200

48
86

000
I 202, 1274

81 162
220 - (4) 484
303

OQO

48
192
68
80
282

20
487
105

249
148
619
36
38
490
29

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40

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Corps.

Discharged. (2)

Dead.

open Deforled.

32

Ditto

546

1 cars,

Service.
under Sir William Howe, British

1311 641

628

I 281
Ditto
under Sir Guy Carleton,
1778, North America,

146

117
under the convention of Sara-
toga, (5)

61 (6) 381
West Indies

Ditto
236 000

104
under Sir Henry Clinton, Ditto

1154
1020

263
1779, North America, under General Haldimand, Ditto

42

165 under convention,

Ditto
8 - 259

176
West Indies

Ditto
1054

122

34 (under Sir Henry Clinton, Ditto No return.

No ret.

No ret. No ret.
1780, North America, under General Haldimand, Ditto 58 166

38

30 Lunder convention,

Ditto

256
172

000
West Indies

Ditto
2036

145
(1) The war-office have not the means of ascertaining the number of men loft by captivity, having no ac-
count of what the whole number of prisoners taken in any one year may be, or of the prisoners that may

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