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in firft making the peace, and in since uling their most anxious endeavours to preserve the continuance of it to their country; and he contended, that the verdict of their LordTips of guilty, or not guilty, must be pronounced upon the whole of it, and not upon parts picked out, as are subject, perhaps, to the charge of being erroneous, or not the very best mode of proceeding that might have been adopred under less difficult or less arduous circumstances. He said he perfectly agreed with the noble Lord who had lately spoken, as to the latter part of his speech, that this was not a war for Malta or a war for the island of Elba, but a war for the peace of Europe, a war to check and restrain the ambitious spirit of aggrandizement, aggression, insult, and violence of the French Government, which had by a system of offensive and injurious conduct showed that no country could repose in safety till that system was put an end to. It was a war at once just and necessary, a war for the preservation of our deareit rights and interests, to secure to us our glorious conftitution, and all the blessings which it held out to us, which rendered the British people the envy and the admiration of all Europe. His Lordship, in a most animated and emphatic strain, worked up a warm and glowing eulogy on British law, British freedom, and British happinels, to a perfect climax ; and concluded with saying, for the reasons he had stated, he would oppose every one of the resolutions.
In the course of his Lordship's speech, he adverted to the case of Capt. D'Auvergne, who, he said, was not a subject of this kingdom, and that consequently his case ftood on very different grounds from that on which the case of a subject of this country would do. He also denied that his Majesty's Ministers had any information of Colonel Şcbaftiani's conduct in Egypt, till his report was published, and they seceived a dispatch from General Stuart, informing thein of Sebastiani's conduct in Egypt, with respect to his application to him (General Stuart) as to the non-evacuation of Egypt.
Earl Spencer said, he had no intention to have spoken that night, but having listened with the greatest attention to the arguments of the noble and learned Lord on the woollack, and being perfe&tly conscious, that no man was more capable of defending the conduct of his Majesty's Mioisters, if it could be defended, yet he must still find himself under the neceffity of voting for the resolutions moved by his noble Friend." The arguments of the noble and learned Lord appeared to him to be very poor ones, where arguments to much ftronger were necessary to be urged. At that late hour of the night, the Earl said, he would not go into detail, or attempt to follow the noble and learned Lord in his extensive course of reasoning upon the resolutions, which he had gone through in a retrograde way; he would content himself with making iwo or three observations on points which had fallen from the noble and learned Lord. In the first place the noble and learned Lord had faid, that the case of Captain D'Auvergne was not before Parliament. He would ask, whose fault was it that it was not before Parliament? He had himself asked for papers respecting it, and a noble Secretary of State had promised to lay information respecting it before the House, but he never had made good his promise. With regard to there having been a difference as to the ground of complaint between the treatment of a person who was a subject of two countries, he could not speak to fuch distinctions, because he did not understand them. But to admit that the distinction was a solid one, as applied to Capt. D'Auvergne, what could be said as to the cale of Captain Domaresque, who was not a subject of France, but a native of Jersey or Guernsey ? With regard to Ministers not knowing of Colonel Sebaftiani's million, till his report was published, he begged leave to refer them to one of Lord Hawkesbury's letters, written antecedent to the publication of that report, in which letter they would find Colonel Sebastiani and his million mentioned. His Lordship added one observation or two relative to the conduct of Ministers, respecting the cession of the Cape of Good Hope, and concluded with repeating, that he should vote for the resulutions.
Lord Pelham rose to reply to the observations of the noble Ear), and first as to Captain D'Auvergne. He admitted that he was mistaken, when on a former day he had faid that Captain D'Auvergne was liberated immediately on the application of the British Minister, as he had fince found, that he had been confined three or four days afterwards. His filence on that subject had been in consequence of an appliCation from the friends of Captain d'Auvergne, who feared that the agitation of that matter in the British Parliament might injure his interests at Paris. His Lordihip explained Lord Hawkesbury's mention of Colonel Sebaftiani, 'as Mi. nisters knew by the dispatch of General Stuart, that Colonel Sebaftiani was in Egypt, but did not know how offenfively he had acted there and in Syria, till they law his Teport.
Lord Grenville and Lord Clifton severally but shortly explained The House divided on the first proposition
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MONDAY, JUNE 6. Mr. Alderman Coumbe presented a petition against the London coal market regulation bill, which was referred to the committee on the laid bill, and counsel ordered to be heard pursuant to the prayer of the faid petition.
Mr. Williams presented at the bar the second report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the abuses in the naval department. It purported to refer to the distribution of the funds of the Chest of Chatham. Ordered to lie on the table and to be printed.
Colonel Stanley presented a petition from the cotton. weavers, filk-weavers and dyers of Manchester, against certain provisions in the customs consolidation bill. Referred to the committee on the faid bill, as were petitions presented by Sir W. M. Ridley and Mr. Egerton, from certain persons concerned in the manufacture of silk handkerchiefs.
