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approbation to be bestowed on them On the second Contents, 15; Nonof which they were so jultly deler v. Contents, 109. ing.
MONDAY, JUNE 6. Earl Grosvenor could not agree with After several public and private Bills those who thought the war should have had been forwarded in their respective been sooner commenced; and moved stages, the previous question.
Earl Fitzwilliain proposed some adThe Earl of Darnley insisted that the ditional resolutions relative to the connation had ftrong grounds of complaint duct of Ministers: he adverted to the against Ministers; and condenined their arguments lately brought forward, and repeated conceflions, by which we had combated them on precisely the same been disadvantageously forced into a grounds as have been already tra
versed; after which he submitted the Lord Borringdon (poke nearly to the relolutions, which were in fubitance, same effect, and lamented the want of “ that no adequate representations had those great abilities which were now been made on the aggreflions of France ; exiled from Government.
that the conduct of Minister's had been The Earl of Fife highly approved of of the uimolt injury to the Nation; the conduet of Ministers, and opposed that they are unworthy of contidence; no governments but those of the Stock and that his Majesty ought to be petiExchange and Leadenhall-Itreet, the tioned for their removal." former of which would soon ruin the The Duke of Clarence, in an anicountry.
mated speech, defended Ministers; took The Duke of Cumberland, in reply a general view of the grounds on which to Lord Boringdon, defended the man the resolutions relted; condemned the ner in which Ministers came into office. conduct of the French, but admitted
The Earl of Westmoreland allo de- that he had only considered the peace as fended their conduct.
an experiment. He could not allow the Lord Mulgrave defended the Admi. inability of the present Ministers, and rally against the blame of dibanding would support them, in order that the the seamen, and moved an adjourn. late administration mighe be kept out,
whole ir proper management and inThe Earl of Caernarvon deprecated ability rendered their re-adınillion much the peace, as etrected by men who to be deprecated. wanted capacity; and on viewing the After a few words from Lord Covennegociation, he found they had acted try, in favour of Adminiitration, neither with firmness nor capacity. Lord Minto made a speech of some
Lord Ellenborough pressed for an length, founded on the lame principle inmediate decision on their conduct, as the arguments of Lord Grenville which lie eulogized in strong terms. and his friends, and having for its
Lord Spencer contended that the object the cenfure of the Treaty of Peace was uncalled for, and was only Amiens and the whole conduct of Mi.fanctioned on the repeated allurances nitters. of its permanency:
He was followed on the faine side by Lori Melville riipported the motion Lords Carystort, Scarborough, and for an adjow'nment, on the ground that Grenville; the lait of whom canvalled we ought at present only to discuss the the negociation through its whole probeat means for our safety.
greis, and concluded with condemning Lord Hobart laid a few words in de- it, and supporting the resolutions. fence of the Ministry; and
The Lord Chancellor made an able Lord Alvanley condemned the mode sveuch in refutation of the charges of of bringing the charges.
Lord Grenvile; and Lords Pelham Lord Grenville laid much stress on and Hobart bricity defended their conthe propriety of the method, and no- duct, after which the House dividedticed the affairs of the Continent, in Contents, 17; Non-Contents, 86. progreffion, to prove that Ministers
TUESDAY, JUNE 7. were coniurable for not baving made Much argument aivle on the second proper remicnitrances.
reading of the Clergy Biil, as to the The Lord Chancellor ricrenderi Mi.
manner in which they should be alo. niiters as fome length; after which the lowed to hold farms. Hou'e divided on the field Reislution some general obie&lions were made - Cuntents, 18; Non-Contents, 106., to the bill by the Eihop of St. Ataphy,
the Duke of Richmond, and Lord Clergy Bill, with respect to the clause Auckland; and it was Itrenuously de empowering Clergymen to hold farms; tended by the Lord Chancellor and the but being irregular, it was at lengti Earl of Rosslyn:
ftopped by the Lord Chancellor, and FRIDAY, JUNE 10.
the Houle adjourned. A conversation took place on the
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
MONDAY, MAY 23.
