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House of Commons Journal Volume 85: 24 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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Luno, 24 die Maii; Anno 11 Georgii IV ti Regis, 1830.

PRAYERS.

Returns from Commissioners of St. Pancras, &c. Paving, presented.

THE House being informed that Mr. Noye, from the Saint Pancras Paving Commissioners, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House, pursuant to their Orders,-Returns from the Commissioners for Paving, &c. under the Southampton Paving Acts, and Mansfield Place (Kentish Town) 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:-And then he withdrew.

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

Account of Military and Naval Pensions, presented. No. 448.

The House being informed that Mr. Smee, from the Bank of England, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House, pursuant to their Order,-An Account of the amount of Money now due to the Bank of England, on the Annuity purchased under the Act of 4 Geo. 4, c. 22:-And then he withdrew.

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

Return of Land Revenue, presented. No. 445.

The House being informed that Mr. Fearnside, from the Office of Auditor of the Land Revenue, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House, pursuant to their Order,-A Return of the amount of Fees received during the last seven years in the Office of His Majesty's Auditor of Crown Property; distinguishing the amount received in each year, the scale of charge, and how applied:-And then he withdrew.

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

Welsh Mining Company's Estate Bill, committed.

An ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act for dissolving a certain Partnership Company, known by the name of the Welsh Iron and Coal Mining Company, and for enabling the Directors and Trustees thereof to dispose of the Estate and Effects of the concern, and divide the Surplus, after payment of Debts and Expenses, amongst the Shareholders of the capital Stock therein, and for other purposes, was read a second time; and committed to Sir Thomas Mostyn, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Dovor Improvement Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill to amend two Acts of his late Majesty for paving, cleansing, lighting and watching the Town of Dovor, and for removing and preventing Nuisances and Annoyances therein, was read the third time; and an ingrossed Clause was added, by way of rider; and an Amendment was made to the Bill.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Hamerton's Divorce Bill, committed.

An ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act to dissolve the Marriage of William Medows Hamerton, Esquire, with Isabella Frances his now Wife, and to enable him to marry again, and for other purposes, was read a second time; and committed to a Committee of the whole House for Wednesday the 2d day of June next.

Instruction.

Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee, that they do hear counsel, and examine witnesses for the Bill; and also, that they do hear counsel, and examine witnesses against the Bill, if the Parties concerned think fit to be heard by counsel, or produce witnesses.

Almondbury Inclosure Bill, reported.

Mr. Marshall reported from the Committee on the Bill to amend an Act of his late Majesty, for inclosing Lands in the Manor of Meltham, in the Parish of Almondbury, in the West Riding of the County of York; and to whom two Petitions of Owners or Proprietors of lands, or having common rights on the commons within the manor of Meltham, in the parish of Almondbury, in the west riding of the county of York; of Timothy Dyson, of Meltham Mills, in Meltham, in the parish of Almondbury, in the west riding of the county of York, one of the Lords of the Manor of Meltham aforesaid; and, of James Sykes, of Walsh, in Meltham, in the parish of Almondbury, in the west riding of the county of York, were referred; That the Standing Orders relative to Bills of Inclosure, had been complied with; and that no person appeared on behalf of the three first-mentioned Petitions, and that they had considered the last-mentioned Petition; and had also heard counsel in favour of the Bill; and that they had examined the allegations of the Bill, and found the same to be true; and that the parties concerned had given their consent to the Bill, to the satisfaction of the Committee; and that they had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.

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

Dundee Harbour Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for more effectually maintaining, improving and extending the Harbour of Dundee, in the County of Forfar, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Time for Report of Glasgow and Kilmarnock Road Bill.

Ordered, That the Committee on the Bill for amending and continuing an Act for repairing Roads in the County of Renfrew, and for altering the Line of Road between Glasgow and Kilmarnock, in the said County, have leave to make their Report on or before Wednesday the 2d day of June next.

Galway Dock and Canal Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for making and maintaining a navigable Cut or Canal from Lough Corrib to the Bay of Galway, and for the Improvement of the Harbour of Galway, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Mr. O'Hara do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Highgate Chapel Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill to enable the Wardens and Governors of the Possessions, Revenues, and Goods of the Free Grammar School of Sir Roger Cholmeley, Knight, in Highgate, to pull down their present Chapel, and to contribute towards the erection of a new Chapel or Church in Highgate, and for other purposes, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Petition against Greenwich Improvement Bill.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Greenwich, and assessed to the Church and Highway Rates of the said parish, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for the Improvement of the Town of Greenwich, in the County of Kent; and for the better Regulation of certain Charities there; and praying, That they may be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents against certain parts thereof.

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

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

Time for Report of Grazier's (Ireland) Steam Company Bill.

Ordered, That the Committee on the Bill for regulating and incorporating a Company in Ireland, to be called "The Irish Graziers Steam Marine Company," have leave to make their Report on or before Monday the 7th day of June next.

Report of Macclesfield Water Bill, considered.

A Motion being made, That the Report which, upon the 10th day of this instant May, was made from the Committee on the Bill for better supplying the Inhabitants of the Borough of Macclesfield, in the Parish of Chester, with Water, and to establish the Rates payable for the same, 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 Monday 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.

Garnkirk Railway Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for amending certain Acts for making the Glasgow and Garnkirk Railway, and for improving, maintaining and rendering Turnpike the Road leading from the said Railway near Broomhill, by Keppoch Bridge, to the Town Head of Glasgow, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass: And that the Title be, An Act for amending certain Acts for making the Glasgow and Garnkirk Railway; and for raising a further Sum of Money.

