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Martis, 11 die Maii; Anno 11 Georgii IV ti Regis, 1830.
Monks Risborough Inclosure Bill, passed. Tiverton Roads Bill, passed. Derby Road Bill, passed. Cromford Bridge Road Bill, passed. Charminster Inclosure Bill, passed. Wareham Road Bill, passed. New Sarum Poor Bill, passed. Standon Inclosure Bill, passed. Report of Sheffield Waterworks Bill, considered. Petition against Dundee Harbour Bill. Browne's Estate Bill, read. Walsall Road Bill, passed. Hull and Hedon Road Bill, passed. St. Helen's and Runcorn Gap Railway Bill, passed. Sankey Brook Navigation Bill, passed. Hollingrake's Patent Bill, passed. Report from Committee to inspect Lords Journals. Die Jovis, 6 Maii, 1830: Sunderland Harbour Bill. Sunderland Haven Bill, ordered. Dunham Bridge Bill, passed. Petitions for abolishing Slavery. Petitions against Liability of Landlords Bill. Petition for mitigating Punishment for Forgery. Petitions against Forgeries Punishment Bill. Petitions in favour of Sale of Beer Bill. Petitions against. Petitions in favour. Petitions against renewal of East India Charter. Petitions for abolishing practice of burning Widows in India. Petition for repeal of Clauses in Vagrant Act. Petition for establishing Poor Laws in Ireland. Petition for reduction of Duties on Soap. Petition for abolishing Church Patronage in Scotland. Return to be printed. No. 386. Time for Committee on Australian Company Bill. Leave of Absence. Petition respecting Distillation. Petitionsagainst Kilbeggan Branch of Grand Canal. Petition respecting Duties on Stamps and Coals (Ireland.) Members added to a Committee. Return to be made forthwith. Petition in favour of Jews Relief Bill. Petition against Importation of Lead. Petition for repeal of Duty on Coals imported into Ireland. Petitionsagainst Assimilation of Stamp Duties on Newspapers (Ireland.) Petition respecting Admission of Surgeons to County Infirmaries, (Ireland.) Petition complaining of Sheriff Courts Act (Scotland.) Petition for more equal distribution of Poor Rates. Petition respecting Turnpike Tolls (Ireland.) Petition for a Road from Waterloo Bridge to North Side of the Metropolis. Returns respecting St. Pancras, &c. Paving, ordered. Petitionsagainst Duty on Corn Spirits. Petition respecting Galway Franchise. Petitions for repeal of Parish Vestries Act (Ireland.) Petitionsagainst Tithe Composition Act (Ireland.) Petition against Assimilation of Stamp Duties (Ireland.) Petition for repeal of Sub-letting Act (Ireland.) Petition relative to Hibernian Joint Stock Banking Company. Petition against Duty on Tobacco grown in Ireland. Roman Catholic Charities Bill, presented. No. 387. Motion respecting Coroners Inquest (Ireland.) Petitions against employment of Persons in Cotton Factories in the Night. Petition of J. W. Willis. The Lords have agreed to Peebles Statute Labour Bill. Whitesheet Hill Road Bill. Blacktoft Inclosure Bill. Leeds and Selby Railway Bill, with Amendments. The Lords have passed Williams's Estate Bill. Debate on Petition of J. W. Willis, resumed. Petition for Reform of Parliament. Petition for reduction of Taxation. Petitions in favour of Kilbeggan Branch of Grand Canal. Petition against Deserted Children (Ireland) Bill. Petition for commutation of Tithes. Petition for repeal of Duty on Coals. Petition against Poor Law Amendment Bill. Petition complaining of Distress. Petition respecting Spirit Licenses. Petition against Insolvent Debtors Bill. Returns, &c. ordered: Charities. Searches for Judgments. Fees Abolition Bill, ordered. Motion respecting Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Mercurii, 12 die Maii, 1830: Motion respecting Newfoundland. Motion respecting Kilbeggan Branch of Grand Canal. Capital Punishments (Scotland) Bill, ordered. Address for Return of Fees on demise of the Crown. Insolvent Debtors Bill, deferred. Usury Laws Bill, deferred. Committee on Law Officers (Scotland) Compensation, deferred. Registrar at Madras Bill, deferred. Report of Galway Franchise Bill, deferred. Rights of Executors Bill, passed. Report on Four Per Cent. Annuities Act. Bankrupt Laws Bill, committed. Fees Abolition Bill, presented. No. 388. Power to Committee on Population Bill. Bill, reported. No. 389. Cultivation of Tobacco Acts (Ireland), to be considered. Account of Turnpike Road Bill Fees, laid on the Table. Sub-letting Act Amendment (Ireland) Bill, deferred. Member added to a Committee.

Martis, 11 die Maii; Anno 11 Georgii IV ti Regis, 1830.

PRAYERS.

Monks Risborough Inclosure Bill, passed.

AN ingrossed Bill for inclosing Lands in the Parish of Monks Risborough, in the County of Buckingham, was read the third time; and several Amendments were made to the Bill.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That the Marquis of Chandos do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Tiverton Roads Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for improving several Roads, and making certain new Roads, in the Counties of Devon and Somerset, leading to and from the Town of Tiverton, and for amending an Act of His present Majesty for repairing several Roads leading from the through the Town of Wiveliscombe, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Derby Road Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for more effectually repairing and improving certain Roads between the Towns of Derby, Mansfield and Nutthall, in the Counties of Derby and Nottingham, was read the third time; and several Amendments were made to the Bill.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Cromford Bridge Road Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for more effectually repairing and improving the Road from Cromford Bridge to the Turnpike Road at or near Langley Mill, in the County of Derby, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Charminster Inclosure Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for inclosing Lands in the Parish of Charminster, in the County of Dorset, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Wareham Road Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for more effectually repairing and improving several Roads leading from the Market Cross in the Town of Wareham, and in Purbeck, in the County of Dorset, and for making another Road communicating therewith, was read the third time; and an Amendment was made to the Bill.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass: And that the Title be, An Act for more effectually repairing and improving several Roads leading from the Market Cross, in the Town of Wareham, and in Purbeck, in the County of Dorset.

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

New Sarum Poor Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for better assessing and recovering the Rates for the Relief of the Poor within the City of New Sarum, and enlarging the Powers of an Act passed in the tenth year of the reign of his late Majesty King George the Third, intituled, "An Act for consolidating the Rates to be made for the Relief of the Poor of the respective Parishes of Saint Thomas, Saint Edmund and Saint Martin, in the City of New Sarum," was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Standon Inclosure Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for inclosing Lands in the Parish of Standon, in the County of Hertford, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Report of Sheffield Waterworks Bill, considered.

A Motion being made, That the Report which, upon the 3d day of this instant May, was made from the Committee on the Bill for better supplying with Water the Town and Parish of Sheffield, in the County of York, be now taken into further consideration:-And the House being informed that printed Copies of the Bill, as amended by the Committee, were delivered at the door to the Members of the House upon Thursday last, pursuant to the Standing Order;

Ordered, That the Report be now taken into further consideration:-The House accordingly proceeded to take the Report into further consideration; 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.

