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Jovis, 18 die Februarii; Anno 11 Georgii IV ti Regis, 1830.
Accounts relating to ArundelPort, presented. East India Company's Resolutions, &c. presented. Tay Ferries Petition. Dundee Gas Petition. (No. 2.) London Bridge and Fleet Market Bill, presented. Crommelin Harbour Petition. Queensferry Passage Improvement Petition. North Level Drainage and Navigation Petition. Ringmer and Hurst Green Roads Petition. Avon and Gloucestershire Railway Petition. Bolton Improvement Petition. London Assurance Companies Bill, presented. Blacktoft Inclosure Bill, presented. Louth Road Petition. Leicester and Swannington Railway Petition. Clifton Bridge Petition. Dunham Bridge Petition. Carlisle and Penrith Road Petition. Longtown Roads Petition. Coventry Canal Petition, reported Birmingham and Edgehill Road Petition. Addington Inclosure Petition. Horsham and Guildford Road Bill, presented. Brechfâ Road Petition. Queensferry Road Petition. Kidderminster Roads Bill, presented. Cromford Bridge Road Petition. Mile-End Old Town Improvement Petition, reported. Abergavenny Roads Petition. Caxton Inclosure Petition. Kingsbury Episcopi Inclosure Petition. Bath Hospital Petition. Radstock Roads Petition. Yeovil and Crewkerne Road Petition. Middlezoy Drainage Petition. Othery Drainage Petition. Weston Zoyland Inclosur Petition. Chard Roads Petition. Peebles Roads Petition. Polloc and Govan Railway Petition. Kirkby and Pinxton Road Petition. Wigan Railway Petition, reported. Ashbourne and Sudbury Roads Petition. Acle and Yarmouth Road Petition. Heigham Bridge Petition. Lambeth Bridge Petition. Standon Inclosure Petition. Oxford Canal Petition. Petition respecting Standing Orders-Wigan Railway. New River Company Petition. Carnatic Commissioners Petition. Leeds and Selby Railway Petition. Sheffield Waterworks Petition. Sheffield and Wakefield Road Petition. Dewsbury Road and Bridge Petition. Return of Corn, ordered. Papers to be printed. Nos. 58, 59, 60. Account of Stock purchased, ordered. Address respecting Compensations for Fees. Petition complaining of Imprisonment for Debt. Petition respecting Postage of Corn Returns (Ireland.) Petitions complaining of Agricultural Distress. Order for Account of Spirits, discharged. Other Accounts ordered. Account of Molasses, ordered. Petitions for repeal of Malt and Beer Duties. Petition for Reduction of Beer Duties (Scotland.) Accounts, ordered: Cork Foundling Hospital. Grain. French Claims. Ecclesiastical Leases (Ireland) Bill, presented. No. 61. Petition against Duties on Coals. Petition for repeal of Subletting Act (Ireland.). Petition for exempting Roman Catholics from Protestant Church Rates. Account of Rum, ordered. Petition complaining of want of Accommodation in the Courts of Law. Petition respecting Hindoo Widows. Petition respecting Labourers Wages. Courts of Common Law Bill, ordered. Motion for Bill for Reform of Parliament.

Jovis, 18 die Februarii; Anno 11 Georgii IV ti Regis, 1830.

PRAYERS.

Accounts relating to ArundelPort, presented.

THE House being informed that Mr. Holmes, from the Commissioners of Arundel Harbour, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House, pursuant to the directions of an Act of Parliament,-Report and Account of the Commissioners acting under an Act passed in the 6th year of the reign of His present Majesty, intituled, "An Act for the more effectual Security of the Harbour of Littlehampton, called Arundel Port, in the County of Sussex:"-And then he withdrew.

Ordered, That the said Report and Account do lie upon the Table.

East India Company's Resolutions, &c. presented.

The House being informed that Mr. Danvers, from the Court of Directors of the East India Company, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House, pursuant to the directions of several Acts of Parliament,-Resolutions of the Court of Directors of the East India Company, being the warrants or instruments granting any salary, pension or gratuity.

An Account of Allowances, Compensations, Remunerations and Superannuations granted to the Officers and Servants of the East India Company:-And then he withdrew.

Ordered, That the said Papers do lie upon the Table.

Tay Ferries Petition.

A Petition of several Trustees under the Acts of the 59th year of his late Majesty and the 3d year of His present Majesty, for erecting, improving, regulating and maintaining Ferries and Passages across the River Tay, in the counties of Fife and Forfar, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the said Trustees were empowered to levy certain rates and duties, upon the security of which, they were authorized to borrow certain sums of money; and that the Commissioners appointed by the several Acts for the issue of Exchequer Bills for carrying on Public Works and Fisheries and the employment of the Poor, were authorized to advance to the said Trustees any sum or sums of money in Exchequer Bills, not exceeding in the whole the sum of 25,000l., upon the security of an assignment or assignments of the said rates and duties, in such form and manner as the said Commissioners should direct and appoint; and that the Trustees were in the said assignments to covenant, undertake and agree to render a yearly account of the produce of the said rates and duties, and to pay the amount of such produce in each and every year (after deducting all necessary expenses for managing and carrying on the said Ferries) to the said Commissioners, or as they may direct, until the whole of any advance or advances made by the said Commissioners as aforesaid should be fully paid, together with the interest thereon, at the rate of four per centum per annum; and that the assignments to the said Commissioners should have priority over and should precede all mortgages, assignments or other securities given, or which should thereafter be given, on the said rates and duties, in consideration of money advanced or contributed for carrying on and completing the said Ferries, until the whole of any advance or advances which should be made by the said Commissioners as aforesaid, together with interest thereon at the rate aforesaid, should be fully satisfied and paid; and the said Commissioners advanced and paid to the said Trustees, in the first place, the sum of 18,000 l.upon a bond and assignment of the rates and duties leviable at the said Ferries, after deducting the expenses of managing and carrying on the same, so that the said sum of 18,000 l. should be repaid by annual instalments, at the rate of five per centum per annum at least, besides interest at the rate of four per centum per annum on the sum remaining due for the time being; and the said Commissioners, in the second place, advanced and paid to the said Trustees a further sum of 7,000 l. upon another bond and assignment in the aforesaid terms, with a further provision, that the said Trustees should pay yearly the whole surplus revenue arising from the said rates and duties, in extinction of the said two sums, after defraying the expense of maintaining and managing the said Ferries; and that the said sums of 18,000 l. and 7,000 l. so advanced and paid by the said Commissioners to the said Trustees, and the sum of 7,107 l. 10 s. subscribed and paid by individuals towards the improvement of the said Ferries, having been insufficient for completing the works and improvements authorized and described by the said Acts, a further sum of 8,828 l. 15 s. was procured by the Trustees from the Dundee Banking Company, which sum was also expended on the said works, and the Trustees were thereby enabled to complete the improvements of the said Ferries within the period provided by the said Acts; the Trustees were further found liable by the award of a Jury in the sum of 1,791 l. to Archibald Campbell Stewart, Esquire, of Saint Fort, and of 500l. to Alexander Merchant, Innkeeper, Dundee, and David Brown, late Innkeeper at Woodhaven, being the amount of damages found due to them respectively in the execution of the said Acts, and for which several sums the Trustees have also granted bonds bearing interest, and assignments of the rates and duties in security of said sums; and that the Trustees have paid to the said Commissioners for the issue of Exchequer Bills the sum of 2,150 l. in part of the foresaid principal sums of 18,000 l. and 7,000 l. with the interest hitherto due on these sums, so that the total sum now due to the said Commissioners by virtue of the assignments in their favour, has been reduced to the sum of 22,850 l.; and although the total expenditure required to complete the improvements of the said Ferries has exceeded the sums originally contemplated, owing to the cost of steamboats and the claims of indemnification aforesaid, yet the sums so expended have been beneficially applied for the public accommodation, and the improvements which have been accomplished by means of these advances have been the cause of producing a great increase of the revenue of the said Ferries; and that by an Act passed in the 8th year of His present Majesty, for the further amendment and extension of the powers of the several Acts authorizing advances for carrying on Public Works, the said Commissioners are authorized and empowered, with the consent and approbation of the Lord High Treasurer, or of the Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury, to grant any further time for the repayment of any sum or sums of money which should have been lent or advanced by the said Commissioners at any time before the passing of the said Act, or which might be lent or advanced by them subsequent thereto, to any period exceeding the period of twenty years; and also to compound any debt or debts on account of any such loan or advance, and to stay any proceedings for the recovery of the same, upon payment and receipt of any such sum or sums of money, or of such amount of principal or interest, and at such rate of interest, and upon such terms and conditions as the Lord High Treasurer, or Commissioners of the Treasury, or any three or more of them, shall judge fitting and expedient and shall order and direct; and that it has become necessary to have the payment of the debts contracted for the improvement of the said Ferries better regulated, and it will be for the advantage of the public, and increase the security of the creditors over the aforesaid rates and duties, if the said first-mentioned Acts were made perpetual; and that it is also expedient that the said Trustees should be authorized, under certain regulations, to borrow Money for the further improvement and maintenance of the said Ferries; and that certain other provisions should be made, and further powers conferred on the said Trustees relative to the improvement and management thereof; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Hume, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Dundee Gas Petition. (No. 2.)

A Petition of several Inhabitants of the town of Dundee and places adjacent, in the county of Forfar, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the said town of Dundee, is large and populous, and is a place of very considerable and rapidly-increasing trade; and it would be of great advantage to the inhabitants thereof and of the places adjacent thereto, in the parish of Dundee, the united parishes of Mains and Srathmartine, and the united parishes of Liff and Benvie, in the said county, and to the public, if a Company were established for the manufacture of inflammable air or Gas from coal or other materials, for the purpose of lighting the streets, ways and other public passages or places, and houses, shops or other buildings within the said town and places adjacent thereto; and that the Petitioners and several other persons are desirous of forming a Company for the purposes aforesaid; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Hume, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

London Bridge and Fleet Market Bill, presented.

Mr. Alderman Wood presented a Bill to make further Provision for defraying the Expenses of making the Approaches to London Bridge, and the removal of Fleet Market: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.

Crommelin Harbour Petition.

A Petition of Nicholas de la Cherois Crommelin, Esquire, of Carrowdore Castle, in the county of Down, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Bay of Cushendun, on the east coast of the county of Antrim, is commodiously situated for the purpose of trade and commerce; and that, in order to render the said Bay more secure for shipping lying at anchor there, and to facilitate the embarkation and discharge of their cargoes, it is expedient to form piers, breakwaters and defences against the sea, and other works for the accommodation of trade; and that the Petitioner conceives it would be of great advantage to trade generally, and that the object before mentioned would be attained, if power were given to erect breakwaters, piers, wharfs and jetties on the east side of the said bay; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Lord Viscount Castlereagh, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Queensferry Passage Improvement Petition.