Ordered, That Sir Michael Stewart do carry the Bill to the Lords, and desire their concurrence.

Cumming's Estate Bill committed.

An ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act for selling the entailed Lands and Estates of Gordonstown and others, in the County of Elgin and Forres, belonging to Sir William Gordon Gordon Cumming, Baronet, or so much thereof as may be necessary, and to apply the Price arising therefrom in the Payment of the Debts affecting, or that may be made to affect, the said Lands and Estates, was read a second time; and committed to Mr. Robert Grant, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Petition against Welsh Mining Company's Estate Bill.

A Petition of Thomas Henry Parker, of Camden Place, Camden Town, in the county of Middlesex, Esquire, William Davies, of North Audley-street, in the said county, Coal Merchant, and William Dobree, of Craven Lodge, Fulham, in the county of Middlesex, Esquire, was presented, and read; taking notice of the ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act for dissolving a certain Partnership Company, known by the name of the Welsh Iron and Coal Mining Company, and for enabling the Directors and Trustees thereof to dispose of the Estate and Effects of the concern, and divide the Surplus, after payment of Debts and Expenses, amongst the Shareholders of the capital Stock therein, and for other purposes; 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.

Petitions against Poor Removal (Irish and Scottish) Bill.

The House being informed that the Sheriffs of the city of London attended at the door, they were called in; and at the bar presented to the House,-A Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Commons of the city of London, in Common Council assembled:-And then they withdrew.

And the said Petition was read; taking notice of the Bill to alter and amend several Acts relating to the Removal of Vagrant and Poor Persons born in Scotland and Ireland, and chargeable to Parishes in England; and praying, That the same may not pass into a law.

A Petition of the Churchwardens, Overseers, and Governors and Directors of the Poor of Saint Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, was also presented, and read; taking notice of the said Bill; and praying, That they may be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents against the same.

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

Petitions respecting Duty on Spirits.

A Petition of the Landed Proprietors and Farmers of the baronies of Warrenstown and Coolestown, in the King's County;-and, of Farmers frequenting Tring market, in the county of Hertford;-were presented, and read; praying, That no increased Duty may be imposed on British Spirits, without at the same time laying a corresponding Duty upon West India Spirits.

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

Petition against increase of Duty on Spirits.

A Petition of Freeholders, Commissioners of Supply, Heritors, Justices of the Peace, and other Inhabitants of the county of Ross, was presented, and read; praying, That no additional Duties may be imposed on British Spirits.

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

Petitions for mitigating Punishment for Forgery.

A Petition of Richard Paine, of Park-street, Grosvenorsquare;-of Inhabitants of Redruth;-of Members of the Congregation of Protestant Dissenters meeting in Chapelstreet, Salford;-of Inhabitants of Modbury;-of Basingstoke;-of Rochdale;-of Farringdon;-of William Alexander, of Great Yarmouth;-of Inhabitants of Clonmel;-of the Minister and certain of the Congregation assembling for divine worship in Hornton-street Chapel;- in Lewisham-street Chapel, Westminster;-of two Petitions of Inhabitants of Nottingham;-of Reigate and Dorking, the parish of Betchworth and the liberty of Kingswood, in Surrey, and the parishes of Crawley, Ifield, Slaugham and Worth, in Sussex;-of Merchants and Tradesmen resident in London and Westminster;-and, of Inhabitants of Chudleigh,-were presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners, having learned that the Penal Statutes relating to Forgery are now under the consideration of the House, are earnestly desirous, both for the better protection of property and the invariable prosecution and adequate punishment of this heinous offence, that the penalty of death may be commuted in such manner as may appear to the Legislature best adapted to effect these important ends.

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

A Petition of the Bankers and other Inhabitants of Glastonbury;-of Local Directors and Manager of the Provincial Bank of Ireland, at Athlone;-of Inhabitants of Crediton;-of Chesham;-of Canterbury;-of Camberwell;-of Magistrates, Clergy, Bankers, Merchants, Manufacturers and other Persons of the city of Glasgow; -of Minister and Congregation assembling for divine worship in Bury-street, Saint Mary Axe, London;-of Protestant Dissenters of the Independent denomination assembling in New Windsor Chapel, Salford;-of Inhabitants of Newport, in the Isle of Wight;-of Bankers and other Inhabitants of Stockton-upon-Tees;-of the Magistrates, Bankers, Merchants and others, Inhabitants of Wakefield;-of Inhabitants of the district of Craven, in the west riding of the county of York;-of Reading; -of Haverhill;-of Spalding;-of Members of the Congregation of Protestant Dissenters of the Baptist denomination meeting in Broadmead, Bristol;-of Inhabitants of Horsham;-of Kirkby Kendal;-of Halsted;- of Woburn;-of the Principal Inhabitants and Bankers of Faringdon;-of Members of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly called Quakers, inhabitants of Stockport and Macclesfield, and others of their religious persuasion;-of Merchants, Traders and Inhabitants of Maldon;-of Inhabitants of Maldon;-of two Petitions of Inhabitants of Coggeshall;-of Magistrates, Clergy, Bankers and other Inhabitants of Wellington;-of Members of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly called Quakers, Inhabitants of Manchester;-of Inhabitants of Halstead;-of Inhabitant Householders of Charlbury;- of the Congregation of Protestant Dissenters assembling for religious worship in the Baptist Chapel, Bartholomewstreet, Exeter;-of Inhabitants of Neath;-and, of Bridgewater, were also presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners, having learned that the Penal Statutes relating to Forgery are now under the consideration of the House, are earnestly desirous, both for the better protection of property and the invariable prosecution and adequate punishment of this heinous offence, that the penalty of death may be commuted in such manner as may appear to the Legislature best adapted to effect these important ends.

