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House of Commons Journal Volume 85: 12 May 1830

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Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 85, 1830. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, [n.d.].

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Mercurii, 12 die Maii; Anno 11 Georgii IV ti Regis, 1830.

PRAYERS.

Caithness Statute Labour Bill, passed.

AN ingrossed Bill for making, repairing, widening and keeping in repair certain Roads and Bridges in the County of Caithness; and for better regulating and rendering more effectual the Statute Labour in the said County, and Conversion Money in lieu thereof, was read the third time; and several Amendments were made to the Bill.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Inverness shire Statute Labour Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for making and maintaining Roads, Bridges and Ferries; and for converting, regulating, and making effectual the Statute Labour in the County of Inverness, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Petition against Sheffield Waterworks Bill.

A Petition of William Tattershall and W. H. Saunders, Inhabitant Householders of the town of Sheffield, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for better supplying with Water the Town and Parish of Sheffield, in the County of York; 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.

Elgin Roads and Bridges Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for rebuilding the Bridges over the Rivers Spey and Findhorn, for making Accesses thereto, and for making and maintaining certain new Roads in the County of Elgin, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Dundalk Roads Bill, reported.

Mr. Moore reported from the Committee on the Bill for repairing and maintaining the Roads from the Town of Dundalk, in the County of Louth, to the Towns of Castle Blayney and Carrickmacross, in the County of Monaghan; That they had examined the allegations of the Bill, and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.

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

Queensferry Roads Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for more effectually repairing and keeping in repair the Road from Cramond Bridge to the Town of Queensferry; the Road leading westward therefrom through Dalmeny to Echline; and the Road from the West End of the said Town of Queensferry to the Town of Linlithgow, in the County of Linlithgow, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Glasgow Royalty Extension Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for extending the Royalty of the City of Glasgow over the Lands of Blythswood and adjacent Lands, and for amending the Acts relating to the Police of the said City, was read the third time; and several Amendments were made to the Bill.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass: And that the Title be, An Act for extending the Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction of the Magistrates and the Town or Burgh and Dean of Guild Courts of Glasgow over the Lands of Blythswood, and adjacent Lands; and for amending the Acts relating to the Police of the said City.

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

Sunderland Haven Bill, presented.

Lord William Powlett presented a Bill for enlarging the powers of several Acts relating to the Improvement of the River Wear, and of the Port and Haven of Sunderland, in the County Palatine of Durham: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time To-morrow.

Petition in favour of Dundalk Roads Bill.

A Petition of Gentlemen, Merchants and Landholders, connected with the Trade of the towns of Castle Blayney and Carrickmacross, in the county of Monaghan, and of Dundalk, in the county of Louth, and with the lines of Road at present leading from the said towns, in the county of Monaghan, to the said town of Dundalk, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for repairing and maintaining the Roads from the Town of Dundalk, in the County of Louth, to the Towns of Castle Blayney and Carrickmacross, in the County of Monaghan; and praying, That the same may pass into a law.

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

Williams's Estate Bill, read.

An ingrossed Bill from the Lords, 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, was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.

Amendments to Leeds and Selby Railway Bill, agreed to.

The House proceeded to take into consideration the Amendments made by the Lords 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; and the same were read; and are as followeth;

Pr. 15. 1. 26. Leave out from "annexed" to "And" in pr. 16, 1. 29.

Pr. 16. 1. 33. Leave out "the said" and in the same line after "Walker" insert "Esquire."

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

Ordered, That Mr. Marshall do carry the Bill to the Lords, and acquaint them that this House hath agreed to the Amendments made by their Lordships.

Petition against New River Company Bill.

A Petition of Owners and Occupiers of mills on the River Lea, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill to amend an Act of the twelfth year of King George the Second, for improving the Navigation of the River Lea, and for enabling the Governor and Company of the New River the better to supply the Cities of London and Westminster, and the Liberties and Suburbs thereof, with good and wholesome Water; and praying, That they may be heard by their counsel or agents against certain parts thereof.