It was ordered, that the committee appointed to consider the petitions of the masters and workmen engaged in the cotton manufacture should forth with make their report,
The East India dock bill was read a second time and referred to a private committee.
Mr. Broderick reported from the committee appointed to try the merits of the contested election for the county of Radnor, that Walter Wilkins was duly elected, and that the petition of J. M.Namara, Esq.was not frivolous or vexatious.
The bill to prevent the destruction of thipping, &c. was read a third time and passed.
Ordered, on the motion of Mr. Vansittart, that the House should next day, resolve into a committee to take into farther consideration that part of his Majesty's speech of the 23d of November last, which related to the giving additional facilities to mercantile tranfactions.
Mr. Vantittart waved for the present, the notice he had given on Friday, of his intention to bring forward to-day, twa motions, the one relative to Exchequer bills, and the other es to the means of encouraging foreign lçamen to engage in our service.
The ships passengers regulation bill was read a third time, and passed.
The Secretary at War brought in a bill for making far. ther provisions for the pay and cloathing of the militia of Great Britain, which was read a first time; and the right hon. Gentleman, after stating that this bill was in some particulars materially different from any former act on the same subject, moved that it should be printed and read a second time next day.
The ordnance lands bill was committed, the report was received, and the bill ordered to be read a third time the next day.
Mr. Pole gave notice of his intention of moving, next day, for leave to bring in a bill for vesting other lands in certain trustees for the use of his Majesty's ordnance.
Mr. P. Moore presented a petition from cerrain persons engaged in the earthenware manufactory in Staffordthire, praying the coulideration of their cafe.- Ordered to lie on the table.
SUPPLY-ARMY ESTIMATES, The House resolved into a connaittee of supply, to which the papers presented by the Secretary at War on the -3d instant, and the ordnance estimates, were referred.
The Secretary at War faid, that in rising to submit to the consideration of the Committee, the remaining army estimates, he wilhed to observe, that they consisted of two parts:-One of them related to those estimates that were not presented 10 the House at the commencement of the sellions. They were the usual estimates for fupernumerary officers, pensioners at the Royal Hospitals of Chelsea and Kilmainham, the Royal Military College, and the Military Asylum: these estimates could not be presented before, because the whole of the expence could not be ascertained until the seven garrison bat. talions were complete. The second head of estimates related to some augmentation that had been ordered in the regular forces, to the militia and supplementary militia, and to some further expences which had iaken place in the barrack department. Those estimates which related to the supernumerary officers, pensioners at Chelsea and Kilmainham, &c. were much the same as before. The expence of the Royal Military College was greater than that of last year, it amounted to 81101. This increase was owing to a second company of cadeis being formed. This institution being found to answer fo well all the purposes for which it was formed, it had been thought cxpedient to add a second company of cadets. Any body
who confidered fairly the nature of this inftitution, would, he was sure, agree with him, that it was an expence well laid out on the part of the public. He trusted that it was an institution that would be constantly kept up, as it afforded to young men destined for the army, better means of inftru&tion than they could otherwise obtain in this country : hoped also, that it would always be inanaged with economy, and without any partiality or favour. He now came to the Royal Military Asylum; for this service he should move for a fum of 31,000l. of this fum 21,000l. was to be applied to complete the building. He was sorry to say, that the buildings which were completed, coft more than had been originally estimated, though every attempt had been made to make the estimates as accurale as possible-This increase of the expence beyond the estimate, arose partly from this circumsance, viz. that soon after the estimate was formed, the dispute with the Northern Powers took place, which caused a great increase in the price of many of the sticles used in the building-This, however, would, he hoped, be the whole expence of the building, and he should only ask 10,000l. for fitting up the rooms, &c. He caine now to the second head of estimates, viz. thole which rela'ed to the aug. mentation of the forces.-The augmentation which had been ordered was not to a very confiderable extent, for the Cominiitee would recollect, that when ihe army was voted in De. cember last, i: was upon an unusually liigh cltablilhınent, the higheit that ever was propofed in time of peace. It was thought that completing the ariny by a small augmentation would be fufficiene--as the arıny voied was 130,000 men. The augmentation that would iake place, would be principally in the cavalry. The Committee would recolled, that by the plan which he proposed in December lalt, ten men per troop of the cavalry were to remain dismounted; thufe men were now to be mounted, and their place to be fupplied with recruits; this would make 70 men per iroop. There was also to be an augmentation in the foor-guards. The next augmentation arose from a regulation which had been adopted of abolishing the field officers having companies; in consequence of which there would be three additional caprains in each regiment. He would not now enter into any arglimen's upon the propriety of this regulation, he would only fay, ihai it was one that imet with the approbation of the most experienced officers of the arıny ; by ibis plan, the fituation of captain-lieutenant would be abolilhed, and he would of course have one of the three companies; another of