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Lunæ, 15 die Martii; Anno 11 Georgii IV ti Regis, 1830.
Ireland-Accounts, &c. presented: First Fruits. No. 144. Wide Streets (Dublin.) Fermanagh Sub-Sheriff. Wexford Town Election, determined. Deputy Clerk of the Crown to attend. Petitions in favour of Dundee Harbour Bill. Petition against Bute (Cardiff) Canal Bill. Othery Drainage Bill, committed. New Chappel and Brighton Roads Bill, reported. Kingston Inclosure Bill, reported. Brunswick Square (Brighton) Improvement Bill, reported. Power to a Committee. Hungerford Market Bill, presented. Tanjore Commissioners Bill, committed. Petition against Werneth and Littleborough Road Bill. Petition for Leave for Little Bolton Improvement. Warrington and Newton Railway Bill, committed. Hull and Beverley Road Bill, committed. Fructuozo's Nat. Bill, committed. Petitions against Clyde Navigation Bill. Ellesmere and Chester Canal Bill, committed. Bute (Cardiff) Canal Bill, committed. Ideridgehay Roads Bill, reported. Ashborne and Belper Road Bill, committed. Tonbridge and Ightham Road Bill, committed. Walsall Road Bill, committed. Petition against Broomielaw (Glasgow) Railway and Tunnel Bill. Perth Navigation Bill, committed. Petition in favour of Leeds and Selby Railway Bill. Wibsey Road Bill, committed. Petition against Kidwelly Inclosure Bill. Everton (Lancaster) Church Bill, committed. Longtown Roads Bill, passed. Petition against Shoreham Bridge Bill. Petition against Walsall Road Bill. Haddenham Inclosure Bill, committed. Petitions respecting Labourers Wages. Petition respecting Laws relating to Labourers Wages. Petition for revision of the Penal Laws. Petitions complaining of Distress. Petition to be printed. Petition complaining of the distressed State of Shipping. Returns from the Court of Session, presented. Nos. 145, 146 & 147. Papers respecting Metropolis Water. No. 148. Petition for Reform of Parliament. Leave of Absence. Petition for reduction of Duty on Tobacco. Petitions for repeal of the Duty on Hops. Petitions against Renewal of East India Charter. Petition respecting the Appointment of Churchwardens. Address respecting Jamaica. Return of Troops in Jamaica, ordered. Petition for repeal of Malt Duty. Address respecting Bankruptcy Commissioners. Committee on Excise Acts. East Retford Bill, passed. Report of Smugglers Families Maintenance Bill, considered. Poor Law Amendment Bill, committed. Martis, 16 die Martii, 1830: Haymarket Removal Bill, committed. Supply deferred. Pensions, &c. Duties Bill, passed. Ways and Means, deferred. Ardglass Harbour Bill, reported. Galway Franchise Bill, presented. No. 143.

Lunæ, 15 die Martii; Anno 11 Georgii IV ti Regis, 1830.

PRAYERS.

Ireland-Accounts, &c. presented: First Fruits. No. 144.

THE House being informed that Mr. Johnson, from the Office of the Chief Secretary for Ireland, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House, pursuant to their Orders, -An Account of all Sums received and paid by the Commissioners of First Fruits in Ireland, during each of the last ten years; specifying the sources from which these receipts have arisen, and the manner in which they have been expended, under the head of Glebe Houses, Churches, Glebes and Incidents of Management; together with an Account, for the same period, of the Sums remaining due to the Commissioners on the Advances made by them.

Wide Streets (Dublin.)

Return of the number of Inquests or Inquisitions held under the Statutes for the Improvement of the City of Dublin, by making wide and convenient Passages through the same, with the date of such Inquests or Inquisitions respectively, distinguishing the number and times of Adjournment in each case:-also, A Return of the Names of the Persons who served as Jurors on such Inquests or Inquisitions, and the Adjournments thereof, distinguishing each such service by date:-also, A Return of the Sum or Sums of Money paid to each Juror who served on any such Inquest or Inquisition, or Adjournment thereof, distinguishing each sum by date or dates, and nature of service.

Fermanagh Sub-Sheriff.

Copy of Memorial of Francis McBryan and other Prisoners, charged with the Murder at Macken, to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, dated Enmiskillen Gaol, 1st March 1830, complaining of the Sub-sheriff of Fermanagh County, Ireland:-And then he withdrew.

Ordered, That the said Account and Papers do lie upon the Table; and that the Account be printed.

Wexford Town Election, determined.

Mr. Henry Clive, from the Select Committee appointed to try and determine the merits of the Petition of Charles Roper, of Rathfarnham Castle, in the county of Dublin, Esquire, and others, complaining of an undue Election and Return for the Town or Borough of Wexford; informed the House,

That it appeared to the Committee that the merits of the Petition did depend in part upon the right of Election, and that therefore the Committee required the counsel for the several parties to deliver to the Clerk of the Committee, statements in writing of the right of Election, for which they respectively contended.