A Petition of the Bankers, established in the cities and towns of Edinburgh, Dublin, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, Belfast, Birmingham, Litchfield, Wednesbury, Bilston, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Bristol, Bath, Leith, Huddersfield, Murfield, Wakefield, Dewsbury, Leeds, Plymouth, Devonport, Tavistock, Portsmouth, Norwich, Sheffield, Rotherham, Nottingham, Sunderland, Newcastleon-Tyne, Durham, Darlington, Stockton, Richmond (Yorkshire), Leyburn, Ripon, Knaresborough, Boroughbridge, Thirsk, Aberdeen, Paisley, Tiverton, Collumpton, Honiton, Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Bideford, Torrington, Totness, Newton Abbott, Exeter, York, Yarmouth, Beccles, Stockport, Wigan, Worcester, Evesham, Ipswich, Needham Market, Woodbridge, Hadleigh, Manningtree, Banbury, Shipston, Bicester, Oxford, Carlisle, Brighton, Lewes, Reading, Maidenhead, Henley, Windsor, Lynn Regis, Canterbury, Lancaster, Chelmsford, Winchester, Southampton, Bury Saint Edmund's, Guildford, Kendal, Chippenham, Salisbury, Ringwood, Poole, Bradford, Halifax, Wakefield, Pontefract, Doncaster, Barnsley, Derby, Inverness, Burton-on-Trent, Leighton Buzzard, Newport Pagnell, Burslem, Hitchin, Bedford, Newbury, Abingdon, Wallingford, Uxbridge, Fakenham, Faringdon, Wisbech, Truro, Falmouth, Penzance, Helston, Penrith, Kirkby Thuce, Workington, Chesterfield, Teignmouth, Kingsbridge, Dartmouth, Bridport, Yeovil, Dorchester, Blandford, Harwich, Tewkesbury, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Tetbury, Burford, Dursley, Romsey, Basingstoke, Odiham, Hereford, Ross, Dickenfield, Leominster, Ledbury, Royston, Hemel Hempstead, Gloucester, Stroud, Dartford, Ramsgate, Margate, Deal, Boston, Spalding, South Spilsby, Horncastle, Staines, Newport (Monmouth), Monmouth, Chepstow, Diss, Northampton, Towcester, Wellingborough, Daventry, Wellington (Shropshire), Shiffnal, Coalbrookdale, Bridgnorth, Wenlock, Trowbridge, Wells, Frome, Wiveliscombe, Wellington (Somerset), Taunton, Leek, Congleton, Halesworth, Sudbury, Stow Market, Reigate, Croydon, Dorking, Rye, Hastings, Kirkby Lonsdale, Swindon, Malmsbury, Marlborough, Melksham, Devizes, Stourbridge, Skipton, Settle, Selby, Howden, Scarborough, Malton, Whitby, Pontypool, Abergavenny, Brecon, Carmarthen, Swansea, Neath, Haverfordwest, Annan, Cupar, Auchtermuchty, Dumbarton, Elgin, Forfar, Galashiels, Jedburgh, Kirkcaldy and Wigtown, was also presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners, as Bankers, are deeply interested in the protection of property from Forgery, and in the conviction and punishment of persons guilty of that crime; that the Petitioners find, by experience, that the infliction of death, or even the possibility of the infliction of death, prevents the prosecution, conviction, and punishment of the criminal, and thus endangers the property which it is intended to protect; that the Petitioners therefore earnestly pray that the House will not withhold from them that protection of their property which they would derive from a more lenient law.

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

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

A Petition of the Working Spinners and others, employed in Cotton and other Factories, and in Cotton and other Mills in Blackburn, was presented, and read; setting forth, That several Acts were passed in the reigns of George the Third, and of His present Majesty, for the preservation of the health and morals of Apprentices and others employed in Cotton and other Mills and Cotton and other Factories; and the Petitioners beg leave to represent, that the same have not been sufficiently effectual to attain the object for which they were intended, namely, the preservation of the health and morals of Apprentices, and others employed in Cotton and other Mills and Cotton and other Factories; complaining, that the hours of labour for children of tender age are protracted to an extent which, confined as those children now are, in an unnatural and over-heated atmosphere, undermines their health, lays the foundation of innumerable diseases, and hastens them to a premature old age; and praying the House to take the same into their most serious consideration, and procure the enactment of such a law as will effectually put a stop to grievances, of which, for the benefit of themselves and their children, and of the country at large, they so justly complain.

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

Petitions against Sale of Beer Bill.

A Petition of the Proprietors and Occupiers of licensed inns, alehouses and victualling-houses, in Sherborne;- and, of Licensed Victuallers and Owners of public-houses in Bishops Castle,-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 that the last be printed.

Petitions in favour.

A Petition of Clergy of the deanery of Stow, in the diocese and county of Gloucester;-and, of the Bailiff, Justices, Recorder and other Inhabitants of Bishops Castle,-were also presented, and read; taking notice of the said Bill; and praying, That the House will take effectual care to restrain the sale of Beer to be drunk on the premises where sold to such houses only as shall be under the control of the magistracy of the district wherein they shall be situate.

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

Petition against Duty on Tobacco grown in Ireland.