Petition against Dundee Harbour Bill.

A Petition of Merchants, Ship-owners, Ship-masters and Burgesses in Dundee, was 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 not pass into a law as it now stands.

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

Browne's Estate Bill, read.

An ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act for the Re-settlement of certain Interests in the Trust Estate of William Browne, deceased, and for other purposes, was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.

Walsall Road Bill, passed.

An ingrossed 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 the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Hull and Hedon Road Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for making and maintaining a new Turnpike Road from the Town of Kingston-upon-Hull, in the County of the said Town, to Hedon, in the County of York, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Mr. William Duncombe do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

St. Helen's and Runcorn Gap Railway Bill, passed.

A Motion being made, That the ingrossed Bill for making a Railway from the Cowley-Hill Colliery, in the Parish of Prescot, to Runcorn Gap, in the same Parish, with several Branches therefrom, all in the County Palatine of Lancaster, and for constructing a Wet Dock at the termination of the said Railway at Runcorn Gap aforesaid, be now read the third time;

Sir George Hill, by His Majesty's command, acquainted the House, That His Majesty, having been informed of the purport of the Bill, gives His consent as far as His Majesty's interest is concerned, that the House may do therein as they shall think fit.

Then the Bill was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Lord Stanley do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Sankey Brook Navigation Bill, passed.

A Motion being made, That the ingrossed Bill to consolidate and amend the Acts relating to the Sankey Brook Navigation, in the County of Lancaster, and to make a navigable Canal from the said Navigation at Fidler's Ferry, to communicate with the River Mersey at Widness Wharf, near Westbank, in the Township of Widness, in the said County, be now read the third time;

Sir George Hill, by His Majesty's command, acquainted the House, That His Majesty, having been informed of the purport of the Bill, gives His consent, as far as His Majesty's interest is concerned, that the House may do therein as they shall think fit.

Then the Bill was read the third time; and an ingrossed Clause was added, by way of rider; and several Amendments were made to the Bill.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Lord Stanley do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Hollingrake's Patent Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for prolonging the Term of certain Letters Patent granted to James Hollingrake, for an improved Method of manufacturing Copper and other Metal Rollers, and of casting and forming Metallic Substances into various Forms with improved closeness and soundness of Texture, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Lord Stanley do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Report from Committee to inspect Lords Journals.

Lord William Powlett reported from the Committee appointed to inspect the Journals of the House of Lords, with relation to any proceedings upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act to amend and enlarge the powers and provisions of several Acts relating to the Improvement and Preservation of the River Wear, and of the Port and Haven of Sunderland, in the County Palatine of Durham;" and to make report thereof to the House; That they had inspected the same accordingly, and had taken copies of the proceedings of the Lords thereupon; and the Report was brought up, and read; and is as followeth;

Your Committee have, pursuant to the Order of the House, inspected the said Journals accordingly, and found the following entries:

Die Jovis, 6 Maii, 1830:

Sunderland Harbour Bill.

The Earl of Shaftesbury reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, An Act to amend and enlarge the powers and provisions of several Acts relating to the Improvement and Preservation of the River Wear, and the Port and Haven of Sunderland, in the County Palatine of Durham, was committed; That they had considered the said Bill, and examined the allegations thereof, which were found to be true; and that the Committee had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereto;

Which Amendments were read by the Clerk, as follows; viz.

Pr. 9.1.9. After "Tennyon" insert "Lord Viscount Seaham, Lord Adolphus Vane, Honourable Charles William Lambton, Honourable George Frederick D'Arcy Lambton, Russell Bowlby of Cleadon, Thomas Bowlby (Sunderland), John Carr (Sunderland), Joseph Spence (Sunderland), Abraham Storey (Chester-le-Street), William Redhead (Newcastle), George Hill (Newcastle)."

Pr. 13. 1. 10. After "Act" insert "for work or for the supply of any Materials for the purposes of this Act, excepting Stone, the produce of any Quarry belonging to such person, or in his occupation."

Pr. 19. 1. 11. After "taken" insert "CLAUSE A."

CLAUSE (A.) "Provided always, and be it further Enacted, That if any Commissioner shall, by virtue of this Act, be accused before the Commissioners present at any of their public meetings, for any of the offences herein mentioned, such Commissioner so accused shall not sit, vote, or otherwise act as a Commissioner in any such case, or in any case when or where he or his interest shall be in any way concerned."

Pr. 109. 1. 28. Leave out "the" and insert "any."

Pr. 109. 1.29. Leave out from "things" to "or" in line 32, and insert "belonging to the persons so refusing or neglecting to pay the said Rates and Duties;" and in 1. 32, leave out from "thereof" to "and" in 1. 35.

Ordered, That the said Amendments be taken into consideration on this day three months.

Ordered, That the Report do lie upon the Table.

Sunderland Haven Bill, ordered.

The House was moved, That the Report which, upon the 23d day of February last, was made from the Committee on the Petition of several Commissioners for executing the Acts for the improvement of the River Wear, and Port and Haven of Sunderland, in the county palatine of Durham, and for the more effectual preservation and further improvement of the same River, Port and Haven, might be read; and the same being read;

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill for enlarging the powers of several Acts relating to the Improvement of the River Wear, and the Port and Haven of Sunderland, in the County Palatine of Durham: And that Lord William Powlett and Mr. Russell do prepare, and bring it in:-And that leave be given to present the Bill on or before Thursday next.

Dunham Bridge Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for building a Bridge over the River Trent, from Dunham, in the County of Nottingham, to the opposite shore, in the County of Lincoln, was read the third time; and several Amendments were made to the Bill.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Admiral Sotheron do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Petitions for abolishing Slavery.

A Petition of the Minister and Members of the Congregation of Protestant Dissenters of the Independent Denomination assembling at Sion Chapel, Halifax;-of Protestant Dissenters of the Baptist Denomination, assembling for divine worship in their Meeting-house South Parade, Leeds;-of Minister and Members of the congregation of Protestant Dissenters of the Independent Denomination at Warley;-of Wakefield;-at Wortley, near Leeds;-at Kirkby Moorside;-of Minister and Members of the congregation of Protestant Dissenters of the Baptist Denomination at Farsley;-and, of the Protestant Dissenters worshipping in the Nether Chapel in Sheffield,-were presented, and read; praying for the abolition of Slavery throughout His Majesty's dominions.

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

Petitions against Liability of Landlords Bill.

A Petition of the Churchwardens, Overseers and Select Vestry of Stansfield;-and, of Stoke-upon-Trent,-were presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for the better rating Tenements under a certain Annual Value; and praying the House to grant them relief, either upon the principle of local Acts, by authorizing the poor rates to be assessed and levied upon the owners of all dwellinghouses under the annual value of 12l. whether the same be let by the year, or for any greater or less period.

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

Petition for mitigating Punishment for Forgery.

A Petition of Protestant Dissenters worshipping in the Nether Chapel in Sheffield, was presented, and read; praying the House entirely to do away with the punishment of death for the crime of Forgery, and otherwise soften and ameliorate the criminal law of the land, in accordance with the light and humanity of the age, with the dictates of true policy, and with the precepts of our holy religion.

