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The Bell Rock.light- house bill was read a second time, and ordered to be committed next day.
Mr. H. Browne brought up a bill for granting 20,000l towards making a canal in the Highlands of Scotland. Read a first, and ordered to be read a second time next day.
Mr. Johnstone moved, that there be laid before the House several accounts relative to the rates of freight paid by the East-India Company, from the year 1784, distinguishing the nature of the voyages, the claffes of the vessels, in times of peace and of war; together with the additional allowances for war freight. Ordered.
The Irish malt duty and Portugal wine bonding bills, went through the Committee. Ordered to be reported next day.
The assessed taxes collection bill, and the Irilh revenue bill were read a third time and passed.
PROPERTY TAX. On the motion of Mr. Vanfittart, the further conside. ration of the property-tax bill was put off until Wednesday next, on account of there not having been a sufficient number of copies of the bill printed in time for the use of the Members.
IRISH LOAN. The Irish treasury bills loan bill went through the Com. mittee, and was ordered to be reported next day.
Mr. Corry then gave notice, ihat if a loan for one million fhould be contracted for in Ireland, he would lubinit the terms of the same to the House on Wednesday next. He would therefore delay the further progress of the present bill, in order that the House might have time to determine whether it should be adopied or not.
Mr. Corry, in the absence of Mr. Wickham, rose to give notice, that either he himself, or his right hon. Friend, would next day move for leave to bring in a bill, to extend 10 Ireland certain immunities, which were granted to justices of the peace in England by the act of Geo. 11.
THE BANK OF ENGLAND. Sir Francis Burdert gave notice, that he would next day bring forward a morio: relative to the late fraud upon the bank of England. He would have made the motion on that day were it not for the thinness of the House.
Mr. Vanlittart moved for leave to bring in a bill to amend the Thames police act. One of the improvements he meant' to introduce into the bill was, that all property found upon
persons stealing the same out of thips' or vessels upon the river, should be taken and deposited at the excise office, in order that it might be kept there until the duty was paid.
On the motion of Mr. Van Getart, it was ordered that the House should next day resolve itself into a Committee to consider of the act relative to the longitude.
Mr. Vanfitiart gave notice that next day he would move .for leave to bring in a bill, to make some regulations relative to prize agents and prize courts.
Mr. Vanlitart moved, that the House should next day go into a Committee to take into consideration the taxes under the management of the board of taxes.-Ordered.
HOUSE OF LOR-DS.
TUESDAY, JULY 12. Counsel was heard in the appeal, Anderson and Cadel. The farther hearing postponed.
The five millions loan bill, and the East India dock bill, were scad a third time and passid.
WOOLLEN CLOTHIERS' BILI. The second reading of the woollen clothiers' bill was postponed till Thursday.
The Duke of Clarence faid, that he was decidedly hostile the bill, but did not mean to oppose the second reading.
HIS MAJESTY'S MESSAGE. Lord Pelham presented a mellage from his Majesty relative in granting a compensation to Lord Amherst for the lands in Canada, given hin by his Majotty for the service of the late Geoffry Lord Amherst, in America. Of thele lands local circumstances hadi rendered it impoilible to take possession.
The meflage being read,
Lord Pelham muved an address of thanks to his Majesty for his gracious communication. Ordered.
Several bills were brought up from the Commons, among which were the Dublin port bill, the Queen Anne's bounty regulation bill, and the Irith excise duly collection bill. Adjourned.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
TUESDAY, JULY 12. CHAPELS, RESIDENCES, &c. FOR PAROCHIAL CLERGY,
Mr. Burton moved, in pursuance of his norice, that leave be given to bring in a bill to promote the building, repairing, or otherwise providing of churches and chapels, and of houses for the residence of ministers, and the providing of churchyards and glebes.
The terms of the motion would probably be said to render it unnecessary to add many words in support of it. The expediency of some measure of the fort could not be doubied by any one who was acquainted with the number of parides, both in England and Ireland, where churches and parsonage houses were either wholly wanting, or unfit to answer the ends for which they were designed. Important, however, as these defects appeared, it was in vain to expect that they should be supplied at present out of the public purse, which induced him to think it ihe more necessary to open the sources of private liberality, as far as could he done without infringing any rule of public policy. He stated, ihat as the law now stood, so cramped and fettered by a statute pafled in the late reign, was every individual in the disposal of his property, that even the patron or incumbent of a living could not devise a rood of land to make a garden to the para fonage house.
