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Martis, 13 die Julii;Anno 1° Willielmi 4 ti Regis, 1830.
Return of Charities, presented. No. 658. Westminster Bridge Accounts, presented. Report of Commissioners of Holyhead Road, presented. No. 659. Leave to certain Members to plead at the House of Lords. Bayley's Divorce Bill, passed. Accounts of Silk Goods, ordered; No. 660. presented. Accounts, ordered: Customs and Excise Duties. Pawnbrokers Licensed. Poor and Labourers Wages. Address respecting Manumissions. Committee on Registrar at Madras Bill; reported. Power to a Committee. Report from Committee on Sierra Leone, No. 661. Report from Committee on Poor (Ireland.) No. 665. Accounts to be printed. Petitions for abolition of Slavery. Copy of Report on East India Company's Affairs, sent to the Lords. Return from the Court of Chancery, presented. Amendments to Slave Bounties Bill, agreed to. Registrar at Madras Bill, passed. Erroneous References Bill, ordered. presented; read 2, and committed; considered, and reported. Petition of John Hughes. The Lords have agreed to Treasurer of the Navy Bill. Fees and Stamps Abolition Bill. Sale of Beer Bill, with Amendments. Common Law Fees Bill, with Amendments. Lunatics Property Bill, with Amendments. Property in Infants Bill, with Amendments. County Rates (Ireland) Bill, with Amendments. The Lords request Copies of Reportson State of Labouring Poor (Ireland.) Reports communicated. Petition for alteration of Court of King's Bench. Return to be printed. No. 662. Erroneous References Bill, passed. Motion relating to Slavery. The Lords have agreed to Sugar Duties Bill. Spirit Duties Bill. West India Spirits Bill. Crown Property Customs Bill. Arms (Ireland) Bill. Illusory Appointments Bill. Liability of Real Property Bill. Surrey Coal Meters Bill. Forgeries Punishment Bill, with Amendments. Debate on Motion relating to Slavery, resumed. Adjournment. Amendments to Forgeries Punishment Bill, to be considered. No. 666. Amendments to Sale of Beer Bill, to be considered. Amendments to County Rates (Ireland) Bill, agreed to. Amendments to Property in Infants Bill, agreed to. Amendments to Lunatics Property Bill, agreed to. Amendments to Common Law Fees Bill, agreed to. Amendments to Newborough Church Bill, agreed to. Report from Committee on Coal Trade. No. 663. Power to Committee on Tolls and Customs (Ireland;) reported.

Martis, 13 die Julii;Anno 1° Willielmi 4 ti Regis, 1830.

PRAYERS.

Return of Charities, presented. No. 658.

The House being informed that Mr. Hine, from the Court of Chancery, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House, pursuant to their Orders,-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 day of making the Return; specifying the names of the defendants, the objects 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:- also, of the number of Petitions preferred by the Attorney General, at the instance of the Commissioners:-also, a detail of those Cases in which Inquiry has restored dormant Rights, or rectified abuses found to exist [in continuation of the Returns N° 292 of Session 1828, and N° 270 of Session 1829]:-also, 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 results 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:- also, 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:-And then he withdrew.

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

Westminster Bridge Accounts, presented.

The House being informed that Mr. Swinburne, from the Commissioners of Westminster Bridge, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House, pursuant to the directions of an Act of Parliament, -A Book, intituled, "The Four Quarterly Accounts of the Treasurer to the Commissioners of Westminster Bridge, from the 5th April 1829 to the 5th April 1830:"-And then he withdrew.

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

Report of Commissioners of Holyhead Road, presented. No. 659.

The House being informed that Mr. Robertson, from the Office of the Commissioners of His Majesty's Woods, Forests and Land Revenues, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House, pursuant to the directions of several Acts of Parliament,-The Seventh Report of the Commissioners appointed for the purposes of an Act 4 Geo. 4, c. 74, intituled, "An Act for vesting in Commissioners the Bridges now building over the Menai Straits and the River Conway, and the Harbours of Howth and Holyhead, and the Road from Dublin to Howth, and for the further improvement of the Road from London to Holyhead;" and of an Act 7 & 8Geo.4, c. 35, intituled, "An Act for the further improvement of the Road from London to Holyhead, and of the Road from London to Liverpool:"-And then he withdrew.

