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Chancellor of the Exchequer '685 Mr. I. H. Browne
Committee of Supply.--House of Mr. Bragge
Mr. T. Metcalfe
Chancellor of the Excheq. 701, 702 Mr. Burrowes
Woollen Clorbiers' Bill. Chancellor of the Exchequer
737, 741, 742
ib. Lord Caitlereagh
730 Mr. Windham
738 Secretary at War
739 Mr. Charles Dundas
873 French Official Papers 913 #
ib. Preface by the Editor
#The French Official Pages
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WOODFALL'S PARLIAMENTARY REGISTER,
DURING THE FIRST SESSION OF THE SECOND PAR.
LIAMENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
FRIDAY, JUNE 3. 'HE bill authorising an additional number of horses to
work on turnpike roads, was read a first time, ordered to be printed, and read a second time on the Wednesday following
The Committee appointed for bettering the condition of persons inhabiting the Highlands of Scotland, and for regulating or preventing emigration from that part of the empire, made their second report, the resolutions of which were read and agreed 10, and the report ordered to lie on the table.
A person from the Ordnance Office presented certain accoupis, which were ordered to lie on the table.
Mr. Pole gave notice that he would, on Monday next, move that the ordnance estimates be taken into consideration in a Committee of supply.
Sir J. Anderson brought up the report on the tip destruction bill, which was read and agreed to, and the bill ordered
be read a third time on the Monday following. The Woulwich ordnance bill was also reported, and the third reading fixed for Monday following.
The convoy bill was read a third time and passed.
Mr. Giles, pursuant to notice given on a former day, moved for leave to bring in a bill to repeal so much of the 42d of the King as relates to vaihs, in cases of, bribery at elections, and also another Act of Parliament relative to what is termed in the electioneering language, “ long oaths.” Leave granted. VOL. IV. 1802-3.
MOTION FOR CENSURING MINISTERS. Mr. Patten rose to call the allention of the House to his long promised motion, and spoke to the following effect :
“Sir, in bringing forward the motion which I am about to submit to the House, I must say, I feel great regret that the cask has not been undertaken by many Gentlemen in every respect more calculated from their calents and rank 10 give to it the effect which I think it deserves; and I must confess, that in ribing this day, my reluctance is very confiderably increased by the iipportance of the resolutions which have been sanctioned by the vote of this House. It is now the ihird time that I have trespalled upon their indulgence, and in the review of the conduct of his Majesty's Ministers which I have to take, and in the observations I have to offer, I thall endeavour to repay the indulgence I have so liberally experienced, by detaining the House as thortly as I poslibly can. It is, however, necessary for me to detail the particuJar reasons by which I have been aduated in submining 10 Gentlemen the refolutions I mean to propose, and to justify the line of conduct I have felt it incumbent upon me tu adopt. A short time before the recess, I gave notice of a motion, the object of which was, an inquiry into the state of the nation. At that time I was perfectly convinced, from the conduct of his Majesty's Ministers, in withholding all communication since the conclufion of the Treaty of Amiens, to ihe period when his Majesty's gracious message. was delivered, that they had given strong grounds for an inquiry. During so long an interval nothing was allowed to transpire, which could either enlighten Parliament or the public mind. So far were they from communicating the real situation of this country with respect to France, that they went so far as to hold out confident hopes of peace; that at one moment they gave orders for relloring colonies and conquered poffeflions, the next moment counter-orders, and in every important instance thewed themfelves so little acquainted with ihe real views of the French Government, and the true spirit and object of their own, as to furnish against themselves grounds of investigation, which were irresistible. However, Sir, I may be found inadequate to the talk I have this day undertaken, permit me to assure the House that I have been induced 10 it by the sentiments I entertain for the welfare and happiness of my fellow-fubje&is s of Great Britain. I thought thai Parliament and this House were entitled to every kind of communication which could
be afforded, consistent with circumstances and the duty of his Majesty's Ministers. I felt that in undertaking it, I was justified by the opinion of the people of Great Britain, which left no doubt upon the subject. If Gentlemen took the trouble to look to the commercial interests of the country, or to the transactions of monied people, they would, find the suspense which then prevailed faial in every kind of commerce and speculation. They would find that trade was locked up in our ports, and that the spirit of enterprize, the great source of our opulence when properly directed, was nearly, if not altogether, extinguithed. But, Sir, it may be asked, why I undertook a talk, to the execution of which I candidly confess myself incompetent. It was upon this ground, that Gentlemen of great ialents and rank, not only in the opinion of this country, but of Europe, have been. accused of aiming, by their difference of sentiment from his Majesty's Ministers, at places and emoluments, and in order to prevent an accusation of so unworthy a nature from being in the flightest degree countenanced, I came forward, and proposed the inquiry. It was from that motive, that I, an humble individual, both in talenis and ima:ion, was indu. ced to offer myself to the attention of the House I have, however, to Itare that, which I think will not lower me in the opinion of the House, that I have nothing to hope or to fear from the event of my motion ; that I fcel a grateful. and honest pride in observing, I belong 10 no party, and that I cannot be accused of having for my ojedine gratifi- . cation of personal or selfith feelings. I know that I have, since the first notice which I had the honour of giving, subjected myself 10 a variety of calumnies out of this House, 10 many misrepresentations, and to invectives of the grofteit kind. As to myseit, Sir, I consider these calunnies misreprefentations, and invectives, beneath my notice. I feel for them the most absolute contempt, but with respect to other Gentlemen, who are implicated in them, I cannot avoid expr sing my concern that they thould have taken place. I have been represented in some of the public papers as the tool and instrument of these Gentlemen ; ani in noticing the accusation, I do is merely froin iny wish to relive the right hon. Gentlemon below ine (pointing !o the Bench on which Mr. Windham, Mr. T. Grenville, Lord Temple, &c. fat) froin any imputation which might ailach to the upon that account. Let me, ai ine laine ime, affure the Honie, that 1 feel no common pride in being clalled with such inen;