That in consequence thereof, the counsel for the Petitioners delivered in a statement, as follows:

"That the right of Election for Members to serve in Parliament for said town or free borough of Wexford, is in such freemen of the said town or free borough as had served apprenticeships therein, or were resident therein at the time of their admission to their respective freedoms; that no person can be admitted a freeman of said town or free borough who has not served an apprenticeship therein, or who is not resident therein at the time of his admission; that, subject to the foregoing limitations, the persons having served seven years apprenticeship to freemen of the said town or free borough, are entitled to the freedom of the said town or free borough, and to vote at Elections for the same; that all merchants, traders and artificers and seamen residing, inhabiting and exercising their trade, mystery or craft within the said borough, are of right entitled, under the Act of the 13th and 14th of Charles the Second, entitled, 'An Act for encouraging Protestants Strangers and others to inhabit and plant in the Kingdom of Ireland,' to the freedom thereof, and to vote at Elections for the same, during their constant residence therein, and no longer."

That the counsel for the sitting Member delivered in a statement, as follows:

"That the right of voting is in the mayor, bailiffs, free burgesses and community or freemen, whether resident or not."

That upon the statement delivered in by the counsel for the Petitioners, the Committee have determined,

That the right of Election, as set forth in the said statement, is not the right of Election for the said town or borough.

That upon the statement delivered in by the counsel for the sitting Member, the Committee have determined,

That the right of Election, as set forth in the said statement, is not the right of Election for the said town or borough.

That the Committee have determined, That the right of Election for Members to serve in Parliament for the said town or borough of Wexford, is in such freemen of the said town or borough as had served apprenticeships therein, or were resident therein at the time of their admission to their respective freedoms; that no person can be admitted a freeman of the said town or borough, who has not served an apprenticeship therein, or who is not resident therein at the time of his admission; that subject to the foregoing limitations, the persons having served seven years apprenticeship to freemen of the said town or borough, are entitled to the freedom of the said town or borough, and to vote at Elections for the same; that all persons admitted to the freedom of the said town or borough, by virtue of an Act passed in the 14th and 15th years of the reign of his Majesty King Charles the Second, intituled, "An Act for encouraging Protestant Strangers and others to inhabit and plant in the Kingdom of Ireland," or by virtue of the "new Rules," are entitled to vote at Elections for Members of Parliament therein, according to the directions of the said Act and new Rules.

That the Committee have determined, That Sir Robert Wigram, junior, Knight, was not duly elected, and ought not to have been returned a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the Town or Borough of Wexford:

That Sir Edward Cholmeley Dering, Baronet, was duly elected, and ought to have been returned a Burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the said Town or Borough:

That the Petition of Charles Roper and others did not appear to the said Committee to be frivolous or vexatious:

That the opposition to the said Petition did not appear to the said Committee to be frivolous or vexatious:

And the said Determinations were ordered to be entered in the Journals of this House.

Deputy Clerk of the Crown to attend.

Ordered, That the Deputy Clerk of the Crown do attend this House To-morrow, with the last Return for the Town or Borough of Wexford; and amend the same, by rasing out the name of Sir Robert Wigram, junior, Knight, and inserting the name of Sir Edward Cholmeley Dering, Baronet, instead thereof.

Mr. Henry Clive also reported to the House, That the said Select Committee had come to a Resolution, which they had directed him to report to the House.

Resolved, That, during the investigation before the said Committee, various Acts, as stated in the Petition, were brought to light; which renders it necessary for the said Committee to request the House will order the Evidence to be printed.

Ordered, That the Report do lie upon the Table.

Petitions in favour of Dundee Harbour Bill.

A Petition of Merchants, Manufacturers and Householders of Kirriemuir, in the county of Forfar;-of Inhabitants and Householders of the town and parish of Blairgowrie in Perthshire;-of Manufacturers and Householders of Letham, in the county of Forfar;-and, of Lochee, in the county of Forfar,-were presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for more effectually maintaining, improving and extending the Harbour of Dundee, in the County of Forfar; and praying, That the same may pass into a law.

And the said Petitions were ordered to lie upon the Table.

Petition against Bute (Cardiff) Canal Bill.

A Petition of Richard Blakemore, of Melin Griffith, Glamorganshire, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for empowering the Most honourable John Crichton Stuart, Marquis of Bute and Earl of Dumfries, to make and maintain a Ship Canal, to commence at a certain Place called the Eastern Hollows, near the Mouth of the River Taff, in the County of Glamorgan, and to terminate near the Town of Cardiff, in the said County, with other Works to communicate therewith; and praying, That he may be heard by himself, his counsel or agent against the same.

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

Othery Drainage Bill, committed.

A Bill for draining, flooding and improving certain Low Lands and Grounds within the several Parishes of Othery, Middlezoy and Weston Zoyland, in the County of Somerset, was read a second time; and committed to Lord Granville Somerset, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

New Chappel and Brighton Roads Bill, reported.

Mr. Burrell reported from the Committee on the Bill for more effectually repairing and maintaining the Road from New Chappel, in the County of Surrey, to Ditcheling Bost Hills, in the County of Sussex, and from thence to the Town of Brighthelmston, in the same County; and also, for making and maintaining a Branch of Road from the Town of Ditcheling to Clayton, in the County of Sussex; That the Standing Orders relative to Turnpike Bills, had been complied with; and that they had examined the allegations of the Bill, and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.