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

Leave to certain Members to plead at the House of Lords.

Ordered, That leave be given to Mr. Attorney General and Mr. Solicitor General to plead as Counsel at the bar of the House of Lords, in the matter of Sir Jonah Barringion.

Bayley's Divorce Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act to dissolve the Marriage of James Bayley, Esquire, with Louisa his Wife, and to enable him to marry again, and for other purposes, was, according to Order, read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Mr. Alderman Wood do carry the Bill to the Lords; and acquaint them, that this House hath agreed to the same, without any Amendment.

Accounts of Silk Goods, ordered; No. 660.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the amount of Drawback paid on the exportation of British Silk manufactured Goods, for the year ending 5th January 1830; distinguishing the amount paid upon stuffs or ribbons of Silk only, upon stuffs or ribbons of Silk and Cotton mixed, and upon stuffs or ribbons of Silk and Worsted mixed; and specifying the date when Drawback was first claimed.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the amount of Drawback paid on the exportation of British Silk manufactured Goods, from 5th January to 5th July 1830; distinguishing the amount paid upon stuffs or ribbons of Silk only, upon stuffs or ribbons of Silk and Cotton mixed, and upon stuffs or ribbons of Silk and Worsted mixed.

presented.

Mr. Herries accordingly presented to the House the said Accounts (so far as the same can at present be prepared.)

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

Accounts, ordered: Customs and Excise Duties.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the quantities of the following articles which have paid the Duties of Customs and Excise for home consumption; stating the rate of Duty paid to the Customs and Excise, and the total of both; also, the total net amount of Revenue received on each article, in the year ending 1st January 1830: Tobacco in Great Britain and Ireland, Foreign Wines in Great Britain and Ireland, Sugar in Great Britain, Tea in Great Britain, Coffee in Great Britain, Glass in Great Britain.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a similar Account of Sugar in Ireland, since the year 1789.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a similar Account of Brandy and Geneva, since the year 1789.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the following articles, in quantities and value, imported into the United Kingdom in the year 1824, and in the years 1828, 1829: Brass Manufactures, Carriages, China and Earthenware, Copper Manufactures, Cotton Manufactures, Gloves, Iron in bars, Leather Manufactures; Silk Manufactures, viz. Plain Lace, entered by weight, entered at value; India Lace, Watches and Clocks, Woollen Manufactures.

Pawnbrokers Licensed.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the number of Pawnbrokers licensed in the Metropolis and in the Country; with the Rates respectively charged on their Licenses, and the Duty received on the same in each of the five years ending 1st January 1830.

Poor and Labourers Wages.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the amount of Relief given in the money or money's worth between Easter 1829 and Easter 1830, to any Labourers and Artisans, on account of themselves and their families; such Labourers and Artisans having been exclusively maintained by the Parish, and (if employed) employed on work not executed voluntarily for the benefit of the Parish, but undertaken in consequence of such Labourers and Artisans not having been able to obtain any employment whatever from private employers.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Re turn of the number of Labourers and Artisans receiving such exclusive relief; distinguishing Labourers from Artisans; and separating them respectively into the following classes as to age, viz. 1st class, under 20; 2d class, 20 and under 30; 3d class, 30 and under 40; 4th class, 40 and under 50; 5th class, 50 and under 60: also, distinguishing what portion of each class are married, and stating, in the case of the married Labourers and Artisans, the number of their families:-[if any able-bodied men who receive such exclusive relief cannot be strictly included in the class of Labourers, or in that of Artisans, such persons to be returned as a separate class].