A Petition of Inhabitants of the city and liberties of the city of Kilkenny, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have learnt, with deep regret, that a Duty of 1s. 6d. per pound is proposed to be levied upon all Tobacco grown in Ireland; the effect of so high a Duty must, in their opinion, operate as an absolute prohibition on the culture of the Tobacco Plant in Ireland, and thus abridge the interesting field of employment, which, were a reasonable Duty proposed, would be opened to its distressed population; and praying, That whatever may be the decision of the House as to the rate of Duties, not to permit them to affect those crops upon which, in the confidence that no change in the law would take place, there has already been a serious outlay of capital and labour.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Select Committee on Tobacco Cultivation.

Petitions for abolishing Slavery.

A Petition of the Minister and Members of the Congregation of Protestant Dissenters of the particular Baptist denomination at Bramley;-of Minister and Members of the Congregation of Protestant Dissenters assembling in George-street, Leeds;-of Protestant Dissenters of the Independent denomination at Holmfirth;-at Brighouse; -at Northowram,-of two Petitions of the Minister and Members of the Congregation of Protestant Dissenters of the Independent denomination at Heckmondwike;-of Ministers and Members of the three Congregations of Protestant Dissenters of the Independent denomination at Morley and Churwell;-of the Minister and Members of the Congregation of Protestant Dissenters of the Baptist denomination at Rawdon;-at Salendine Nook, in the parish of Huddersfield;-and, of Minister and Members of the Congregation of Protestant Dissenters of the Independent denomination assembling in Queen-street Chapel, Leeds,-were presented, and read; praying the House to abolish altogether the system of Slavery in His Majesty's West India Colonies.

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

Petitions for holding Assizes at Wakefield.

A Petition of Merchants, Manufacturers, and other Traders of Dewsbury;-of Merchants, Manufacturers, Tradesmen and others, Inhabitants and Householders of Ossett, in the parish of Dewsbury;-and, of Inhabitants of Heckmondwike and parish of Birstal,-were presented, and read; praying, That the Assizes and General Gaol Delivery for the business of the west riding of the county of York may in future be held at Wakefield.

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

Petition for Amendment of the Marriage Act.

A Petition of the Elder and Deacon of the Church of God meeting in Dewsbury, and known as Freethinking Christians, was presented, and read; complaining, That by an Act of the Legislature, which passed in the 26th year of the reign of George the Second, they are prevented entering into the marriage state without submitting to a rite of the Established Church of England, and joining in an act of religious worship with one of its ordained ministers, which act of worship is a clear and public admission of the doctrines, the authority and claims of such Church; submitting a declaration of their faith and principles of union; and that, regarding marriage as a civil rite, the Petitioners only seek to obtain a legal sanction thereto, without a violation of their consciences; and praying the House to make such alteration in the law as will remove the hardships under which the Petitioners labour.

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

Petition respecting Lancashire Grand Juries.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Liverpool, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Act commonly known as Mr. Peel's Jury Bill, has effected a most important amendment in the construction of Juries for the trial of issues in the courts of civil and criminal law in this country (except in corporate and certain other jurisdictions), to which the Petitioners would be glad to see its operation extended; and, this invaluable branch of the institution of Juries being now in a great measure restored to its original character, the administration of justice is far more accordant with that indisputable end, the public satisfaction; in the opinion of the Petitioners, a similar amendment in the construction of Grand Juries has long been wanted, and is necessary to rescue this tribunal from the discredit into which it has fallen, inasmuch as that the minds of some men, whose attention has been especially directed to the administration of justice, it is now a serious question, whether it be not an absolute evil, an obstruction to the due course of proceeding, and, instead of a medium through which justice may be obtained, oftentimes a mere instrument of personal aggrandizement; and praying the House to take the subject into their early consideration, and adopt such measures as may render this tribunal competent to the faithful execution of the trust, power and duties originally confided to it, and so re-establish it in the esteem of the people as the security of Englishmen's lives.

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

Petition respecting Conveyance of Parcels.

A Petition of Mail Contractors and Coach Proprietors residing in various cities and towns in England and Wales, was presented, and read; setting forth, That, by reason of the frequent practice of Bankers and others of sending by the public Mail, and other public stage coaches, parcels and packages containing money, bills, notes and other articles of great value, much valuable property is rendered liable to depredation, and the responsibility of the Petitioners, and other Mail Contractors and Coach Proprietors, is increased to an alarming extent; that, through the frequent omission (designedly and otherwise) by persons sending such parcels and packages to notify the nature of the contents thereof, whereby to enable the Petitioners and such other Mail Contractors and Stage Coach Proprietors to protect themselves against the great responsibility of the common law, and from the difficulty of fixing parties with knowledge of notices published by the Petitioners, and such other Mail Contractors and Coach Proprietors, with the intent to limit their responsibility, they have become exposed to great and unknown risks, and the Petitioners have sustained serious and heavy losses; the Petitioners therefore most humbly pray, That the House will be pleased to remedy the mischief and hardship complained of, and restrict the liability and limit the responsibility of the Petitioners and other Mail Contractors and Coach Proprietors, and otherwise amend the law now so grievously affecting them, in such manner as will secure to the Petitioners, as well as the public, every fair, legitimate and proper protection.

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

Petitions against increase of Stamp Duty (Ireland.)

