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Hon. Member on the present occasions. army to join the British in Egypt. Having His Lordlip, aiter faring the preroga. gone a good deal into thele fubjects, his tive of the Executive Power with his Lordship entered into a minute itatement ufual perfpicuity, contended, that in case of the affairs of the Company, as conit was not neceflary to have recoule to nected with the different Prelidencies war, Minifters dould not lay before and settlements in India, their factories the House the documents attending the in China, and their fales, allets, and present difcnfiouns, further than they charges, at home. From a general comthought was conntent with propriety. parilon of debts and aflets, there apHe lupported this proposition on the peared to be an increase of debts in India ground that it might lead to irritation to the amount of 3,034,1301. and a in discussion, from which nothing good decrease of debts at home to the amount or uletul could arise.

of 571,3061.; making the increase of Mr. Elliott was defirous to have expla- debts 2,462,8241. The increale of aliers nation from Minilters.

in India was 544,3691. ; tbat at home Mr. Canning, Sir W. Pulteney, and 1,393,0241.; making the general increase Mr. Trench, leverally fupported the 1,942,3931. from this lum, his Lord. motion, which was then put and carried. fhip obierved, there was to be deducted a

603,500l. was then voted for wages for decrease of the balance in favour of the the 10,000 deamen for twelve lunar Company at China and St. Helena to the months; 290,000l.tor victuals; 330,0col. amount of 187,0421. The net increale for wear and tear of the thips; and 27,000l. of assets would then stand at 1,755,851l. for ordnance.

From this view, the fate of the concern The report was ordered to be received would be worle than it was at the conon Monday.

clufion of the preceding years by a tom The Chairman of the Committee on of 707,4731. Having gone through the the Coventry Election reported, that different items of the Budget, he conCaptain Barlow was duly elected; but cluded by entering into a prospective that Nathaniel Jeffries, E'q. was not view of the Company's affairs, and more duly elected.

particularly with relpeet to the meatures MONDAY, MARCH 14.

to be adopted for liquidating the India The Secretary at War moved for leave debt. That debt he should take at to bring in a Bill for confolidating the eighteen millions and a half; of which ditterent Aits relative to the Militia. fixteen millions bore an annual intereit It was intended, inttead of burthening of no less than 1,408,793). This great the parifhes at present, as was the prac- object to free the Company from lo heavy tice, to throw the burden on the counties; a preliure, was to convert it into an there were claufts for the prevention of European debt. This would put the the many frauds committed by fubiti. Company into the pollellion of a contutes; and there were clandes einpower. tiderable" fund for the extinction of their ing parithes, where families are particu- debr, because the difference of interest Jariy burdenfome, to provide lubititutes. between an Indian debt to the amount -Granted.

he had itated, at 9 per cent. and an INDIA BUDGET.

European debt at 5 per cent. would On the motion of Lord Castlereagh, afford to the Company a laving of about the House went into a Committee on the 5,380,000l. a-year. He wilhed here to Eait India accounts, Mr. Wallace in the oblcive, that it was not in contemplation Chair.

to liquidate the whole of the debt; it was Lord Caftlereagh began a speech of proper, for many realons, that a part of great length by ttating, that certain do. The debe should remain: one of thote reacuments from India had not arrived ; fons was, that the natives thould have an but that there, important as no doubt interelt (independent of the advantages they were, did not preclude him from the they have under our Government) in the itaiement he was about to make, which lability of ihe Company. Suppole then was founded upon documents which were the amount of debt to be reduced was now belore the Cominitite. The reve. 12,000,ooal, and the sum applicable to nues of the East India Company divide the reduction to be 2,000 cool. a year, themselves into two branches; their ex- it would obvioully be liquidated in tix penditure at home, and their expenditure years, and the interest due upon the abroad. The expences of the Company, itinainder, taking it even at 6 per cent. he bad to taie, had been conbideiahly would be only 240,000i. a year. He increa.ed by the expedition of the Indian prelumed that the intereit might, under