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

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

Bath Hospital Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for altering and amending an Act passed in the twelfth year of the Reign of his Majesty King George the Second, for establishing and well-governing an Hospital or Infirmary in the City of Bath, and for constructing Baths therein, and supplying the same with Water from the Hot Baths in the said City, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Sir Thomas Lethbridge do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Louth Roads Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for more effectually repairing and improving the Roads from Saltfleet to the Head of the Canal in the Parish of Louth, from the West End of a Lane called Manby Middlegate, to the Waggon Bridge over the Canal at Alvingham Lock, from the West End of South-House Lane to the North End of the Eau Drain, and from Louth aforesaid to the Town of Horncastle, in the County of Lincoln, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass: And that the Title be, An Act for more effectually repairing and improving the Roads from Saltfleet to the Town of Horncastle, and other Roads therein mentioned, all in the County of Lincoln.

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

London Assurance Companies Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill to enable the London Assurance Companies, and their Successors, to purchase Annuities upon or for Lives; and also, to lend Money or Stock upon Mortgage, for the purpose of Investment, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Cowfold and Henfield Roads Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for more effectually repairing the Roads from Hand Cross, through Cowfold, to Corner House, and from thence to the Turnpike Road from Horsham to Steyning, and from Corner House aforesaid to the Maypole, in the Town of Henfield, and certain Branches therefrom, all in the County of Sussex, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Sir Charles Burrell do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Petitions for repeal of Malt and Beer Duties.

A Petition of Gentry, Clergy, Yeomanry and others, of the county of Sussex, chiefly resident at or near Hailsham; -of Owners and Occupiers of land, Yeomen, Tradesmen and other Inhabitants of Burwash and Brightling;-of Owners and Occupiers of land, and Inhabitants of the soke and city of Peterborough;-and, of Gentry, Clergy, Freeholders and others, Inhabitants of Blandford,-were presented, and read; praying, That the Duties on Malt and Beer may be repealed.

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

Return of Sugar, withdrawn.

Notice being taken, that the Return to an Address to His Majesty, dated the 16th day of February last, for a Return of the quantity of Sugar exported from the Mauritius in each year since 1825, which was presented to the House upon the 4th day of this instant May, was imperfect;

Another ordered; No. 393. presented.

Ordered, That the said Return be withdrawn, and a perfect Return presented instead thereof.

Mr. Twiss accordingly presented to the House the said Return.

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

Petition for continuing Assizes in County of Flint.

A Petition of the High Sheriff and Grand Jury assembled at the Spring Great Session for the county of Flint, 1830, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for the more effectual Administration of Justice in England and Wales; and praying, That the Assizes may be continued in the county of Flint as heretofore.

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

Petition against Abolition of Local Courts.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Warrington, was also presented and read; taking notice of the said Bill, which has for one of its objects the abolition of the Courts of the County Palatine of Chester; 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.

Petitions for abolishing Slavery.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Knottingley;-of Great Driffield;-and, of London,-were presented, and read; praying the House to adopt speedy and effectual measures for putting an end to the practice of Slavery in the British Colonies.

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

Petitions against Sale of Beer Bill.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Market Deeping and Deeping Saint James and neighbourhood;-of Sheffield;-of Licensed Victuallers and other Inhabitants of Ashton-underLyne;-of Licensed Victuallers of Kingston-upon-Hull;- and, of Common Brewers of Kingston-upon-Hull,-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 not pass into a law.

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

Petitions in favour.

A Petition of Licensed Victuallers, Inhabitants of the Oaken Gates;-and, of Proprietors and Occupiers of public-houses in the several towns of Petersfield, Havant and Emsworth,-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 consumed in the house or premises where sold by retail.

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

Petitions against Renewal of East India Charter.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Prescot;-of Warrington; -and, of the Corporation of Traffickers or Merchant Company of Leith,-were presented, and read; praying, That the monopoly now enjoyed by the East India Company may not be granted to them again; but that the trade to the countries east of the Cape of Good Hope may be equally free to all the subjects of Great Britain.

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

A Petition of Merchants, Traders and other Inhabitants of Youghal;-and, of Inhabitants of the Clothing Districts of Farsley and Calverley, in the county of York,-were also presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners consider the commercial monopoly of the East India Company to be contrary to the principles of justice, to them and their fellow-subjects; and praying, That no continuation of so injurious a system may be granted.