All that he wished was to loosen a little che Thackles which had been put upon private property. The only objedions to it that he knew, were the fear of throwing too much land into morimain, the disherison of heirs, and the dread of enriching the church overmuch. trusted that these objections would be completely obviated, by limiting the benefactions to so small an exiest as five acres of land, or 500l. in personal properly. He would only mention one other provision which he thould wish to see in the bill, though it was rather declaratory of the existing law than introductive of anything new. In the construction of several modern churches, it seemed to be forgo!en that they were destined for all ranks and conditions, and to deftitute were they of all decent and suitable accommodation for the poorer fori, .as to be ulterly inconsistent with every just notion of public worship. The bill, therefore, ought in his opinion to contain a clause for the remedy of this abuse in furuie. He concuded with moving in the terms abovementioned.
Mr. Hurst had no doubt but that the learned Gentleman was actuated by the best motives in moving for such a bill; but he must be aware that at so láte a period of the session, a measure of this importance could not receive an adequate discussion : and therefore he would recommend it to him to have the bill printed, and put off till the next session of Parliament.
Ms. Burton said, he meant to move that the bill be printed; and he trulted it would be found to be a measure that did not require a long discussion, nor contain any objectionable matter.
Leave was then given ; the bill was brought up, read a first time, ordered to be read a second time next day, and to be printed.
Sir William Scott brought up his bill for the better encouragement of seamen, and the better manning of the navy Read a first, and ordered to be read a second time the next day.
The Irish Tip deftru&ion bill from the Lords was read a filt, and ordered to be read a second time the next day.
LONDON ADDITIONAL FORCE. The Lord Mayor brought in a bill for enabling the city of London to raise a certain quota of men for the better defence of the country, which was read a first time; and on the motion for the second reading,
The Lord Mayor said, he hoped the House would indulge him while he said a few words, in order to vindicate the city of London from certain imputations that had gone abroad into the world, concerning the number of men that were to form its quota of the new army of reserve, and in which it was said that the city did not fupply a number proportioned to its population. It was said that London contained one-ninth part of the population of the whole kingdom. So far was that from being the fact, it would appear from the returns made under the late population act, that the population within the walls of the ciiy did not exceed 74,000 persons; and that without the walls it was not more ihan 54,000. In fa&, it would be much nearer the truth had it been Itated that the inhabitants of the city did not exceed those of the parish of Mary-le-bonne. The number of men therefore, as a part of the army of reserve, to be raised by this bill, was fufficiently great in proportion to what was raised by the rest of the cuuntry; but he believed it would be found at all times most
cheerfully to contribute and to maintain its quota of the public force, in proportion to its population and its ability, and it would appear, by resolutions recently entered into, that the city of London bad thewn a degree of spirit and determination which proved it did not deserve the imputation of apathy or backwardness thrown out against it; but that on the contrary, the citizens would always be ready to bear their portion in contributing towards the public defence; that they would be ready to thed the latt drop of their blood, and Spend their lalt shilling in the defence of their country; that they would ever act in a manner which became Britons, and by their conduct preserve that character which they had ever maintained as members of the Guit city in the empire.
The bill was then ordered to be read a fecond time the next day.
A message from the Lords informed the House that the Lords had agreed to the Irish importacion duty bill, the mia liria pay bill, the nine millions exchequer loan bill, and several other bills.
NAVY REGULATIONS. Sir Charles Pole brought up the bill for transferring to the directors of Greenwich Hospital the administration of the chest of Chatham.
Captain Harvey said, that although he was not prepared to oppose this bill, yet he could not perceive the necessity of it so clearly as to induce him to support it. This chest of Chatham was established and endowed by the voluntary act and donations of the seamen.-The administration of it was certainly not expensive, when compared with that of other establithments; and if there was any thing wrong in it, he conceived it might be remedied without having recourse to the Legislature. His great objection to the bill in its present stage was, that it appeared to him a hasty measure, and that no fufficient grounds had been laid before that House for the interference of the Legislature. He therefore rather withed to delay the consideration of it for some time longer.
The Attorney General said, there were some grievances al. ready stated to the Honfe of sufficient magnitude to call for redress. It was a most outrageous grievance that poor dirabled sailors should pay 201. or 25!. per cent. for
agency for receiving their small pittance; it was an enormous grievance that they should be obliged to attend themselves at Chatham These were, as he thought, sufficient grounds for legislative VOL. IV. 1802-3.