A Petition of Gentlemen, Clergy, Freeholders and Landholders of the half barony of Shelelagh and the territory of Cashaw, both in the county of Wicklow;-and, of the Sovereign and Inhabitants of the town and liberties of Kinsale, were presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners cannot, without alarm and dismay, contemplate the withdrawing of that protection on settlement of the relative duties on Home-made and Colonial Spirits, deemed just and necessary for the agricultural interests of the United Kingdom; that the Petitioners are firmly convinced the increase of the Stamp Duties, under the plea of assimilation, as a financial measure, will utterly fail, inasmuch as diminished revenue has for many years uniformly accompanied the adoption of a greater scale of taxation; and praying the House to consider the premises, and at once to allay the well-grounded fears of the country, to declare to the Right honourable the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the other Members of His Majesty's Government, by their vote, that they will not consent to the measures he has proposed, inasmuch as they are ruinous to, and subversive of, the general weal of the United Kingdom.

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

Petition respecting limitation of Law of Arrest.

A Petition of the Coal and Ironmasters, Manufacturers, Shopkeepers and other Tradesmen of the town of Dudley, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have heard with great alarm and dismay, that a clause is intended to be introduced into the Bill for the more effectual Administration of Justice in England and Wales to limit Arrests upon Mesne Process to Debts not less than 100£. instead of 20l. as is now by law established; that the Petitioners conceive, that if such intended clause shall be passed into a law it will be greatly injurious to the trading interests of the whole Kingdom, and particularly to the traders of that populous town and neighbourhood; and praying, That the said Bill may not pass into a law as it now stands.

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

Petition complaining of the Conduct of the Police (Ireland.)

A Petition of Lawrence Linnane, of Poulaniska, in the county of Clare, was presented, and read; complaining of the violent conduct of a party of the Curranroe Police towards him and his brother; stating the particulars of his case; and praying the House to take the same into their consideration.

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

Petition for Inquiry into the Seneschal's Court of Charleville (Ireland.)

A Petition of Patrick Hereen, of Kippane, in the barony of Orrery and Kilmore, and county of Cork, farmer, now a prisoner in the county of Cork gaol, was presented, and read; complaining of certain proceedings against him in the Seneschal's Court of Charleville, in the said county; stating the particulars of his case; and praying the House to inquire into the constitution of the said Seneschal's Court, and if it shall be found that it possesses jurisdiction to grant so large a sum as 10l. 19s. 1d. costs upon the recovery of the small sum of 2£. 19s. 10d. then that it may please the House to alter or abolish the said jurisdiction, under the oppressive influence of which the Petitioner is so severe a sufferer.

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

Petition against Duties on Stamps, Tobacco, and Spirits (Ireland.)

A Petition of Land-owners, Merchants, Traders and Inhabitants generally of Carrick-on-Suir, was presented, and read; setting forth, That by the increase of Duty on British Corn Spirits, and not a proportionate increase of Duty on Foreign Rum, it is not difficult to perceive, that whilst the interest of the West India planter is preferred to that of the Irish farmer, the agriculture of that country must be materially injured, if not eventually ruined; complaining of the increase of Duty on Stamps and on Irish grown Tobacco; and praying the House to take the same into their consideration, and not to permit themselves to be guilty of a palpable inconsistency, of an unjustifiable partiality, by increasing the Taxes on that country, which is poor and impoverished, whilst they are diminishing those of England, which is rich and prosperous.

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

Petitions for repeal of Parish Vestries Act (Ireland.)

A Petition of Inhabitants of Saint Mary, Shandon, in the city of Cork;-of Cloyne Priest, in the county of Cork; -of Land-owners and Farmers of the united parishes of Taghmon, Coolstuff, Trinity and Kilgarvan, in the county of Wexford;-and, of Roman Catholic Inhabitants of the parish of Butlerstown,-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 to be printed.

Petitions against Payment of Tithes.

A Petition of Roman Catholic Inhabitants of Butlerstown;-and, of Inhabitants of Glenmore, in the county of Kilkenny,-were presented, and read; praying the House to take into their serious consideration the operation of the Tithe system in Ireland, with a view to remedy the evils so long resulting therefrom.

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

William Clifford discharged out of Custody.

A Member in his place informed the House, that he had in his possession a Petition of William Clifford, now in the custody of the Serjeant at Arms; but that it contained incoherent matter not fit to be presented to the House; that William Clifford appeared in conversation to labour under mental delusion, and could not have intended any offence to the House by his misconduct on Saturday last.

Ordered, That the said William Clifford be discharged out of the custody of the Serjeant at Arms without paying any Fees.

Petition against Duty on Coals.

A Petition of Ship-owners of the port of Newcastle-uponTyne, residing at South Shields, was presented, and read; complaining of the very depressed state of the Coal trade, and of the heavy duties and charges to which Coals carried coastwise are subject to in the Port of London; and praying, That their Petition may be referred to the Committee of the House on the Coal Trade; and that such relief may be afforded to the Petitioners as the shipping interest in the Coal trade, whether considered as a nursery for seamen for His Majesty's Navy, or a very important branch of the commercial marine of the country, may be thought justly entitled to.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Select Committee on the Coal Trade.

Petition respecting Representation for Conterbury.