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

Petitions for mitigating Punishment for Forgery.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Malmsbury;-of Owners and Occupiers of land in the parishes of Sutton and Mepal, in the Isle of Ely;-of Inhabitants of Stourbridge;-of the Congregation of Protestant Dissenters assembling for religious worship in the Baptist Chapel, South-street, Exeter;-of Inhabitants of Milford;-of Members of the Congregation of Protestant Dissenters of the Baptist denomination meeting in Counterslip, Bristol;-of Inhabitants of Dorking;-of Freeholders and Inhabitants of Ashburton;-of the Mayor and Corporation of Falmouth, and others, Inhabitants of the said town;-of the Local Directors and Manager of the Provincial Bank of Ireland at Clonmel;-of Bankers, Merchants and Tradesmen and other Inhabitants of Swansea;-and, of Bankers, Merchants, Tradesmen and other Inhabitants of Sunderland, Bishop Wearmouth and Monk Wearmouth,-were presented, and read; praying, That the laws which punish the crime of Forgery with death may be repealed.

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

Petition respecting Labourers Wages.

A Petition of Manufacturers and Tradespeople carrying on business at Ashby, Would, Swadlingcote and Church Greasly, in the counties of Derby and Leicester, was presented, and read; setting forth, That a practice prevails in that and other districts, and among those engaged in similar trades with the Petitioners, of paying workmen's Wages in various articles of Goods instead of Money; and praying the House to adopt the most efficient measures it can devise, to arrest and abolish this evil and dangerous practice.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee on the Bill to amend and render more effectual the Provisions of divers Acts for securing to certain Artificers, Workmen and Labourers, in such Acts mentioned, the due Payment of their Wages in Money.

Petition for reduction of Fees on Renewal of Crown Leases.

A Petition of James Anderton, of New Bridge-street, Blackfriars, Attorney at Law, was presented, and read; setting forth, That by an indenture of lease, bearing date the 9th day of April 1798, made between the King's most Excellent Majesty of the one part, and the then Right honourable Charles Earl of Romney of the other part, His Majesty, with the advice of the Commissioners of the Treasury, demised to the said Earl of Romney, his executors, administrators and assigns, for the term of ninety-nine years, a piece of ground on the east part of the Green Park, containing in length about forty-nine feet eleven inches, and in breadth about thirty-one feet three inches, at an annual rent of 5l. 4s. payable halfyearly; that in the said lease is contained provisoes, directing that if any demise or assignment of the said piece of ground should not, within six calendar months, be enrolled in the office of His Majesty's Auditor, and entered in the office of His Majesty's Surveyor General, of the Land Revenue, then that every such demise and assignment so omitted to be entered, shall be void and of no effect; that the Petitioner has been lately employed as a solicitor, to prepare a conditional release of the freehold house and premises to which the above piece of ground is attached, which release includes also a conditional assignment of the said piece of ground, and is dated the 3d day of April last; that the deed so prepared contains eleven skins of parchment, upon which Stamp Duties have been paid, amounting to 22£.; that the deed has been registered in the Register Office of the county of Middlesex, for which the sum of 19s. including the certificate of the registry and filing the memorial only, was paid; that, in conformity with the proviso in the said lease, the said deed has been since left and tendered at the Auditor's Office to be enrolled, upon which a fee of 20l. 3s. 4d. is claimed to be paid to the officers of that office for such enrolment, being 1l. 16s. 8d. for each skin, and without such fee be paid, they refuse to make an entry of such deed in their books, which, the Petitioner humbly submits, ought not to be exacted or required, such fee being more than commensurate for the duties to be performed; that the fee usually charged and allowed to solicitors for copying or ingrossing deeds on parchment is 8d. for every folio of seventy-two words, whilst the charge above made is about 2s. 6d.; the Petitioner therefore humbly prays, That the House will be pleased to cause an inquiry to be made into the fees so charged, and cause them to be reduced to a just and reasonable scale, as in justice and equity they ought to be.

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

Petitions respecting Duties on Corn Spirits.

A Petition of the Provost, Magistrates and Town Council of the royal burgh of Linlithgow;-of Freeholders, Justices of Peace, and Commissioners of Supply of the county of Linlithgow;-of Members of the West Lothian Agricultural Society, and others interested in the agriculture of the county;-of Proprietors of land and Farmers frequenting Halesworth, Woodbridge, Saxmundham and Framlingham markets;-and, of Farmers frequenting Ware, Hertford, and Bishop Stortford Markets, -were presented, and read; praying, That a Duty corresponding with the proposed increase of Duty on Corn Spirits may be at the same time imposed upon Rum.