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

Petitions against Forgeries Punishment Bill.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Reading;-and, of Merchants, Bankers, Manufacturers and other persons of the town and neighbourhood of Huddersfield,-were presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for reducing into one Act all such Forgeries as shall henceforth be punished with Death, and for otherwise amending the laws relative to Forgery; and praying, That the same may not pass into a law as it now stands.

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

Petitions in favour of Sale of Beer Bill.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Reading;-of Henleyupon-Thames;-and, of Huntingdon,-were presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill to permit the general Sale of Beer by Retail in England; and praying, That the same may pass into a law.

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

Petitions against.

A Petition of Proprietors and Occupiers of Public Houses in Alton and Alresford;-in Rochester and Chatham;-in the city of Canterbury, and towns of Ashford and Faversham;-in Walsall;-in the city of Worcester;- of Brewers, Innkeepers, Licensed Victuallers, and Proprietors of inns and public-houses, in Colchester and Harwich, and the hundred of Tendring, and the halfhundred of Lexden, in the county of Essex;-of Samuel Bowden Gundry, John Gundry Downe, James Templer and William Battiscombe, Proprietors of the Bridport Brewery; -of William Hounsell and Walter Eustace Gundry, Bailiffs of Bridport, and also Justices of the Peace for the same borough;-of Licensed Victuallers residing in Wiveliscombe, Milverton and Langford Budville;- of Saint Ives and its vicinity, in the county of Huntingdon; -of Proprietors and Occupiers of public-houses in the town and neighbourhood of Wokingham;-of Licensed Victuallers of New Windsor and Eton;-and, of Proprietors and Occupiers of public-houses in the city of Norwich and its vicinity,-were also presented, and read; taking notice of the said Bill; and praying, That the same may not pass into a law.

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

Petitions in favour.

A Petition of Gentry, Freeholders and other persons resident within the division of Basingstoke;-of Gentry, Clergy and Inhabitants of Colchester and its vicinity; -of Gentry, Clergy, Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood of Saint Neots;-of the Vicar, Churchwardens and Overseers, and other Inhabitants of Saint Ives, Huntingdon;-of the Mayor and Magistrates of the city of Bath;-of Inhabitants of the parish of Saint Giles and Saint George Bloomsbury;- and, or Mayor and Magistrates of the city of Norwich, and county of the same city,-were also presented, and read; taking notice of the said Bill; and praying, That the same may pass into a law, but that Beer be not drunk or consumed in the house or premises where sold by retail.

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

Petitions against renewal of East India Charter.

A Petition of Manufacturers of Serges and other Woollens, and of the other Inhabitants of the parish of Buckfastleigh;-of Dean Prior;-and, of Inhabitants of Leicester, -were presented, and read; praying, That such an inquiry may be instituted into the present state of the trade between this country and the eastern world, as that, on the expiration of the East India Company's Charter, British subjects in general may be admitted fully to share in the benefits of a free trade with India and China.

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

Petitions for abolishing practice of burning Widows in India.

A Petition of Protestant Dissenters worshipping in the Nether Chapel in Sheffield, 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 for repeal of Clauses in Vagrant Act.

A Petition of Justices of the Peace for the county of Chester, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the inhabitants of the county of Chester, in common with the other counties situate on the line of road from the metropolis and the south of England to Scotland and Ireland, are burthened with a partial and heavy expense in the conveyance of the vagrant paupers of those countries; that this burthen has lately increased in an alarming proportion, and that such grievance is an unnecessary evil, and might be removed by the repeal of those clauses in the Vagrant Act of 59 Geo. 3, c. 12, which were excepted when the remainder of that Statute as to English Vagrants was repealed; and praying, That such excepted clauses may be repealed, or if a continuance of the provision for passing Scotch and Irish poor be considered indispensable, that the burthen of it may be made to bear equally upon the community at large.

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

Petition for establishing Poor Laws in Ireland.

A Petition of Proprietors and Occupiers of land in the parish and neighbourhood of Hungerford, was presented, and read; praying the House to extend to Ireland the same system of Poor Laws which exists in England, and thus place the agriculturists of both Kingdoms on an equal footing with respect to the public burthens, so as to enable them to compete fairly in the common market.

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

Petition for reduction of Duties on Soap.

A Petition of Charles Tennant, Soap-maker at Saint Rollocks, near Glasgow, was presented, and read; setting forth, That by a reduction of the duties on Soap in Britain, a great increase of consumption would be created; and if the low duties were imposed upon Ireland, which would have also (as in the glass trade) the effect of doing away smuggling from Ireland to the west of Britain, the produce of the tax would, as the Petitioner believes, be so increased, as to equal or be little inferior to the produce of the high duties; and if, in combination with these causes, the weekly collection of duties were enforced throughout the Kingdom, and all drawbacks on Soap used in all manufactures, and the excise allowance of the tenths were repealed and done away, the Petitioner is confident that the present revenue from Soap would be fully compensated; and praying the House to adopt measures for effecting the above objects in such shape as to the House shall seem proper.

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

Petition for abolishing Church Patronage in Scotland.