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these circumsances, be reduced to 6 per into further consideration this day fe'n. cent.; and, in the present state of the night. Company's affairs, they would not have The report of the Committee of Sup. occalion to raise any money for the firit ply, granting 10,000 leamen for the two years. The whole military estab. service of the navy, was brought up and lishment was such as to preclude every agreed to. apprehension, either from attacks from Europe, or from contests in India. It

TUESDAY, MARCH 15. amounted to 24,000 Europeans, of whom

Mr. W. Dickenton, jun. reported from 17,000 were King's troops. The Native the Committee on the contelied election force amounted to 89,000 men; and ihe for the county of Hereford, that John irregular force, including Lascars, to Geers Cotterel, Efq. is not doly elected; 10,000; making altogether an army of and that Sir George Cornwail, Bart, is above 124,000 men. If the peace contin duly elected.--A new writ was ordered nued, the public would next year obtain to be issued for a Member to serve for their participation of the Company's lur- the county of Hereford, in the room of plus revenue, and the Company would Mr. Cotterel. have 2,000,cool. applicable to the re- Mr. Corry obrained leave to bring in duction of its debt. If war unfortunately a Bill continuing, for a time to be limited, took place, this country must forego, the reftrictions on the cash payments of for a time, the half million a year ; but the Bank of Ireland. the Company would Hill have one million The House went into a Committee a -year for the liquidation of its debt. on the Irish Militia Bill. Mr. Elliott Having enlarged further on these topics, objected Atrongly to the clause allowing his Lord'hip concluded with moving his four guineas bounty to the men to be first refolution.

raised. He said, it was directly hoftile Mr. Johnstone denied that the increase to the principle of railing the men by of territory in India acquired by the ballot, and would prove highly injua Company had been the result of equity rious to the recruiting for the regular or prudence: on the contrary, the polo army. feflions of the unfortunate Princes in the Mr. Wickham said, that the present Carnatic had been wrcited from thern Bill confined the services of the men most unjustly.

to the county for which they were raised. Lord Caftlereagh explained.

The Hon. Gentleman muft surely know, Mr. Addington regretted that Mr. that the Militia of Ireland was never Johntone should have ipoken in so deci- embodied by ballot; and it was a fact, five a tone with respect to the recent that at the period of the Militia being, transactions in India, as they were not disbanded, not one man was serving whe before the House in a thape which ad- had been ballotted for. mitted of regular discussion. He hoped, Mr. Elliott explained. however, that until they were so brought The Secretary at War complained of forward, Gentlemen would keep their the conduct of the Hon. Gentleman in minds unbiased.

throwing opposition in the way of a Bill Sir Hugh Inglis supported the resolu- fo effentially requisite for completing the tion.

force of the empire. Mr. Francis contested a variety of the A Mort debate took place on the mea. items and general statements taken into fure; after which the Bill passed through account by Lord Castlereagh.

the Committee. Lord Caftlereagh replied.

The Secretary at War moved to bring Mr. W. Dundas supported the resolu- in a Bill for filling up vacancies in the tions.

command of the Militia ; which would Sir F. Baring spoke in favour of their include five provisions : ilt, For calling general accuracy; but differed from the in Field · Offcers who had served during Noble Lord with regard to the future the war; 2d, To call in any Captains prosperity of the Company.

who had served in the Militia during the Lord Caftitieagh and Mr. Johnstone war, though unqualified in fortune; 3:1; severally explained; and

To preserve their rank to Captain-Licua Sir T. Metcalf spoke in favour of the tenants; 4th, To provide, that when a resolucions.

regiment had a vacancy in its command The question was then put and carried. for two months, Officers of the Army cr The House was returned ; the report re- Marines, who were now on h3]:-pa! Grived, ordered to be printed, and taken might be called in; and seh, That Meine