A Petition of His Grace George Duke of Gordon, Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland; John Duke of Atholl, His Majesty's Lieutenant for the county of Perth; James Duke of Montrose, Lord Justice General of Scotland; Thomas Earl of Elgin and Kincardine; Archibald Earl of Rosebery; James Earl of Rosslyn, His Majesty's Lieutenant for the county of Fife; William Schaw Earl of Cathcart, ViceAdmiral of Scotland; Robert Viscount Melville, Keeper of the Privy Seal of Scotland; the Right honourable William Adam, His Majesty's Lieutenant for the county of Kinross; the Right honourable David Boyle, Lord Justice Clerk; and of the several other persons, being Trustees appointed by an Act passed in the 49th year of his late Majesty, for the improvement of the passage across the Frith of Forth, called the Queen'sferry, between the counties of Fife and Linlithgow, in Scotland, was presented, and read; reciting several Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, and of the 49th and 54th years of his late Majesty, for the improvement of the passage across the Frith of Forth, called the Queen's Ferry; and setting forth, That the Trustees thereby appointed have purchased and acquired for the public, in perpetuity, the rights of Ferry across the said passage from the several persons to whom the same belonged, and, by the erection of piers, landing places and other works, the maintenance of boats and boatmen, and the superintendence, station and regulation thereof, the said Trustees have greatly improved the passage across the said Ferry; but, from the introduction of steam navigation and other causes, further improvements are required; and the said Acts being about to expire, it is further necessary that the same should be renewed; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr.Loch, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

North Level Drainage and Navigation Petition.

A Petition of the Commissioners for executing an Act passed in the 27th year of the reign of his late Majesty King George the Second, for discharging the Corporation of the Governor, Bailiffs and Commonalty of the Company of Conservators of the Great Level of the Fens, commonly called Bedford Level, from a Debt due to the Duke of Bedford and Earl of Lincoln, and for enabling the Proprietors of lands in the North Level, part of the said Great Level, to raise Money to discharge the proportion of the said North Level in the debts of the said Corporation, and for ascertaining and appropriating the Taxes to be laid on the said North Level, and for the more effectual draining and preserving the said North Level, and divers lands adjoining thereto, in the manor of Crowland, and of several Proprietors of lands in the said North Level, and in Great Portsand, in the said manor of Crowland, was presented, and read; reciting several Acts for the draining of the Great Level of the Fens, called Bedford Level, and for other purposes; and setting forth, That the Great Level called Bedford Level hath been long since and is now divided into and distinguished by the several names of the North Level, the Middle Level and the South Level; and that by reason of the general insufficiency of the present interior drains of the five districts mentioned in the said Acts, the drainage of the said North Level and Great Portsand will be imperfect and precarious, and it will be expedient to make a new main drain for conveying the waters from a place called Clows Cross to and through the new Sea-sluice unto the Nene Outfall Cut, and to make certain other works, in order to improve the present drains and make some new interior drains within the said district; and that the taxes and other revenues now respectively authorized to be charged and raised upon and from the lands and grounds within the said North Level and Great Portsand are insufficient to defray the expense of making and completing the said contemplated main Drain, the said Sea-sluice and the other works; and the Commissioners of and for the said North Level and Great Portsand are not by any of the said recited Acts empowered to execute the said contemplated main Drain, Sea-sluice and other works; and that, not only the lands and grounds within the said five districts of the said North Level and Great Portsand, now chargeable with rates and taxes for the maintenance of the present drainage thereof, but also the lands and grounds now exempted from the payment of such rates and taxes, will be materially benefited by the said works, and be thereby relieved from a great part of their present expenses of drainage; and it is therefore reasonable that all the said lands and grounds should respectively contribute to the expense of making and completing the same works; and that, for better executing the said intended works, and for effectually improving and maintaining the drainage of the said several lands and grounds, it is expedient to repeal certain parts of the said Acts respectively; and that it will be of great public utility if a navigation of barges and lighters shall be allowed upon the said intended main Drain, under the authority and control of the said Commissioners of and for the said North Level and Great Portsand, and subject to proper restrictions and regulations; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Loch, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Ringmer and Hurst Green Roads Petition.

A Petition of several Trustees for executing the Acts for repairing, widening and keeping in repair the Road leading from the Turnpike Road on Hurst Green, in the county of Sussex, through Etchingham and Burwash, to the extent of the said parish of Burwash, in the said county, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Money borrowed on the credit of the Tolls cannot be repaid, nor the said Roads maintained, unless the said Acts be repealed, and other powers and provisions granted in lieu thereof, and the Tolls increased; and that an Act was passed in the second year of His present Majesty, for more effectually making, repairing and improving the Roads from the town of Lewes, through Offham to Witch Cross, from the Cliffe near Lewes aforesaid, through Uckfield to Witch Cross aforesaid, and from the Cliffe aforesaid to Burwash, all in the county of Sussex; and that it would be of great public advantage if the Roads contained in the said Act were consolidated with the Roads authorized to be made and maintained under the first-mentioned Acts, and power granted to amend the said last-recited Act, and to extend the term and provisions thereof, and if an improvement in the line of Road from Burwash to Hurst Green were effected; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Mr. Burrell and Mr. Curteis do prepare, and bring it in.

Avon and Gloucestershire Railway Petition.

A Petition of the Avon and Gloucestershire Railway Company, was presented, and read; reciting an Act of the ninth year of His present Majesty, for making and maintaining a Railway or Tramroad from Rodway Hill, in the parish of Mangotsfield, in the county of Gloucester, to the River Avon, in the parish of Bitton, in the same county; and setting forth, That the Petitioners are empowered to make the said Railway or Tramroad in such line and course, and in such manner as in the said Act is mentioned; and that, since the passing of the said Act, the Petitioners have found, from levels and surveys which have been made and taken, that the line of the said Railway or Tramroad, as authorized to be pursued by the said Act, might in some parts thereof be rendered more commodious to the public if certain variations and alterations were to be made therein; and the Petitioners have also found, that several branches from the said Railway or Tramroad to certain collieries and quarries in the neighbourhood thereof, might be made with great advantage to the public; and that it would be beneficial if the said Act of Parliament, or some of the powers and provisions thereof, were in other respects to be altered and amended; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Charles Dundas, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Bolton Improvement Petition.

A Petition of several Inhabitants, Owners or Occupiers of lands, tenements and hereditaments within the town of Great Bolton, in the county palatine of Lancaster, was presented, and read; reciting several Acts for inclosing, dividing and allotting a certain common or waste ground called Bolton Moor, and other the commons and waste grounds within the township of Great Bolton, and for widening, paving, lighting, watching, cleansing and regulating the streets, lanes, passages and places within the towns of Great and Little Bolton, and for supplying the said towns with water, and for providing fire-engines and firemen, and for preventing nuisances, encroachments and annoyances, and for licensing and regulating hackneycoaches and chairs within the said towns, and for granting further powers for improving the town of Great Bolton; and setting forth, That it is expedient that the powers and provisions of the said Acts, or some of them, that relate to the further appointment of Trustees (in Great Bolton) for the execution of the said Acts, should be repealed, and that the furture Trustees and additional Trustees should yearly be appointed by a majority of the inhabitants, who are assessed to the poor's rate in the sum of 10£. or upwards; and that all persons residing in the said township, and who are assessed in the poor's rate in the sum of 20£. or upwards, should be deemed qualified to act as a Trustee or Trustees; and that residence within the said town of Great Bolton should be deemed necessary for a Trustee; and that further, better and more effectual powers and provisions should be granted respecting the appointment of future Trustees; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Lord Stanley, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

London Assurance Companies Bill, presented.

Mr. Legh Keck, by Order, presented a Bill to enable the London Assurance Companies, and their Successors, to purchase Annuities upon or for Lives; and also, to lend Money or Stock upon Mortgage, for the purpose of Investment: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.

Blacktoft Inclosure Bill, presented.

Mr. Legh Keck, by Order, presented a Bill for inclosing Lands in the Townships of Blacktoft, Gilberdike and Faxfleet, in the Parish or Parochial Chapelry of Blacktoft, and in the Parishes of Eastrington and South Cave, in the East Riding of the County of York: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.

Louth Road Petition.

A Petition of several Trustees for executing the Acts for repairing and widening several Roads leading from the town of Louth, in the county of Lincoln, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Money borrowed on the credit of the Tolls cannot be repaid, nor the said Road properly amended and kept in repair, unless the terms of the said several Acts be further continued, and the powers thereof altered and enlarged; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Mr. Legh Keck, Mr. William Duncombe and Mr. Fountayne Wilson do prepare, and bring it in.

Leicester and Swannington Railway Petition.

A Petition of several Owners of estates in the county of Leicester, and Manufacturers, Traders and Inhabitants of the said town, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the making and maintaining of a Railway or Tramroad, with proper works and conveniencies attached thereto or connected therewith, for the passage of waggons, engines and other carriages properly constructed, to commence from the River Soar, at or near the navigable part thereof, called the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Union Canal, near the West Bridge, in the parish of Saint Mary, in or near the borough of Leicester, and to terminate at the public Turnpike Road from Hinckley to Melbourne Common, near the northward end of the village of Swannington, in the county of Leicester, together with certain branches to lead from and out of the said intended Railway or Tramroad, would afford a cheap, expeditious and uninterrupted conveyance for coal and lime from several valuable coal-mines and lime-works in the neighbourhood of the said Railway or Tramroad to the town of Leicester, at which place, and in its vicinity, large quantities of coal and lime are consumed, and from whence there are direct lines of communication through the said Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Union Canal and other Canals, with other extensive districts; and such Railway or Tramroad would also materially assist the agricultural interest, and tend to the improvement of the estates in the neighbourhood of the same, and would be otherwise of great public utility; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Legh Keck, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Clifton Bridge Petition.