Kingston Inclosure Bill, reported.

Mr. Burrell reported from the Committee on the Bill for inclosing Lands in the Parishes of Kingston near Lewes, and Iford, in the County of Sussex; That the Standing Orders relative to Bills of Inclosure, had been complied with; and that they had examined the allegations of the Bill, and found the same to be true; and that the Parties concerned had given their consent to the Bill, to the satisfaction of the Committee; and that they had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.

Brunswick Square (Brighton) Improvement Bill, reported.

Mr. Burrell reported from the Committee on the Bill for paving, lighting, watching, cleansing and otherwise improving Brunswick Square and Brunswick Terrace, and certain Streets and other public Places upon certain Grounds, late part of a Farm called the Wick Farm, in the Parish of Hove, in the County of Sussex; and to whom the Petition of the Commissioners for the better regulating, paving, improving and managing the Town of Brighthelmston, in the County of Sussex; and the Poor thereof, was referred; That they had considered the said Petition; and had examined the allegations of the Bill, and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.

Power to a Committee.

Ordered, That the Committee on the Bill for more effectually repairing the Roads from Hand Cross, through Cowfold, to Corner House, and from thence to the Turnpike Road from Horsham to Steyning, and from Corner House aforesaid to the Maypole, in the Town of Henfield, and certain Branches therefrom, all in the County of Sussex, have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Hungerford Market Bill, presented.

Mr. Hobhouse presented a Bill to incorporate certain persons to be called The Hungerford Market Company, for the establishment of a Market for the Sale of Fish, Poultry, and Meat, and other Articles of general consumption and use, and for other purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.

Tanjore Commissioners Bill, committed.

A Bill to continue an Act of the fifth year of His present Majesty, for enabling the Commissioners acting in execution of an Agreement made between the East India Company and the private Creditors of the late Rajah of Tanjore, the better to carry the same into effect, was read a second time; and committed to Mr. Astell, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Petition against Werneth and Littleborough Road Bill.

A Petition of James Starky, Mortgagee of the Tolls collected under an Act for making and maintaining a Road from Hollinwood to Littleborough, and other Roads communicating therewith, in the county of Lancaster, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for improving and maintaining the Road from Werneth to Littleborough, and other Roads communicating therewith, in the county of Lancaster; and praying, That the same may not pass into a Law as it now stands.

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

Petition for Leave for Little Bolton Improvement.

A Petition of Trustees for executing the Act (so far as the same relates to the town of Little Bolton, in the county palatine of Lancaster), 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, in the county palatine of Lancaster; and for widening, paving, lighting, watching, cleansing and regulating the streets, lanes, passages and places within the towns of Great Bolton and Little Bolton, and for supplying the said towns with water, and for providing fire-engines and firemen, and for removing and preventing nuisances, encroachments and annoyances, and for licensing and regulating hackney coaches and chairs, within the said towns, was presented, and read; setting forth, That it is expedient, that the powers and provisions of the said recited Act, or some of them, so far as the same relate to the said town of Little Bolton, should be repealed, altered and amended, and that further, better and more effectual powers and provisions should be granted instead thereof; and that the necessity of the present application to the House was not discovered until after the period limited by the House for the presentation of Petitions for leave to bring in Private Bills, and if the present application is deferred until another Session of Parliament, considerable inconvenience will arise to the said town; and praying, That leave may be given to present a Petition for leave 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.

Warrington and Newton Railway Bill, committed.

A Bill to enable the Company of Proprietors of the Warrington and Newton Railway to extend the Line of the said Railway, and for repealing, explaining, altering, amending and enlarging some of the Powers and Provisions of the Act relating thereto, was read a second time; and committed to Lord Stanley, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Hull and Beverley Road Bill, committed.

A Bill for maintaining the Roads from the Town of Kingston-upon-Hull, in the County of the same Town, to the Town of Beverley, in the East Riding of the County of York, and from Newland Bridge to the West end of the Town of Cottingham, in the same Riding, was read a second time; and committed to Mr. Sykes, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Fructuozo's Nat. Bill, committed.

An ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act for naturalizing John Anthony Fructuozo, was read a second time; and committed to Mr. Alderman Thompson, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Petitions against Clyde Navigation Bill.

A Petition of Noblemen, Freeholders, Justices of the Peace and Commissioners of Supply of the county of Dumbarton, in a General County Meeting assembled, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill to enable the Trustees for the Improvement of the Navigation of the River Clyde to purchase up certain Exemptions from the Rates payable on the said River and the Harbour at Glasgow; and praying, That the same may not pass into a law.

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

A Petition of Burgesses of the Burgh of Dumbarton, was also presented, and read; taking notice of the said Bill; and praying, That they may be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents against certain parts thereof.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee on the Bill; and that the Petitioners be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents upon their Petition, if they think fit.

Ordered, That counsel be admitted to be heard in favour of the Bill, against the said Petition.

Ellesmere and Chester Canal Bill, committed.

A Bill to enable the United Company of Proprietors of the Ellesmere and Chester Canal to make an additional Branch and Reservoir, and to amend and enlarge the Powers of the Act relating to the said Canal, was read a second time; and committed to Mr. Egerton, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Bute (Cardiff) Canal Bill, committed.