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the number of days on or for which such Labourers and Artisans shall have received such exclusive relief.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the amount of Relief given in money or money's worth, between Easter 1829 and Easter 1830, to any Labourers and Artisans on account of themselves and their families; such relief being given by the Parish in addition to Wages paid to such Labourers and Artisans by private employers.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the number of Labourers and Artisans receiving such additional Relief; distinguishing Labourers from Artisans, and separating them into the before-mentioned classes as to age; also, distinguishing what portion of each class are married; and stating, in the case of the married Labourers, the number of their families:-[any ablebodied men not strictly included in the class of Labourers or of Artisans, to be returned as a separate class.]

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the number of days on or for which such Labourers and Artisans shall have received such additional relief.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the amount of all money paid from the Parochial Rates, between Easter 1829 and Easter 1830, for the rent of houses occupied by Labourers or Artisans.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the number of such able-bodied Labourers and Artisans settled in each parish, as, in the opinion of the Overseers or Select Vestry, exceed the number required for all purposes of agricultural, manufacturing, or other labour in the parish, during the year, taken as a whole, making allowance for the variation of seasons; distinguishing those who have been employed in agriculture from those employed in manufactures or otherwise.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the average rate of Wages for able-bodied men in each class of workmen in the parish, between Easter 1829 and Easter 1830; distinguishing the two periods of winter and summer.

Address respecting Manumissions.

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 number of Manumissions which have been recorded in the several British West India Colonies, from the date of the last Returns to the latest period to which the same can be made up.

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 Registrar at Madras Bill;

The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, upon 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; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair; and Sir Alexander Grant reported from the Committee, That they had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto.

Ordered, That the Report be now received.

reported.

Sir Alexander Grant accordingly reported from the Committee 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.

Power to a Committee.

Ordered, That the Select Committee appointed to inquire into the present state of the Colonies of Sierra Leone and Fernando Po, and to report their observations thereupon to the House, have Power to report their Opinion thereupon, together with the Minutes of the Evidence taken before them, to the House.

Report from Committee on Sierra Leone, No. 661.

Mr. Stuart Wortley reported from the said Committee, That they had examined the matters to them referred, and had come to several Resolutions, which they had directed him to report to the House; together with the Minutes of the Evidence taken before them; and the Resolutions were read; and are as followeth;

1. Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that the Evidence respecting the comparative healthiness of Sierra Leone and other Settlements on the West Coast of Africa is very contradictory, owing to the different periods and seasons to which the Evidence relates; but the whole of the Coast may be considered as generally unhealthy and dangerous to European constitutions, and in some years to a very great degree; that it is, therefore, desirable to reduce the Europeans employed on shore on that Coast, in the Naval, Military, and Civil Departments, to the smallest number possible, and, in such Establishments as must be kept up, to substitute black people.

2. Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that the management of the Settlement of Sierra Leone has not, hitherto, been productive of advantages to the extent which were anticipated, either to the liberated Africans located there, or towards effecting an intercourse with the interior of Africa to promote its civilization, although the expenditure by Government for that purpose has, for many years, been very large; but a better system has of late been adopted, which, if persevered in, with the modification herein suggested, will secure the advantages that can fairly be expected from the maintenance of that Settlement.

3. Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that the progress of the liberated Africans in moral and industrious habits has been greatly retarded by the frequent change of system in their location and maintenance, and by the yearly influx of thousands of their rude and uncivilized countrymen; and it therefore appears to be absolutely necessary, for the future prosperity of the liberated Africans already located, that one uniform system should be pursued towards them, and that a check should be put upon the influx of their captured brethren.

4. Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that, although it may be desirable to retain the Settlement of Sierra Leone, for the purposes of Trade, and to protect the Blacks already located there, yet it appears to this Committee, that those objects may be attained at a very small expense, and that the greater part of the present Establishments may be gradually and safely withdrawn.

5. Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that the situation of the Mixed Commission Court at Sierra Leone, for the adjudication of captured Slaves, is highly inconvenient for that purpose, considering that the Slaves are captured chiefly at the distance of 800 or 1,200 miles to the Eastward; and that as a current constantly sets from West to East, the captured Ships are sometimes eight or nine weeks, and on an average upwards of five weeks, on their passage from the place of capture to Sierra Leone; occasioning a loss of the captured Slaves amounting to from one-sixth to one-half of the whole number, whilst the survivors are generally landed in a miserable state of weakness and disease.

6. Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that by far the greater number of the Slaves are shipped from the Ports of the Coast of Africa, in and near the Bights of Biafra and Benin, and are mostly captured near to these places, and within two or three days sail of the Island of Fernando Po.

7. Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that the Island of Fernando Po would, under existing circumstances, afford a more convenient place for the Residence of the Mixed Commission Court, as the captured Slave Ships can with ease reach that Island in a few days after their capture, and, in all probability, with the loss of few, if any, of the Slaves, and the survivors would have a far better chance of being landed in a healthy state; and if, by the occupation of Fernando Po, the Slave Trade should be transferred to the Northward, the captured Ships could then be carried down to that Island in much less time than is now required for them to go up to Sierra Leone.

8. Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that on the North end of that Island, at Clarence Cove, the land on the sea beach is eighty feet above the sea, gradually rising on the Southward towards a high mountain, at the distance of eight or ten miles, having the advantage of almost constant sea breezes, with abundance of good water, and a rich soil, capable of affording nearly all kinds of tropical produce, and other articles required for the supply of a Settlement; and, in the opinion of all the Naval Officers examined by the Committee, very conveniently situated for a Naval Depôt, and for refitting the Ships of War and Merchant Vessels on that Coast.

9. Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that, although the Evidence of the healthiness of the Island of Fernando Po, compared with the existing Settlements on the Coast, is somewhat contradictory, but that it is not more unhealthy than either the Gambia, Sierra Leone or Cape Coast; and that when the neighbouring land shall be entirely cleared of Wood, there is reason to suppose that it will prove more healthy than any of the Settlements yet made on the Coast.

10. Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that measures should be adopted to enable the Government to remove the Mixed Commission Court from Sierra Leone to that Island, and to make it also the Depôt and Refitting Station for the Naval and Merchant Service.

11. Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that the future disposal of liberated Africans forms the greatest difficulty to be obviated in any future arrangements; but they consider the Evidence before them to warrant an opinion, that Fernando Po or Cape Coast, and other places, may be more advantageously selected than Sierra Leone for the disposal of those unfortunate beings that may hereafter be captured.

12. Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that though they have confined their Inquiry into the relative advantages of the different Settlements on the Coast of Africa; yet they strongly recommend that in the ensuing Session, Parliament should take into consideration the very important question, whether the system now followed for the Prevention of the Slave Trade has answered the objects intended.

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

Report from Committee on Poor (Ireland.) No. 665.

Mr. Spring Rice reported from the Select Committee appointed to take into consideration the state of the Poorer Classes in Ireland, and the best means of improving their condition, and to report their observations thereupon to the House; and who were empowered to report the Minutes of the Evidence taken before them from time to time to the House; That they had made a further progress in the matters to them referred; and examined several other Witnesses, the Minutes of whose Evidence they have agreed to report to the House, up to the third day of this instant July inclusive; and the Report was brought up, and read.

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

Accounts to be printed.

Ordered, That the several Accounts of the number of proof gallons of Spirits made from Malt only by every Distiller in Ireland and Scotland, on which Drawback of 1s. to 5th January 1826, and of 1s. 2d. thereafter, has been allowed, paid or can be claimed; and, of the number of gallons of Wash distilled by each of the Distillers in Great Britain and Ireland, which were presented to the House upon Friday last, be printed.

Petitions for abolition of Slavery.

A Petition of the Baptist Church and Congregation, meeting in Dunfermline;-and, of Inhabitants of the parish of Tullinisken and villages of Coal Island and New Mills,-were presented, and read; praying the House to proceed to devise the best and most effectual means to secure the early and universal extinction of Slavery in all the possessions of the British Crown, and to fix a day, after which, all children born in the British dominions shall be free, thus wiping off a foul stain on our national character, and performing towards our black fellow-subjects an act of tardy humanity and justice.