A Petition of Inhabitants of the parish of Lismahagow, in the county of Lanark, was presented, and read; setting forth, That for more than a century the people of Scotland have laboured under the unjust and oppressive law of Ecclesiastical Patronage, which is viewed in that part of the United Kingdom as an intolerable grievance, and, in the opinion of the Petitioners, directly contrary to Scripture, on which, they apprehend, their Church is built, as well as an infringement of the political rights of the people, as secured to them by various Acts of the Scottish Parliament, and recognized in the Articles of the Union between Scotland and England; when the happy Reformation from Papal heresy was effected, and the tide of civil and religious liberty set in on that land, and when the Presbyterian form of church government was established in Scotland, the nation and church of Scotland pursued reformation, and got an Act passed in the Estates of Parliament at Edinburgh, March 9th, 1649: the Estates of Parliament, being sensible of the great obligation that lies upon them for the many deliverances and mercies from God to preserve the doctrine and maintain and vindicate the liberties of the Kirk of Scotland, to advance the work of reformation therein to the utmost of their power, and considering that patronages and presentations of kirks as an evil and bondage under which the Lord's people and ministers of that land have long groaned, and that it hath no warrant in God's word, but is founded only on the common law, and is a custom Popish, and brought into the kirk in time of ignorance and superstition, and that the same is contrary to the Second Book of Discipline, in which, upon solid and good grounds, it is reckoned among abuses that are desired to be reformed, and unto several Acts of General Assemblies, and that "it is prejudicial to the liberty of the people and planting of kirks, and unto the free calling and entry of ministers into their charge; and the said Estates, being willing and desirous to promote and advance the reformation foresaid, that every thing in the House of God may be ordered according to His word and commandment, do therefore, from the sense of the former obligations, and upon the former grounds and reasons, discharge for ever all patronages and presentations of kirks, whether belonging to the King or any laick patron, presbyteries and others, within the kingdom, as being unlawful and unwarrantable by God's word, and contrary to the doctrine and liberties of this kirk;" by which Act the Petitioners' ancestors obtained the right of chusing their own ministers, which right was recognized by the Estates of the kingdom of Scotland in April 1689, containing the claim of right, and the offer of the crown to their Majesties King William and Queen Mary, which, among other things, were for vindicating their ancient rights and liberties; that, in pursuance of this claim of right, several Acts of Parliament were made soon after the happy Revolution, comprehending the establishment of the Church of Scotland in its doctrine, worship and government, and particularly by the 5th Act of King William and Queen Mary, 1st June 1690, ratifying the Confession of Faith, and settling the Presbyterian church government, the power of chusing their own pastors was vested in the people; that the 23d Act of King William and Queen Mary, 19th July, same Session of Parliament, concerning Patronage, annulled the power of patrons to present ministers, and vested the right in congregations; and when the Union between the kingdoms of Scotland and England was effected, it provided that the liberties, immunities and privileges of the Church of Scotland should remain for ever unimpaired and unaltered; that notwithstanding of this, in the reign of Queen Anne, the Parliament of Great Britain, instigated by a jacobitical party in Scotland, with a view to defeat the succession of His present Majesty's Royal Ancestors to the Crown of Great Britain, most unjustly and unwarrantably, and in direct breach of the Union, passed a law restoring Patronage, without any regard to the just rights of the people; as matters stand at present, the Crown possesses many rights of Church Patronage in Scotland, by restoring which to the people, a boon of inestimable value would be conferred on a subject which has split the Established Church of Scotland into many sects, which are still on the increase, while the number and respectability of the adherents to the Established Church are gradually declining; and a measure of this nature, while it would not be felt as a loss to the Government, would secure the firm and undivided attachment of the whole body of the people of Scotland; the Petitioners are the more confident of being heard in this appeal to the justice and impartiality of the House, from the relief granted to His Majesty's Roman Catholic subjects last Session of Parliament; and praying the House to take the premises into consideration, and grant a total repeal of the law of Church Patronage in Scotland, which the Petitioners deem alike repugnant to Scripture, justice and reason, and fraught with the most fatal effects, in causing powerful secessions from the religious establishment of Scotland, and alienating the affections of the people from His Majesty's Government.

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

Return to be printed. No. 386.

Ordered, That the Return relative to Reductions of Establishments in 1821 and 1829, which was yesterday presented to the House, be printed.

Time for Committee on Australian Company Bill.

Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House; upon the Bill to amend an Act for granting certain powers and authorities to a Company to be incorporated by Charter, to be called The Australian Agricultural Company, for the cultivation and improvement of the waste lands in the Colony of New South Wales, and for other purposes relating thereto.

Leave of Absence.

Ordered, That Sir Thomas Edward Winnington, Baronet, have leave of absence for a fortnight, on account of illness in his family.

Petition respecting Distillation.

A Petition of Lieutenant-General Robert Browne Clayton, of Carrickburn, in the county of Wexford, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioner has for some years devoted his attention to the means of promoting the welfare of his country, but whilst the increasing evil of intoxication, through cheap whisky, and the defective system of granting licenses, are maintained, no permanent good can be effected; under these circumstances the Petitioner respectfully and humbly prays that the House will in their wisdom adopt such measures as may remedy the present injurious system of granting licenses to Publicans, and do away the vicious and destructive practice of converting Corn into Spirits, which totally destroys a large portion of national wealth, and at the same time yields but a very transitory enjoyment, and leaves only vice and misery behind.

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

Petitionsagainst Kilbeggan Branch of Grand Canal.

A Petition of Proprietors, Merchants and Traders, Inhabitants of Tullamore, in the King's County;-of the Directors of the New Royal Canal Company;-and, of the High Sheriff and Grand Jury of the King's County, -were presented, and read; complaining of the grant to the Grand Canal Company for the extension of the Navigation to the town of Kilbeggan; and praying the House to direct that the grant so made may be annulled, and that the public money may not be made subservient to individual interests, calculated to inflict irreparable loss upon the Petitioners, who look with confidence to the House for the protection of their just rights.

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

Petition respecting Duties on Stamps and Coals (Ireland.)

A Petition of Manufacturers and Traders of Mountmelick, in the Queen's County, was presented, and read ; complaining of their distress; and praying the House not to increase the difficulties under which that country at present labours, by any addition to the Duties on Stamps, as they are fully convinced that such a proceeding would materially affect the interests of all classes in that part of the kingdom, and especially those engaged in trade or manufactures; and the Petitioners also request the attention of the House to the subject of the Duties on Coals imported into that country, being convinced that the relief they would experience from the removal of such Duties, would prove a strong stimulus in aid of the manufacturing interests of the land.

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

Members added to a Committee.

Ordered, That Lord Viscount Clive and Mr. Birch be added to the Select Committee on Holyhead Roads.

Return to be made forthwith.

The House was moved, That the Order made upon the 5th day of April last, That there be laid before this House, a Return of all Persons who receive Compensation Allowances for the Loss of their Offices until otherwise provided for, with the Date of the Warrant authorizing each Allowance, the amount of each Allowance, and the amount of the Salary of the Office for the loss of which such Allowance is made, might be read; and the same being read;

Ordered, That a Return to the said Order be laid before this House forthwith.

Petition in favour of Jews Relief Bill.

A Petition of Freeholders and Inhabitants of Exeter, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are of opinion, that His Majesty's subjects being Jews, are entitled to the consideration and protection of the House, in common with Protestant Dissenters and Roman Catholics; and praying, That the House will take into its benign consideration the Petitions that have been presented by His Majesty's subjects being Jews, and will afford them such relief as to the House shall seem meet.

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

Petition against Importation of Lead.

A Petition of Inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood of Tavistock, being Lords and Adventurers in Lead Mines, and of Persons interested in their prosperity, on account of the advantages they afford the trade of the neighbourhood, was presented, and read; praying, That such further Duty may be imposed on Lead and Lead Ores, the produce of foreign states, as may secure to them the fullest advantage of our home market.

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

Petition for repeal of Duty on Coals imported into Ireland.

A Petition of Merchants, Manufacturers, Traders, Householders and other Inhabitants of the parishes of Saint Michael and Saint John, in the city of Dublin, was presented, and read; praying, That all Duties, whether local or general, on the importation of Coals into Ireland, may be forthwith repealed.

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

Petitionsagainst Assimilation of Stamp Duties on Newspapers (Ireland.)

A Petition of Inhabitants of Armagh and its vicinity; -of Letter-press Printers of the city of Limerick;-of Clonmel;-of Galway;-and, of Merchants, Traders, Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the town and county of the town of Galway,-were presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are justly alarmed at the proposed Bill to assimilate the Stamp Duties of Ireland to those of England, and more particularly at a period when great distress pervades the entire country; that the liberty of the Press, the palladium of their rights, is imminently endangered by the proposed additional tax, and they view with alarm any measure calculated to injure that powerful engine, so beneficial for the diffusion through the country of useful information, so essential for the preservation of their liberties and the correction of abuses; and praying the House not to suffer to pass into a law a measure so unsuited to the circumstances of the country.