A Petition of the Master, Wardens and Commonalty of Merchant Venturers of the city of Bristol, and of several Owners and Occupiers of estates, lands and grounds in the counties of Gloucester and Somerset, was presented, and read; setting forth, That William Vick, late of the city of Bristol, wine-merchant, deceased, duly made and published his last will and testament in writing, bearing date on or about the first day of December, in the year 1753, by which he left certain sums therein mentioned to the said Master, Wardens and Commonalty of Merchant Adventurers, for the erecting of a Stone Bridge over the River Avon, from Clifton Down, in the county of Gloucester, to the opposite side on Leigh Down, in the county of Somerset, toll free, which he believed might be completed for less than 10,000 l., which sums he directed should be placed and continued out at interest by the said Society of Merchants, either on their own, or on the Chamber of Bristol, or on Government security, until the same should, with the interests or proceeds thereof, accumulate and increase to the sum of 10,000 l., which sum he directed that the said Society should expend and lay out, or as much thereof as should be necessary in erecting such Stone Bridge, and the surplus, if any, he directed should be applied by the said Society to such charitable use as they should think proper; and his will further was, that the said Society should be at liberty to lay out or contribute the said trust money for the use aforesaid, at any time before the accumulation or increase thereof, in case other monies should be given or contributed, which, together with the then amount of the trust estate, should be deemed sufficient for such undertaking, and his will further directs the manner in which the said trust monies should be laid out, in case the said Society should decline or refuse to lay out the trust money for the uses aforesaid; and that, in pursuance and under the direction of the will of the said testator, the said Society of Merchant Venturers duly received the several sums of 666 l. 13s. 4d. and 333 l. 6s. 8d., together with interest for the same, from the time the respective amounts became payable upon the trusts, and to and for the ends, intents and purposes therein mentioned; and the accumulated fund arising from the said sums, and the interest thereof, now amounts to the sum of 8,500 l. or thereabouts; and that the building and maintaining of a Bridge over the River Avon, from Clifton Down, in the county of Gloucester, to the opposite side of the said River, in the county of Somerset, and the opening, making and maintaining of convenient roads and approaches to communicate therewith, will be of great advantage and accommodation to the proprietors and occupiers of lands in the neighbourhood of the said Bridge, and to the inhabitants of the several adjacent parishes, and will greatly facilitate the communication between many populous parishes and places in the county of Somerset, and the city of Bristol, and other populous parishes and places in the immediate neighbourhood thereof in the county of Gloucester, and will in other respects be of great public utility; and that the said Society are desirous and anxious to lay out and apply the said trust monies in and towards the erecting and maintaining of such Chain or Suspension Bridge, and the opening, making and maintaining of the necessary roads and approaches to communicate therewith; and divers other persons have given and subscribed, or have agreed or are willing to give and subscribe, several sums of money in aid of the said trust monies, and for effecting the purposes aforesaid, upon condition that the said trust monies be so laid out and applied, but not otherwise; and that, towards defraying the additional expense of building and maintaining such Chain or Suspension Bridge, and opening, making and maintaining necessary roads and approaches to communicate therewith, over and above the said trust monies, and the sums so subscribed, or about to be subscribed as aforesaid, several persons have consented and agreed to lend and advance certain sums of money, upon condition of a moderate Toll being levied upon foot passengers, carriages, cattle and horses passing and repassing over the said Bridge, and the roads and approaches communicating therewith, until the sums so lent together with interest thereupon, shall have been repaid to the several persons advancing the same; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Sir William Guise, &c.; And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Dunham Bridge Petition.

A Petition of several Owners and Occupiers of estates, and other Inhabitants of the parishes of Dunham, in the county of Nottingham, and of Newton, in the county of Lincoln, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the erecting, building and maintaining of a Bridge over the River Trent, at or near to a place called Dunham Ferry, in the parish of Dunham, to the opposite side of the said River, in the parish of Newton, with proper and convenient roads, avenues and approaches thereto, one to communicate with the said Bridge and the present Turnpike Road leading from Newton aforesaid to the city of Lincoln, and another to communicate with the said Bridge and the present Turnpike Road leading from Dunham aforesaid, to Markham Moor, in the said county of Nottingham; and the levying of tolls, rates and duties for the support, reparation and maintenance of the aforesaid Bridge, would be of great advantage to the public, not only to persons residing in the immediate vicinity of the same, but to the trading towns of Manchester, Sheffield, Wakefield, Lincoln, Louth and Boston, in the adjoining counties, to which a direct communication would thereby be opened; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Sir William Ingilby, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Carlisle and Penrith Road Petition.

A Petition of several Trustees for executing the Acts for repairing the Road from the city of Carlisle to the town of Penrith, in the county of Cumberland, and from the said town of Penrith to Eamont Bridge, which divides the counties of Cumberland and Westmorland, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Money borrowed on the credit of the Tolls cannot be repaid, nor the said Road effectually amended and kept in repair, unless the term of the said Acts be continued, and the Tolls increased; and that it would be of great advantage to the public that powers should be given to the Trustees to divert and turn certain parts of the said Road, and to make a branch Road to communicate therewith, and that some of the powers of the said Acts should be altered and enlarged; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Sir James Graham and Sir John Lowther do prepare, and bring it in.

Longtown Roads Petition.

A Petition of several Trustees for executing several Acts for enlarging the term and powers of an Act for repairing the Roads from Lyne Bridge, through Longtown, to the Scotch Dyke, and from Longtown to the Bridge over the River Sark, in the county of Cumberland, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Money borrowed on the credit of the Tolls still remains due, and the same cannot be repaid, nor the said Roads effectually amended and kept in repair, unless the term and powers of the said Acts are enlarged, the said Acts repealed, and further and other powers granted instead thereof; and that certain other Roads communicating with the said Roads, (that is to say) a certain Road leading from Longtown aforesaid, by Hobbies-burn, to a place called Yule's Croft, at Easton Hills, in the parish of Arthuret, and also a certain other Road leading from a place called Gallowsgate, in the said parish, by Hungry Hall, and Rob Reeds Bog, to a place called Fine View, in the said parish, and also a certain other Road leading from a place called Rosetrees, in the parish of Kirkandrews-upon-Esk, to the east side of the Carlisle and Glasgow Turnpike Road, opposite the hall of Mossband, in the said parish, are in bad repair, circuitous, and narrow and incommodious for the public, and it would tend to the accommodation of the several parishes through which the same pass, and of the public at large, if the same were amended, diverted, widened and made turnpike; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Sir James Graham and Sir John Lowther do prepare, and bring it in.

Coventry Canal Petition, reported

Mr. Dugdale reported from the Committee on the Petition of the Company of Proprietors of the Coventry Canal Navigation; That the Standing Orders relative to Navigation Bills had been complied with; and that they had examined the matter of the Petition; and the Report was brought up, and read.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to consolidate and extend the Powers and Provisions of the several Acts relating to the Coventry Canal Navigation: And that Mr. Dugdale and Mr. Lawley do prepare, and bring it in.

Birmingham and Edgehill Road Petition.

A Petition of several Trustees for executing the Acts for repairing the Roads leading from Birmingham, through Warwick, to Warmington, and from Birmingham, through Stratford-upon-Avon, to Edgehill, in the county of Warwick, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Money borrowed on the credit of the Tolls cannot be repaid, nor the said Road effectually repaired and kept in repair, unless the term, powers and provisions of the said Acts be revived, continued and made more effectual, and the Tolls increased; and that the making Turnpike, and widening, altering, diverting and improving a certain Highway leading from and out of the said Turnpike Road, at or near Oakley Wood, in the parish of Tachbrooke, in the county of Warwick, passing through the townships, hamlets, districts or places of Tachbrooke and Whitnarsh, in the said county of Warwick, towards and unto the parish of Leamington Priors, in the said county, at or near a windmill in the same parish, and levying and collecting Tolls for maintaining the same, would be of great benefit and convenience to the public; and for that purpose, and improving the present Turnpike Road, that certain messuages, buildings, gardens, lands and premises lying within the several parishes, townships, hamlets and places of Bicknell, Solihull, Knowle, Haseley, Hatton, Beausall, Warwick, Whitnash and Tachbrooke, or some or one of them, should be taken; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Mr. Dugdale and Mr. Lawley do prepare, and bring it in.

Addington Inclosure Petition.

A Petition of several Owners of lands in the parish of Little Addington, in the county of Northampton; was presented, and read; setting forth, That there are within the said parish divers open and common fields, commons, commonable lands, wastes and wastes grounds, which might be improved if allotted and inclosed, and the tithes thereof commuted; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Mr. Cartwright and Mr. Dugdale do prepare, and bring it in.

Horsham and Guildford Road Bill, presented.

Mr. Charles Pallmer presented a Bill for more effectually repairing and improving the Road from Horsham to the Road leading to Guildford, at Alford Crossways, with two Branches therefrom, and for making and maintaining a new Branch of Road to communicate therewith, all in the Counties of Sussex and Surrey: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.

Brechfâ Road Petition.

A Petition of several Trustees for executing the Act for making and repairing a Road from a place called Nantgaredig (on the main Road leading from the town of Carmarthen to the town of Llandilofawr), through the village of Brechfâ to the town of Llansawel, and from the said village of Brechfâ to the Tivy River, near Llanllwny Church, all in the county of Carmarthen, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Money borrowed on the credit of the Tolls cannot be repaid, nor the said Roads effectually amended and kept in repair, unless the term and powers of the said Act be further continued; and that, owing to the deaths of several of the Clerks of the Trustees of the said Trust, all the Acts were lost or mislaid, and it was unknown to the Petitioners when the same expired, and the Notices in the newspapers were not given pursuant to the Standing Orders of the House; but so soon as it was discovered that the Acts expired in the present Session of Parliament, Notices were inserted in the Carmarthen Journal, and Notices posted on the several gates and bars in the said district, and also on the Sessions House, previous to the last Epiphany Quarter Sessions for the county of Carmarthen, that application would be made in the present Session of Parliament for leave to bring in a Bill for continuing the term and amending the powers and provisions of the said Act; and that, should a Bill not pass in the present Session, great inconvenience will arise to the parties who have advanced Money upon the credit of the Tolls arising from the several gates within the said Trust, as also to the inhabitants of the county of Carmarthen generally, in having the several Roads within the said district shut up; and praying; That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Rice Trevor, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Queensferry Road Petition.

A Petition of several Trustees for executing the Act for rendering more effectual several Acts for repairing the Turnpike Road from Cramond Bridge to the town of Queensferry, in the county of Linlithgow, and for altering and repairing the High Road leading from the west end of the said town of Queensferry to the town of Linlithgow, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Money borrowed on the credit of the Tolls cannot be repaid, nor the said Roads be effectually kept in repair; unless the term and powers of the said Act be enlarged and the said Trusts consolidated and united into one and the same trust, and the funds of the said Roads applied in payment of the debts contracted on both the said Roads, and the other purposes thereof indiscriminately; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Sir Alexander Hope and Mr. Downie do prepare, and bring it in.

Kidderminster Roads Bill, presented.

Mr. Lygon presented a Bill for making and maintaining certain Roads leading to and from Kidderminster, and other Roads in the counties of Worcester, Stafford and Salop: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.

Cromford Bridge Road Petition.

A Petition of several Trustees for executing the Acts for repairing, widening and keeping in repair the Road leading from Cromford Bridge, in the county of Derby, to the Turnpike Road at or near Langley Mill, in the said county, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Money borrowed on the credit of the Tolls cannot be paid off, nor the said Road be effectually repaired, unless the Term granted by the said Acts be further continued, the said Acts repealed, and further and more effectual powers granted instead thereof; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Mr. Mundy and Lord George Cavendish do prepare, and bring it in.

Mile-End Old Town Improvement Petition, reported.

Mr. Byng reported from the Committee on the Petition of several Trustees for executing the Act to light and otherwise improve the Streets and other public passages and places within the hamlet of Mile-End Old Town, in the parish of Saint Dunstan Stepney otherwise Stebonheath, in the county of Middlesex; That the Standing Orders relative to Bills for the improvement of any City or Town, had been complied with, and that they had examined the matter of the Petition; and the Report was brought up and read.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend an Act for lighting and improving the Hamlet of Mile-End Old Town, in the parish of Saint Dunstan Stebonheath otherwise Stepney, in the county of Middlesex: And that Mr. Byng and Mr. Samuel Whitbread do prepare, and bring it in.

Abergavenny Roads Petition.

