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conducive, by the influence of example, to the best interests of pofterity. Tlie honourable Genileman concluded with submitting his motion for thanks &c.
Colonel Craufurd made a few observations in reply, which were merely explanatory of his speech.
The question was then pin upon Mr. Sheridan's motion, and car iced nem. cun.
Mr. Sheridan next moved that the Speaker do fignify to The Lords Lieutenants of Counties, &c. the allent of the Houfe to the above resoluiion. Agreed to nen.com
Mr. Sheridan finally moved that a return be made and eniend upon the journals of the names and number of the volunteer corps, who, from the present moment till the next meeting of Parliament, fiould enrol themselves and be accepted by his Majesty, in order that their patriotic eximple may be handed down to animate our latest posterity. Agreed to nem. con.
Several accounts were presented from the India House, which drew forth some observations from Mr. Francis and Ms. Sheridan ; after which the accounts were ordered to lie on the table, and to be printed.
Mr. Hutchinfon then rose to advert to the notice he had given of bringing forward a motion respecting the present Hale of Ireland. lo his opinion it was then too late an hour (ten o'clock) to agitate a question of such delicacy and importance. He therefore wiibed, it fuch were the pleasure of ihe Loure, lo defer his motion 10. the next day, it it was intended that the House should liv on that dav, otherwise he Thould now submit to the House what observations he had to m ke upon that important queftion.
Lord Hawtebury observed i hat the House would meet the next dav merely pro 1o ma, and he hoped that the honourable. Gentleman would not introduce a sub ca of fuch magnitude in a thin House, and when a full atiendance might be pro ductive of nich personal inco' venience.
Mr. Il indham contended, that after a filing of five hours, the attention of the House could not be equal to the discuffion of a subject loinericate and momentous.
General Maitland wilhed, as the attendance of Members was now numerous, and as the hon Genileman was aware, when he gave his notice of the other business which had that night occupied the attention of the House, that the orion should be immediately submitted to discussion.
The Speaker iniimated, that the hon. Genèleman had a right to defer his motion.
Mr. Hutchinson availed himself of that right, and his motion was deferred.
HOUSE OF LORD S.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11. The royal assent was given by commission to fifty-one public and private bills. Among those of the former description were the income tax bill, che vole of credit, the Scorch taxes consolidarion, the vellum and parchment duries, the Orange annuity, Tortola free port, the general defence amendment, the substitutes exemption, the foreign note forgery, and the Scotch army of reserve amendment bills.
The Lords Commissioners were, the Lord Chancellor, the Earl of Chesterficld, and Lord Walsingham.
Lord Dundas was sworn, and took his feat.
The bills which remained upon the table were read a third time and passed. Among ihele were the wines prizeage, the Amherst annuity, the afleffed taxes regulation, the neutral ships, the countervailing, the aliens' regulation, the seamen's encouragement, and the Custom house officers' protection bills.
Messages were sent to acquaint the Commons there with. These tills lie over for the personal allent of his Majesty.
The Attorney General, attended by several Meinbers, returned the aliens' regulation bill, with the acquiescence of the Commons to the amendmenis made therein by their Lordships.
The House then adjourned.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
THURSDåY, AUGUST 11. The Deputy Umer of the Black Rod appeared at the bas, and summoned the attendance of the House in the House of Peers, to hear the royal affent given by commillion to cerrain bills. On their return from the Lords the Speaker sta ed that several public and private bills had received the royal afTent.
Mr. Wilberforce presented a peririon from ibe debiors confined in the jail of York, praying relief, which was VonIV. 1892-3.
ordered to lie on the table; as were petitions of a similar nature, presented by Mr. Vansıtart, from the confined debtors in the King's Bench prison and the Poultry Compter.
Ordered, on the motion of Mr. Serjeant, that a new writ Mould be issued for the election of a representative for the borough of Athlone, in Ireland, in room of the right hon. William Hancock, who has accepted the office of escheator of Muniter.
Also a writ for the city of Bristol, in the room of the right hon. Charles Bragge, who has accepted the office of steward and bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds.
Also a writ for Cambridgeshire, in room of the right hon. Charles Yorke, who has accepted the stewardship of the manor of East Hendred, in Berkshire.
Also a writ for the royal boroughs of Jedburth, Haddinglon, &c. in room of the hon. Thomas Maiilan, who has been appointed in the office of one of the Commissioners for managing the affairs of India, with a salary annexed,
A new writ was ordered for the borough of Whitchurch, in the county of Suthampton, in room of the hon. William Broderick, who has been appointed one of the Lords Commillioners of his Majesty's"? reasury.
The Lords' amendments in the alien bill were agreed to, and the bill ordered back to the Upper House, after the Speaker had made fome observations on a part of the amendments, which, though apparently, did not really touch on the privileges of the House, as they were merely designed to follow up the intention of a claufe originating in this House.