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

Petition respecting Admission of Surgeons to County Infirmaries, (Ireland.)

A Petition of Surgeons of Clonmel, was presented, and read; praying, That the House will take into its most serious consideration the disadvantages which arise to the public from the present mode of appointing Surgeons to County Infirmaries in Ireland, and the grievances under which the Petitioners labour; and that they will be pleased to repeal so much of the laws relating to these Institutions as exclude the Petitioners from the office of Surgeon to County Infirmaries in that country; and further, that the House will also enact, that it be imperative on the Governors of County Infirmaries, in any appointment that shall hereafter take place of Physicians and Surgeons to these Institutions, that more than one professional attendant be elected to the same.

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

Petition complaining of Sheriff Courts Act (Scotland.)

A Petition of John Smith, residing at Denny, in the county of Stirling, was presented, and read; reciting the Act 10 Geo. 4, c. 55, for the more effectual recovery of Small Debts, and for diminishing the expenses of litigation in causes of small amount in the Sheriffs' Courts in Scotland; complaining of the powers and provisions thereof; and praying, That such measures may be adopted as shall secure to all classes of His Majesty's subjects in that part of the United Kingdom a right of appeal, under wholesome restrictions, in all civil actions summarily disposed of by a single Judge; appeal, setting forth, and being grounded on the broad basis, the only legitimate right of appeal, that the decision was de facto contrary to the law and the proof of the fact; and that the time for lodging an appeal be extended to a period capable of meeting all contingencies; and that a stronger arm be created, and more efficient funds than the poor man's penny and the widow's, mite be provided to repress corruption, and purge the fountain of justice of malice and oppression; and that the House may be pleased otherwise to ordain and do herein as shall seem fitting and expedient.

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

Petition for more equal distribution of Poor Rates.

A Petition of the Rate-payers and Occupiers of land in Kettering, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are, and have been for many years past, most heavily oppressed by the rates raised in that parish for the relief of the poor; and praying the House to afford them relief by a more equal distribution of the Poor Rates throughout the Kingdom, by granting power, under proper restrictions, to parish officers to occupy quantities of land sufficient for the employment of the otherwise unemployed poor, and by such other measures as shall appear to the House most advisable.

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

Petition respecting Turnpike Tolls (Ireland.)

A Petition of Thomas Flanagan, was presented, and read; praying the House to inquire into the Corporation Property of Ireland, and either to continue or discontinue Turnpike Tolls in that kingdom, applying the produce of Grand Jury Presentments to the purposes of Charitable donations.

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

Petition for a Road from Waterloo Bridge to North Side of the Metropolis.

A Petition of Residents of Waterlooo Road and other places, and interested in the formation of a new street, Watermen plying at Waterloo Bridge Stairs, and others; -and, of Inhabitants of the parish of Saint Clements Dane, and the district of the Savoy and other places,- were presented, and read; praying the House to consider the expediency of opening a new street from Waterloo Bridge to the British Museum, and to adopt such measures in respect thereof as the House may think proper.

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

Returns respecting St. Pancras, &c. Paving, ordered.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return from the Commissioners for Paving, &c. the South-west District of Saint Pancras, in the County of Middlesex, of an Account of the Monies received and expended by them for each of the years 1827, 1828 and 1829; particularly distinguishing the sums paid for Paving, for Lighting, and for Watering; the amount of Salaries to Officers (describing the Officer and amount of Salary), and the Poundage to Collectors; the amount of Rent of any house, offices, yard or premises; the amount paid for Interest or Annuities:-also, a Statement of the amount of Debt remaining chargeable upon the rates of the District; and the amount of Rate or Assessment in the Pound for each of the said years.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, similar Returns from the Commissioners for Paving, &c. under the Southampton Paving Acts; the Foundling Hospital district; the Doughty-street district; the Bedford Estate district; the Skinners' Estate district; the Lucas Estate district; the Harrison Estate district; the Battle Bridge district; the Somers Town district; the Brewers' Estate district; the Pancras Union district; the Camden Town district; the Hamlet of Kentish Town district; the Hamlet of Highgate district; the Calthorpe Estate district; Mansfield Place (Kentish Town) district; and Gloucester Place (Kentish Town) district.

Petitionsagainst Duty on Corn Spirits.

A Petition of Thomas Graham, Chairman and Convener of a meeting of the Noblemen, Freeholders, Justices of the Peace, and Commissioners of Supply of the county of Stirling, in General Meeting assembled;-and, of Members of the Clackmannanshire Union Agricultural Society, and others connected therewith,-were presented, and read; praying the House to prevent any additional Duty from being laid on Corn Spirits, without a corresponding addition be made to the Duty on Rum.

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

Petition respecting Galway Franchise.

A Petition of Members of the Irish Bar, connected with the county of the town of Galway, was presented, and read; praying the House to place the Roman Catholics of Galway on an equality with Protestants, as to the elective franchise and right of freedom, in manner now enjoyed by them.

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

Petitions for repeal of Parish Vestries Act (Ireland.)

A Petition of Inhabitants of the town and vicinity of New Ross, in the county of Wexford;-of Roman Catholic Inhabitants of Irishtown, in the county of Dublin; -of Landholders of the united parishes of Kilmore, Kilturk, Tomhagard and Molrancan;-of Roman Catholic Inhabitants of the parish of the Holy Trinity, in the city of Cork;-and, of Roman Catholics of the parish of Kilmahon, in the diocese of Cloyne, and county of Cork, in the barony of Imokilly,-were presented, and read; reciting the Act 7 Geo. 4, c. 72, for the Regulation of Parish Vestries in Ireland; and praying, That the same may be repealed.

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

Petitionsagainst Tithe Composition Act (Ireland.)

A Petition of Inhabitants of New Ross, in the county of Wexford;-of Roman Catholic Inhabitants of Freshford, Lisdowny and Ballyragget, in the county of Kilkenny;-and, of Landholders of Aglis, in the county of Cork,-were presented, and read; praying the House to take into its serious consideration the operation of the Tithe system in Ireland, with a view to remedy the evil so long resulting therefrom.

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

Petition against Assimilation of Stamp Duties (Ireland.)

A Petition of Inhabitants of Cappoquin, in the county of Waterford, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have heard with the greatest feelings of regret and alarm of the intention of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to assimilate the English and Irish Stamp Duties, to lay a prohibitory Duty on Irish Tobacco, and to impose a new Tax on Irish Spirits; that they have also heard with the same feelings, mingled with surprise, the contemplated tax on the diffusion of knowledge, by shackling the public Press; that they rather hoped that the House were preparing to relieve the greater part of the taxes that now oppress their country, than in countenancing the imposition of new ones; and that they humbly hope, That the House will not permit any more of the absurd project of assimilation, until that country is on a par with England in wealth and resources.

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

Petition for repeal of Sub-letting Act (Ireland.)

A Petition of Inhabitants of New Ross, in the county of Wexford, was presented, and read; reciting the Act 7 Geo. 4, c. 29, to amend the Law of Ireland respecting the assignment and sub-letting of Lands and Tenements; and praying the House to repeal the same.

