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but he trusted, that on the part of the people there would be, on such an occasion, but one sentimeni and one opinion.

Mr. Il indham faid, that with respect to the defponding tone which tie wa, charg d with using, ii was in some measure founded upon a diftsust of those who were to lead the exertions of the country.

General ar'eton expressed his satisfaction ai hearing of the plan, which was in contemplation, for providing a large and effective force for the defence of the country, as well as for offensive operations, and praised the spirit and promptitude of the volunteers, as an initance of which he staied with reSpect to the corps which had been offered to be raised by Mr. Bulion in Lancashire, consisting of 600 men, that on Tuerday lalt, the day on which they were to be enrolled, 500 men immediaicly came forward to tender their services.

General Norton said a few words, but in a low tone; pro. bably they alluded to something said by

Mr. Windhan, who fail in explanation, that if the people wete off their guard, they might go down as the Royal George did at Spithead.

General Norton said, he had no fear the people would be off their guard, and mentioned one or two infances in which he had witnessed their vigilance on the coast during the last war.

Sir James Puller ey said, he had no doubt of the good will of the people to defend the couniry, but ihat is not sufficient against an invading army; a body of people haitily armed and got together, could not be sufficient to stop the progress of a regular disciplined army, and therefore some such plan as that proposed by Ministers was absolutely necessary. He was convinced great exertions must be made in order to secure the country.

The Secretary at Il'ar said, he had omitted to notice one obje&ion of the right hon. Gentleman (Mr. Windham) which related to the sailing of men for rank. li was true that a lieutenant to obtain the rank of captain muit raise thirty men, and an ensign 10 obtain that of lievienani, ten, which was a smaller number than had formerly been ihe case; but the bounty money was to be fixed, and they were not to give more : "they were only therefore 10 make use of their persoral exer'ins, and whalev. rinfuence ihey could use for ile goud of ile service. li was consequently a different plan 10 tai which was pursued at the cuinmencement of the luft

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The first resolution was then read and agreed in, as fol. lows:

That it is the opinion of this House that a fum not ex. ceeding 29,3371. be granted to his Majesty, for the pay of fupernumerary ficers, from the 25th day of December 1802, to the 25th of December 1803."

266.col. 145. id. tor he in and out-pensioners of Chelsea and Kilmainham hospitals.

811ol. 8s. Tid, for the Royal Miliary College. 31,000l. for the Royal Military Asylum at Chelsea.

218,2701. 11s. id. for one regiment of Light Dragoons, and one West India regiment retained on the establishment of the army; of an augmentation of dragoops in Great Brin lain, and to the three regiments of Fooi Giards

31,000 for allowance to general and itaff officers.

35.7511. for the effective captains to the companies of cavalry and infantry, heretofore commanded by colonels, lieu(enant-colonels, and majors.

1.747,5701, for the militia embodied in Great Britain and Ireland, and miners of Cornwall and Devon.

38,3451. 125, 7d. for contingencies of dillo, 143,8911. for clothing of diito.

145.cool. for increased subsistence to innkeepers, and al. lowance of beer to non-cominiffioned officers and privates of militia, &c.

416,000l, for supplementary militia.
300,000l. charge of volunteer corps in Great Britain,
58,3331. for barrack depariment.

Mr. Pale then rose to move the ordnance estimates, with respect to which, he said, it was unnecellary for himo say much. If any explanation was desired with respect to any of the items, he lhould be happy to give it. He should only observe as to the outstanding claims upon the Board of Ord. Dance in Ireland, that when that board was dissolved, there were several claims of that nature upon it, and that commise Goncrs were sent from the Board of Ordnance here to exa. anine them, who, after the most minute investigation, rer perted, that the fum which he should propose to be yoted was doe, and which was, by his Majesty's command, car. ried to the account of the Board of Ordnance here. He then proposed to vote the following sums, which were severally agreed 10.

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For the service of the ordnance of Great
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£. 282,065 10 11 For Ireland,

35,000 оо For the ouiftanding claims on the Board of Ordnance of Ireland,

38,000 0 The repo:t was ordered to be received the next day, and the Comuni!ice to fit again on Wednesday following.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer poftponed the Committee on the consolidation bill to Thursday following.

Mr. Vanlittart postponed the Commitee on supply, and ways and means, to Wednesday following

The House then adjourned at seven o'clock.

HOUSE OF LORDS.

TUESDAY, JUNE 7.

FOOTE'S DIVORCE BILL. Previous to the second reading of the bill, intituled, an Act to diffolve the marriage of Edward James Fooie, Erg. and Nina Harries his now wife ; Mr. Garrow and Mr. Nolan, as counsel for Capt. Foote, proceeded to call the necessary witneiles to prove the marriage, which took place first in the chapel at the city of Madrid, belonging to his Majes. ty's Ambassador, by the chaplain of the Swedith Aunballador, who was a priest of the Lutheran church, and which afterwards, in order to obviate any doubt as to the validity of the said inarriage; was again folemnized at the parith church of St. James, Weftininter; to prove the fact of the adulterous conversation and intercourle of Mrs. Foote with Mr. Owen Jones, and to produce evidence that an action was commenced in the Court of King's Bench against the said Owen Jones, and damages of 5,cool. obiained; and that at a subsequent period, viz. in Hilary term laft, a sentence of divorce a mensá et thoro was obtained against the said Maria Foote.