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

Copy of Report on East India Company's Affairs, sent to the Lords.

The House proceeded to take into consideration that part of the Message from the Lords of Friday last, which requests that this House will be pleased to communicate to their Lordships a Copy of the Report, together with the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee, appointed by this House, on the Affairs of the East India Company.

Ordered, That a printed Copy of the said Report, together with the Minutes of Evidence, be communicated to the Lords, as is desired by their Lordships in their said Message; and that Sir Alexander Grant do deliver the same.

Return from the Court of Chancery, presented.

The House being informed that Mr. Pugh, from the Office of the Masters of the High Court of Chancery, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House,-Return to an Order of the House, dated the 21st day of May last, for a Return, stating the Names of all the individuals composing the establishment of the Court of Chancery, including therein a List of the Judges, Masters, Registers' Clerks, and other Officers belonging to or dependent upon the three Courts of the Lord Chancellor, Master of the Rolls, and Vice-Chancellor, with the total amount of their respective Incomes; distinguishing each head of Income, whether arising from Salaries, Fees, Perquisites, or other Allowances, upon an average of the last five years:-And then he withdrew.

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

Amendments to Slave Bounties Bill, agreed to.

The House proceeded to take into consideration the Amendments made by the Lords to the Bill, intituled, An Act to reduce the Rate of Bounties payable upon the Seizure of Slaves; and the same were read; and are as followeth;

Pr. 1. 1. 3. Leave out "present" and insert "late," and in the same line, after "Majesty," insert "King George the Fourth."

Pr. 1. 1. 5. Leave out "whereas."

Pr. 1. 1. 8. Leave out "present" and insert "late," and in the same line, after "Majesty," insert "King George the Fourth."

The said Amendments, being read a second time, were agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That Sir Alexander Grant do carry the Bill to the Lords; and acquaint them, that this House hath agreed to the Amendments made by their Lordships.

Registrar at Madras Bill, passed.

The ingrossed 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, was, according to the Order made this day, read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass: And that the Title be, An Act for the Relief of the Sufferers by the Insolvency of Gilbert Ricketts, Esquire, formerly Registrar of the Supreme Court of Judicature at Madras.

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

Erroneous References Bill, ordered.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill for correcting mistaken References to Acts of his late Majesty, in Acts passed during the present Session of Parliament: And that Mr. Attorney General and Mr. Solicitor General do prepare, and bring it in.

presented;

Mr. Solicitor General accordingly presented the said Bill: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.

read 2, and committed;

Ordered, That the Bill be now read a second time:- The Bill was accordingly read a second time; and committed to a Committee of the whole House.

considered, and reported.

Resolved, That this House will, immediately, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House upon the Bill: -The House accordingly resolved itself into the Committee; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr. Calcraft reported from the Committee, That they had gone through the Bill, and had directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment.

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

Petition of John Hughes.

A Petition of John Hughes, Chelsea Pensioner, at 6d. per diem, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioner passed the Board of Chelsea in the year 1799, for a wound he received in the West Indies, in the 40th regiment, under the command of General Ralph Abercrombie; that he was on board a man-of-war twelve years, and during that time received three wounds, and was discharged from the man-of-war for said wounds, and received no compensation whatever from the Admiralty on account of having 6d. per diem from Chelsea Hospital, which discharge he has to produce, and was afterwards inspected by Surgeon Browne, of His Majesty's Depôt, and was returned totally unfit to earn his bread; that the Petitioner, after coming home, went to Chelsea to receive his back pay, as he was promised by the Commissioners, but was denied, on account of his having been on board a man-of-war; further stating the particulars of his case; and praying the House to take the same into their consideration, and act in the premises as to them may seem meet.