A Petition of Electors of the ancient city of Canterbury resident in London and its vicinity, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners beg to approach the House, imploring them to take into their consideration and alleviate the most universal distress at present existing amongst the industrious and labouring classes in Great Britain and Ireland, who, although the producers of all wealth, are doomed to suffer the greatest privations and misery, and if their condition be not speedily amended by the House, they are fearful will lead to a convulsion such as every loyal subject cannot but deplore, and contemplate with horror; the Petitioners attribute the cause of such distress to an unequal and enormous taxation, pressing more heavily on the poor than the rich, and an extravagant and wasteful expenditure, and while they feel grateful for such reduction as is contemplated by the House, they are of opinion it is not equal to the distress; and the Petitioners did hope, and had confidence in the House, that the reduction would have been much greater, and they implore the House to take off the Taxes on articles of consumption that affect the poor, such as Tea, Sugar, Soap, Candles, &c., and they conceive a Property Tax might be substituted, so as to meet the exigencies of the State; the Petitioners further pray for a reform in the House, as they are of opinion that the great part of the distress is caused by the people not being fairly and properly represented in the House, as a great part of the Members, being the nominees of Peers, not chosen by the people, have consequently no sympathy or proper knowledge of the extent of distress; and they pray the House will extend the elective franchise to large manufacturing towns now unrepresented, to shorten the duration of Parliaments to Triennial instead of Septennial, as the Petitioners feel convinced of the necessity of shorter Parliaments, inasmuch as it now denies the people the free exercise of their privilege in case of a Member being absent, neglect of duty, or any other cause, of not attending to the interests of his constituents and the country at large; the Petitioners implore the House to remove the injurious and oppressive Corn Laws, which, in their opinion, act as a barrier, and defeat the object of free trade, that they will abolish monopolies of all sorts, particularly the East India monopoly, that they will reduce the salaries of all persons holding offices in the State, from the highest personage in the land; the immense revenues of the Church, which the Petitioners humbly conceive, by appropriating at least two-thirds of the pay of the bishops and clergy to the maintenance of the poor, would make our Protestant Religion more pure, and the people, instead of being envious and immoral, more contented and happy; the Petitioners take this opportunity of expressing their regret that the Bill passed by the House last Session of Parliament, to prevent Members accepting Offices in the East Indies, from retaining their Seats in Parliament, did not apply to the city of Canterbury, and afford redress to them in the existing case, as they consider, by being deprived of their undoubted right of having two Members, an unmerited punishment, and they again implore the House will afford redress, and that they will without delay cause a new Writ to be issued in the room of S. R. Lushington, Esquire, having been already absent three Sessions of Parliament, although not being returned for a borough having few or no voters, but for an ancient and important city having upwards of two thousand.

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

Petition against Liability of Landlords Bill.

A Petition of Directors of the Poor of the united parishes of Saint Michael and the Holy Trinity, in the city of Coventry, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for the better rating Tenements under a certain Annual Value; and praying, That the same may pass into a law.

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

Petition for revision of Poor Laws.

A Petition of the Vicar, Churchwardens, Overseers, and other Inhabitants of Godalming, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners being sensible of the many defects and imperfections of the existing laws relating to the Poor, rejoice at the probability of a revision of those laws by the Bill now passing through the House; and praying for the adoption of the plan recommended in their Petition.

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

Petitions respecting Labourers Wages.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Tollcross, Cambachie and Parkhead;-and, of Magistrates, Manufacturers, Tradesmen, and other Inhabitants of Bradford (Wilts),-were presented, and read; taking notice of 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; 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.

The Lords have agreed to

A Message from the Lords, by Mr. Stephen and Mr. Wingfield.

Mr. Speaker,

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

Ellesmere and Chester Canal Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act to enable the United Company of Proprietors of the Ellesmere and Chester Canal to make a Reservoir, and to establish Vessels for the conveyance of Goods from Ellesmere Port across the River Mersey, and also to amend and enlarge the Powers of the Act relating to the said Canal:

Peebles Roads Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act for more effectually repairing and keeping in repair the Turnpike Roads in the County of Peebles; for making and maintaining certain new Roads; and for rendering Turnpike certain Parish Roads in the said County:

Queensferry Road-Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act 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:

Limerick and Charleville Road Bill.

A Bill, intituled, An Act for improving and repairing the Road leading from Newcastle, in the County of Limerick, to the city of Limerick, and from thence to Charleville, in the County of Cork: And also,

Mouks Risborough Inclosure Bill, with an Amendment.

The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for inclosing Lands in the Parish of Monks Risborough, in the County of Buckingham, with an Amendment; to which Amendment the Lords desire the concurrence of this House: And also,

The Lords have passed Hildvard's or Hutton's Estate Bill.

The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act for vesting the Estates in the County of Lincoln, devised by the Will of Mary Hutton, deceased, in Trustees, upon trust, to sell the same, and for laying out the Monies arising from such Sales in the purchase of more convenient Estates, to be settled to the same uses; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House: And also,

Poore's Estate Bill.

The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act for exchanging a fee simple Estate belonging to Edward Dyke Poore, Esquire, situate at Ablington, in the County of Wilts, for an Estate under Settlement, devised by the Will of the late Edward Poore, Esquire, situate at North Tidworth, in the same County, and for authorizing the investment of a sum of Money in the purchase of other Lands, to be settled to the like uses; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House:-And then the Messengers withdrew.

King's Message respecting Sign Manual.

Mr. Secretary Sir Robert Peel acquainted the House, that he had a Message from His Majesty to this House, signed by His Majesty; and he presented the same to the House, and it was read by Mr. Speaker (all the Members of the House being uncovered); and is as followeth;

GEORGE R.

His Majesty thinks it necessary to inform the House of Commons, that His Majesty is labouring under severe indisposition, which renders it inconvenient and painful to His Majesty to sign with His own hand those public Instruments which require the Sign Manual.

His Majesty relies upon the dutiful attachment of Parliament to consider, without delay, of the means by which His Majesty may be enabled to provide for the temporary discharge of this important function of the Crown without detriment to the Public Service.

G. R.

Address thereupon.