A Petition of several Trustees for executing the Act for more effectually repairing and keeping in repair several Roads leading to and from the town of Abergavenny, in the county of Monmouth, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Money borrowed on the credit of the Tolls cannot be repaid, nor the said Roads kept in repair, unless the term and powers of the said Act be continued and enlarged, and the Tolls increased; and that it would be of great advantage to the public if power were granted to make and maintain certain diversions and new Branches of Road to communicate with the existing Roads; (that is to say) a new line of Road to commence at a place called Rhydymerch, in the parish of Llanover, in the county of Monmouth, and to pass through or into the several parishes of Llanover Goytrey and Mamhilad, in the said county, and to terminate at or near to that part of the Turnpike Road from Abergavenny to Pontypool, where the Abergavenny and Pontypool districts of Roads join; also another new line of Road to commence nearly opposite to the house of William Morgan, Esquire, called Panty Goytrey, situate in the parish of Llanvair Kilgeddin, in the said county, and to pass through or into the said parish of Llanvair Kilgeddin, and to join and terminate at a suspension bridge over the River Usk, connecting the said new line of Road with the Usk district of Roads; also a new branch of Road from the last-mentioned line of Road, to join the present Turnpike Road, leading over Llanvihangel Bridge, towards Pontypool aforesaid, to commence at or near a piece of glebe land in the said parish of Llanvair Kilgeddin, to pass through or into the said parish of Llanvair Kilgeddin, and to terminate at or near a piece of pasture land, the property and in the occupation of Thomas Watkins, situate in the said parish of Llanvair Kilgeddin; also another new line of Road, to commence at or near a cottage in the occupation of Frank Adams, situate in the parish of Llanvihangel nigh Usk, in the said county, at the side of the Mail Turnpike Road from Abergavenny to Monmouth, and to terminate at or near to a certain dwelling-house situate at the side of the lastmentioned Turnpike Road, in the occupation of William Daires, miller; also another new line of Road, to commence at or near a cottage in the occupation of John Powell, situate in the parish of Llantillio Pertholey, in the said county, on the Turnpike Road from Abergavenny to Hereford, and to pass through or into the said parish of Llantillio Pertholey, and to terminate in the same parish, where the River Kenvey crosses the said last-mentioned Turnpike Road; and also a line of Road recently made near Maindiff Bridge, in the said parish of Llantillio Pertholey, and passing through or into the several parishes of Llantillio Pertholey, Llanthewy, Skirrid, Llanvetherine and Llantillio Cressenny, in the said county, and terminating where the Abergavenny and Ross districts of Roads join, at or near a place called Cross Ash, in the said parish of Llantillio Cressenny; also another line of Road, commencing at or near a foundry in the occupation of Thomas Lewis, situate near Frogmore-street Tollgate, in the said parish of Abergavenny, passing through or into the said parish of Abergavenny, and terminating at or near Tudor-street tollgate, also in the said parish of Abergavenny; also another line of Road, leading out of the said Road from Abergavenny to Monmouth, opposite a blacksmith's shop in the said parish of Abergavenny, and joining the Turnpike Road from Abergavenny aforesaid to Pontypool aforesaid; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Lord Granville Somerset and Sir Charles Morgan do prepare, and bring it in.

Caxton Inclosure Petition.

A Petition of several Proprietors of estates in the parish of Caxton, in the county of Cambridge, was presented, and read; setting forth, That there are within the said parish of Caxton divers common fields, common meadows, lammas meadows, commons, commonable lands and waste grounds, which might be improved if divided and inclosed, and exonerated from tithe; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Lord Charles Manners and Lord Francis Osborne do prepare, and bring it in.

Kingsbury Episcopi Inclosure Petition.

A Petition of several Owners of estates in the parish of Kingsbury Episcopi, in the county of Somerset, was presented, and read; setting forth, That there are within the said parish several open and commonable pasture meadow and arable fields, and other commonable lands, wastes and waste lands, and intermixed lands, which might be improved if divided and inclosed; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Mr. Dickinson and Sir Thomas Lethbridge do prepare, and bring it in.

Bath Hospital Petition.

A Petition of the President and Governors of the Hospital or Infirmary at Bath, was presented and read; reciting several Acts for establishing and well-governing an Hospital or Infirmary, in the city of Bath; and setting forth, That an Hospital or Infirmary has been built and established in the said city of Bath, and has been for many years and now is open for the reception of poor persons residing in any part of Great Britain and Ireland, whose diseases and disorders require the use and application of the medicinal waters of the said city of Bath, and great benefits have been derived and continue to be derived by the patients therefrom, many of whom have been perfectly restored to their health, and others have been greatly relieved; and that an expensive establishment of chairmen is kept up and maintained at the said Hospital or Infirmary, for the purpose of conveying the patients in chairs to and from the hot-bath in the said city; and that it would greatly contribute to the benefit, comfort and convenience of the patients in the said Hospital or Infirmary, as well as to the decrease of the expenditure thereof, if a bath or baths were to be formed and constructed therein, or near thereto, and the same were to be supplied with water from the baths in the said city, by means of pipes, tunnels, aqueducts, culverts and other necessary works, to pass from, through and into the several parishes of Saint James, Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and Saint Michael, in the said city of Bath; and that the powers and provisions of the said Acts have been found in many respects defective and insufficient for the purposes thereby intended; and it is expedient that the said Acts should be altered and amended, and further and additional powers granted; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Dickinson, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Radstock Roads Petition.

A Petition of several Trustees for executing the Acts for enlarging the term and powers of two Acts of His present Majesty, so far as the same relate to the Road from Buckland Dinham to Radford Bridge, and from Midsomer Norton to Norton Saint Philip, and from Kilmersdon to Radstock, in the county of Somerset, was presented, and read; and setting forth, That the Money borrowed on the credit of the Tolls cannot be repaid, nor the said Roads effectually kept in repair, unless the term and powers of the said Acts are amended and enlarged, and the Tolls increased; and that the present highways leading from a cottage in the occupation of Ann Smith at Kilmersdon to Stowell Water, and from the FirTree Inn, in the parish of Writhlington, through Mellslane, to Nobsbury Water and Stowell Water, to join the Bruton Turnpike Road at Babington Corner, and from the Bath new Turnpike Road at Radstock, near Smalcombe Coal-works, to Pows Ashes, through Paulton, to the junction of the Bath Turnpike Road at Hallatrow, all in the county of Somerset, are much out of repair, narrow and inconvenient for passengers and vehicles; and that it would be of great benefit to the public if the said highways were made Turnpike, and put under the care and management of the said Trustees; and that the making and maintaining a new line of Road at Norton Saint Philip, diverging out of the present Turnpike Road, through a pasture-ground of Thomas Clutterbuck, Esquire, called Fair Close, a close of James Holdway called Church Mead, an orchard of James Fripp, Esquire, and a garden and yard of the said James Holdway, occupied with the George Inn, to join the Turnpike Road from Warminster to Bath, and also a new line of Road at Poulton, diverging out of the said Road, at a place called Elmes Hayes, through a close of William Rawlins, Esquire, called the Milking Barton, a close of Miss Plumtree called the Mead, and an orchard of Susanna Cundict, a garden of Sarah Simes, a garden of William Simes, across the public highway, through an orchard of John Saunders, an orchard of Robert Hill, and a close of the said Elizabeth Plumtree called Park, to join the said Road, leading to Hallatrow, would be of great advantage and convenience to the persons residing in the neighbourhood of the said several parishes and places, and would also be of great utility to the public at large; and that the Road leading from Pows Ashes to Radford Bridge, and from the Bath old Turnpike Road, ascending Radstock Hill, to the Bath new Turnpike Road, near Smalcombe Coal-works, and from the Warminster Turnpike Road at Norton Saint Philip to the end of the parish of Norton Saint Philip, towards Farley, will be of little or no public benefit when the new Branches of Road are completed, and it will therefore be expedient to abandon the same as Turnpike Road; and it is expedient that the said Acts should be repealed, further and additional powers granted, and the provisions thereof consolidated in one Act; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Mr. Dickinson and Sir Thomas Lethbridge do prepare, and bring it in.

Yeovil and Crewkerne Road Petition.

A Petition of several Trustees for executing the Acts for repairing the Road from the Halfway-house, in the parish of Lower Compton, in the county of Dorset, through the towns of Yeovil, Crewkerne and Chard, to the east end of the town of Axminster, in the county of Devon, and several other Roads therein mentioned, was presented, and read; setting forth, That a portion of the line of Road authorized to be made and maintained by the said Acts between the towns of Yeovil and Crewkerne, is at present circuitous, narrow, hilly and incommodious; and that it would materially shorten the distance between the said towns, and be of great public utility if the Petitioners, the said respective Trustees, were empowered to make and maintain a diversion or new line of Road, branching out of the existing Road leading from Yeovil to Crewkerne aforesaid, comprised in the said Acts, at or near the foot of East-Cross Hill, in the parish of Hasselbury Plucknett, and passing through certain inclosed lands in the said parish of Hasselbury Plucknett, belonging to Edward Berkely Portman, Esquire, to the River Parrett, crossing the said river by a bridge to be built over the same, and through certain other inclosures in the said parish of Crewkerne, belonging to Mr. Edward Murly and others, into and again communicating with the said existing Road, leading from Yeovil to Crewkerne, at or near to the Field Gate of a close of Land belonging to the said Edward Murly, in the said parish of Crewkerne; and it is expedient that the said Acts should be altered, amended and further continued; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Mr. Dickinson and Sir Thomas Lethbridge do prepare, and bring it in.

Middlezoy Drainage Petition.

A Petition of several Persons was presented, and read; setting forth, That there are within the parishes of Middlezoy and Weston Zoyland, in the county of Somerset, certain low lands and grounds adjacent to the River Parrett, but having an insufficient drainage into the same, in consequence whereof such low lands and grounds are liable to be overflowed with stagnant water; but if proper engines were erected for lifting such water into the said River Parrett, and the drainage of the said low lands and grounds were otherwise improved, and means were taken for flooding the same with rich flood water, great benefit would accrue to the proprietors of such low lands and grounds and to the public; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Dickinson, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Othery Drainage Petition.

A Petition of several Persons was presented, and read; setting forth, That there are within the parishes of Othery, Middlezoy and Weston Zoyland, Stoke Saint Gregory and Lyng, in the county of Somerset, certain low lands and grounds adjacent to the River Parrett, but having an insufficient drainage into the same, in consequence whereof such low lands and grounds are liable to be overflowed with stagnant water; but if proper engines were erected for lifting such water into the said River Parrett, and the drainage of the said low lands and grounds were otherwise improved, and means were taken for flooding the same with rich flood water, great benefit would accrue to the proprietors of such low lands and grounds and to the public; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Dickinson, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Weston Zoyland Inclosur Petition.

A Petition of several Owners of estates in the parishes of Weston Zoyland and Middlezoy, in the county of Somerset, was presented, and read; setting forth, That there are within the said parishes certain open and common arable fields called respectively Weston Field and Hamland, which might be improved if exchanged and allotted; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Mr. Dickinson and Sir Thomas Lethbridge do prepare, and bring it in.