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

Petitions against Contribution to Greenwich Hospital.

A Petition of the Trustees, in the name and on behalf of the Merchant Seamen of the port of Sunderlandnear-the-Sea;-and, of Trustees on behalf of the Merchants' Seamen's Hospital established at the port of Falmouth,-were presented, and read; setting forth, That merchant seamen are, by a private Act passed in the year 1741, subjected to a contribution of 6d. per month out of their wages, for the support of Greenwich Hospital, and from which they are not entitled to receive any relief or support whatever; that they are also subjected to a separate contribution of their own, under the authority of Parliament, called The Merchants' Seamen's Hospital Fund, amounting to 6d. per month, in addition to the former, for the support of the maimed and disabled seamen, and the widows and children of such as shall be killed, slain or drowned in the merchant service; and praying the House to take the subject into their immediate consideration, and repeal that part of the Act subjecting the merchant seamen to contribute 6d. per month to Greenwich Hospital.

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

Petition for repeal of Duties on Coals.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Barnstaple, was presented, and read; praying, That the Tax which is levied on Coals and Culm borne coastwise, and which operates in a partial and oppressive manner, may be forthwith repealed.

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

Petition for repeal of Duties on Importation of Coals into Ireland.

A Petition of Merchants, Manufacturers, Traders, Householders and other Inhabitants of Saint Thomas, in the city of Dublin, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are greatly aggrieved by the existing Duty on the importation of Coals into Ireland; and 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.

Petition against Appointment of Commissioners of Northern Roads.

A Petition of W. Heathcote, Chairman of a Meeting of the Trustees of the Turnpike Road leading from Stevenage, in the county of Hertford, to Biggleswade, in the county of Bedford (being a district of the Great North Road leading from London to Edinburgh), held at Baldock, in the said county of Hertford, on Friday the 7th day of May 1830, and unanimously directed to be signed by the Petitioner, as the Chairman of such Meeting, in the name and on the behalf of the Trustees then and there present, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioner and the said Trustees have read with great surprise that part of a Report of the Select Committee appointed by the House for inquiring into the state of the Roads between London and Edinburgh, wherein a Commission is recommended, "proper and competent, to superintend the improvement of the northern Roads, to be constituted in a similar manner, and invested with somewhat similar powers, to those of the Commissioners for the Improvement of the Roads between London and Holyhead, and London and Liverpool," a measure which appears to the said Trustees and to the Petitioner to be no less unnecessary than injurious; unnecessary, because the improvements, upon the line of Road under the superintendence of the said local Trustees and the Petitioner have been conducted in the most beneficial manner, and at an expenditure within the last ten years of not less than 10,000£., and because the condition of the Road itself proves, that the general management and repairs of it have been most efficiently conducted; injurious, because it will put a complete check upon all improvements contemplated by the said Trustees and the Petitioner, and cannot be carried into operation without encroaching upon the funds and materially prejudicing the interests intrusted to the said local Trustees and the Petitioner, and throwing great additional burthens upon the public, to which any advantage that can arise therefrom will be wholly inadequate; and praying, That the said Report of the Select Committee of the House may not receive the sanction of Parliament; and that any Bill to be founded upon such Report be not passed into a law.

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

Petition for Suppression of Political Unions.

A Petition of John Bennett, residing in N°8, Stamfordstreet, Blackfriars-road, London, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioner cannot, without alarm, view the formation of Political Unions, such as those which have been recently established in various parts of England by political quacks, and avowed enemies to every thing that sanctions good order and good government; that in the opinion of the Petitioner some effectual measure should immediately be adopted to crush the rising evil, and check the spreading influence of so serious a moral and political contaminating pestilence as that which is diffused through the medium of those political clubs recently established in London and other parts of the United Kingdom, under the denomination of Political Unions, which the Petitioner verily believes to be projected by men who are neither friends to the people or the government of the country; and praying the House to take the same into their serious consideration, and adopt such steps as shall effectually suppress all such unlawful associations as those of which the Petitioner complains, under the firm persuasion that His Majesty's Government sincerely sympathises with the suffering portions of the community; and that the striking proofs they have given of the sincerity of those professions in the abolition of parts of our taxation to a considerable amount, and the solemn pledge to pursue the same benevolent course in every practicable way, and to the utmost extent consistent with the dignity and safety of the country, completely supersedes the necessity, and loudly condemns the violent or unlawful efforts of political reformers by such means as those of which the Petitioner complains.