All the evidence necessary to be heard in this stage of the bill having been gone through, the further hearing was adjourned to Friday following.

CLERGY FARMING AND RESIDENCE BILL. The order of the day for the fecond reading of this bill having been muved. Previous to putting the question,

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The Lord Chancellor left the woolfack, and said he belieyed their Lordihips were no ftrangers to the necessity of amending the Act of Henry VIU, which went to enforce regulations upon each of the two diflina heads, to which different parts of the bill which he held in his hand referred. Certainly fome provisions or other were absolutely r qiired, as the enactments of the Act of Henry VIII. were in boih poin's ill adapted to the present limes; and in regard to the penalties to enforce relidence, perfectly inadequate, and consequently unjust. Having said ihus much, he ihould not think it necessary at that moment: 10 go into any detail, as he could not conceive but that every one of their Lord'hips would think with him, that a bill having such important interests as the ease, accommodation, and comfort of the clergy for its objects, interelts involving the preservation, discipline, and security of the church establishment, was a bil! for at least to go 10 a Comminee, in order to see if such paris of it as might poslibly be liable in objection, could be fu amended as to render the whole of the bill fit to becoine a part of the law of the land.

The Earl of Suffolk expressed great anxiety on tlıe subject, being earnestly delirous that the income of ihe clergy should be such as would enable them to live decently and com. foriably. He had on a former day moved, that an account of the amount of the incomes resulting from all the rectories and vicarages in the kingdom, under jool. Thould be laid before the House ; but it was said it could not be gotat. He was surprised at this. as it must have been done in Queen Anne's time, when the first-fruits were granted. His LordTip faid, he underfood that the livings of one half of the inferior clergy, at least, did not produce 701. a year, and many nothing like it. He had one particular proof of the poverty of some of the clergy, who held livings which he would state. Many years since he visited the Lakes, and at a particular place, he was told, there was a fare mine well worth his seeing. He asked if he could have any accommodation there? He was told he might at the clergyman's. He replied, he could not ob:sude himself on a gerileman, 10 whom he was a atrauger. Oh," said the person, with whom he converfed, “you need not mind that, the clergyman keeps a public houfe !" He then asked what his living pro. duced, and ihe answer was "141. a year, but he makes our a maintenance by playing upon the fiddle, and can play as Vol. IV. 1802-3.

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country-dance, a jig, and a hornpipe admirably." Upon his hearing this, his Lordlhip said, he gave up going, as he did not wish to see a clergyman in fo indecorous and unbecom. ing a fruation. There were, he next observed, many preþendaries, the income of which had risen to two, three, or four hundred a year, they he thought ought to give a fiift fruit and a tenth, in addition to Queen Anne's bounty, which had done a great deal of good, but only averaging about 15,0001. a year, was not equal to what was necessary to lupa port the inferior clergy as they ought to be supported. Ho desired their Lordships to call to mind that the clergy of France having joined the tiers etats, was one g:eat leading cause of the revolution. They ought to be enabled to hold their flation as an independent and respectable body. He added, that if the wealih of the church was more equally divided among the clergy, it would be much for the better.

Lord Auckland rose, not, he said, to detain their Lord. Thips at any length, (indeed, if he were desircus of doing so, he was not then able, from obvious indispofition) but to give notice that, thinking the bill of the first importance, and not being able to satisfy himself with it as it now stoad, though he did not think: his objections such as were wholly unsurmountable, (and he should be extremely glad to have them removed), when it should be in the Committee, he should take the liberty of proposing an amendment, or, perhaps, a clause, for the purpose of limiting the duration of the bill. When he did so, he should previously state the reasons which induced him to think such an amendment neceffary.

The Bishop of St. Afaph said, when he considered the high character, the great abilities, and the cordial esteem and regard for the interests of the church establishment. which belonged to the right hon, and learned Gentleman, who had with great labour and attention framed the present bill, he could not but with great diffidence presume to differ from him in any respect or on any occasion. He admitted the princi- . ple of the present bill to be a fit and expedient one, and a principle necessary to be adopted at present, but he was not. satisfied wiih the fabric of the bill, meaning thereby the shape and form of all its clauses. His Lordship was proceeding to a discussion of such clauses to which he most for. çibly objected, when he was called 10 order by

The Earl af Rosslyn, who apologized for interrupring his ight rev. Friend, but said, he found it absolutely necellary, the question had not yet been pui, “ that the bill be read

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