A Bill for empowering the Most honourable John Crichton Stuart, Marquis of Bute and Earl of Dumfries, to make and maintain a Ship Canal, to commence at a certain Place called the Eastern Hollows, near the Mouth of the River Taff, in the County of Glamorgan, and to terminate near the Town of Cardiff, in the said County, with other Works to communicate therewith, was read a second time; and committed to Mr. Guest, &c: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Ideridgehay Roads Bill, reported.

Mr. Mundy reported from the Committee on the Bill for improving and maintaining the Turnpike Roads, from the Wirksworth Turnpike Road, in the Hamlet of Ideridgehay, to the Town of Duffield, and from the Market-place in Wirksworth to the Turnpike Road leading from Derby to Brassington, and from the said Market-place to the Turnpike Road leading from Wirksworth Moor to Matlock Bath, all in the County of Derby; That the Standing Orders relative to Turnpike Bills, had been complied with; and that they had examined the allegations of the Bill, and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.

Ashborne and Belper Road Bill, committed.

A Bill for more effectually repairing the Road from Ashborne, in the County of Derby, over Belper Bridge, to the present Turnpike Road from Sheffield and Chesterfield to Derby, at or near a Place called Openwood Gate, and from Belper Bridge to Ripley, in the County of Derby, was read a second time; and committed to Mr. Mundy, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Tonbridge and Ightham Road Bill, committed.

A Bill for amending and improving the Road from Tonbridge to Ightham, and other Roads communicating therewith, in the County of Kent, was read a second time; and committed to Mr. Mundy, &c: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Walsall Road Bill, committed.

A Bill for improving and maintaining the Road leading from Walsall to Muckley Corner, near Lichfield, and other Roads in the County of Stafford, was read a second time; and committed to Mr. Littleton, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Petition against Broomielaw (Glasgow) Railway and Tunnel Bill.

A Petition of the Company of Proprietors of the Glasgow Water Works, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for making a Railway and Tunnel from the Broomielaw Harbour of Glasgow, to communicate with the Canals and Railways passing by, or terminating at, the higher Levels towards the North and North-east of the said City of Glasgow; and praying, That they may be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents against certain parts thereof.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee on the Bill; and that the Petitioners be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents upon their Petition, if they think fit.

Ordered, That counsel be admitted to be heard in favour of the Bill, against the said Petition.

Perth Navigation Bill, committed.

A Bill for enlarging, improving and maintaining the Port and Harbour of Perth; for improving the Navigation of the River Tay to the said City; and for other purposes therewith connected, was read a second time; and committed to Mr. Archibald Campbell, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Petition in favour of Leeds and Selby Railway Bill.

A Petition of Bankers, Merchants, Manufacturers, and others interested in the town and trade of Bradford, in the west riding of the county of York, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for making a Railway from the Town of Leeds to the River Ouse, within the Parish of Selby, in the West Riding of the County of York; and praying, That the same may pass into a law.

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

Wibsey Road Bill, committed.

A Bill for completing, improving and maintaining the Road from Wibsey Low Moor, near Bradford, through Brighouse, to Huddersfield, with certain Diversions therefrom, in the West Riding of the County of York, was read a second time; and committed to Mr. Marshall, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Petition against Kidwelly Inclosure Bill.

A Petition of Proprietors of land, to which is attached a right of intercommoning on the waste land, called Pinged Marsh, in the parishes of Pembrey and Kidwelly, in the county of Carmarthen, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for inclosing Lands within the several Parishes of Kidwelly, Saint Mary in Kidwelly, Saint Ishmael, and Pembrey, in the County of Carmarthen; and praying, That they may be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents against certain parts thereof.

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

Everton (Lancaster) Church Bill, committed.

A Bill for endowing a Church in the Township of Everton, in the Parish of Walton-on-the-Hill, in the County Palatine of Lancaster, was read a second time; and committed to General Gascoyne, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Longtown Roads Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for more effectually repairing the Roads to and from Longtown, and certain other Roads communicating therewith, in the County of Cumberland, was read the third time; and several Amendments were made to the Bill.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Mr. Spring Rice do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Petition against Shoreham Bridge Bill.

A Petition of George O'Brien, Earl of Egremont and Baron of Cockermouth, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for more effectually repairing and improving the Road from Brighton to Shoreham, for building a Bridge over the River Adur at New Shoreham, and for making a Road to Lancing, and a Branch Road thereupon, all in the County of Sussex; and praying, That he may be heard by his counsel against certain parts thereof.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee on the Bill; and that the Petitioner be heard by his counsel upon his Petition, if he think fit.

Ordered, That counsel be admitted to be heard in favour of the Bill against the said Petition.

Petition against Walsall Road Bill.

A Petition of Owners and Occupiers of land in the several parishes, townships, liberties, hamlets or places of and within the city and county of the city of Lichfield, and of Whittington, Longdon, Streetway, Chorley, Chesterfield, Curborough, Fradley and Alrewas, in the county of Stafford, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for improving and maintaining the Road leading from Walsalt to Muckley Corner, near Lichfield, and other Roads, in the county of Stafford; and praying, That the same may not pass into a law, as it now stands.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee on the Bill.

