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for subjecting them to the fame conditions which were to be imposed upon those to whom the provisions of the present bill Thould extend.

Mr. Alexander and Colonel Vereker made a few obfervations in favour of the bill, after which leave was given, nem. contradicente, to bring it in.

The bill was then brought in and read a first time.

The Secretary at War then expressed a wish that no objection would be made to now reading the bill a second time, committing it pro forma, and receiving the report that the bill might be taken into further consideration on Wednesday.

Ordered to be printed.

On the suggestion of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who adverted to the late hour of the night, the further consideration of the property bill was deferred till four o'clock

henext day. : The further consideration of the report of the cotton manufacture bill was deferred till Thursday, after which the other orders of the day were disposed of.--Adjourned.


TUESDAY, JULY 19. Counsel was heard in the appeal, Anderson and Caddell. The farther hearing postponed till Monday.

Queen's Anne's bounty bill was returned from the Commons by Mr. Hobhouse, without any amendment.

The bills on the table were forwarded in their respe&ive ftages.-Adjourned.


TUESDAY, JULY 19. A message from the Lords stated their affent to the Portugal wine bonding bill, the Irish malt duty bill, the poorhouse bill, and some private bills.

The militia amendment bill was read a third time and pasled.

COURT PRIZES BILL. Sir Wm. Scott moved, that the Court prizes bill be committed on Friday next.

Mr. Burrowes wished that the learned Gentleman who had introduced this bill would agree to insert a clause for


establishing prize courts in India, with the right of an appeal from those courts to the Court of Admirally here., An admiralty jurisdiction had been given by act of Parliament to the Supreme Court of Judicature at Calcutta, but it was the opinion of high authorities, that that jurisdi&ion did not extend 10 prizes. During The latter part of the last war, there was no prize court ricarer to the Indian seas than the Cape of Good Hope, and all the prizes taken on the coast of India were obliged to be sent there or to England for adjudication. He saw no reason, however, why the power of deciding on prizes thould not be given to a court which possessed almost every other judicial authority. The same powers ought to be extended to Madras and Bombay.

The Speaker thought it his duty to interrupt the honour. able Gentleman, as it was quite irregular to enter into general arguments on a clause to be moved, when the queltion was merely, whether the bill should be committed that day or on Friday.

Mr. Burrowes then said, he would move a clause for giving the jurisdi&tion he had alluded 10, when the bill was in the Commirree.

Sir IFilliam Scott observed, that no bill for regulating captures had ever contained a clause for establishing prize courts, which were always formed under the authority of the Crown. He deprecated any clause similar to that proposed by the honourable Gentleman, as it would be an improper interference with the Royal prerogative.


The House resolved into a Committee on the property bill.

Several of the clauses were agreed to without any amenda


Mr. Alderman Coombe objected to the part which authorised the Commillioners to reject the nominees which the party to be taxed might appoint, in order to examine into his affairs, without ftating any reason for it. He urged some other objeéiions on the same point.

The Attorney-Conei al replied and said, that it might happen that the Commissioners might think that the person appointed was not one that ought altogether to be trusted. It would be hard for thein to be put in a situation to be obliged to tell any person that they did not think him a person of integrity. Several amendments were to be made, however, in this part Voli IV. 1802-3



with respect to Commissioners and referees, which he hoped would meet the hon. Alderman's ideas.

Mr. Il'm. Smith spuke upon the same point, and wilhed that the amendinent should be mai': on the report.

The Lord Mayor said, that he agreed in the objections made by his brother Alderman; but after the elucidation of the Artorney-General, he believed they might calily be done away.

Sir Francis Baring objected to any person inspecting the accounis ofi apoihes in the same trade.

The Attorney-Gineral thought that, unless iti case of rivalfhip, this would be the most effectual inode of proceeding.

The Chancellor of the Ercheur faid, that it might meet the honourable Baronei's objeccion, that the person whose accounts were to be inspected should have the power of ob-, jecting to the person appointed by the Commissioners, and be allowed four peremptory challenges.

Mr. Pirt said ihat they had this power already.

Mr. Smith withed that ihe power of challenge should be final.