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tia Officers doing duty as Artillery-men tleman resumed. Last Seffion the Houfe fhould have pay as such. Leave given. had thought proper to relieve the Civil

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16. Lift from the debt w ich had been accu: Mr. H. Browne reported from the mulated during the fixteen years preCommittee on the Nottingham Election, ceding ; but in doing so, had not ad. that the Cominittee had determined, that verted to the provision necessary for the Jofeph Birch and D. P. Cooke, Eqrs. Household. He concluded by moving were not duly elected ; that the election for a select Committee of twenty-one was void, with respect to a Burgets to Members to enquire into the charges ferve for Nottingham;

and that the on the Civil Lift, and to report.-Or. Petitions against the returns were not dered. frivolous or vexations. The Committee Mr. Alexander brought up the Report had also come to several resolutions, the of the Committee upon the Irish Militia Jubitance of which was, that the Re- A&t. furning Officer had not done his duty; Upon the resolution being read a and that, during the electior, several dif- second time for increasing the bounty graceful riots had taken place, and out- from two to four guineas, rages been committed, which were com- Mr. Windham entered his solemn propletely subversive of the freedom of elec- test against the measure, from a convidion tion, &c.

that it was bad. He was no friend to the The minutes of the Committee were Militia system in its best stage; but to ordered to be taken into consideration on that of Ireland he had a particular aver. the 20th of next month; and it was fion. The latter could not be raised but directed that no new writ should be issued by bounty ; which mode was a total until fubfequent to that congderation. subversion of the constitutional principle

Captain Markham rofe for the purpose of the Militia. It was impofsible, 'he of calling the attention of the House to a faid, to bring the Militia to that state of subject of great delicacy. On Friday perfection which the regulars poffess; lalt, in a debate, an Hon. Member in his and if inexperienced leaders were placed eye (Mr. Dent) had infinuated, that im- over inexperienced followers, the confeproper transactions had taken place on the quence, in time of danger, might be Stock Exchange; and hnce that fatement easily foreseen. He concluded with ob. had been made, several impressions very serving, that if the Militia had been unfavourable had gone abroad with re- capable of offensive operations, Bonaparte Spect to Sir Thomas Trowbridge, as would never have dared to cross the Alps, having sold out a large quantity of stock and the battle of Marengo would not in consequence of the information he ob. have decided the fate of empires. tained from his official situation in the The Secretary at War'denied that the Board of Admiralty. He then proceeded raising the Militia by bounty tended to to ftate the facts, as contained in an affi. diminish the recruiting service, and was davit made by Sir Thomas's agent; of a far different opinion respecting the wherein that Gentleman (wears that he utility of the Militia in general. In 1780, fold out Sir T.'s stock, not in conse. they faved the metropolis; and in Irequence of any orders from the gallant land, they helped to put down rebellion. Knight, but from the tenor of instruc- He enumerated their several services tions he received a long time ago to sell during the war; and considered the feaout, Mould there be any prospect of the timents of Mr. W. as tending to mis. funds getting low. He concluded by chievous conclusions. saying, that he meant to move for a Com. Sir W. Pulteney, General Tarleton, mittee to investigate the matter.

Sir L. Parfuns, and the Chancellor of the Mr. Dent vindicated himself from any Exchequer, spoke to the same effet ; and personal reflection on Sir Thomas: he the queltion was carried without a divia merely repeated, generally, what had lion. Þeen current in the city.