Chard Roads Petition.

A Petition of several Trustees for executing the Act for more effectually repairing and improving several Roads which lead to and through the town and borough of Chard, in the county of Somerset, and for making and maintaining a new Road from Chard to Drempton, in the county of Dorset, was presented, and read; setting forth, That doubts have arisen upon the construction of some of the powers and provisions of the said Act; and it is expedient that such doubts should be removed, and that the said Act should be amended; and that the making and maintaining the following new Branches or lines of Road from and out of the present Road; (that is to say) a Road from or near Weston Gate, in the Turnpike Road lying between Chard and Yarcombe, to the Turnpike Road near Combe Beacon, in the parish of Combe Saint Nicholas, in the county of Somerset; another Road from the Cross Road near Cock-crowing Stone, in the parish of Wambrooke, in the county of Dorset, to the Turnpike Road at Wadeford Down, in the parish of Combe Saint Nicholas aforesaid; another Road from Bickham Wood, opposite to a lane leading to Southay Farm, in the parish of Whitestaunton, in the county of Somerset, through the parishes of Whitestaunton and Wambrooke aforesaid, to a public highway lying within the said parish of Wambrooke, and leading from Whitestaunton aforesaid to Axminster, in the county of Devon; another Road from the Castle Inn, in the parish of Buckland Saint Mary, to the Taunton Turnpike Road on Blagdon Hill, in the parish of Pitminster, in the said county of Somerset; and another Road from the Turnpike Road at Tytherleigh, in the parish of Chardstock, in the county of Dorset, to and across the River Axe, in the parishes of Chardstock aforesaid and Thorncombe, in the county of Devon, would be of great public utility; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Dickinson, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Peebles Roads Petition.

A Petition of several Trustees under the Acts for repairing and amending certain Roads in the county of Peebles, and for better regulating the statute labour within the same, and several Proprietors of estates and Inhabitants in the said county, was presented, and read; setting forth, That it has become expedient to repeal or alter the said Acts, and to increase the Tolls, and that further powers should be granted in relation thereto; and that it has become expedient also to make certain alterations on the present lines of Turnpike Road in the said county; viz. to improve and widen the accesses to the town of Peebles, by taking down certain buildings, and parts of buildings, and occupying parts of gardens or lands, all lying in the parish of Peebles, and by altering and diverting the Turnpike Road leading from Carlops to Ingraston, in the said county; and that it has become expedient also to make and maintain as Turnpike Roads the following lines of Road in the said county, viz. a new line of Road from Carlops to pass by the village of Linton, and from thence by two bridges over Lyne Water and West Water, by or near Slipperfield Loch to the confines of Lanarkshire, on the lands of Ingraston, all in the parish of Linton, with five Branch or communication Roads, one leading from the said new Road near to Linton, through the lands of Spittlehaugh to Romans Bridge end in the parish of Newlands; another from the said new Road at or near Ingraston, till it joins the Nobblehouse Road at or near Kirkhurd Toll, in the parish of Kirkhurd, or to convert the existing statute labour Road on the same line into a Turnpike Road; another from the said new Road at or near Linton Bank, through Sillerholes, Stoneypath and Cairnmuir, to the confines of Mid Lothian at Caldston Slap; another from the said new Road at or near Linton by Bridgehouse, Slipperfield, Wakefield, Badinsgill and Cairnmuir, to the confines of Mid Lothian at Caldston Slap; and the last from said new Road at or near Ingraston by Garvaldfoot to the confines of the county of Lanark; a new Road from the village of Linton through the lands of Whitfield and Harleymuir, to the confines of the county of Mid Lothian at Pennycuickmuir, or to convert the existing Statute Labour Road into a Turnpike Road; a Road from the junction of the Water of Biggar with the Tweed, to pass through the parishes of Broughton and Kilbucks to the confines of Lanark, at or near Hartree Mill, with certain Bridges on the said Road, or to convert the existing Statute Labour Road in the same line with a Turnpike Road; a new Road from the Road between Tweedscross and Edinburgh at or near Broughton Bridge, through the parish of Kilbucho to the confines of Lanarkshire; a new Road from the Crownford, in the parish of Stobo; along the north side of the River Tweed to the junction of the Water of Biggar with the Tweed, to pass through the parishes of Stobo and Broughton; a Road from the said Crownford on the south side of the Tweed by Drummelzier and Horsemanford, till it joins the Road from Tweedscross to Edinburgh, to pass through the parishes of Drummelzier and Broughton, by converting the existing Statute Labour Road in the same line into a Turnpike Road; a new Road of communication from the Innerleithen Road at or near the farm-house of Horsburgh Castle, by a bridge over the Tweed at or near Standingstone, till it joins the Turnpike Road on the south side of the Tweed, which Road of communication is to pass through the parishes of Innerleithen and Traquair; and that it has become expedient also to authorize certain Tolls and Pontage dues to be levied on the said Roads and Bridges, and on the newly made Road passing through the parishes of Innerleithen and Traquair from Dewars Gill on the confines of Mid Lothian, by the village of Innerleithen to Shootinglees, on the confines of Selkirkshire, by a Bridge to be erected on the said line over the Tweed at Drownpouch Stream, and to erect and maintain the necessary Bridges over the River Tweed, and other Bridges on the said lines of Road, and to levy Tolls and Pontages thereon; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Mr. Archibald Campbell and Sir James Montgomery do prepare, and bring it in.

Polloc and Govan Railway Petition.

A Petition of several Proprietors of land in the county of Lanark, and Merchants and Manufacturers in the city of Glasgow, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the making and maintaining of a Railway for the passage of waggons and other carriages from certain parts of the lands and estate of Polloc, belonging to Sir John Maxwell, Baronet, and certain parts of the lands of Tradeston, belonging to William Dixon, proprietor of Govan Colliery, to the River of Clyde, at the harbour of Broomielaw, with a Branch to connect the said Railway with the Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal, at or near Port Eglintoun, and with wharfs and depôts and other conveniencies for loading and unloading, shipping and unshipping goods, will be of great local and public utility, by affording a cheap means of conveyance of coal, freestone and other minerals from lands lying to the south of Glasgow to the said River of Clyde and Harbour of Broomielaw, from whence they may be conveyed to other parts, and by affording an easy and direct communication between the said Canal and the said River; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Archibald Campbell, &e.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Kirkby and Pinxton Road Petition.

A Petition of several Trustees for executing the Acts for repairing and widening the Road from the Nottingham and Mansfield Turnpike Road, in the liberty of Blidworth, to the Mile Oak in the parish of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, in the county of Nottingham, and from thence through Pinxton to Carter-lane, in the parish of South Normanton, and from Pinxton to the colliery near Pinxton Green, in the county of Derby, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Money borrowed on the credit of the Tolls cannot be repaid, nor the said Roads maintained and improved, unless the term of the said Acts be continued, and the powers and provisions thereof altered and amended; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Mr. Lumley and Admiral Sotheron do prepare, and bring it in.

Wigan Railway Petition, reported.

Mr. Stanley reported from the Committee on the Petition of several Persons for making and maintaining a Railway within the borough or township of Wigan, in the county palatine of Lancaster; That the Standing Orders relative to Bills for making Railways had been complied with, except that a certain field called the Cock-Shot Field, at the point of commencement of two of the collateral Branches, is incorrectly stated to be in the township of Newton, whereas it is in the adjoining township of Lowton; but as the points of commencement and termination are distinctly specified, no misapprehensions could exist upon the subject, and the Landowners through which the Branches pass, consent to the measure; and it appeared to the Committee that a Paper, purporting to be an Appendix to the Book of Reference, had been deposited in the Private Bill Office, showing such errors as have been discovered therein, and the corrections thereof, since depositing the same with the Clerk of the Peace; and that to the duplicate Plan deposited in the Private Bill Office, there had been appended an amended Section of part of the line of Railway, which amended Section has been explained to the Landowner, who has assented thereto; and that they had examined the matter of the Petition; and the Report was brought up, and read.

Ordered, That the Report be referred to the Select Committee on Standing Orders.

Ashbourne and Sudbury Roads Petition.

A Petition of several Trustees for executing the Acts for repairing and widening the Road from Ashbourne to Sudbury, and from Sudbury to Yoxall Bridge, and from the Turnpike Road on Hatton Moor to Tutbury, in the counties of Derby and Stafford, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Money borrowed on the credit of the Tolls cannot be repaid, nor the said Road be effectually amended and kept in repair, unless the term and powers of the said Acts are altered and enlarged, and the Tolls increased, the said Acts repealed, and further and other powers granted; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Mr. Littleton and Sir John Wrottesley do prepare, and bring it in.

Acle and Yarmouth Road Petition.

A Petition of several Owners and Occupiers of lands, tenements and hereditaments in the several parishes, townships or places hereinafter mentioned, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the making and maintaining of a Turnpike Road from the Suspension Bridge over the River Bure at Great Yarmouth, in a northerly and westerly direction, through the several parishes of Runham, Acle, Postwick, South Walsham, Burlingham, Saint Andrews, Cantley, Tunstall, and the extra parochial lands of Robert Fellows, Esquire, to and into the present Turnpike Road leading from Acle aforesaid to Great Yarmouth aforesaid, at the village of Acle, together with a Branch therefrom at or near the Seven-mile House, in the parish of Tunstall aforesaid, late in the occupation of John Read, through the said parishes of Tunstall and Halvergate, to the village of Halvergate aforesaid; and another Branch therefrom at or near to the north-west side of Tunstall Boat Dyke, through the said parishes of Tunstall and Acle, to the River Bure, opposite Stokesby Ferry, all in the county of Norfolk, would be of great advantage to the public; and that it is expedient to amend and enlarge the powers and provisions of an Act for erecting a Bridge over the River Bure, from Runham to Great Yarmouth, in the county of Norfolk; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Rumbold, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Heigham Bridge Petition.

A Petition of several Owners and Occupiers of estates and premises in the parish or hamlet of Heigham, in the parish of Saint Martin-at-Oak, and the parish of Saint Clement, in the county of the city of Norwich, and of other inhabitants residing within the said city, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the erecting, building and maintaining of a Bridge over the River Wensum, at or near to a certain place called Fuller's Hole, in the parish or hamlet of Heigham, in the county of the city of Norwich, to the opposite side of the said River, in the parish of Saint Martin-at-Oak, in the said city of Norwich, with proper and convenient roads, avenues and approaches thereto, one to communicate with the said Bridge and the present Turnpike Road leading from Norwich to Fakenham and Aylsham, in the county of Norfolk, and passing through the said parish or hamlet of Heigham, the said parish of Saint Martin-at-Oak, and the parish of Saint Clement, in the county of the city of Norwich aforesaid, or some or one of them, and another to communicate with the said Bridge and the present Turnpike Road leading from Norwich to East Dereham, at or near to a point opposite to the north end of a lane called Hangman's-lane, in the said parish or hamlet of Heigham, and the levying of tolls, rates and duties for the support, reparation and maintenance of the aforesaid Bridge, and the roads, avenues and approaches thereto, would be of great benefit and advantage to the public; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it referred to Mr. Rumbold, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Lambeth Bridge Petition.