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

Petition relative to Hibernian Joint Stock Banking Company.

A Petition of the Board of Management of the Hibernian Joint Stock Banking Company, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the said Company is established by Act of Parliament, and is composed of a body in number and solvency sufficient to the public for any transactions it may enter into; that, since the commencement of its business, it has afforded, on real capital, most important accommodation to the trade of the country, and would be of still greater advantage were the monopoly in banking removed; that the Petitioners look forward with respectful confidence to the House for an early participation of those privileges now exclusively enjoyed by the Banks of England and Ireland; and, in the mean time, beg leave to approach them with an expression of alarm at hearing that a most oppressive Stamp Tax is now about to be imposed on the transfer of the stock or shares of the Company, which, if passed into a law, will, if it does not destroy, at least completely check, the rising prospects of the Company without advantage to the revenue, and will prevent an increase of respectable proprietors who are, from its present high character, willing to vest their money in and support it; the Petitioners beg the attention of the House to this part of the Stamp Act, and have full reliance that the House will see that that Company is, by its constitution and importance, equally entitled as any other banking establishment to the protection of Parliament, and that the House will extend to it any exception or exemption which it may be the pleasure of the House to confer on the Banks of England or Ireland, or any other Joint Stock Banking Establishment.

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

Petition against Duty on Tobacco grown in Ireland.

A Petition of Thomas Brodigan, of Pilltown, in the county of Meath, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioner has learned with regret that the House, having resolved itself into a Committee upon the Tobacco Duties, have reported the following Resolution: "That there shall be levied and paid for and upon every pound avoirdupois of all unmanufactured Tobacco, of the growth or produce of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, an Excise Duty of 1s. 8d., to be paid by the grower or producer thereof;" the Petitioner humbly and respectfully begs leave to express his decided conviction, that the imposition of such a rate of duty as that recommended in the said Resolution, will prove prohibitory of the growth of Tobacco in Ireland, and extinguish that infant but interesting branch of Irish industry; the Petitioner therefore, deeply impressed with the great importance of Tobacco as a source of domestic revenue, as a preventive of pauperism, and an alleviation of poor rates in England, humbly submits to the House the propriety and necessity of a lenient and judicious protection of that branch of industry in its infantine state; and praying, That the House will re-consider their Resolution, and pass no Bill having a tendency to prohibit the growth of Tobacco in Ireland, without due inquiry into the advantages of that culture, and the pressing wants and peculiar situation of her people.

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

Roman Catholic Charities Bill, presented. No. 387.

Mr. O'Connell presented a Bill for the better securing the Charitable Donations and Bequests of His Majesty's subjects in England and Wales professing the Roman Catholic Religion: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time upon Friday the 28th day of this instant May.

Ordered, That the Bill be printed.

Motion respecting Coroners Inquest (Ireland.)

A Motion was made, and the Question was proposed, That there be laid before this House, a Copy of the Coroner's Inquest on the body of Daniel Nealan, who was killed at Miltown Malbay, in the County of Clare, on the 29th June 1829, and for whose alleged murder one William Ferguson, a constable, was tried and acquitted at the Summer Assizes for that County, and in that year:-And the said Motion was, with leave of the House, withdrawn.

Petitions against employment of Persons in Cotton Factories in the Night.

A Petition of Clergy, Medical Practitioners, and other Inhabitants of Great Bolton and Little Bolton, and of the Working Spinners and others employed in Cotton and other Factories, and in Cotton and other Mills, in the same towns, and in the neighbourhood thereof;-of Operative Spinners and others employed in the spinning of Cotton in Oldham;-and, at Lees and Hey, near Oldham,- were presented, and read; praying, That the House will pass such a law as shall completely prohibit the employment of persons under twenty-one years of age in the night in Cotton and other Factories.

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

Petition of J. W. Willis.

A Petition of John Walpole Willis, of Gray's Inn, in the county of Middlesex, Esquire, Barrister-at-Law, late one of the Judges of His Majesty's Court of King's Bench of Upper Canada, was presented.

And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, that the said Petition be now read:-And a Debate arising in the House thereupon-

The Lords have agreed to

A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Farrer and Sir Giffin Wilson:

Mr. Speaker,

The Lords have agreed to the several Bills following, without any Amendment; viz.

Peebles Statute Labour Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act for further regulating the Statute Labour and repairing the Highways and Bridges in the County of Peebles:

Whitesheet Hill Road Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act for repairing the Turnpike Road from the top of Whitesheet Hill to the Wilton Turnpike Road, at or near Barford, in the County of Wilts:

Blacktoft Inclosure Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act 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 also,

Leeds and Selby Railway Bill, with Amendments.

The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act 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, with some Amendments; to which Amendments the Lords desire the concurrence of this House: And also,

The Lords have passed Williams's Estate Bill.

The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act for vesting certain parts of the real Estates devised by the Will of John Williams, Esquire, deceased, in the County of Stafford, in Trustees, in trust, to carry into execution a Contract entered into for Sale thereof, and to apply the Money arising from such Sale in manner therein mentioned, to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House: -And then the Messengers withdrew.

Debate on Petition of J. W. Willis, resumed.

Then the House resumed the said Debate;

And the Question being put;

Ordered, That the said Petition be now read; the said Petition was accordingly read; complaining of dismissal from his office; stating the particulars of his case, and praying for the most ample and immediate inquiry into all and each of the several matters contained in his Petition, and that such steps may be thereupon taken for the furtherance of justice and the relief of the Petitioner, as may be deemed proper and expedient.

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

Petition for Reform of Parliament.

A Petition of Bankers, Merchants, Manufacturers and others, Inhabitants of Leeds, was presented, and read; praying the House to effect much more extensive retrenchments in the public expenditure than those recently announced by His Majesty's Ministers, to abolish all useless places and pensions, to reduce all government salaries in proportion to the augmented value of money, in order that the present oppressive burthen of taxation may be effectually diminished, and also for a full, free and equal representation of the people in Parliament.

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

Petition for reduction of Taxation.

A Petition of Churchwardens, Overseers of the Poor, and other Inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood of Rotherham, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners, deeply impressed with the existence of the present general distress, and daily witnessing numerous proofs of it in their own neighbourhood, beseech the House to institute an inquiry into its causes, and to adopt such measures as will ultimately remove or alleviate the same; that, in the opinion of the Petitioners, the principal cause of that distress is the high rate of Taxation, virtually increased by the return to cash payments, thereby enhancing the value of money, and rendering it difficult for the nation to pay the amount previously paid during the circulation of a depreciated paper currency; the Petitioners however trust that, since the currency is now placed upon a solid basis, the House will not further interfere with that intricate subject; the Petitioners, therefore, implore the House to effect a corresponding reduction in the Taxation of the country; and, to enable the House to accomplish so desirable an object, the Petitioners entreat the House to practise the strictest economy in every department of the State, to revoke all unmerited pensions, and to abolish all unnecessary establishments; the Petitioners would respectfully suggest the propriety of immediately repealing the Beer Duties and all other Taxes which press most heavily upon the productive classes of the community; the Petitioners beg to express their gratitude for the reduction of Taxation recently proposed by His Majesty's Ministers, but feel convinced that that reduction might have been more extensive; and therefore humbly pray, That the Duties upon Malt, Hops, Soap and Candles may also be repealed, the charge for collecting which amounts to no inconsiderable part of the revenue derived therefrom.