THURSDAY, MARCH 17. Mr. Addington having spoken in high Frederick Shuttleworth was brought terms of the honour of the gallant Knight, to the Bar, for the purpose of being repri. Mr. Dent explained, and the proposed en- manded by the Speaker. The Speaker, quiry was dropped.

in a very iolemn and impressive manner, Mr. Addington moved, that his Ma- delivered himlelf to the following effect: jesty's Message relative to the Civil Lift, “ Frederick Shuttleworth, the Chairman of the 15th of May 1802, be read. This of the Select Committee appointed to try having been done, the Right Hon. Gen- the merits of the Petition complaining of

2n undue election for the town of Not- associate with people of rank and for. tingham, has reported, in behalf of the tune ; besides which, a number of Half. Committee, that you have been guilty pay Officers would enter the Militia in of gross prevarication, and most improper preference to the regular service. Were misbehaviour, in giving your evidence the Bill put in force, he could almost with before the Committee. Such conduct is that qualified Officers would leave their them ft offensive of which a man can regiments. be guilty; as it tends to destroy the The Secretary at War replied, that no sacred obligation of truth which binds part of the Bill was new; on the conman to man, operates to defeat the ends trary, it was entirely founded on the of justice, and breaks up the confidence various provisions of the Acts of last that keeps together the bonds of society. Session. The Bill merely allowed, that In the disgraceful proceedings that distin. those who had served before were qualified guithed the latt election for Nottingham, to serve again; it all allowed thole in giving your evidence, you vainly at- who were not qualified to serve, but there tempted to suppreis the truth. Your was nothing cinpulsory upon the Lord education and habits of life, in so doing, Lieutenanis to give such Gentlemen apexhibited a pernicious example to others. pointments. The principle of the Bill was h the punishment of your offence, the merely for completing the Oificers. lenity of the House has been conspicuous. Mr. Sheridan obferved, that any GenYou were committed to the cultudy of tleman who opposed meatures of this the Serjeant at Arms, and spared the nature at the picient period fhould take dilgrace and infamy of being sent to a care to be well tortified with argument, common gaol. You have expressed con and, unless to prepared, he ought rather trition for your offence in your Petition to propose some expedient more early to this H vie. You now go forth itig- acted upon. What the Noble Lord had matited and disgraced to the public and laid with regard to the qualified Oficers your friends; and nothing can efface going out, thould any Gentleman unyour offence but a severe and continued qualified enter, was the most singular Tepentance for your misconduct, and a remark he had ever heard. It was well Griet regard to the civil and political known, that for a long time back the rights of your fellow-subjects. You are Subalterns were not qualified; but what dow discharged, on paying your fees." mult a Lord Lieutenant lay, when he is

Mr Addi gton moved, that the Speech obliged to fill up other vacancies with of the Speaker Tould be inlerted in the unqualified perfins ? Why, that it is Jounals of the Houle; which was agreed owing to the samele!s want of public

spirit in the young gentry of the country, MARCH 18.

who are running about hunting and Sir M. W Ridley rep rted from the horse-racing in every direction. Не Committee on the Great Grimsby Elec-wified the Militia to be officered and led tion, that J. H. Loft, Elq was not duly on by the property of the country; but clected, and that William Mellich, Eiq. sh uld that not be attainable, Govern. ought to have been returned in his tead, ment was obliged to elect Officers where The Committee had come to a refolution, they could find them. that the Mayor, the returning officer, Some farther conversation ensued; bad been guilty of great partiality Tne when the B:11 was ordered to be comrefolution was ordered to be printed, and mitted on Tuelday next. taken into contideration on Tuerday the A Mellige from the Lords informed 29 b initant

the Huule, that their Lordthips had Mr Dickenson brought up a Bill, con- agreed to the Prince of Wales's Annuity tinuing the Suspension fActions againit Bill, and to tie l'ill. Revenue Bill. Clergy men for Non-refidence. Riad a

MONDAY, MARCH 21. Gift, and ordered to be read a lecond Lord Gienbervie obtained leave to tinie on Monday.

bring in a Bill for allowing Ships emThe Secretary at War moved the ployed in the Whale Fishery to have second readı.g of the Militia Officers' a complete number of men for the present Bill.