A Petition of several Freeholders, Occupiers of houses, and Inhabitants of the parishes of Saint John-the-Evangelist, in the city and liberty of Westminster, in the county of Middlesex, and Saint Mary Lambeth, in the county of Surrey, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the said parishes are very populous, and considerable trade is carried on within the same, whereby frequent communications are rendered necessary between the said parishes, and that the building of a Bridge over the River Thames, from Milbank-street, Milbank-row, and Market-street, near the Horseferry Road, in the said parish of Saint Johnthe-Evangelist, in the county of Middlesex, to or near to Church-street and Fore-street, in the said parish of Saint Mary Lambeth, in the county of Surrey, and the making and maintaining necessary Roads and approaches to and from the said Bridge, would be of great public utility; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Hobhouse, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Standon Inclosure Petition.

A Petition of several Owners of messuages, lands and hereditaments in the parish of Standon, in the county of Hertford, was presented, and read; setting forth, That there are within the said parish certain open and common fields, common meadows, wastes and other commonable lands and grounds, which might be improved if divided and inclosed; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Mr. Nicolson Calvert and Sir John Sebright do prepare, and bring it in.

Oxford Canal Petition.

A Petition of the Company of Proprietors of the Oxford Canal Navigation, was presented, and read; reciting an Act of the 10th year of His present Majesty to consolidate and extend the powers and provisions of the several Acts relating to the Oxford Canal Navigation; and setting forth, That by the said Act the said Company of Proprietors thereby established, by the name of The Company of Proprietors of the Oxford Canal Navigation, were authorized to make thirty-nine Cuts or Canals for shortening the line of the said Oxford Canal, the nine first of which were to be made on that part of the said canal which is northward of a certain place at or near a piece of inclosed land called Horse Close, in Combe, in the county of Warwick, where the ninth of the said cuts or canals was to terminate, and the last thirty of which were to be made on that part of the said canal which is southward of the place where the tenth of the said cuts or canals was to commence, at or near a certain piece of land called the House Ground, in the occupation of John Johnson, in Combe aforesaid; and that the Company of Proprietors of the Coventry Canal Navigation have proposed to make a Navigable Cut or Canal from and out of the Coventry Canal, at or near a certain place or feeder called Bulkington Feeder, in the parish of Bulkington, in the county of Warwick, to the Road from Foleshill, in the county of the city of Coventry, to Bulkington aforesaid; and that by means of the last-mentioned cut or canal, and the deviations or alterations in the Oxford Canal hereinbefore mentioned, the existing line of canals from Liverpool, Manchester and other towns and places in the north of England to London, might be shortened and improved; and it would therefore be advantageous to the Public, in case the said cut or canal proposed to be made by the said Company of Proprietors of the Coventry Canal should be made, if the said deviations or alterations in the Oxford Canal were adopted and carried into effect, in which case it would not be requisite that the said nine cuts or canals firstmentioned in the said Acts should be executed; and that it is requisite that some of the powers and provisions contained in the said Act should be altered, amended and enlarged; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Ashhurst, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Petition respecting Standing Orders-Wigan Railway.

A Petition of the Company of Proprietors of the Canal Navigation from Leeds to Liverpool, being proprietors of land upon the line of the Railway hereinafter mentioned, was presented, and read; setting forth, That it appears by the Votes of the House, that a Petition has been presented for leave to bring in a Bill for making a Railway from the Borough of Wigan to communicate with the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, at the Borough of Newton, in the county of Lancaster, and two several Branches therefrom; and that the measure designed by the intended Bill would, if carried into execution in the manner contemplated by such Petition, most injuriously affect the interests of the Petitioners, and they therefore most strongly object to the passing of such Bill; and that the Petitioners beg leave to represent, that the Standing Orders of the House have not been complied with by the applicants for the said Bill, inasmuch as a Plan, Section and Book of Reference of such Railway have not been deposited with the Clerk of the Peace for the Borough of Wigan, as required by the Standing Orders of the House; and that upon inspection of the documents relating to the said Railway, which have been deposited in the Private Bill Office of the House, it appears that the Section of the said Railway, and the Book of Reference so deposited in the Private Bill Office, are not duplicates of the Section and Book of Reference deposited with the Clerk of the Peace for the county of Lancaster, and that such firstmentioned Section is an incorrect Section of the line of the said Railway; and praying, That they may be heard by themselves, their agents and witnesses, or that they may have such other relief in the premises as to the House may seem meet.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table.

New River Company Petition.

A Petition of the Governor and Company of the New River brought from Chadwell and Amwell to London, was presented, and read; reciting several Acts for ascertaining, preserving and improving the Navigation of the River Lea, from the town of Hertford to the town of Ware, in the county of Hertford, and for preserving and improving the said River from the said town of Ware to the New Cut or River made by the Mayor, Commonalty and Citizens of London, and for enabling the Governor and Company of the New River the better to supply the Cities of London and Westminster, and the liberties and suburbs thereof, with good and wholesome water; and for improving the navigation of the River Lea to the River Thames, was presented, and read; setting forth, That questions have arisen and exist between the Trustees of the said River Lea Navigation and the Petitioners respecting the quantity of water taken by the Petitioners from the River Lea at Manifold Ditch; and that the navigation of the River Lea, between the mouth of the said ditch and Ware Mill, and the lock or cistern near thereto, is inconvenient; and that the demand for the water of the said New River has of late years much increased, and is still increasing; and that the Petitioners, in order to benefit the public, are desirous that increased means should be provided for meeting the aforesaid demands, and are willing, at their own expense, to form and construct the necessary works for making a reservoir of water upon certain lands to communicate with the said New River, near Clay Hill, and for taking water from the River Lea, at or near Bailey's Wharf, near the junction of the parishes of Tottenham and Saint John Hackney, in the county of Middlesex, and to convey the same to the said New River, at or about a place called the Dark Arch, in the parish or prebend of Stoke Newnton otherwise Newington, in the said county of Middlesex; and that it is important, and will be a public benefit, that the aforesaid questions should be adjusted, and that certain improvements should be made in the navigation of the said River Lea; and that the said Acts should be altered and amended, and other provisions made in lieu thereof; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Astell, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Carnatic Commissioners Petition.

A Petition of Oliver Colt of Saint James's-place, in the city of Westminster, Esquire, Robert Woolf of Kilburn, in the said county of Middlesex, Esquire, and William Abbott of Windham-place, in the said county of Middlesex, Esquire, who are severally creditors of his late Highness Ameer Sing, formerly Rajah of Tanjore, deceased, was presented, and read; reciting certain Articles of Agreement indented, had, made, eoncluded and agreed upon, and bearing date the 11th day of February, in the year 1824, between the United Company of Merchants of England trading to the East Indies, of the one part; and the several persons whose hands and seals should be thereto set and fixed, and who respectively were or claimed to be creditors of his late Highness Ameer Sing, formerly Rajah of Tanjore, in the East Indies, deceased, of the other part; and setting forth, That the Petitioners have become parties to the said Articles of Agreement, or are respectively representatives of parties thereto, and are interested that the trusts thereof should be fully performed and carried into execution according to the true intent and meaning of the parties thereto; but the same cannot be effectually done, unless the powers and authorities given and created by the said Act, and which expired with the last Session of Parliament, should be renewed and continued; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Astell, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Leeds and Selby Railway Petition.

A Petition of several Owners and Occupiers of estates within and other Inhabitants of the several towns, parishes, townships, hamlets or places hereinafter mentioned, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the making of a Railway (with proper works and conveniences connected therewith) to commence at or near the south or south-east corner of a certain field or close of land belonging to the heirs of the late William Hey, Esquire, deceased, lying on the eastern side of a certain street called Marsh-lane, within the township of Leeds and parish and borough of Leeds, where the same field meets with and adjoins upon the north or north-east end of a certain street or Road called Richmond Road, within the township, parish and borough of Leeds aforesaid, and to pass thence through or into the several parishes, townships, hamlets or places of Leeds, Whitchurch otherwise Whitkirk, Oswinthorpe otherwise Osmondthorpe, Halton Dial, Halton Seacroft, Crossgates, Temple Newsam otherwise Temple Newsham, Austhorpe otherwise Austhorp, Manston, Barwick-in-Elmit, Garforth otherwise Church Garforth, Barrowby-Moor Garforth, Church Garforth, Garforth, Sturton Grange, Aberford otherwise Abberford, Aberford otherwise Abberford-cum-Parlington, Lothertoncum-Aberford otherwise Abberford, Sherborn, Micklefield, Newthorp, Milforth or Milford otherwise South Milforth or Milford, Brayton, Hambleton, Thorp Willoughby otherwise Thorpe Willoughby and Selby, or some of them; and through or into the liberty of Saint Peter, to and to terminate at or near to the western or south-western bank of the River Ouse, at a certain place within the township and parish of Selby, near to a certain house there occupied by Mr. Christopher Paver, all within the west riding of the county of York, would be of advantage to the Petitioners and the other inhabitants of the said county, towns, parishes, townships, hamlets or places, by opening a certain and expeditious communication between the towns and neighbourhood of Leeds and Selby, and from thence by the Rivers Ouse and Humber, with the port of Kingstonupon-Hull, and by affording an additional mode of conveyance for passengers and merchandize, and other articles and matters between those places, and also to and from the neighbouring country, and in various other respects would be of great public utility; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Marshall, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Sheffield Waterworks Petition.

A Petition of several Owners of buildings and lands in the town and parish of Sheffield, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Inhabitants of the said town and parish have been for many years past supplied with water for domestic purposes from certain springs in the townships of Upper Hallam, Nether Hallam and Ecclesall Bierlow, in the parish of Sheffield aforesaid, and from certain reservoirs and works constructed upon lands situate at or near Whitehouse and Crooksmoor respectively, in the said township of Nether Hallam, which reservoirs and works have been from time to time much improved and extended by the proprietors thereof, but on account of the great increase of late years in the population of the said town and parish, and in the number of houses and buildings therein, the present works are inadequate to furnish a sufficient supply of water; and that it would contribute greatly to the comfort and convenience of the inhabitants of the said town and of the several townships and places within the said parish, if a more ample and regular supply of water were obtained and it has been ascertained that such supply may be procured by making additions to and alterations in the before-mentioned reservoirs and the works and aqueducts appertaining thereto, and by constructing additional reservoirs upon or near to certain lands and grounds called the Redmires and Fullwood Booth, in the said township of Upper Hallam, and by making proper cuts, channels and aqueducts for supplying the same reservoirs with water from the several brooks, springs and drains near thereto, in the said parish of Sheffield, and by connecting the same with the said present reservoirs and works; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Marshall, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Sheffield and Wakefield Road Petition.