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

The Lords have agreed to

A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Wingfield and Mr. Farrer:

Mr. Speaker

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

Treasurer of the Navy Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act to consolidate and amend the several Acts relating to the Office of Treasurer of His Majesty's Navy:

Fees and Stamps Abolition Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act to abolish certain Fees and Stamp Duties chargeable on the renewal of all Appointments, Commissions, Grants, Pensions and Patents consequent on the Demise of the Crown: And also,

Sale of Beer Bill, with Amendments.

The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act to permit the general Sale of Beer and Cider by Retail in England, with some Amendments; to which Amendments the Lords desire the concurrence of this House: And also,

Common Law Fees Bill, with Amendments.

The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for regulating the Receipt and future Appropriation of Fees and Emoluments receivable by Officers of the Superior Courts of Common Law, with some Amendments; to which Amendments the Lords desire the concurrence of this House: And also,

Lunatics Property Bill, with Amendments.

The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for consolidating and amending the Laws relating to Property belonging to Infants, Femes Covert, Idiots, Lunatics and Persons of unsound mind, with some Amendments; to which Amendments the Lords desire the concurrence of this House: And also,

Property in Infants Bill, with Amendments.

The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for amending the Laws respecting Conveyances and Transfers of Estates and Funds vested in Trustees and Mortgagees, and for enabling Courts of Equity to give effect to their Decrees and Orders in certain cases, with some Amendments; to which Amendments the Lords desire the concurrence of this House: And also,

County Rates (Ireland) Bill, with Amendments.

The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act to regulate the Applotment of County Rates and Cesses in Ireland in certain cases, with some Amendments; to which Amendments the Lords desire the concurrence of this House: And also,

The Lords request Copies of Reportson State of Labouring Poor (Ireland.)

The Lords have commanded us to acquaint this House, That the Lords do request that this House will be pleased to communicate to their Lordships, Copies of the First and Second Reports made from the Select Committee appointed by this House in Session 1819, on the state of Disease and Condition of the Labouring Poor in Ireland:-And then the Messengers withdrew.

Reports communicated.

Resolved, That this House will send to the Lords printed Copies of the said Reports, as desired by their Lordships.

And the Messengers were again called in; and Mr. Speaker acquainted them therewith; and printed Copies of the said Reports were delivered to them to be communicated to the Lords:-And then they again withdrew.

Petition for alteration of Court of King's Bench.

A Petition of Attornies practising in His Majesty's Superior Courts at Westminster, resident in the metropolis, was presented, and read; praying, That the House will be pleased to cause such alterations and improvements to be made in the Court of King's Bench, and cause such accommodations to be afforded to the profession and the public, as shall facilitate the due administration of the laws, and be suitable to the metropolis of the British public.

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

Return to be printed. No. 662.

Ordered, That the Return relative to Bankrupt Commissioners, which was presented to the House upon the 30th day of April last, be printed.

Erroneous References Bill, passed.

The ingrossed Bill for correcting mistaken References to Acts of his late Majesty, in Acts passed during the present Session of Parliament, was, according to the Order made this day, 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.

Motion relating to Slavery.

A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House will, at the earliest practicable period in the next Session, proceed to take into its most serious consideration the state of Slavery in the Colonies of this Country, with the view of mitigating and finally abolishing the same, and more especially with the view of amending the administration of Justice in the said Colonies:- And a Debate arising in the House thereupon-

The Lords have agreed to

A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Wingfield and Mr. Farrer:

Mr. Speaker,

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

Sugar Duties Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act for granting to His Majesty, until the fifth day of April one thousand eight hundred and thirty-one, certain Duties on Sugar imported into the United Kingdom, for the service of the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty:

Spirit Duties Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act to impose additional Duties of Excise on Spirits:

West India Spirits Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act to impose an additional Duty of Customs on Spirits, the produce of the British Possessions in America:

Crown Property Customs Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act to subject to Duties of Customs goods the property of the Crown in case of sale after importation:

Arms (Ireland) Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act to regulate, for one year, the importation of Arms, Gunpowder and Ammunition into Ireland, and the making, removing selling and keeping of Arms, Gunpowder and Ammunition, in Ireland:

Illusory Appointments Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act to alter and amend the Law relating to Illusory Appointments:

Liability of Real Property Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act for consolidating and amending the Laws for facilitating the payment of Debts out of Real Estate:

Surrey Coal Meters Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act to continue, until the fifth day of July one thousand eight hundred and thirty-one, an Act passed in the ninth year of his late Majesty's reign, to enable His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the County of Surrey to nominate and appoint two or more persons to act as principal Land Coal Meters within and for the several places therein mentioned: And also,

Forgeries Punishment Bill, with Amendments.

The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for reducing into one Act all such Forgeries as shall henceforth be punished with Death, and for otherwise amending the Laws relative to Forgery, with some Amendments; to which Amendments the Lords desire the concurrence of this House:-And then the Messengers withdrew.

Debate on Motion relating to Slavery, resumed.

Then the House resumed the said Debate.

And the Question being put;

The House divided.
The Yeas went forth.
Tellers for the Yeas, Mr. William Smith, 27.
Lord Nugent:
Tellers for the Noes, Mr. Frankland Lewis, 56.
Mr. Twiss:

So it passed in the Negative.

Adjournment.

Resolved, That this House will, at the rising of the House this day, adjourn till Friday next.

Amendments to Forgeries Punishment Bill, to be considered. No. 666.

Ordered, That the Bill, intituled, An Act for reducing into one Act all such Forgeries as shall henceforth be punished with Death, and for otherwise amending the Laws relative to Forgery, be printed, as amended by the Lords; and that the Amendments be taken into consideration upon Friday next.

Amendments to Sale of Beer Bill, to be considered.

Ordered, That the Amendments made by the Lords to the Bill, intituled, An Act to permit the general Sale of Beer and Cider by Retail in England, be taken into consideration upon Friday next.

Amendments to County Rates (Ireland) Bill, agreed to.

The House proceeded to take into consideration the Amendments made by the Lords to the Bill, intituled, An Act to regulate the Applotment of County Rates and Cesses in Ireland, in certain cases; and the same were read; and are as followeth;

Pr. 1. 1. 3. Leave out "late."

Pr. 4. 1. 13. Leave out "late."

The said Amendments, being read a second time, were agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That Sir Alexander Grant do carry the Bill to the Lords; and acquaint them, that this House hath agreed to the Amendments made by their Lordships.

Amendments to Property in Infants Bill, agreed to.

The House proceeded to take into consideration the Amendments made by the Lords to the Bill, intituled, An Act for amending the Laws respecting Conveyances and Transfers of Estates and Funds vested in Trustees and Mortgagees, and for enabling Courts of Equity to give effect to their Decrees and Orders in certain cases; and the same were read; and are as followeth;

Pr. 2. 1. 21. Leave out "present" and insert "late."

Pr. 2. 1. 22. After "Majesty" insert "King George the Fourth."

Pr. 2. 1. 36. Leave out "present" and insert "said late."

Pr. 3. 1. 34. Leave out "present" and insert "late."

Pr. 3. 1. 34 & 35. After "Majesty" insert "King George the Fourth."

Pr. 20. 1. 29. After "contained" insert "Provided that no lease be made of the capital Mansion-house and the Park and Grounds respectively held therewith for any period exceeding the minority of any such infant."

Pr. 37. 1. 4. After "lunatic" insert "or of the person reported by the Master to whom the matter is referred, as a proper person to be such committee, although such report shall not have been confirmed."

The said Amendments, being read a second time, were agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That Sir Alexander Grant do carry the Bill to the Lords; and acquaint them, that this House hath agreed to the Amendments made by their Lordships.

Amendments to Lunatics Property Bill, agreed to.