the treaty the French had pursued 2 s confequence of certain arrange fjstem of delibera:e aggreslions and
ments at the Houle, all the per fons infults againit this country. He conhwlio report the debates for the public dered the conduct of the Commercial eve were excluded. It appears that the Agents alone to be a fuificient ground lobbies were crowded with Itrangers for war; then expatiated on the conat an early hour, who wire kept from duct of France towards the King of the gallery by contables till after Sardinia, Switzerland, Piedmont, prayers. Many perfons, however, un Lyypt, Holland, &c. &c.; and inconnected with the Preis, having ferred, that though we were certainiy fecreted themselves in the Committee bound to evacuate Malta, yet we were Rooms, ruthed up to the galiery and now juitified in retaining it, by the fibled it; which being observed by conduct of France: be concluded witla those outlide, they burst open the recommending unanimity, and giving bortom door, and followed. From his decided lupport to the Address. this proceeding several individuais Mr. Whitbread expresied his earnest were much injured. By this mistor. delire to preserve peace, but did not tune, the important debate is loit to think the wildoin of Minilters calciithe public; though the sentiments of lated to retain it. When tie negociathe principal speakers may partially. tion was broken off, he was firinly of be discovered by the proceedings of opinion it might have been brought the following day. We understand to a favourable issue:-lie concluded that the speech of Lord Hawkesbury with condeinning Ministers for their wis a recapitulation of the points in three distinct declarations this Sellion the Declaration, and an appeal to the that there was no idea of a rupture, and Houle for their unanimity and fupport. voted for the Amendment. --Mr. Pitt laid, he thought there could Mr. Dallas conlidered the Amendbe no doubt of our having fufficient ment as inconlittent; entered upon a grounds for war; he mentioned many vindication of the conduct of Minifacts no: before known, wluich highly ste:s; and inlisted that the war was for aggravated the intults; amongit others, the cause of t:eedom throughout the that the French Commercial Agents world. corresponded with their Government General Maitland alerted that the in cyphuis, which in time of war would grounds for war were fulicient; and have been fufficient to cause their death asked, why the armainents in Hülland as (pies. He confidered the potfellion might not be destined to convey 30 000 of Malta as efiential to our Indian por men across the Channel ? - He was folfelions and Egypt; and declared that lowed on the lime grounı s by Mr. a vigorous wir could alone tave ihe Elliot and Mr. Beit. country. Vír.Grey moved an dmenu Mr. Canning, in defence of the war, ment, itie object of which was, to keep trek a view of all the poinis contained the door open for negociation; but in the Declaration, and argued on the this was opposed by LuiCuegli. certainty of oui quitting the contest -The Houle adjou, ned ire debuie ac wirl picorslecully for the future. balf pait irelve.]
M:: Fix thought it lris abfolute duty TUESDAY, MAY 24.
to refi!e the people of England, if The Amendment moved by Mr. Grey posible, frun their present inminent beint rend,
danger; beint convinced, that if war 1: T Grenville urged the necesity was not prevented in time, certain and of bis diiinct the subject of the ablolueteit. uction a w.sited thein. He
:he conduct of Ministers: then went into an exposition of the it was well 1, that since the signing of charges contained in the Declaration,
and the condu&of Minifters as it Mr. Fox; after which the House diregarded the Negociation; arguing vided--For the amendment, 67; against from it, that before he was convinced it, 398. that a war was necessary, he must be
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25. convinced that it was juit; and how Mr. T. Grenville moved for three was he to decide on the refusals, the Papers, viz. ilt, tor ascertaining the fubie fuges, the redress and repaiation date of the annexation of the Spanish required, as let forth in the documents Langue of Malta to the domain of before the Houle, if he was not allowed Spain; zd, for Copies of the Repre. to canvais the manner, the time, and tentations made by Ministers on this propriety oi making those demands lubject; 3d, for the Answer to the infilted on by Ministers ? He concluded Emperor of Russia, respecting his prowith giving his support to the Amendo pogtion to guarantee Malta. Agreed ment, as the only means of prelerving to, with the exception of No. 2. his conhétency.-[Mr. Fox's speech Lord Hawkesbury presented Copies was considered as a masterly effort of Dispatches from Mr. Liiton, relative of oratorical ingenuity; but it was to the occupation of Holland by the throughout rather calculated to excite French troops. alarm than to produce unanimity.) The Chancellor of the Exchequer
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, brought up a Message from his Majesty, after animadverting on several parts similar to that delivered in the Upper of Mr. Fox's speech, as they re. House; to which an Addrels was orlated to the different branches of dered. the Negociation, entered into a state On the report of the Address, several ment respecting the expences incurred Members delivered their sentiments, by the French military for the last who had not an opportunity of speakthree years. For 1801, the pay of the ing on the preceding evenings. French armies amounted to 238,000,000 Sir R. Peel, Mr. H. Lascelles, Sir W.. of livies; in 1802, an army was fup- Pulteney, Sir R. Hill, Mr. Hobhouse, ported at the expence of 240,000,000; and Mr. S. Lefevre, all poke in favour and in 1803, at 123,000,coo.