A Petition of several Trustees for executing the Acts for repairing the Road from Leeds to Sheffield, in the county of York, so far as the same Acts respectively relate to the Road from Wakefield to Sheffield, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Trustees ap pointed in or by virtue of the said Acts have proceeded in the execution thereof, and the several sums of money borrowed, still remain due, and cannot be repaid, nor the said Road be effectually amended and kept in repair, unless the term and powers of the said Acts are enlarged and the Tolls increased, the said Acts repealed, and further powers granted instead thereof; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill accordingly: And that Mr. Marshall and Lord Viscount Milton do prepare, and bring it in.

Dewsbury Road and Bridge Petition.

A Petition of several Owners and Occupiers of land in the several parishes hereinafter mentioned, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the making and maintaining a Turnpike Road, to commence at a Turnpike Road called the Wakefield and Halifax Road, at or near a certain Inn called the George Hotel, in the occupation of Mr. George Spence, situate in the township of Dewsbury, in the west riding of the county of York, and to extend from thence to and terminating at a Turnpike Road called the Wakefield and Austerlands Road, at or near a certain Inn called the Ship Inn, in the occupation of David Charlesworth, near Horbury Bridge, in the township of Horbury, in the said riding, which said proposed Turnpike Road is intended to be made and pass from, through or into the several townships or places of Dewsbury, Soothill, Ossett and Horbury, or some of them, and the several parishes of Dewsbury and Wakefield, all in the riding aforesaid; and also the making and maintaining a Branch Road from and out of the said intended Turnpike Road, at or near the said Inn called the George Hotel, in Dewsbury aforesaid, and extending from thence to a certain Close in the occupation of William Fearnley, situate in the township of Thornhill, in the said riding, near to a certain Canal there, called the Old Cut, and which said proposed Branch Road is intended to be made and pass from, through or into the said several townships of Dewsbury and Thornhill; and also the making and maintaining another Branch Road from and out of the said intended Turnpike Road, at or near a certain close of land called the Little Royd, in the occupation of George, Fell, situate in the said township of Soothill, and to extend from thence to a certain Road leading from certain Mills called the Sands Mills to Dewsbury aforesaid, at or near a certain cottage in the occupation of Thomas Fell, also situate in the said township of Soothill; which said proposed Branch Road is intended to be made and pass from, through or into the said township of Soothill, in the parish of Dewsbury aforesaid; and also the making and maintaining another Branch Road from and out of the said intended Turnpike Road, at or near a certain close of land in the occupation of David Pickard, situate in the said township of Ossett, and to extend from thence to a certain highway leading from Ossett to Horbury, at or near a certain dwelling-house in the occupation of Mr. George Greenwood, situate in the said township of Ossett; which said proposed Branch Road is intended to be made and pass from, through or into the said township of Ossett, in the parish of Dewsbury aforesaid; and also the erecting, building and maintaining a Bridge over the River Calder, at or near to a certain place called Brook Hole, in the said township of Dewsbury, to the opposite side of the said river, in the township of Thornhill, in the parish of Thornhill, with proper and convenient roads, avenues and approaches thereto, would be attended with great benefit to the public; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee:-And it is referred to Mr. Marshall, &c.: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Return of Corn, ordered.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the quantity of Corn, Meal, and Flour imported from that part of the United Kingdom called Ireland, from 5th January 1790 to 5th January 1830, into any Port in Great Britain; distinguishing the quantity in each year.

Papers to be printed. Nos. 58, 59, 60.

Ordered, That the Account of Pensions granted out of the Civil List;-the Copy of the Treasury Minute respecting the Lottery Office;-and, the Regulations of the East India Company, which were presented to the House upon Monday last, be printed.

Account of Stock purchased, ordered.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the average rate at which the Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt have, in the year from 5th January 1829 to 5th January 1830, purchased the amount of £.2,599,728 of Three and Three and a Half per cent. Stock; showing the average rate of interest which the Dividends of the said Stock will give on the amount of Money expended.

Address respecting Compensations for Fees.

Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, that He will be graciously pleased to give directions, that there be laid before this House, an Account of all Sums that have been paid for Compensations for loss of Fees, under the authority of 6 Geo. 4, c. 96, intituled, "An Act for preventing frivolous Writs of Error," in each year since the passing of the Act; stating the names of the persons to whom paid, and the office each of these persons hold, in whose gift and patronage the appointment to the office is, and the aggregate amount paid to each person under the authority of the Act, to the latest date.

Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, that He will be graciously pleased to give directions, that there be laid before this House, a Return of the aggregate amount of all other Compensations paid for loss of Office or loss of Fees in England, in the years 1828 and 1829; stating the amount paid to each person, the office he held or holds, and the authority under which paid.

Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, that He will be graciously pleased to give directions, that there be laid before this House, Similar Returns for Scotland and Ireland.

Ordered, That the said Addresses be presented to His Majesty, by such Members of this House as are of His Majesty's most honourable Privy Council.

Petition complaining of Imprisonment for Debt.

A Petition of Walter Honywood Yate, Esquire, one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace, and Deputy Lieutenants for the county of Gloucester, and now a prisoner for debt in His Majesty's prison of the King's Bench, was presented, and read; complaining of his confinement, and of the present laws of arrest on mesne process and imprisonment for debt, and praying the House to take the same into its immediate and serious consideration; and whether it would not be most desirable and expedient to make great amelioration of the same, and thereby free it from the present abuses and defects and oppressions; and that the House may apply that legislative amendment as the wisdom, benevolence and justice of the House, may deem fit.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Petition respecting Postage of Corn Returns (Ireland.)

A Petition of Sir James Riddall of the city of Dublin, Knight, was presented, and read; praying the House to allow the Clerk of the Corn Market in Dublin to send and receive all market notes of corn returns and prices to all parts of the United Kingdom, and through the limits of the Dublin Penny Post, free of postage.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Petitions complaining of Agricultural Distress.

A Petition of Proprietors of land, Farmers and Tradesmen at and in the neighbourhood of Stow-on-the-Wold, in the county of Gloucester;-of Agriculturists and others interested in the welfare of the labouring classes residing in the county of Berks;-of Gentry, Clergy, Yeomanry, Tenantry Tradesmen and Labourers of the several parishes of Weston, Wappenbury, Huningham, Eathorpe, Marton and Frankton, in the county of Warwick;-of Owners and Occupiers of land, Tradesmen and Freeholders of Romney Marsh;- and, of several Owners and Occupiers of land and other Inhabitants of the parish of Headcorn, in the county of Kent,-were presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners beg to represent to the House that the Agriculture and Commerce of the country are labouring under peculiar and unprecedented difficulties, which appear to increase so rapidly, that the Petitioners look forward to the future with the most anxious fears, apprehensive that some dreadful crisis may occur: they beg to declare, that the pressure is not confined to one class only, but that all the industrious classes alike suffer: commerce is embarrassed and confidence destroyed, not in the integrity of men, but their ability to fulfil their obligations; stagnation often prevails in the markets, and sacrifices are daily made, to meet existing engagements; while, at the same time, the want of employment and the reduced wages of the labourer, are productive of grievous sufferings to them, and the poor-houses and gaols are crowded to an unprecedented degree; and praying the House to take the present alarming state of the country into their most serious consideration, and to adopt such measures as may be most conducive to the revival of its former prosperity.

And the said Petitions were ordered to lie upon the Table; and, except the first, to be printed.

Order for Account of Spirits, discharged.

The House was moved, That the Order made upon the 8th day of this instant February, that there be laid before this House, an Account of the amount of Money paid Distillers, in each Kingdom, as Drawback on Malt, under 1 and 2 Geo. 4, c. 82, from 5th January 1829 to 5th January 1830, might be read; and the same being read;

Ordered, That the said Order be discharged.

Other Accounts ordered.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the amount of Money paid Distillers, in each Kingdom, as Drawback on Malt, under 1 and 2 Geo. 4, c. 82.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the Wine Gallons of Proof Spirits Malt Drawback was paid on, in each Kingdom; in each year, from 10th October 1823 to 10th October 1825, and from 10th October 1825 to 5th January 1826, under 4 Geo. 4, c. 94, rate and amount thereof in each of these three periods, in each Kingdom.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the Imperial Gallons of Proof Spirits Malt Drawback was paid on, in each Kingdom, in each year, from 5th January 1826 to 5th January 1830, under 6 Geo. 4, c. 58, rate and amount thereof in each year, in each Kingdom; and showing the total Gallons Drawback was so paid on, from 10th October 1823 to 5th January 1830, in each Kingdom; as also, the total amount of Money paid up to 5th January 1830, as Drawback, under these three different Acts of 1 and 2 Geo. 4, c. 82, 4 Geo. 4, c. 94, and 6 Geo. 4, c. 58, in each Kingdom.

Account of Molasses, ordered.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account, in so far as the same can be made up, showing the total quantity of Molasses imported from the British Colonies in the West Indies into Great Britain, from 5th January 1820 to 5th January 1830 inclusive, with the total quantities thereof re-exported during the same period, and distinguishing each year; also, showing the Rates of Duty per cwt. payable thereon when retained for home consumption.

Petitions for repeal of Malt and Beer Duties.

A Petition of Owners and Occupiers of land, together with the Tradesmen in the vicinity of Sittingbourne;- of several Inhabitants of the parishes of Mereworth and West Peckham;-of the parish of Biddenden;-of the parish of Hawkhurst;-of the parishes of Sandhurst and Newenden;-and, of the parish of Rolvenden, in the county of Kent,-were presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners consider it their bounden duty to represent to the House the overwhelming distress which pervades the agricultural and manufacturing classes, and that unless the present urgent distress be speedily relieved, it must produce most disastrous consequences, hazardous to the peace and safety of the Kingdom at large; and praying the House to investigate the state of the Country, and to rectify, with firmness and vigour, the innumerable abuses which affect its prosperity, and, as a commencement, forthwith to repeal all the taxes upon Malt and Beer, and a greater part of the assessed taxes, thereby in some degree immediately relieving the distressed labourer and mechanic, and creating amongst the people of that class and themselves patience and hope under extreme privations.

And the said Petitions were ordered to lie upon the Table; and to be printed.

Petition for Reduction of Beer Duties (Scotland.)

A Petition of the Brewer Incorporation of Dundee was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Trade of the Petitioners, in common with that of the Brewers in Scotland generally, has gradually been declining, and is at present in a state of very great depression; and praying the House to take the same into consideration, and to grant them relief by abolishing or reducing the Duties on Ale and Beer brewed in Scotland, or in such other manner as the House may in its wisdom see expedient.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Accounts, ordered: Cork Foundling Hospital.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the period at which the Foundling Hospital of Cork was first established, the source and nature of the Funds then or since made applicable to its maintenance, with the Acts of Parliament which have authorized the same:-Statement of how far the original object has been deviated from, and whether under the authority of any or what Act of Parliament:-Statement of the Funds received during each of the last ten years; distinguishing the sources from whence derived:-Statement of the Expenditure during the same period; distinguishing the amount paid for Salaries, Medicine, Apprentice Fees and Repairs or Building:-Account of the number of Children annually admitted during this period:-Of the number which have died, been claimed, apprenticed to trade, or sent into service annually during this period:-Of the number at present in the House; distinguishing them into Classes,-1st. of those under five years of age; 2d. of those above five years and under ten years of age; 3d. of those above ten and under fifteen years of age; 4th. of those above fifteen years of age:-Of the number and Names of the Officers and Servants now employed, and the amount of the Salaries paid to each; whether any or what Profit has been derived by the Establishment from the employment of the Children.