Haddenham Inclosure Bill, committed.

A Bill for inclosing Lands in the Parish of Haddenham, in the County of Bucks, was read a second time; and committed to Mr. Holmes, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Petitions respecting Labourers Wages.

A Petition of Shopkeepers, Mechanics, Miners, Colliers and others, interested Residents of the parish of Bedwelty, in the county of Monmouth;-of Workmen in the parish of Merthyr Tydvil;-and, of Retail Tradesmen and Shopkeepers of Dudley, in the county of Worcester,-were presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners view with great concern and alarm the continuance and extension in that neighbourhood of the pernicious and illegal system of paying workmen's wages in goods, which, by stopping the circulation of money, has already severely affected all branches of business, and, unless promptly suppressed, must lead to general ruin; and praying, That the House will revise the law now existing against the practice of paying workmen in goods, and take such measures as in their wisdom they may deem proper to prevent in future any attempt to oppose or evade the law.

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

Petition respecting Laws relating to Labourers Wages.

A Petition of Merchants, Shopkeepers and others of Merthyr Tydvil, in the county of Glamorgan, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have been informed that steps are now taking to induce the House to repeal the laws now existing against the payment of workmen's wages in goods; and praying, That the House will not repeal those laws, but, on the contrary, take such measures as in their wisdom may seem fit to set aside the evasion now practised, and to render effective those laws which, until evaded, have so long worked well with every class and body of the labourers and tradesmen of this kingdom at large.

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

Petition for revision of the Penal Laws.

A Petition of the Mayor and Inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood of Southampton, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are of opinion that the punishment of death is affixed by various Statutes to the commission of crimes of very different degrees of moral turpitude; and praying the House to revise those Penal Laws by which the punishment of death is inflicted, with a view to its commutation in that manner and to that extent which may seem most consistent with the proper ends of justice, with the dictates of enlightened humanity, and, above all, with the spirit of the Christian Religion.

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

Petitions complaining of Distress.

A Petition of the Proprietors and Occupiers of land, Tradesmen and others residing in the hundred of Hoxne, in the county of Suffolk;-of the Nobility, Gentry, Clergy, Freeholders and Inhabitants of the county of Flint;-of Inhabitants of the parish of Holywell, in the county of Flint;-and, of James Colquhoun, Chairman of a Meeting of the Noblemen, Freeholders, Justices of the Peace and Commissioners of Supply of the county of Dumbarton, in a General County Meeting assembled,-were presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners respectfully approach the House to represent the great and unprecedented distress now prevailing through the country in its agriculture, commerce, manufactures and mines; and praying the House to reduce the expenditure to the lowest point possible consistent with the due maintenance of the internal tranquillity of the Kingdom, and of its foreign possessions, and also to enter upon a rigid system of economy in every branch of the Public Service, relying on the House to ease the burthen of the people in every practicable way consistent with the just rights of the public creditor, and to make a total reduction of all sinecures and public pensions as they fall in.

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

Petition to be printed.

Ordered, That the Petition of the Freeholders and Landholders of the several parishes of Llanthewy Skirrid, Llanthewy, Rytherch, Llanvapley, Llanvetherine, Llantillio-pertholey, Llanvihangel Crucorney, Llangattock-lingoed, Llanarth, Gortrey, Bringwin, Tregare, Penrose, Llanellen and Llanover, in the county of Monmouth, for an alteration of the Tithe System, which was presented to the House upon Friday last, be printed.

Petition complaining of the distressed State of Shipping.

A Petition of the Ship-owners of the port of Scarborough, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have been and now are still suffering from the alterations that have been made in the Navigation Laws and Colonial system of Great Britain, and from the great privations and losses occasioned by these calamitous measures, which they have uniformly deplored; and the Petitioners are firmly convinced of the utter impossibility of the Shipping Interest of this Country ever being placed on a footing of real reciprocity with Foreigners, unless the price of labour, provisions, and national Duties could be placed on equal terms with those of the Foreigner; the Petitioners therefore humbly but earnestly pray, That the House will be pleased to appoint a Committee to take into consideration the increasing sufferings of the Ship-owner, and the ultimate danger resulting to the Country at large, and adopt such decisive measures as may afford speedy and effectual relief to a numerous and now declining class of His Majesty's subjects.

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

Returns from the Court of Session, presented. Nos. 145, 146 & 147.