leaton. Lord Foikstone objected to the lec nd Sir F. Burdett moved, that the farther reading, on the ground that the Bill consideration of the Pancras Workhouse went to reduce the dignity of the Mili- Bill be postponed to Wednesday fe'ntia, by adinitting improper perlons to night, on account of the great importarce

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of the measure, and the absence of the Mr. Wickham moved, that the claufo Comudel.gainit the Bill. The motion be omitted which impofes a file of was negalived by a majority of two. 500l. for making tule returns, us 1: was

On the motion of Mr. Burdon, a a'reproach to the gentry of that counCommittee was annointed to consider try. Agreed to. of t.le important lervices performed by The Irish Post Office Bill was read a thore hand writers in the Select Coma, third time, and pitied. mittees.

TUESDAY, MARCH 22.
FAST INDIA BUDGET.

Mr. Tierney moved for an account Lord Caitiereagh moved the order of Mewing the increate or diminution in the day for confidering the Report of the salaries of Clerks in the jublic the Committee on the East India Bud- Onces in Great Britain, for the year ger.

1802: and also a like account from Mr. Francis defended the right of Ireland, for the years 1801 and 1802. every Member to

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Ordered. accounts submitted to the Houle ; In 3 Committee on the Militia Ofi. and referred to an omillion which cers' Bill, appeared in thole in question : as the The Secretary at War observed, that cabi'ai stock of the Company, which the temporary measures of the pretent is 12,000,0001, had been omitted on the Bill were only the same as thote redebit lide, he wished to know, whe- forted to last war. ther, as was reported, Government Mr. H. Lascelles wished the clause :o were to be the quarantees for that sum be to worded, that if two pe tons preto the Company, and what was the fented themselves for a Captaincy, one nature of the security?

qualified in land, the other not, the Sir T. Me calle leverely censured Lords Lieuten inis should be oblized:o Mr. F. for intinuating that the ac. take the candidate who was qualified by counts in queltion had been fabricated land. by the Directors to deceive the Houle : The Secretary at War thought it he in'tted that the Company had lince improper to introduce any words that 1793 acted conformably to the orders would tetter the Lords Lieutenants in of the House, in laying the accounts the choice of proper Officers. before them; and said, that their attairs Some other amendments were sugwere in a better situation than at any getted ; after which period tince 1764: within the last ten Mr. Bastaid faid, there was no facri, years, the Company had exported, in fice that the landed interest would not woollen cloth. hardware, &c. &c. the make; but the Milica had been dira producti 11s of this country, no less a graced by the mealgies of the Jait Pare fum than upuards of feventeen mil- liament lions; and the supplies which they had The Chancellor of the Exchequer received from abroad had enabled them denied this allertion; and intittel, that to purchaleien millions in bullion, &c. those meziures arose from the necefity to lend out to their lettlements. The of the times. duties paid to the Crown within the Lord Folk'ione pursued the fame lart the years were, 5,700,00). grounds as Mr. B.; and infitted, that

Mr. J lin.'one made fome objections tlie piefent Bill would tend to de preis to the accounts, and contended, that the spirit of the country. the astirs of the Company were General Talletup thought the 012,200,00cl. worse lait ytar than they cers to be introduced into the Miina were reprelented to be by Lord Mel. from the Army, uere fit to a ciate ville: the Houle, he laid, was not latif. with any class of men in the countyfied that there was now any furplus perhaps they were at least as tits ne whatever.

pany for the landed interest, as the Mr. Wallace defended the statements latter were for them. of Lords Caitlereagh and Nelville, and The amendments were agreed to. denied that the accusations of Mr. Fran

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23. cis vere founded on fact.

Sir J. Anderton, in contequence of I rds Kinnaird and Cattlereagh made an amendment made to a m ney-cialfe a few remarks; after which the Refo. in the S.Giles's Burying. Ground bill, luti' ns were agreed to.

moved to bring in i new one. Helaid, In a Committee on the Irish Militia this was a subject of the utiroit moBill,

ment, as the ground was now to full,

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