Grain.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the quantity of Grain, Malt and Flour exported from Ireland to England and Scotland, from the 10th October 1827 to the 10th October 1828, and from the 10th October 1828 to the 10th October 1829; distinguishing each year; and also, the different kinds of Grain, the respective Ports shipped from and to, and the quantity from and to each Port.

French Claims.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of all unsettled Demands on the Funds provided by the Government of France, under the Conventions of 20th November 1815 and 25th April 1818, for liquidating the Claims of British Subjects.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the Balance of the Funds so provided by the Government of France which remain unappropriated to the liquidation of such Claims, including all Interest accruing thereon up to the date of the Returns.

Ecclesiastical Leases (Ireland) Bill, presented. No. 61.

Mr. Stanley presented a Bill to amend the Laws respecting the Leasing Powers of Bishops and Ecclesiastical Corporations in Ireland: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time upon Friday the 26th day of this instant February.

Ordered, That the Bill be printed.

Petition against Duties on Coals.

A Petition of several Manufacturers, Dyers and Dressers of the city of Norwich, was presented, and read; setting forth, That for many centuries the Worsted Manufactory hath been extensively carried on in the said city, whereby a large part of the inhabitants thereof hath been wholly maintained, and the general prosperity of the place and of its neighbourhood greatly promoted; that of late years the introduction of machinery hath much contributed to extend the manufactures of this country, by improving the quality of the articles produced, and materially decreasing their cost to the consumer; that for the cheapest and most effectual mode of working such machinery, large supplies of Coals are indispensably necessary; that the Petitioners might have been equal partakers in the advantages derived from this exertion of mechanical skill, and might have kept pace with other districts in enlarging and improving their manufacturing operations, if they had not been obstructed by the high price which they have to pay for their Coals; and praying the House to repeal the Tax which is now levied upon Coals that are carried coastwise.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Petition for repeal of Subletting Act (Ireland.).

A Petition of several Parishioners of Saint Mark's Dublin, was presented, and read; reciting the Act 7 Geo. 4, c. 29, to amend the law in Ireland respecting the assignment and sub-letting of lands in Ireland; and praying the House to repeal the same.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Petition for exempting Roman Catholics from Protestant Church Rates.

A Petition of several Roman Catholic Inhabitants of the parish of Saint Peter, Dublin, was presented, and read; praying the House to alter the law, so that in future no parish in Ireland in which there is neither a Protestant Church or a Protestant inhabitant, shall be liable to the payment of Tithes and Church Rates.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Account of Rum, ordered.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the total quantities of Rum sold or contracted for to the Commissioners for Victualling, from 5th January 1820 to 5th January 1830 inclusive; expressing the strengths and prices, and distinguishing each year.

Petition complaining of want of Accommodation in the Courts of Law.

A Petition of James Anderton of New Bridge-street, in the city of London, one of the Attornies of His Majesty's Court of King's Bench at Westminster, was presented, and read; setting forth, That persons practising as Attornies and Solicitors are, in the performance of their professional duties, often compelled to be in attendance upon the Courts at Westminster for four or five hours a day, and during such times are necessitated to hold frequent communications with their clients and with counsel, upon matters of great public as well as private importance; that from the construction of the present Court of King's Bench, where the greatest pressure of business exists, the Attornies, from the want of accommodation, are deprived of the means of conferring with their counsel, or with each other, by which both themselves and the public are subject to much loss and inconvenience; that the space allotted in the Court of King's Bench to the Attornies will not conveniently contain more than twenty persons, whilst the number in attendance generally exceeds five times that amount, and even this space is frequently occupied by strangers, or persons not immediately concerned in the business before the Court; that the Court of King's Bench can only be approached by dark and narrow entrances, and the interior construction of it is equally inconvenient for the Counsel, the officers of the Court, for Students, and for the Public; that the same objections apply to the other Courts, though in a less degree; that females, and infirm and aged persons in waiting as witnesses, and persons in attendance as Jurors, as well as the Attornies and others who are compelled to be in attendance upon the Courts, are not only unprovided with suitable accommodation in the Courts, but there are not, as formerly, any rooms or coffee-houses adjoining, where they can be in attendance until wanted, except the large hall, which is without seats, and always without a fire; that the Petitioner believes, that among the newly-erected rooms near the Courts, sufficient may be found to accommodate both the Attornies and others waiting in attendance upon the Courts, without the necessity of incurring any great additional expense to the Public, or abridging any of the present claimants to them of their necessary rights; that the Petitioner also respectfully complains, that the Attornies are not only deprived of every personal accommodation in the Courts, but that a tax of 5 s. is levied upon them by the keepers of the Counsel's robing room, attached to the Court of King's Bench, for every conference they hold there with counsel, a circumstance of frequent occurrence, that being at present the only convenient situation near the Court where such conferences can be held, but which will not be if the other accommodations are afforded; that for the want of a proper place for depositing the ancient records of the Common Law Courts, they have for a long time been permitted to remain in an erection in Westminster Hall, composed wholly of timber in a dry state, by which the records and the Hall are alike in danger of being destroyed by fire; the Petitioner also craves leave to call the attention of the House to the situation of the Judges' Chambers in Serjeant's Inn, wherein an extensive branch of the business of the Common Law Courts is daily conducted, but which, from their dilapidated and confined state, are wholly unfit for the purposes to which they are applied, and are not capable of accommodating a tenth part of the persons who are compelled to attend upon the Judges there; that the Petitioner respectfully submits, that the Attornies and Solicitors are justly entitled to the relief sought, inasmuch as, by the payment of stamp duties upon their articles of clerkship, admissions and annual certificates, they personally contribute to the expenses of the state more than sufficient to defray all the expenses attending the administration of justice in England and Wales, including the expenses of the Courts at Westminster; and praying, That the House will be pleased to direct an inquiry to be made into the present construction of the Law Courts at Westminster, and also the situation of the Judges' Chambers in Serjeants Inn; and that they will be pleased to cause such alterations and improvements to be made in them as will remedy the defects complained of, and as shall become the dignity of the Laws, and the greatness of the British Empire.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table.

Petition respecting Hindoo Widows.

A Petition of several Female Inhabitants of Alcester, and its vicinity, was presented, and read; praying the House to adopt such further measures as may effectually secure the abolition of the practice in India of burning widows on the funeral piles of their husbands.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Petition respecting Labourers Wages.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Bilston, in the county of Stafford, and the neighbourhood thereof, was presented, and read; setting forth, That in the township of Bilston, and parishes and places adjacent, are numerous and extensive collieries, blast furnaces, mills, forges, iron works and other manufactories, which necessarily employ great numbers of workmen, as well as women and children, and that a great number of the masters of these works pay their servants' wages in goods at high prices instead of money, in defiance of the present penal laws, which unlawful practice is productive of great distress amongst their workmen, especially to those with large families, who are frequently compelled to re-sell the goods at very considerable loss to raise money for the payment of their rent, parochial rates, medical assistance, and various other purposes; that the workmen are deterred from complaining and seeking such distress as the Law prescribes, lest they should be discharged by their employers, and have to seek other situations, which it would be found difficult to obtain; for it is notorious, that if a workman were to lay an information, he would become a marked man, and no master who carries on his trade by the same system would employ such informant; that most of the masters who pay their workmen's wages in goods oblige the men to receive such goods and evade the Laws now in force by resorting to various artful expedients for that purpose, namely, many of the workmen delay their reckonings to an indefinite time, extending to a month or six weeks, and often to a longer period; in the mean time the servants are in want of sustenance for themselves and families, and the masters openly, and in defiance of the Law, pay them in goods instead of money, at twenty or thirty per centum above the market price of such goods; other masters refer them to a shop on their own premises, where they may be supplied with goods, and they are often obliged to take goods for which they had no occasion, in order to convert the same into money, and when the reckoning day arrives the servants are paid in money in one counting-house, and are then made to pass through another, where a person is stationed to demand the money for the goods out of the wages the servant has just received; and although the shop from which goods have been obtained is upon the master's own premises, he pretends not to participate in the profits thereof, that the shop belongs to some relation or friend of his, and with which he has no concern; other masters give their workmen notes to go to certain shopkeepers for goods; the amounts of such notes are at the reckonings stopped out of the servants' wages, and the shopkeepers allow the masters a per centage or profit upon the goods so supplied, of from seven and a half to fifteen per cent, and receive in payment from the masters' bills or promissory notes payable several months after date: the consequence of this nefarious traffic is, that the shopkeeper is under the necessity of charging the goods at most extortionate prices, not only to remunerate himself for his fair profit and the profit he so allows the master, but also for the risk he runs and the interest he loses in taking such bills or notes, so that the poor workman has to pay for the necessaries of life at a most exorbitant rate; that the payment of wages in goods instead of money materially affects the shopkeeper and fair trader, that has driven many shopkeepers out of the town, whose shops have become void, to the manifest injury of the landlords, and has a tendency to depreciate the value of property of every description in the neighbourhood, and to injure the inhabitants generally, inasmuch as the burthen of maintaining the poor is thrown upon a decreased number of rate payers; that this unlawful system prevails in that populous town and neighbourhood to an alarming extent, has greatly reduced the market lately established at Bilston by Act of Parliament, is at variance with every principle of fair trade, and fraught with such pernicious and mischievous effects as in the opinion of the Petitioners call for some more penal legislative enactments to suppress the evils complained of; the Petioners therefore humbly pray, That the House, with the concurrence of the other branches of the Legislature, will be pleased to amend the Laws between masters and servants in such manner and form as in the wisdom of Parliament shall appear to be most effectual for putting a stop to the illicit practice of paying servants' wages otherwise than in money.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Courts of Common Law Bill, ordered.

The House was moved, That so much of the Lords Commissioners Speech at the opening of the Session as relates to the improvements in the general Administration of the Law might be read; and the same was read, and is as followeth:

"His Majesty commands us to acquaint you, that His attention has been of late earnestly directed to various important considerations connected with improvements in the general Administration of the Law.

"His Majesty has directed that measures shall be submitted for your deliberation, of which some are calculated, in the opinion of His Majesty, to facilitate and expedite the course of Justice in different parts of the United Kingdom, and others appear to be necessary preliminaries to a revision of the practice and proceedings of the Superior Courts.

"We are commanded to assure you, that His Majesty feels confident that you will give your best attention and assistance to subjects of such deep and lasting concern to the well-being of His People."

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to regulate the appropriation of Fees payable to Officers in the superior Courts of Common Law: And that Mr. Secretary Peel, Mr. Attorney General, and Mr. Solicitor General, do prepare, and bring it in.

Motion for Bill for Reform of Parliament.

A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to restore the Constitutional influence of the Commons in the Parliament of England;

And the House having continued to sit till after Twelve of the clock on Friday morning;