The account lying on the table from the Commillioners for auditing public accounts relative to the defaulters, and the balances due from different individuals, was withdrawn upon leave given, and a more correct ftatement was presented from the said Commissioners, which was ordered to be printed.
A mesage from the Lords stated their Lordships' affent 10 the surplus consolidation fund bill, the Irish glebe grant, the Amherst annuity, the affefied taxes consolidation, the sugar draw'ack, the wine prizage, the prize courts regulations, ihre neutral hipping, and ihe Bell Rock light- house bills.
SLITE OF IRILAD. Mr. Hutchinken rofe pursuant to his notice to fi.bmit a mo. cion relative to the attairs of Ireland. He began by stating Low maierial it was in the present jundure to enable his
Majesty to avail himself of all the resources which every part of the empire was capable of affording, and how desirable it therefore was to pue Ireland in such a situation as to render her natural strength, her wealth, and population, available for the common safety of the empire. The unanimity which appeared in this country was a source of joy to every loyal mind, but the joy of an Irishman was confiderably allayed by the reflection that so many of his countrymen were, by the oppreflion they endored, by the wretched poverty they suffered, damped in their ardour for the public security, if not allo. gether alienaied in their affections for the British Government. To remedy this mistortune, he called upon Ministers to attend to the Ita'e of Ireland, and to reform radically the system by which ii had been so long governed, and that would serve to establish the tranquilliry of Ireland, to place that country beyond the reach of foreign aggression and domestic treason. He called upon i he liberality of Parliament to consider this subject, and upon the equiry of Mio sters to recollect the solemn pledges made to the Irish people at the time of that union which deprived Ireland of its Parliament. He demanded of them the execution of those promises, it shey wished that the professions of the British Cabinet thould have any confidence or credit in Ireland. For himself he would confess, that when that measure was carried he did not reckon much on the splendid prospects which he understood were held out by the emillaries of the British Cabinet to delude the supporters of that measure, and he from ihai and still ftronger jafons opposed it, but as it had actually taken place il was his with 'hat this important incorporation should be the pa. rent of sertlement, and not the nurse of revolution. He begged it to be understood that it was not his intention to charge any set of men with a designed breach of promise, but he sincerely regreited that his countrymen were deceived, thar Ministers were so inattentive 10 incir wants and wishes, and that a degree of lupineness and delay prevailed with regard to that country which he did not wiiness even in the most insignificant Englid object. This was a conduct which any Irishman mutt observe with pain, as tending to produce iné moft dreadtul calamity to Ireland, and threatening to involve the downtal of the empirc. Here the hon. Member entered into a comparison between the systems in which the vernment of the two countries was managed, and contended that they were essentially different ---the people of England enjoying the privileges of the Constitution and the advantages
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and profits of industry, to both of which the people of Ireland were almost entire strangers; for the revolution of 1688, which gave liberty io the former, cramped the indufiry of the latter, and laid the foundation of the discords which had fince defolated that unhappy country. The one system, ia fact, was as different from the other as perfection was from imperfection. In England the House might be contented with the beaten track, with moving in the ordinary way, but in Ireland they must begin anew in order to do any effcctual good. He admitted that, under the benefcent reign of his present Majesty, that the greater part of the penalties which disgraced the statute book, as applying to the difference of religious sentiments, had been expunged, but something still semained to be done. So long as any part of this vicious system was suffered to exist, he was fully persuaded that it would be idle to calculate on the peace of Ireland, or to look for harmony or happiness among ihe people; so long as this anomaly in the history in Government prevailed, that the minority of the people should be authorised to lord it over the majority, and that ihis superiority of power should be vested in persons of the lowest class over those of a' inuch higher, merely on this ground, that this majority had 100 much honelty to act againit their conviction, that they would not barely profess seniiinents of religion which they did not feel. Until the affairs of Ireland thould be put in some train of settlement, he would oppose the idea of an hon. General, that the Members could depart to their respective homes, satisfied of having done every thing that was necessary for the safety of the empire. If any doubt was entertained of the melancholy situation of Ireland, or that the picture was exaggerated, let a deputation be appointed by the House to go over to that country, to investigate the state of the poor, and to report their opinion to Parliament after the recess. If such a course were adopied, he was confident, from what he observed of the liberality of the House, that relief would be granted to his poor countrymen. The office of deputy on Such occasion would be one of ihe highest honours, and one which no doubt any man of humanity would be happy to undertake. Certain he was, that even in the most disturbed times, should the arrival of such ambassadors be announced in Ireland, the most profligate or desperate in the country would noi offend them. This was one of the means io which Ministers ought to resort, to put Parliament in posterfron of the most authentic information respecting a country