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

Petition in favour of Liability of Landlords Bill.

A Petition of the Churchwardens, Overseers and Select Vestry of Lyme Regis, in the county of Dorset, was 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 amendment of the Act of 59 Geo. 3, c. 12, or to authorize the rates to be assessed and levied upon the owners of all tenements of the fair annual value of 20l. and under, whether the same be let by the year, or for any greater or less period.

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

Petition respecting the Currency.

A Petition of George Poulett Scrope, of Castle Combe, in the county of Wilts, Esquire, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioner deprecates any disturbance of the standard established in 1819, by which all contracts have been regulated for the last eleven years; but, allowing that paper money should always remain convertible into gold on demand at the ancient standard, he cannot discover any sound reason for forcibly maintaining a very large proportion of gold in circulation, either by the prohibition of small notes, or by refusing to place the issue of bank notes on such a broad footing as would render failure impossible, and secure the full confidence of the public; and that, since the evils, so clearly to be traced to the present state of the currency in England, are frightfully progressing from day to day, and occasioning a gradual but irretrievable destruction of capital, while thousands of industrious persons are reduced to want by circumstances beyond their control or comprehension, but which have been shown to be within the control, and which ought to be within the comprehension, of the Legislature, the Petitioner implores the House no longer to delay inquiry, but immediately to take into their serious consideration the important question, whether it is not possible, while preserving inviolate the Act of 1819, and the integrity of the standard then established, so to regulate the laws respecting Banks, as to obtain for the country the two great requisites of a convertible Paper Currency, security and sufficiency.

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

Petition for repeal of Duty on Hops.

A Petition of the Hop-planters of Mayfield, in the county of Sussex, was presented, and read; praying the House to repeal the new or war Duty on Hops.

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

Address for Number of Convictions for Forgery.

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 Persons convicted of Forgery on the Bank of England, in each year from 1791 to 1829 inclusive; distinguishing the capital convictions upon which executions took place, and the cases of mitigated punishment; the Return also to distinguish the Prosecutions for Forgery, or passing Forged Notes and Post Bills, and the Forgeries connected with the Public Funds, Bills of Exchange, or otherwise.

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.

Petition against burning Widows, and Infanticide in India.

A Petition of Members of the Church and Congregation assembling for divine worship in the Independent Chapel, Cannon-street, Preston, and others friendly to the diffusion of Christianity in India, was presented, and read; praying, That such measures may be adopted as will effectually put a stop to the burning of Widows, the destruction of Infants by their parents, and the perpetration of murder in every other form throughout His Majesty's Asiatic possessions.

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

Petition to be printed.

Ordered, That the Petition of Inhabitants of Reading, 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, which was yesterday presented to the House, be printed.

Petition for Reform of Parliament.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Preston and its vicinity, in the county of Lancaster, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners, nothing disheartened at the fate of which their former Petitions on the all-momentous subject of reform have hitherto met with from the House, again approach it with respectful deference, in the hope that, although their opinions have not as yet coincided with the majority of the House, the circumstances of the present times may insure this their present Petition a more favourable reception; and praying, That elections shall be annual, that suffrage shall be universal, and, in order to preserve the latter, that voting shall be by ballot.

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

Address for Information respecting Treatment of a Slave in Jamaica.

Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, that He will be graciously pleased to give directions, that there be laid before this House, a Copy of any information which may have been received from Jamaica, respecting an inquiry into the treatment of a female Slave by the Reverend Mr. Bridges, Rector of Saint Ann's in that Island, with the Minutes of Evidence taken by the Magistrates on that occasion, and the result of the inquiry.

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.

Address respecting illicit removal of Slaves in West India Colonies.