With of the moderation of Ministers, and of respect to the mision of Sebastiani, he the necessity of the present war. declared that that proceeding was con Mr. Wilberforce spoke in favour of fidered by Government as the avowed the amendment, and boped peace intention of the French to violate the would be preserved by the interference Treaty of Amiens, by endeavouring of the Emperor of Russia. to overthrow the Turkin empire. The Chancellor of the Exchequer It was only by the possession of a naval urged the neceility of pursuing the war. Itation in the Mediterranean that we with vigour. could fecure ourlelves against the views
THURSDAY, MAY 26. of France; and on this he rested his The Speaker reported that his Majustifikation for the retention of Malta. jelty had retui ned a molt gracious anWe were now at war ; but if there was (wer to the Address. any body who could bring forward a On the order for the third reading of practicable proposition by which peace the Clergy Non-Relidence Bill, Sir F. could be restored, the Miniller would Burdett spoke with much warmth be an enemy to his Country who should againit its principle, which went to put not accept it. Under the present cir. the Clergy entirely at the direction of cumstances, however, he mould be the Bishops, and consequently to inonly deceiving the country, were he fluence them with respect to elections. to say that he saw any thing in the He then drew different inferences as to French Government that warranted the hardships which would be sustained fuch expectation.
by the inferior Clergy; and moved hat The Attorney-General oppoled the the Bill be read this day three months. Amendment, and the comments made on the suggestion of Mr. Sheridan, on it; obferving, that if an apologiit however, who said that several new for Bonaparte hid been in the House, clauses were to be added, he withdrew he could not have advanced Itronger his motion, and the Bill was pailcd. arguments to the purpose than those
FRIDAY, MAY 27. used by Mr. Fox.
Mr. Canning moved for Papers relaMr. Windham also spoke in warm tive to the irench Commercial ComLanguage against the arguments of millioners, which was agreed to.
MEDIATION OF THE EMPEROR OF posed the principle of the motion, RUSSIA.
on the ground that it was calculated Mr. Fox, in pursuance of notice, to unhinge the public mind. pretaced his motion on this subject, Mr. Pitt, amidit a general call, ex. by adverting to the importance of ad prelled his hope that the motion would jutting the differences, and the necellity not be prelied to a division, becaule of terminating the contest as speedily as there could only be one sentiment on poisible: his propofition therefore was, the occation. He concurred wholly in to advise bis Majesty to avail himself of the sentiments of Lord Hawkesbury, the good-will of the Emperor of Russia: particularly as to a continental union ; be then proceeded to thew the nume. luch a measure being always advantagerous advantages that would reluit from ous, by protecting the minor Power's such a mediation, and the qualifications again it the violence of the stronger, of the Emperor to effect luch an ob. and preventing any aggreflion that ject; observing, that no Power in Eu might affect the intereits of Britain. rope had to great a right to prelcribe He, however, was not contending for peace. Some parts of the Treaty of such Continental Alliances as would Amiens were highly objectionable, but create incessant lublidies, or where for the sake of Peace he had given it we must, on all occasions, volunteer bis support; and if Rulia undertook our services; but now we knew the to advise both parties to perform their hvítile spirit of France, it behoved us ret e five itipulations, she herself might to make every arrangement for fupfulfil fuch parts as would give con. porting the conteit with unanimity; firmation to the whole. Mr. Fox next and he trusted it would not be wilhed endeavoured to thew the effect of such that we should abate in our activity or a mediation upon France, who would, vigour. He concluded with oblerving, from motives of alarm, put an end to that it would be but just to leave Minio her project of aggrandizement; but iters to pursue their own mealures. if the present opportunity were not Some explanations then entued be fized, all these advantages would be t'ween M.Fox and Lord Hawkesbury; loit. To ftrengthen the neceflity of after which the former withdrew bis fuch a merliation, he stated the impro- motion. bability of our forming a new alliance
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1. with Autria to carry on the war; and A new writ was ordered for Southafter many other remarks of a similar wark, in the room of Mr. Tierney, tendency, he moved an Address to his appointed Treasurer of the Navy; and Maje ty, praying bim to avail himself another for Fermanagh, in the room of of the disposition of the Enpelor of Viscount Inniskillen. Ruília to offer his mediation, as a means The Secretary at War presented the of terminating the contelt, &c.
