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combine them in one bond of common interest, and in one common effort against our common enemies, the known enemies of all religion, all law, all order, and all property. He has had the happiness of seeing all this completely accomplished. An unexampled concord amongst the people; an unexampled zeal for the support of the Crown had taken place: But he is not responsible for the effects of a system, which proceeds in a contrary direction to that which he pursued; he is not responsible for the effects of a system which supports men in whom the Public has little confidence, and contumcliouily rejects the service of those who have obtained the good opinion of their country—a system which endeavours to supply a comparative defect of ability, by an unmeasured increase os influence—a system which rejects the opinion and information of persons in high and responsible situations, and listens to the interested representations of subordinate office— a system, which, inverting the whole order of things,, introduces anarchy into the very feat of Government, by publicly and avowedly supporting the instruments against the agent— a system, which, finding the body of the people disposed to look to the Crown as their security against oppression from domestic factions, employs all its influence, power, and authority, to support those very factions against the people who fly for refuge to the Crown. For the opposite system lie has suffered the unparalleled mark of displeasure which has been shewn to him. He is willing to suffer more, rather than abandon it. He will remember, witli a warm and lasting gratitude, and a cordial attachment, the weighty persons in Parliament, and all the respectable bodies and individuals by whom he was generously encouraged, and honourably supported in a different plan of government, from that which derives its support from the corruption of one part of the people, and the depression of the other.


Friday, Alay 8.


Mr. Jelyll said, that for several davs he attended in that House ior the purpose os asking an ostensible minister a question on a subject of great importance, but he had not been so fortunate as to find such a minister in the House; now that he saw one, he should put the question, and wished he might have a satisfactory answer. The matter it referred to was of a very serious and alarming nature—he meant the cause of the present very high price ot provisions. The poor •were starving in many parts of this country; already the dreadful effects of that situation of the poor had shewn themselves, as appeared from accounts from different parts of the eastern and the northern coasts. Insurrections had taken place, and the military had been called out to quell them, but they had joined the populace. He understood that inquiries had been made into the cause of this scarcity of provisions, and he wished to know what the result was of these inquiries. He wished to know whether the scarcity was real or artificial. If real, it became the duty of the Executive Government to provide feme relief to the poor. If artificial, it became the duty of the Executive Government to interfere, and by means of its law officers enforce more effectually the laws against forestalling and regrating. In either cafe, therefore, die Executive Government ought to make diligent inquiry, and apply any remedy that was possible to an evil of such magnitude and importance. He believed there were instances of Committees of that House being appointed to inquire into the price of provisions, and to report their opinions thereon, but he did not know that much benefit had resulted from such measures, as they had been carried; perhaps something more might be done hereafter upon that subject. All he wished- to. know at present was, whether the cause of the evil he mentioned had been ascertained, and he now wished the Secretary of State to inform him, whether the scarcity of prpvisiont in this country was real or artificial?

Mr. Secretary Dundas said, that the Executive Government had by no means been ^attentive to this subject, but the House must be aware of the great Inconvenience that must necessarily follow a discussion of it at that time in that place. He begged the Hon. Gentleman to rest assured, that upon the subject of scarcity of provisions there had been a great deal of misrepresentation and exaggeration industriously cir-' culated. But he must beg again that the subject might not be discussed at present, on account os the greac inconvenience that might follow. If any artificial scarcity be at any time apprehended, he knew of nothing more likely to promote it than discussions of that nature.


Mr. Hujpy said, he wislied to know, for the government of his own conduct, what course of proceeding the minister intended to take on Monday, aster the Call of the House.


The Chancellor of the Exchequer said, it was his wish to proceed on Monday on the subject ot" his Majesty's Message; there were, however, some papers to be laid before the House, which could not be ready before that time, but which would be ready then. It was his intention to move for a Committee cn the subject of the Message, and in that Committee he intended to propose an additional annual income to the Prince of Wales. Any application of that kind should be referred to a subsequent stage of the proceeding, and might come by way os instruction to a Committee on the Bill. It was his intention to propose a secret Committee, to take1 into consideration the circumstances and the amount of the incumbrances of his Royal Highness. The measure which he should bring forward on Monday, was only to propose an additional income for his Royal Highness, and such as, perhaps, the House would not have thought proper to withhold, even if the Prince was onincumbered. Then would follow the consideration of means for applying that income in such a way as would most conduce to the ease and comfort of his Royal Highness, without which the liberality of Parliament might be ineffectual.