Resolved, Nemine Contradicente, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, to return His Majesty the Thanks of this House for His most gracious Message; to assure His Majesty, that His faithful Commons have heard with the deepest regret that His Majesty is labouring under severe indisposition; and that they earnestly pray that, under the favour of Divine Providence, His Majesty may be speedily restored to health;

To assure His Majesty, that this House will, with the least practicable delay, proceed to the consideration of such measures as may enable His Majesty to provide for the temporary discharge of that important function of the Crown referred to in His Majesty's gracious Message.

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.

Papers relative to the Affairs of Greece, presented.

Mr. Secretary Sir Robert Peel presented to the House, by His Majesty's command,

(A.) Papers relative to the Affairs of Greece: Protocols of Conferences held in London.

(B.) Protocols of Conferences held at Constantinople.

(C.) 1. Convention of Alexandria; 2. Blockade of the Dardanelles; 3. Raising of Greek Blockades.

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

Petition from Cape of Good Hope for a Representative Government.

A Petition of British Settlers and others, Inhabitants, Land-holders, Agriculturists, Merchants, &c. of the district of Albany, in the eastern division of the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners again venture to appeal to the House, emboldened by the attention already paid to them in their former applications; that, while the Petitioners acknowledge with extreme gratitude the concession of the privileges already granted to them by their revered and beloved Sovereign, in His Royal Charter, which includes two important features of the English Constitution, the independence of the Judges and Trial by Jury, limited as the latter is to criminal suits only, they naturally feel anxious to enjoy the full blessings of the wise and admirable institutions of the United Kingdoms, more particularly their great national bulwark and distinctive characteristic, the Representative system, for which every class of the Petitioners are equally solicitous, and without which, it appears to their minds, the partial yet qualifying improvements already conferred, cannot be carried into effect in the full spirit of the intention of the Royal Benefactor; that the Petitioners, presuming to point out to the House the system under which the affairs of that Colony are administered, and thereby to show the necessity of the relief now prayed for, beg to advert to the constitution of the Colonial Council established in the year 1825, which, although intended as a check upon the acts of the Governor, and a security to every part of the community, is wholly inadequate to those ends, by consisting of military and other members, nominated by the casualty of colonial rank, two-thirds of whom are without local knowledge, or any paramount interest whatever in the soil, commerce, or general welfare of the Colony, irresponsible to the public for whose protection they are appointed, liable, as His Majesty's Commissioners of Inquiry have reported, "to fluctuations in succession, by the departure of officers with their regiments, giving occasion to more frequent and sudden changes than are consistent with the character and dignity" of such an Assembly, and who are unable, as it appears from the same authority, individually or even collectively to originate or propose any measure for consideration, by which regulation it is left to the Governor alone to reserve or submit for discussion and approval only such topics as he himself shall deem proper; that thus, the Petitioners beg to observe, the inhabitants of that Colony, in number about 150,000, have neither a voice in the enactment of even local regulations, by which they are more immediately affected, in the imposition of taxes upon themselves, or in the expenditure of the revenue; that the Petitioners beg to refer the House to that part of His Majesty's Commissioners' Report on the Cape of Good Hope, wherein they recommend the institution of a Legislative Assembly, "when a sufficient time has elapsed to admit of a more perfect acquirement of the English language by the native inhabitants," and, in connection therewith, the Petitioners observe, that, owing to the judicious establishment of public schools for that purpose in 1822, a general and rapid diffusion of the language of the Mother Country is manifest through the country, and that a most important improvement has taken place in the intelligence, population, and commerce of the eastern division, especially since the visit of the Commissioners, now more than five years; that these circumstances lead the Petitioners to the conviction that the time pointed out by His Majesty's Commissioners has now arrived, when the concession of a Legislative body, as expressed by them, "may be resorted to, and with every reasonable prospect of contributing to the tranquillity and happiness of the Colony," and, the Petitioners would add, of promoting also the security and wellbeing of the Aborigines and every other class of their numerous coloured population, while the gradual and effectual abolition of Slavery, they feel fully assured, instead of finding an obstacle to this concession, as once apprehended, would, by the opportunity afforded of an open and free discussion, meet with a much earlier and more satisfactory arrangement than otherwise; that the Petitioners cannot refrain from noticing that other British Colonies have long since been in the enjoyment of the boon now craved, possessing minor importance, not one quarter of the population of that country, or, by their geographical position, of such consequence to the parent state; and they further presume to adduce the instance of the Canadas, where the existence of two languages did not appear a sufficient reason to the British Government to withhold from them the inherent right of having a voice in the administration of their own affairs; that the Petitioners having thus explained their claims and wishes, humbly pray, that the House would be pleased to take into its consideration, at its earliest opportunity, their ardent request, that a Representative Assembly may be granted to that Colony; that, beyond the important object already prayed for, the Petitioners cannot allow the present opportunity to escape, without referring to another recommendation of the Commissioners of Inquiry, the appointment of a Lieutenant-Governor for the eastern division of that Colony, a measure, at one time sanctioned by His Majesty, but which, they lament to state, it appears is not intended to be carried into effect; they, however, still trust that this important arrangement, indispensable from their extensive and exposed frontier, may be reconsidered, and that a Supreme Court of Judicature for that division may be also established, rendered absolutely necessary by its great distance from the western capital, and of the most vital importance to that progressively interesting and essentially English settlement.