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 Copy of any information which may have been received from the different West India Colonies, and especially from Barbadoes, Trinidad, and Demerara, respecting the illicit removal of Slaves from one Colony to another, and of the prosecutions that may have been instituted either in the Vice-Admiralty or in the Common Law Courts on account of such illicit removals, with their results.

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.

Address for Record of King's Bench in Antigua.

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 Copy of the Record of the Court of King's Bench of Antigua, in the case of a free man of colour named Parker, and of the Correspondence which has since passed on the subject between the local Authorities of that Island and the Colonial Department in this Country.

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.

Address respecting Slave Population.

Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, that He will be graciously pleased to give directions, that there be laid before this House, an Abstract of the Returns of the Slave Population in each of the Slave Colonies belonging to His Majesty, which have been received at the Slave Registry Office in this Country, from the year 1816, to the present time; specifying the date to which each successive Return has been made up; distinguishing the sexes; and adding the number of births and deaths of Slaves between the periods of each successive Return.

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.

Petition for Committee of Inquiry relative to Turnpike Laws (Ireland.)

A Petition of Thomas Flanagan was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Turnpike Laws of Ireland, and the various abuses connected therewith, are not only injurious, oppressive and unjust, but are at variance with the principles of fair dealing, justice and honesty; because private jobs have been created by individuals in power, to give them patronage, and to fill their pockets with the public money, and to bring them to an account, there is no law, as is the case in England; and praying the House to appoint a Committee to inquire into the Turnpike Laws of Ireland.

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

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.

Limerick Hospital Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act for the Management and Direction of the Hospital founded by Joseph Barrington and his Sons, in the City of Limerick:

Mansfield and Chesterfield Road Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act for more effectually repairing and improving the Road from Temple Normanton to Bunting field Nook, in the County of Derby, and the Road from Tupton Nether Green to Stubbing Edge Lane and Knot Cross, in the said County:

Foston Bridge Road Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act for repairing the Road from Foston Bridge to the Division Stone on Witham Common, in the County of Lincoln:

Ashbourne and Sudbury Roads Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act for repairing, altering and improving the Roads from Ashbourne to Sudbury, and from Sudbury to Yoxall Bridge, and from Hatton Moor to Tutbury, and from Uttoxeter to or near the Village of Draycott-in-the-Clay, and from Hadley Plain, on the late Forest or Chase of Needwood, to Callingwood Plain, on the same late Forest or Chase: And also,

The Lords have passed Bishop of London's Estate Bill.

The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act for enabling the Bishop of London to grant Building Leases of certain Estates belonging to the said See; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House:-And then the Messengers withdrew.

Parish Vestries Bill, presented. No. 390.

Mr. Hobhouse presented a Bill for the Regulation of Parish Vestries, and for lighting and watching Towns in England, and Wales: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time upon Tuesday next.

Ordered, That the Bill be printed.

Capital Punishments (Scotland) Bill, presented. No. 391.

The Lord Advocate presented 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 the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time upon Monday next.

Ordered, That the Bill be printed.

Petition against increase of Stamp Duties (Ireland.)

A Petition of the Merchants composing the Committee of Merchants in the town of Youghal, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners learn that a very heavy amount of additional taxation has been proposed by a most burthensome increase to the Stamp Duties in Ireland, under the imposing proposal of an equalization of those Duties, to which they would not object if Ireland were in as flourishing a state with regard to manufac tures, trade and capital as England; but until this important change takes place, the Petitioners beg leave strongly and earnestly to represent the injustice of any increase of taxation on Ireland; and praying, That the House will not sanction this measure, so opposed to the commercial interests of the empire.

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

Petitions to be printed.

Ordered, That the Petition of Inhabitants 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, praying for a protecting Duty on the Importation of Lead, which was yesterday presented to the House, be printed.

Ordered, That the Petition of Inhabitants of Saint Clements Dane, and the district of the Savoy and other places, for a direct Road from Waterloo Bridge to the north side of the metropolis, which was yesterday presented to the House, be printed.

Motion respecting Cork Trials.

A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That there be laid before this House, Copies of the several Depositions or Informations sworn by Patrick Daly, one of the witnesses examined at the Special Commission held in the County of Cork, in the month of October 1829, relating in anywise to the conspiracies to murder, of which the prisoners given in charge at that Commission, or any of them, stood accused;

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