Mr. William Peel presented to the House, pursuant to their Addresses to His Majesty,-A Return of the number of Causes enrolled in the Rolls of the Outer House of the Court of Session of Scotland for the following periods; from 12th November 1825 to 11th November 1826; from 11th November 1826 to 10th November 1827; from 10th November 1827 to 8th November 1828; and from 8th November 1828 to 14th November 1829:-A Return of the number of Decrees and Judgments Interlocutory and Final, and of Orders given incidentally, on Motion or Petition, in the Inner House, in the two Divisions of the Court of Session respectively, during the same periods; distinguishing them under the proper heads:-A Return of the number of Interlocutors, Judgments and other Acts of the several Lords Ordinary of the Court of Session, during the same periods; distinguishing them under the proper heads:-A Return of the number of Printed Papers given in, to be considered by the two Divisions of the Court of Session respectively, during the latter half of the year 1826, and during the years 1827, 1828 and 1829 respectively:-A Return of the number of Written and Printed Papers given in to be considered by the several Lords Ordinary, during the same period:-A Return of the number of Bills of Suspension and Advocation, Answers given in, and Interlocutors and Judgments pronounced in the Bill Chamber and the Court of Session, during the years 1826, 1827, 1828 and 1829, distinguishing the same:-A Return of the number of Days and of Hours (as nearly as the same can be ascertained) of the Sittings in Court of the two Divisions of the Court of Session respectively, from 12th November 1828 to 12th November 1829:-A Return of the number of Quarto Pages contained in the Written Papers given in, to be considered by the two Divisions of the Court of Session respectively, during the same period:-and, A Return of the number of Cases tried in the High Court of Justiciary, in Edinburgh and on the Circuits, during the years 1808, 1809 and 1810, and the years 1827, 1828 and 1829 respectively; together with the number of days occupied in the trial of the same Cases during the three latter years.

A Return of the number of Causes inrolled for the first time in the Outer-House Roll of the Court of Session, during each year respectively, from 1st January 1811 to 1st January 1829.

An Abstract of the Business enrolled before, and performed by, the First and Second Divisions of the Court of Session of Scotland, from 12th May 1826 to 12th May 1829; distinguishing the same under the proper heads: -A Return of the number of Causes in the Printed Roll furnished to the several Judges of the Court of Session on 12th July 1829, at the commencement of the Vacation, including the Causes which were to be decided in the Court between 12th November 1829 and 26th February 1830; distinguishing the same under the proper heads: -A Return of the number of Printed Papers delivered to the Judges with the said Printed Roll, to be read and considered by them in the Causes mentioned in the said Roll, or any and what part of such Causes, together with the number of Quarto Pages contained in the said Papers:-and, A Return of the average number of Pages of the Written or Printed Papers read and advised by the Lords Ordinary on the Bills annually, as nearly as the same can be ascertained.

Papers respecting Metropolis Water. No. 148.

Copies of such written Communications as have passed between the Office of the Secretary of State for the Home Department and the Chairman of the Committee appointed in the year 1828 to investigate the Supply of Water to the Metropolis and the several Water Companies supplying the said Water.

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

Petition for Reform of Parliament.

A Petition of the Inhabitant Householders of the ward of Cripplegate-without, in the city of London, was presented, and read; setting forth, That, in the belief of the Petitioners, a reduction of taxation is imperiously called for to relieve the deeply-felt and increasing sufferings of the people; and the Petitioners with that view pray the House to take into their earliest consideration a repeal of the Assessed Taxes, and also the abolition of the Duty on Beer, together with such an alteration in the licensing system as shall render the publican independent of the brewer; measures which to the Petitioners appear essential to the comfort of the working classes, and to the prevention of the adulteration of malt liquors; and they pray the House to take into consideration the extinction of the tithe system, either immediately or after the demise of the present life-interests, as affording a ready means of relieving the public burthens, and of promoting the true interests of religion and morality; and further, that to give full effect to the enlightened principles of free trade, of which this country has nobly set the example, they submit to the consideration of the House, that it is desirable that the same principles should be extended immediately to all the necessaries of life, and by a further reduction of duties to every other article of import; and the Petitioners further most respectfully but most earnestly pray for such a Reform in the Commons House of Parliament, as shall make the House really the Representatives of the people, believing such a reform to be indispensable to the welfare of the nation.

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

Leave of Absence.

Ordered, That Mr. Legh have leave of absence for three weeks, on account of illness in his family.

Ordered, That the Earl of Brecknock have leave of absence for a week, to attend the Assizes.

Ordered, That Mr. Wyndham have leave of absence for a week, on urgent private business.

Ordered, That Mr. Henry Brougham have leave of absence for a month, to go the Northern Circuit.

Ordered, That Mr. Bernard have leave of absence for three weeks, on account of ill health.

Ordered, That Mr. Owen Wynne have leave of absence for two months, on account of illness in his family.

Ordered, That Lord Viscount Corry have leave of absence for three weeks, to attend the Assizes.

Ordered, That Mr. William Lascelles have leave of absence for three weeks, on account of illness in his family.

Ordered, That Mr. Collett have leave of absence for a month, on account of ill health.

Petition for reduction of Duty on Tobacco.

A Petition of Manufacturers of Tobacco and Snuff in the port of Bristol, was presented, and read; setting forth, That notwithstanding the reduction of 1s. per pound in the Duty on Tobacco in the year 1825 was followed by an increase of 3,000,000 lbs. per annum in the legal consumption, yet the Petitioners still continue to suffer severe losses from having to contend with the foreign smuggler and home grower of Tobacco; and praying, That the House will not suffer the present session to pass without making such reduction of the Duty on Tobacco, and devising such other means for the relief and protection of the Petitioners, as they in their wisdom may deem meet.

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

Petitions for repeal of the Duty on Hops.

A Petition of the Hop-planters and others interested in the cultivation of Hops in Ewhurst;-of Hop-planters of Burwash;-and, of Etchingham, in the county of Sussex, -were presented, and read; praying, That the Duties on Hops may be totally repealed.