Mr. Hujsey said, he meant to bring forward a proposition for raising a fund to effectuate all the purposes recommended in his Majesty's Message. He meant to propose a sale os the forest lands of this country; or, at least, a sufficient quantity of them to answer the purposes expressed in the Message, and also to prevent the necessity of adding so frequently to the burdens of the people; ns well as for laying some foundation for the provision and support of the distressed part of the inhabitants of this country. He threw this out then merely that the thing might be considered; he said nothing in savour of it; he meant it for the consideration of that House, and for the consideration of the Public. If he found any strong and good objections to it, of course he should not persist; otherwise he should certainly bring it forward.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer said, that the subject which the Hon. General had alluded to was one which could not regulurly be discussed then. But he could not help saying, that in his opinion, when it came to be discussed, the House •would find insuperable objections to it. At least, taken in the last view of the Hon. Gentleman, a provision for the people by means of present relief, it was wholly inadequate.

Air. Hujsey said, he expressed himself exceedingly ill, if he said any thing about present relies to the Public. He meant to lay a foundation for suture support.


Mr. Dundas moved for leave to bring in a Bill for allowing the East India Company, for a time to be limited, to import merchandize in bottoms not British built.—Granted.

Mr. Joddrell moved that the Dead Body Bill be read a second time on Friday next.—Ordered.

The House, in a Committee of Supply, voted several resolutions, and ordered them to be received on Monday.

Adjourned to Monday.

Monday, May 11.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer stated, that understanding that the Speaker was extremely indisposed, he should propose that the House adjourn till Wednesday, and that the consideration of his Majesty's Messige relative to a provision for his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales be postponed till that day.

Mr. Jehyll expressed the regret which he, in common, with every Member of the House, felt on account of the occasion which rendered their adjournment necessary. (This sentiment was received with a general burst of feeling from every quarter of the House.) This being the cafe, lie should propose to postpone his motion respecting the recal cf Earl Fitzwillhm, which stood for the next day till Tuesday se'nnight; but as the Right Hon. Gentleman (Mr. Dundas) had given notice of his intention to bring forward the India Budget on that day, he hoped he would now defer it tiil Thursday.

Mr. Jekyll afterwards got up, and said, that in the present state of the Speaker's indisposition, l.e considered Wednesday as too early a day, and should therefore propose that the House adjourn till Thursday. (A cry of Thursday, Thursday, from all parts of the House.)

The Speaker said, he felt himself extremely ob!ig?d by the degree of anxiety and interest respecting his indisposition, which was expressed from all sides of the House. Indisposed as he was, he had hoped that he stiouid have been able to go through his duty to-day; but finding that impossible, he trusted he should be well enough to attend in his place on Thursday.

The House then adjourned to Thursday.

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Tuesday, May 11.

Field Marshal Conway's Bill For A Prolongation 01
His Patent For Saving Fuel Iv The Operation
Of Many Important Manufactures.

The Earl'of' Guildsordmoved that the Bill for a prolongation of Field Marshal Conway's Fatcnt, be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

Lord Auckland said, that he had summoned their Lordships from motives of candour, and that the Bill in question, which he meant to oppose, might have every support which 'the general sense os the House might incline to give to it. Undoubtedly it would be decided on its own merit?, and without any reference to personal considerations. Still, however, he must be permitted lo fay, that it was painful to him to resist a proposition interesting to a most respectable individual, who had been known to him through life, and who was distinguished by every virtue and by every quality that could conciliate the good-will of mankind. But under the circumstances which lie should point out to their Lordships, it was impossible for him, with any consistency or decorum, to do otherwise.

Towards the close of the last session, a Bill had passed through tlic House of Commons to prolong to Messrs. Kendrew and Porthouse, a patent for an invention. Those persons were ingenious manufacturers, established in the North of England, and much esteemed in their line of life. They had personally applied to him, when their Bill was brought to the House of Lords, and had various claims on every support that he could wirh propriety give to them. Seven years only of their patent had expired, and the Bill sent from the Commons granted an additional term of ten years. Messrs. Kcndrew and Forthouse, after conferring with several Lords on the subject, found that a .majority of the Peers then generally attendant on the business of the House, was stronglyindisposed to these prolongations, and he (Lord Auckland) decidedly told them that he was one of the number. On this information they withdrew their Bill, after several weeks » attendance, with a great loss of time and a considerable expellee. As he should be furry to conceal any circuvnstance, he would here observe, that, some manufacturers of Lancashire had presented petitions against the Bill of Messrs. Kendrew a-:d Forthouse, alleging that their invention was not flew and original; but they had offered to establish their invention

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