The House proceeded to take into consideration the Amendments made by the Lords to the Bill, intituled, An Act for consolidating and amending the Laws relating to Property belonging to infants, femes covert, idiots, lunatics and persons of unsound mind; and the same were read; and are as followeth;

Pr. 1. 1. 3. Leave out "present" and insert "late," and in the same line, after "Majesty," insert "King George the Fourth."

Pr. 2. 1. 8. Leave out "present" and insert "late," and in the same line, after "Majesty," insert "King George the Fourth."

Pr. 16. 1. 38 & 39. After "conveyance" insert "or transfer."

Pr. 16. 1. penult. After "conveyance" insert "or transfer."

Pr. 17. 1. 4 & 5. After "conveyance" insert "or transfer."

Pr. 17. 1. 37. Leave out from "who" to "payment" in pr. 18. 1. 1. and insert "by force of any law for."

Pr. 18. 1. 3. After "would" insert "or hereafter may."

The said Amendments, being read a second time, were agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That Sir Alexander Grant do carry the Bill to the Lords; and acquaint them, that this House hath agreed to the Amendments made by their Lordships.

Amendments to Common Law Fees Bill, agreed to.

The House proceeded to take into consideration the Amendments made by the Lords to the Bill, intituled, An Act for regulating the Receipt and future Appropriation of Fees and Emoluments receivable by Officers of the Superior Courts of Common Law; and the same were read; and are as followeth;

Pr. 3. 1. 3. Leave out "present" and insert "late," and in the same line, after "Majesty," insert "King George the Fourth."

The said Amendments being read a second time, were agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That Sir Alexander Grant do carry the Bill to the Lords; and acquaint them, that this House hath agreed to the Amendments made by their Lordships.

Amendments to Newborough Church Bill, agreed to.

The House proceeded to take into consideration the Amendments made by the Lords to the Bill, intituled, An Act for endowing the Parish Church of Newborough, in the County of Northampton, and three Chapels, called Portland Chapel, Oxford Chapel, and Welbeck Chapel, situate in the Parish of Saint Mary-le-Bone, in the County of Middlesex, and also a Chapel erected on Sunk Island, in the River Humber; and the same were read; and are as followeth;

Pr. 3. 1. 17. Leave out "present."

Pr. 11. 1. ult. Leave out "present" and insert "late," nd in the same line, after "Majesty," insert "King George the Fourth."

Pr. 12. 1. 9. Leave out "present" and insert "late."

Pr. 17. 1. 31. Leave out "half."

Pr. 37. 1. 36. In the interlineation leave out "Right" and insert "Most."

The said Amendments being read a second time, were agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That Sir Alexander Grant do carry the Bill to the Lords; and acquaint them, that this House hath agreed to the Amendments made by their Lordships.

Report from Committee on Coal Trade. No. 663.

Ordered, That the Select Committee appointed to inquire into the state of the Coal Trade in the Port of London, with reference to the several Acts and Regulations affecting the vend and delivery of Coals within the Cities of London and Westminster, and Liberties thereof, and in certain parts of Middlesex, Surrey, Kent and Essex; and also, to inquire into the Price and Charges on Coal in the Port of London, and at the Port of Shipment, and whether any and what restrictions exist with regard to the supply of Coal to the Port of London; and to report their observations thereupon to the House; have Power to report the Minutes of the Evidence taken before them to the House.

Mr. Frankland Lewis reported from the said Committee, That they had examined the matters to them referred; and had directed him to make a Report thereof 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 do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

Power to Committee on Tolls and Customs (Ireland;)

Ordered, That the Select Committee appointed to inquire into the Tolls and Customs at Markets and Fairs in Ireland; and to report their observations thereupon to the House; have power to report the Minutes of the Evidence taken before them to the House.

reported.

Lord Francis Leveson Gower reported from the said Select Committee; That they had examined the matters to them referred; and had directed him to make a Report thereof to the House, together with the Minutes of the Evidence taken before them; and the Report was brought up, and read.

Ordered, That he Report do lie upon the Table; and be printed.

And then the House adjourned till Friday next.