Army Fitimates for 1803, and obt. The motion was feconded by Mr. served, that he should make a motius Sheridan.
on the subject on Monday. Lord Hawkesbury faid, that the in Lord Foikeitone withed to know tention of Ministers to avail themielves whether the second article of the Trea. of the first opportunity of confiftently ty of Amiens, relative to the mainice terminating the war, was manifelt by nance of French prisoners, had been the sentiments of the lait piragraph carried into effect; or it not, what rebut one of the Declaration ; so that montrance had been made on the sub. the present motion was unneceflary. ject? He proceeded to new that Ministers Lord Hawkesbury fairl, the article in bed all along been ardently delirous of quesion had been inserted only in purpace, and agreed in the neceility of suance of precedents. None of the ba. taking some ineans for preventing the lance due to this country had ever fyrtein of aggrundizement of France; been paid ; the French having pleated but the only inethod of effecting this, a ter-off, by their maintenance of foreign was a perfect union among the great prisoners. After this explanation, he Powers of Europe, noi on a selfish, but inoved the order of the day. on a bioid and liberal bulis!-( A loud Mr. Grenville taid, Ministers were cry of Hear! by Mr. Pitr.)---He agreed bound to aniwer the question, wherber to the propofition, tha Rullia was the any iteps had been taken with relpect to cnly cover that could afford hopes of the article ? if not, the infertion of it arretting French ambition; but he op was a fort of fraud on the public.
General Gascoyne spoke on the same the conduct of Ministers. He began fide; after which' the order of the day by giving a brief sketch of the proceedwas carried.
ing's previous to the Meilage of the On the third reading of the Militia 8th of March, and accused the Ministry Bill, a clause was introduced, imposing of lulling the public fufpicion with the a penalty of gol. on any Serjeant, High fairest pretences, while the misunder. Contable, &c. who shall take money tanding between the two Governments for infuring
was little mort of actual war. The ASSESSED TAXES."
con!equences of their indeterminate The Chancellor of the Exchequer conduct respecting their orders and exhibited a proposition for conloli counter-orders to the Cape, &c. he daring the duties on Houses, Windows, confidered as ruinous to the mercantile Servants, &c. His ohjeet was, to con- intereits; fich transactions, after a folidare all the Acts, and render the fatal suspense of leveral months, being duty of the Cominifitioners less ir krome. now brought to a paufe by the Message. With respect to the alterations in the The time for cilicial fecrecy, he obtaxes, it would be proposed that one ferved, was pait, and the people felt large window in houles should be rated they had no right to be kept in the as two windows. In the Servants' dark. He then, in ftrong language, Tax fome regulations would be made afierted bis independence, againit the reípecting Gardener's and Game- intinuations of the newfpapers, &c. keepers: he alluded to perfons keep- that he was the tool of a party, and ing a man who acted in that capacity, expretied his with to see all the islenis and who occasionally waited at table, in the country united in its defence. perhaps not moie ihan tour or five With respect to the njilitary preparatimes in the year. It was hard that tions in the ports of France and Hol. perfons fo fivated thould be liable to land, he could not believe they existed the whole duty; it was therefore in at the time of the Mcfiage, having been tended, that where a servait was really allured of the contrary by Gentlemen employed for these parpoles, 3 fax of who had cilited thote ports; he even five shillings only should be entoncest. apprehended that Lord Whitworth With respect to the Horse Tax, it was hau no knowledge of such armaments intended that all hories kept either as when he received orders to remonstrate sace or faddie-horses thould pay the aguinit them. He was nevertheles fume duty; and that Carriages which convinced, that the aim of the First carry more than one perfuri, such as Contul was ultimatey to destroy the tociables, &c. which now pay a duty independence of this country; but as of ten guineas, nould, according to Ministers complained that Bonaparte the nuniber of persons they hold, pay bad, ever fince the Treaty, evinced the in proportion. . An annual tax of one utmost perfidy against us, why did they guinea is to be laid upon Riders to foking endure his infults? The ColoTradesmen, Clerks, and Shopmen, nel proceeded to make remarks on the which wouid induce shopkeepers to conduct of the French in Suiizerland, employ females instead of men.
He on the Commercial Commitioners, &c. then moved, that the prelent duties do and concluded with moving four Reiocease, &c.
lutions, to the effect, that the aggrefliun Mr. S. Lefevre approved of the regu. 01 France being evident, Ministers were lations, and fugzeited fome alterations censurable to not have made the cirin the Dog Tax; after which the relo (tulances known ; and that, by sura lution was agreed to.
rendering to inany places tince the In a Committee of Supöly, the (ne 26th of November, they were cellor of the Exchequer moved :liat elie worthy of the confidence of the counpy and clouung of the Militia for one try', &c. &c. ytar, and the provision for its Oficers, Colonel Bastard and Mr. H. Browne be detrayed oui of the land Tax. exprefed their approbation of the con
The Lind T1x Bill was read a bird duet ct Niinilters, time, and passid.
Lord Kensington followed on nearly FRIDAY, JUNE 3.
the fame grounds. The Convoy Bill was read a third Lord Temple and Mr. Wynne ate time, and pailti.
tacked the conduct of Miniittis, in Culonel Paiten, in pursuance of his the lume manner is Colonel Patten. rotice, made his motion of cenluie on Mr. Hobhouse, Mr. Fonblunque,