And the said Petitions were ordered to lie upon the Table.

Petitions against Renewal of East India Charter.

A Petition of Inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood of Pontefract;-of White Salt Manufacturers of the counties of Chester and Lancaster;-of Gentry, Merchants, Manufacturers and others of Darlington, and its vicinity;-of Merchants, Bankers, Ship-owners, Manufacturers and other Inhabitants of Stockton-upon-Tees;- of Merchants, Manufacturers, Householders and other Inhabitants of Bury and its vicinity;-of John Wright, Dean of the Guildry Incorporation of the city of Perth, -and, of the Provost, Baillies, Dean of Guild, Treasurer and Councillors of the royal burgh of Dumbarton,-were presented, and read; praying, That at the earliest period allowed by law such measures may be adopted by the House, in conjunction with the other branches of the Legislature, as shall secure to all classes of His Majesty's subjects free and unrestricted commerce with the nations of the East, and liberty of settling in India, under such proper regulations as an enlightened policy may dictate, consistent with the tranquillity and safety of the British Empire in India.

And the said Petitions were ordered to be referred to the Select Committee on East India Company's Affairs.

Petition respecting the Appointment of Churchwardens.

A Petition of George Gunning, of Frindsbury, Kent, a Lieutenant on Half-Pay of His Majesty's First Regiment of Dragoon Guards, was presented, and read; praying, That the House will be graciously pleased to inquire into the custom claimed by clergymen to appoint one churchwarden of each parish, it being contrary to the spirit of the British Constitution to tax the people without the consent of their Representatives in Parliament, consequently the persons who pay the parish rates ought to be enabled to appoint their own parish officers; and as churchwardens are by law overseers of the poor, and as the signature of one churchwarden and a certain number of the inhabitants is a sufficient authority for magistrates to sign any rate when presented to them for their signature, the Petitioner is firmly persuaded that this custom is a great evil, as it gives an undue influence to the clergymen in all vestry meetings, and, on a due examination by the House, it will be found that it engenders bad feelings, and destroys the confidence of the labouring classes of society; further, the Petitioner is firmly persuaded that the repeal of this custom would give great satisfaction to all classes of society, and greatly assist to amend the Poor Laws.

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

Address respecting Jamaica.

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 of Money voted by the House of Assembly in the Island of Jamaica, and applied in pursuance thereof, in the several years 1825, 1826, 1827 and 1828 inclusive, distinguishing each year, for or towards the use or purpose of the King's Troops, as well Officers as Men, in every branch of service stationed in that Island during the said years; and also specifying the particular heads of Expenses, whether for Pay, Rations, Subsistence, Barracks, Lodging-money, Hospital-money, Boat-hire, transport of Men and Baggage, Fuel, and every other Allowance whatever.

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

Return of Troops in Jamaica, ordered.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the actual numbers of the King's Troops, as well Officers as Men, in every branch of the service; distinguishing the Regiments, Staff, and particular description of Force who were stationed in the Island of Jamaica in the years 1825, 1826, 1827 and 1828 respectively.

Petition for repeal of Malt Duty.

A Petition of the Owners and Occupiers in the hundred of Taverham, in the county of Norfolk, was presented, and read; setting forth, That in the humble opinion of the Petitioners, there is no impost more oppressive or more injurious to the morals and domestic comforts of the agricultural and manufacturing labourers than that on Malt; and praying, That the House will take into consideration the expediency of immediately repealing the whole of this oppressive duty, thereby conferring a considerable benefit on the Petitioners and the consumers in general, more particularly the labouring classes, by enabling them to brew for themselves, and to partake with their families, at their own fire-sides, a wholesome, cheap and necessary beverage, thus rendering to this most distressed and meritorious part of the community a necessary and real comfort.

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

Address respecting Bankruptcy Commissioners.

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 Names of the Commissioners belonging to the London Bankrupt Lists; stating, 1. The Dates of their Appointment; 2. Whether they are Barristers or Solicitors; 3. If Barristers, whether they practise as such, and in what Courts, and whether they go the Circuit; 4. What other Office connected with Bankruptcy any such Commissioner holds, or is entitled to in reversion, with the Date of Appointment to any such Office, or of any Gift in reversion of any such Office; 5. What other legal Office or Appointment any such Commissioner holds, or has held, while a Commissioner, with the Date of Appointment.

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

Committee on Excise Acts.

The House was moved, That the Act 6 Geo. 4, c. 80, "to repeal the Duties payable in respect of Spirits distilled in England, and of Licenses for distilling, rectifying or compounding such Spirits, and for the Sale of Spirits, and to impose other Duties in lieu thereof, and to provide other Regulations for the Collection of the said Duties, and for the Sale of Spirits, and for the Warehousing of such Spirits without Payment of Duty for Exportation," might be read; and the same was read.

The House was also moved, That the Act 6 Geo. 4, c. 58, "for providing equivalent Rates of Excise Duties, Allowances and Drawbacks on Beer and Malt, and on Spirits made in Scotland or Ireland, according to the Measure of the new Imperial Standard Gallon," might be read; and the same was read.