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

Petitions in favour of Kilbeggan Branch of Grand Canal.

A Petition of Magistrates, Clergy, Gentlemen, Landowners, Merchants, Traders and Inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood of Moate, in the county of Westmeath; -and, of Magistrates, Clergy, Gentlemen, Land-owners, Merchants, Traders and Inhabitants of the town of Clara, in the King's County,-were presented, and read; stating the advantages likely to accrue from the formation of a branch from the Grand Canal to the town of Kilbeggan, and praying, That the House will not interfere or prevent the same being carried into effect.

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

Petition against Deserted Children (Ireland) Bill.

A Petition of Individuals residing in the town and vicinity of Mullingar, in the county of Westmeath, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for making provision, in certain cases, for the Relief and Maintenance of Deserted and of Illegitimate Children in Ireland; and praying, That the House will so amend and modify its enactments, as to free it from the objections to which similar laws in other parts of the empire are exposed.

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

Petition for commutation of Tithes.

A Petition of Inhabitants of the county of Devon, being all either owners of land or payers or receivers of tithes, was presented, and read; praying, That the House will, at as early a period in this Session of Parliament as the business of the Nation will allow, take into its most serious consideration the present state of the Tithe Laws, and the effects now resulting from them; also, the changes which have occurred since they were framed; and that, after a strict and mature investigation of the question in all its relative bearings, they will be pleased to adopt such measures, and make such arrangements, as shall appear to them to be consistent with justice to the payers and receivers of Tithes, and most beneficial to the general interests of religion and those of the community at large.

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

Petition for repeal of Duty on Coals.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Teignmouth and its vicinity, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners, being burthened with a heavy and partial duty on Coal and Culm carried coastwise, a duty not only injurious to trade and commerce, but oppressive to every class of society, and especially to the labouring poor, humbly pray the House that the same may be repealed.

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

Petition against Poor Law Amendment Bill.

A Petition of the Governor, Deputy Governor, Assistants and Guardians of the Poor in the city and county of Norwich and liberties of the same, was presented, and read; taking notice of the 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 praying, That the same may not pass into a law as it now stands.

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

Petition complaining of Distress.

A Petition of Freeholders, Commissioners of Supply, Justices of Peace, and other Inhabitants of the county of Cromarty, in North Britain, was presented, and read; praying the House to institute such inquiry as may ascertain the real cause of the present distress, and apply such remedies as may alleviate the sufferings of the country in its agricultural and commercial interests.

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

Petition respecting Spirit Licenses.

A Petition of William Young, William Green, and John Henderson, all in Castle Douglas, Robert Austin, in Haugh of Urr, and Samuel Kevan, in Palnackie, in the stewartry of Kirkcudbright, was presented, and read; complaining of the Justices of the Peace for that stewartry having refused to grant them a license to retail wine, spirits, ale and other exciseable liquors not to be consumed on the premises; stating the particulars of their case; and praying, That the House will take the whole circumstances into consideration, to recommend to the Justices of the Peace for the stewartry of Kirkcudbright, in case they have formed an erroneous impression of the law, to grant the Petitioners their certificates; but if their interpretation of it is correct, that the House will cause it to be so far altered as to allow exciseable liquors to be sold to the public for the use of their families in small quantities, or give the Petitioners such other relief as to the House may seem proper.

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

Petition against Insolvent Debtors Bill.

A Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, Bankers, Merchants and other Inhabitants of the city of Worcester, was presented, and read; setting forth, That, in the opinion of the Petitioners, the law for relief of Insolvent Debtors in England, as amended and consolidated by an Act of Parliament passed 7 Geo. 4, which will expire at the end of this present Session of Parliament, has altogether failed in practice to correct the evils arising from the great facility with which debtors defraud their creditors, and has in its operation proved highly injurious to the trading and commercial interests of this country, and highly injurious to the morals of the community; and praying the House not to renew or continue the said Act, and, in lieu thereof, to apply such other measures for improving the law between Debtor and Creditor as to the House may seem just and proper.

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

Returns, &c. ordered: Charities.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the number of Informations filed in the Courts of Equity by the Attorney General, at the instance of the Commissioners appointed to inquire concerning Charities in England and Wales, from 1st March 1829 to the latest period to which the Return can be made; specifying the names of the defendants, the object of each proceeding, the result of each cause terminated, the costs incurred, and by whom and to whom paid, and the present state of the causes in progress.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the number of Petitions preferred by the Attorney General, at the instance of the Commissioners.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return, in detail, of those Cases in which Inquiry has restored dormant Rights, or rectified Abuses found to exist; in continuation of the Returns ordered by the House of Commons to be printed on 1st May 1828 (paper 292), and 22d May 1829 (paper 270).

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return, showing what further proceedings have been taken in the several Causes set forth as unsettled or pending in the said printed Returns; specifying the result of each cause terminated, the amount of costs subsequently incurred, and by whom and to whom paid, and the present state of each cause in progress.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Statement of the total amount of Money which, since the appointment of the said Commissioners, has been advanced by the Treasury on account of the Costs of such proceedings, and the total amount which has been received from Parties, or out of the Charity Funds, to reimburse such Costs; specifying whether such costs are taxed, and by whom the disallowed portion of costs is paid, and the total amount of such disallowance.

Searches for Judgments.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of all Fees or Emoluments received by the Clerks of the Judgment Office, or other Officers of the several Courts of King's Bench, Common Pleas, and Exchequer, at Westminster, for Searches for Judgments, during each of the last Seven years, ending 1st January 1830; setting forth the number of Searches made, and total amount paid in each year respectively, by whom received, and in what manner appropriated.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the Names of the Persons who received such Fees, and stating whether any of the official duties are discharged by Deputy, their names and emoluments, by whom appointed, and by whom compensated.

Fees Abolition Bill, ordered.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to abolish all Fees and Stamp Duties chargeable on the renewal of all Appointments, Commissions, Grants, Pensions and Patents, consequent on the demise of the Crown: And that Mr. Hume and Mr. Warburton do prepare, and bring it in.

Motion respecting Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, that He will be graciously pleased to take into His consideration whether the Government of Ireland by a Viceroy is any longer necessary, and whether that office may not be withdrawn with advantage to Ireland and to the United Kingdom;

The House divided.
The Yeas went forth.
Tellers for the Yeas, Mr. Hume, 115.
Mr. Spring Rice:
Tellers for the Noes, Lord Francis Leveson Gower, 223.
Mr. Frankland Lewis:

So it passed in the Negative. And the House having continued to sit till after twelve of the clock on Wednesday morning;

Mercurii, 12 die Maii, 1830:

Motion respecting Newfoundland.