Mr. l'anfittart proposed that none should be employed as a referee, to inspect the accounts of another in the same trade, unless approved by the parties; which was agreed to.

The At! di ney-General added a clause, by which the Commissioners were enabled to procure payment, in case any person thould refuse to pay the sum at which he thould be assessed by his own referee.

Mr. II'm. Smith said, that the profils of the land on which thanufactories stood, as in fact the interest of the capital sunk in that manner was lost, so a loss was fullained, and not a profit gained, by such land.

The Attorney-General agreed with the hon. Member, and suggested an amendment.

Mr. I'm. Smilh then objected to surveyors and inspectors having the power of calling upon parties to verify the amount of their income, in cases for examining which they were in every point of view totally unfit.

The Attorney-General said, ihat it was not possible to come at a verification of income, in doubtful cases, in any other way. The inspectors and surveyors, he contended, were the most proper persons to discharge this duty. Mr. Ii'm. Smith, in reply, adverted to the power which


surveyors and inspectors would have of hurting the feelings of gentlemen.

l'he clause then passed in its original state.

The Committee went through a few more clauses of the bill, reported progress, and had leave to sit again. --Adjouined.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 20. Mr. Alexander and Mr. Romilly were heard on the appeal, Syine v. Ertkine,' when after a few words from Mr. Adam, on the pari of the respondent, the interlocutor was af. firmed.

All the bills on the table passed a stage each. Mr. Alexander brought from the Commons a returned bill, and three others, which he and others presented. Al. derman Coombe brought up the London quota bill of the army of reserve

They were severally read a first time.--Adjourned.


WEDNDSDAY, JULY 20. Sir William Scott observed, that the word “ benefice" had been accidentally omitted in one of the clauses of the clergy residence bill, and in another clause, the stature, it was male to amend, was described according to the terms of the ordinary edition of the statutes, but upon looking into the Parliamentary roll it had been found incorrect; therefore, to avoid the pollibility of inconvenience, he moved for leave 10 bring in a bill to rectify certain mistakes in an act of this Seision of Parliament, for amending the laws respecting {piritual persons holding farms; and for enforcing the relidence of spirirual persons; and to remove doubis as to the statute of Henry VIII. therein inentioned.

The bill was afterwards brought in, read a first and second time, and committed for the next day.

The ditorney-General stated, that persons in custody on civil or criminal process were often required to attend to give evidence before courts martial, commillioners of bankrupts, commissioners for auditing public accounts, and for ihat purpose the Judges issued writs of habeas corpus; but doubis had arisen in their minds, as to their power to issue 4F 2


such writs. He, therefore, to obviate any difficulty, moved for leave to bring in a bill to enable Judges of record 10 award writs of habeas corpus, to bring persons confined in gaol before courts martial, and the commiitioners therein mentioned. He afterwards brought in the bill, which was read a first, and ordered to be read a second iime the next day.

The curate's bill was read a second time, and commiited for Monday

Sir II'm. Pulteney said, that the Committee on the Bell Rock light-house bill stood as one of the orders of the day. That bill was founded on the resolution of a Committee, faring the necessity of erecting a light-house on the Bell Rock, and recommending additional duties to be paid. C'nfortunately in the bill the latter part of the resolution had not been attended to. In order to remedy the omiffion, he thould withdraw the present bill, and move that the House thould the next day resolve itself into a Committee to consider the report of the first Committee.

The Speaker remarked, that the course the honourable Gentleman had suggested was right. The bill was accordingly withdrawn, and the Committee appointed for the next day. The city of London quota bill was read a third time.

MESSAGE FROM HIS MAJESTY. The Chancellor of the Exchequer brought down the following message from his Majesty.

G. R. “ His Majesty relying on the zealous support of his faithful Commons in the vigorous prosecution of the war, in which the country is engaged, recommends to the House to confider of making provision towards enabling his Majesty to defray the extraordinary expences incurred in the service of the present year, and to take such further measures as the exigency of affairs may require."

The message was, on the motion of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, referred to the Committee of Şupply. - The longitude bill was read a third time. The prize goods bonding bill was read a first time.

The Committee on the Irish justices bill ---the Irish militia families bill-supply, and ways and means, were deferred till Friday. The Committees on the bill for granting lands in Canada

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