The House was also moved, That the Act 3 Geo. 4, c. 83, "to repeal the additional Duties and Drawbacks on Leather granted and allowed by two Acts of his late Majesty, and to grant other Drawbacks in lieu thereof, and to secure the Duties on Leather," might be read; and the same was read.

The House was also moved, That the Act 5 Geo. 4, c. 55, "to assimilate the Duties and Drawbacks on Hides, Skins, Leather, Parchment, Paper and Paper Hangings manufactured in Ireland to the Duties and Drawbacks payable on the like Articles in Great Britain, and to equalize the Measures and Weights whereby the Duties of Excise and Customs shall be payable throughout the United Kingdom," might be read; and the same being read;

Resolved, That this House will, immediately, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the said Acts:-The House accordingly resolved itself into the Committee; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair; and Sir Alexander Grant reported from the Committee, That they had come to several Resolutions, which they had directed him to report to the House.

Ordered, That the Report be received To-morrow.

East Retford Bill, passed.

Ordered, That the Order of the day, for the third reading of the ingrossed Bill to prevent Bribery and Corruption in the Election of Burgesses to serve in Parliament for the Borough of East Retford, be now read; and the same being read;

And a Motion being made, and the Question being put, That the Bill be now read the third time;

The House divided.
The Noes went forth.
Tellers for the Yeas, Mr. Nicolson Calvert, 164.
Mr. Planta:
Tellers for the Noes, Mr. Hobhouse, 83.
Mr. Hume:

So it was resolved in the Affirmative:-And the Bill was accordingly read the third time.

An ingrossed Clause was offered to be added to the Bill by way of rider, That in all Elections of Burgesses to serve for the Borough of East Retford, the Poll shall be taken by Ballot.

And the Question being put, That the said Clause be brought up;

The House divided.
The Yeas went forth.
Tellers for the Yeas, Mr. O'Connell, 21.
Mr. Hume:
Tellers for the Noes, Mr. Nicolson Calvert, 179.
Sir Robert Wilson:

So it passed in the Negative.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Mr. Nicolson Calvert do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Report of Smugglers Families Maintenance Bill, considered.

The House, according to Order, proceeded to take into further consideration the Report from the Committee of the whole House, on the Bill for the relief of Parishes from the expenses of maintaining the wives and families of men convicted under the Laws for the prevention of Smuggling, and sentenced to serve His Majesty in His Naval Service:-And the Amendments made by the Committee to the Bill, being read a second time, were agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed; and read the third time upon Wednesday next.

Poor Law Amendment Bill, committed.

A Bill to prevent Abuses of the Poor Laws, by declaring and amending the Law relating to the employment and payment of Able-bodied Labourers from the Poor Rates, and for the better rating Tenements under a certain Annual Value, was, according to Order, read a second time; and committed to a Committee of the whole House for Friday next.

And the House having continued to sit till after twelve of the clock on Tuesday morning;

Martis, 16 die Martii, 1830: Haymarket Removal Bill, committed.

A Bill for removing the Market at present held for the Sale of Hay and Straw from the Haymarket, and for establishing Markets for the Sale of Hay, Straw and other Articles, in York Square, Clarence Gardens, and Cumberland Market, in the Parish of Saint Pancras, in the County of Middlesex, was, according to order, read a second time; and committed to Lord Viscount Lowther, Sir Francis Burdett, Mr. Hobhouse, Mr. Alderman Wood, Mr. Alderman Thompson, Sir George Clerk, Mr. Byng, Mr. Croker, Mr. Nicolson Calvert, Mr. Calcraft, Lord Viscount Duncannon, Mr. Arbuthnot, Mr. Lamb, Mr. Trench, Sir Matthew Ridley, Mr. Trant, Mr. Agar Ellis, Mr. Holmes, Mr. Maberly, Mr. Edward Cust, Mr. Michael Angelo Taylor: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Ordered, That Five be the Quorum of the Committee.

Supply deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the Supply granted to His Majesty;

Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow, resolve itself into the said Committee.

Pensions, &c. Duties Bill, passed.

The ingrossed Bill for continuing to His Majesty, for one year, certain Duties on Personal Estates, Offices and Pensions in England, for the Service of the year One thousand eight hundred and thirty, was, according to Order, read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Sir Alexander Grant do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Ways and Means, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House to consider further of Ways and Means for raising the Supply granted to His Majesty;

Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow, resolve itself into the said Committee.

Ardglass Harbour Bill, reported.

Lord Francis Leveson Gower reported from the Committee of the whole House, on the Bill to enable the Commissioners of the Harbour of Ardglass, in the County of Down, to make Contracts for Works, and to borrow Money for the Improvement of the said Harbour, the Amendments which they had made to the Bill; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed, and read the third time this day.

Galway Franchise Bill, presented. No. 143.

Mr. Spring Rice presented a Bill to repeal so much of an Act passed in Ireland, in the fourth year of the reign of King George the First, for the better regulating the Town of Galway, and for strengthening the Protestant interest therein, as limits the Franchise created by the said Act to Protestants only: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time upon Wednesday next.

Ordered, That the Bill be printed.

And then the House, having continued to sit till a quarter of an hour after twelve of the clock on Tuesday morning, adjourned till this day.