A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That a Select Committee be appointed to inquire into the state of the Island of Newfoundland;

The House divided.
The Yeas went forth.
Tellers for the Yeas, Mr. Robinson, 29.
Mr. Labouchere:
Tellers for the Noes, Mr. Twiss, 82.
Mr. George Bankes:

So it passed in the Negative.

Motion respecting Kilbeggan Branch of Grand Canal.

A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That a Select Committee be appointed, to inquire into a Grant of £.18,000, for extending the Grand Canal, by an offbranch from the Town of Ballycommon to the Town of Kilbeggan, whether such Grant be legal, and if the Securities taken are good and sufficient, and such as are required by law, and contemplated by the Consolidated Loan Acts:-It passed in the Negative.

Capital Punishments (Scotland) Bill, ordered.

The House was moved, That the Act 4 Geo. 4, c. 48, for enabling Courts to abstain from pronouncing Sentence of Death in certain Capital Felonies, might be read; and the same being read;

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend an Act passed in the ninth year of His present Majesty, to facilitate Criminal Trials in Scotland, and to grant further facilities in regard to such Trials, and to abridge the period now required between the pronouncing of Sentence and execution thereof, in cases importing a Capital Punishment: And that the Lord Advocate of Scotland and Mr. Home Drummond do prepare, and bring it in.

Address for Return of Fees on demise of the Crown.

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 Fees payable on the renewal of all Appointments, Commissions, Grants, Pensions, Patents, Warrants and Authorities, consequent on the demise of the Crown; stating the titles of all such offices, and specifying to whom such Fees are payable, or to what purposes they are applied.

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.

Insolvent Debtors Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, upon the Bill to continue and amend the Laws for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors in England;

Resolved, That this House will, this day, resolve itself into the said Committee.

Usury Laws Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for taking into further consideration the Report from the Committee of the whole House, on the Bill to alter several Acts relating to Contracts for the Loan of Money at Interest;

Ordered, That the Report be taken into further consideration To-morrow.

Committee on Law Officers (Scotland) Compensation, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of granting Compensation to any Judges and Officers of the Courts of Law in Scotland, whose Salaries or Lawful Fees and Emoluments may be terminated or reduced by the effect of any Act of this Session, for making alterations in the Judicial Establishments of Scotland;

Resolved, That this House will, this day, resolve itself into the said Committee.

Registrar at Madras Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the Bill for the Relief of the Representatives of Persons who have died intestate in the Presidency of Madras in the East Indies, and for the Relief of the Suitors of the Supreme Court of Judicature at Madras aforesaid;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time Tomorrow.

Ordered, That the United Company of Merchants trading to the East Indies be heard by their counsel upon the second reading of the said Bill.

Report of Galway Franchise Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for receiving the Report from the Committee of the whole House, on the 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;

Ordered, That the Report be received To-morrow.

Ordered, That James Hardiman Burke, Esquire, the Mayor of Galway, be heard by his counsel on the Report of the said Bill.

Rights of Executors Bill, passed.

The ingrossed Bill for making better Provision for the disposal of the undisposed-of Residues of the Effects of Testators, was, according to Order, read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Report on Four Per Cent. Annuities Act.

Sir Alexander Grant reported from the Committee of the whole House, to whom it was referred to consider of the Act of this present Session of Parliament, for transferring certain Annuities of Four Pounds per Centum per Annum, into Annuities of Three Pounds and Ten Shillings, or Five Pounds per Centum per Annnm, the Resolutions which they had directed him to report to the House; and the same were read, and agreed to by the House; and are as followeth;

1. Resolved, That the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland be authorized to issue Exchequer Bills to an amount equal to the Stock in the New Four Pounds per Centum Annuities in Great Britain and Ireland, for which the Proprietors thereof, or Executors, Administrators, Guardians or Trustees, have signified, and shall signify, within the period limited by the said Act, their dissent to accept Annuities after the rate of Three Pounds Ten Shillings per Centum per Annum in lieu thereof; and such Exchequer Bills shall be charged upon, and payable out of, the Aids or Supplies to be granted for the service of the year 1831.

2. Resolved, That the Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt shall, out of any Funds under their management, be empowered to redeem from time to time, under the provisions of any Act or Acts now in force, or of any Act to be passed this present Session of Parliament, such Exchequer Bills as shall be issued for paying off the said New Four Pounds per Centum Annuities, together with the Interest thereupon.

Ordered, That a Bill be brought in upon the said Resolutions: And that Sir Alexander Grant, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Mr. George Dawson do prepare, and bring it in.

Bankrupt Laws Bill, committed.

A Bill to supply an omission in an Act of the sixth year of His present Majesty, for amending the Laws re lating to Bankrupts, was, according to Order, read a second time; and committed to a Committee of the whole House for Friday next.

Fees Abolition Bill, presented. No. 388.

Mr. Hume presented a Bill to abolish all Fees and Stamp Duties chargeable on the renewal of all Appointments, Commissions, Grants, Pensions and Patents consequent on the demise of the Crown: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time upon Friday next.

Ordered, That the Bill be printed.

Power to Committee on Population Bill.

Ordered, That the Committee on the Bill for taking an account of the Population of Great Britain, and of the Increase or Diminution thereof, have Power to report the Minutes of the Evidence taken before them.

Bill, reported. No. 389.

Mr. Davies Gilbert accordingly reported from the Committee on the said Bill; 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, which they had directed him to report to the House, together with the Minutes of the Evidence taken before them; and the Report was brought up, and read.

Ordered, That the Report be taken into further consideration upon Friday next.

Ordered, That the Bill, as amended, be printed.

Ordered, That the said Minutes be printed.

Cultivation of Tobacco Acts (Ireland), to be considered.

Resolved, That this House will, upon Friday next, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Acts 12 Car. 2, c. 34, for prohibiting the planting, setting or sowing of Tobacco in England and Ireland; and, 22 Geo. 3, c. 73, to explain an Act made in the twelfth year of the reign of King Charles the Second, intituled, "An Act for prohibiting the planting, setting or sowing of Tobacco in England or Ireland, and to permit the Use and Removal of Tobacco, the growth of Scotland, into England, for a limited time, under certain Restrictions."

Account of Turnpike Road Bill Fees, laid on the Table.

Mr. Speaker acquainted the House, That an Account, in detail, of £.8,899. 8s. 8d. charged in Civil Contingencies of 1829, for Payment of Fees on Bills for improving Turnpike Roads, which received the Royal Assent in 1829, so far as relates to the House of Commons, was upon the Table.

Sub-letting Act Amendment (Ireland) Bill, deferred.

Ordered, That the Report from the Committee of the whole House, on the Bill to explain and amend an Act made in the seventh year of His present Majesty, with respect to the Assignment and Sub-letting of Lands and Tenements in Ireland, be taken into further consideration upon Monday next.

Member added to a Committee.

Ordered, That Mr. Slaney be added to the Committee on the Bill to promote the Employment of the labouring Poor by free hiring at fair and adequate Wages.

And then the House, having continued to sit till three of the clock on Wednesday morning, adjourned till this day.