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

Treasury Minute respecting Four-and-Half per Cent. Duties, ordered.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Copy of the Minute of the Lords of His Majesty's Treasury, by which the Customs Duty payable on Sugars brought to this Country, in discharge of the Four-and-Half per cent. Duties, have not been paid since 25th March 1828; and the authority under which such exemption has been made.

Address for Return of Four-and-Half per Cent. Duties.

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 net Amount of proceeds of the Four-and-Half per cent. Duties in each of the last ten years, and also the appropriation of the same in each year; stating the balance of Surplus in the Exchequer in each year, and where deficiencies, if any, have taken place; to state the amount in each year, and how the deficiencies have been made up, and from what Funds in each of these years.

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.

Statement respecting East India Company, ordered.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Statement of the Account between the Territorial and Commercial Branches of the Affairs of the East India Company, in each year, from 1st May 1814 to the latest period, drawn upon the principle observed in the Accounts transmitted to the Government of Bengal, as Enclosures to the Letters of the Court of Directors, in the Territorial Finance Department.

Committee of Supply.

Ordered, That the Order of the day, for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the Supply granted to His Majesty, be now read; and the same being read:-The House resolved itself into the Committee.

(In the Committee.)

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sum, not exceeding Three thousand pounds, be granted to His Majesty, for the support of the Institution called The Refuge for the Destitute, for the year 1830; and that the said sum be issued and paid without any fee or other deduction whatsoever.

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sum, not exceeding Forty-five thousand pounds, be granted to His Majesty, for His Majesty's Foreign and other Secret Services, for the year 1830; and that the said sum be issued and paid without any fee or other deduction whatsoever.

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sum, not exceeding Seventy-six thousand pounds, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the expense of printing Acts and Bills, Reports and other Papers for the two Houses of Parliament, for the year 1830.

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sum, not exceeding Ninety-six thousand eight hundred and fifty pounds, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the expense of providing Stationery, Printing and Binding for the several Public Departments of Government for the year 1830, including the Expense of the Establishment of the Stationery Office; and that the said sum be issued and paid without any fee or other deduction whatsoever.

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sum, not exceeding Four thousand pounds, be granted to His Majesty, for the Relief of American Loyalists, for the year 1830; and that the said sum be issued and paid without any fee or other deduction whatsoever.

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sum, not exceeding Three thousand and thirty-nine pounds, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Expense of confining and maintaining Criminal Lunatics for the year 1830; and that the said sum be issued and paid without any fee or other deduction whatsoever.

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sum, not exceeding Five thousand seven hundred and twelve pounds seven shillings and ten-pence, be granted to His Majesty, to pay the usual Allowances to Protestant Dissenting Ministers in England, poor French Protestant Refugee Clergy, poor French Protestant Refugee Laity, and sundry small Charitable and other Allowances to the Poor of Saint Martins-in-theFields and others, for the year 1830.

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sum, not exceeding Eight thousand pounds, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Expense of Printing under the direction of the Commissioners on Public Records, for the year 1830.

To report Progress, and ask leave to sit again.

Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair; and Sir Alexander Grant reported from the Committee, That they had made a progress in the matters to them referred; and that he was directed by the Committee to move, That they may have leave to sit again.

Resolved, That this House will, upon Wednesday next, again resolve itself into the said Committee.

Committee on Forgeries Punishment Bill.

Ordered, That the Order of the day, for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, upon 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, be now read; and the same being read:-The House resolved itself into the Committee.

(In the Committee).

Bill read 1°; to be read 2°.

Preamble postponed.

Several Amendments made.

P.3.1.7. (Forging an Exchequer Bill or Debenture, East India Bond, Bank Note, Will, Bill of Exchange, Promissory Note, or Warrant or Order for Money.)

L.24. Blank filled up with "Felony."

A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, to fill up the blank in 1.25. with "Death as a Felon;"

Whereupon a Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, to leave out "suffer" and fill up the blank with "be transported beyond seas for life, or for any other term not less than Fourteen years, or be imprisoned for any term not exceeding Fourteen years, nor less than Seven years; and every such offender who may be under the age of Sixty-five years at the time of conviction, and until such offender shall attain the age of Sixty-five years (if such age be attained during the term of punishment), shall, during such term of transportation or imprisonment, be kept at hard labour, and be subject to solitary confinement for such periods, in such manner and at such places as the Court before whom such offender shall be tried may order, and conformably to such regulation as His Majesty, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, may from time to time make; and that it shall be lawful for such Court, in cases where they see fit, to pass sentence of transportation with hard labour, to take effect after the expiration of the term for which the offender has been condemned to imprisonment with hard labour."

Question put, That the word "suffer," stand part of the Bill; the Committee divided.

Teller for the Yeas, Sir George Clerk 128.

Teller for the Noes, Mr. Poulett Thomson 113.

And the blank was filled with the words, "Death as a Felon."

Clause as amended-agreed to.

Several other Amendments made.

Preamble read-and agreed to.

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

Martis, 25 die Maii, 1830:

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 received this day.

Debate on Galway Franchise Bill, resumed.

Ordered, That the Order of the day, for resuming the adjourned Debate upon the Motion made upon the 19th day of this instant May, "That the House do agree to the Amendments made by the Committee to 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," be now read; and the same being read:-The House resumed the said adjourned Debate.

And the Question being put, That this House do agree to the Amendments made by the said Committee;

The House divided.
The Noes went forth.
Tellers for the Yeas, Mr. Spring Rice, 25.
Mr. Kennedy:
Tellers for the Noes, Mr. Daly, 23.
Mr. John Knox:

So it was resolved in the Affirmative.

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

Labourers Wages 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 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;

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

Dean Forest Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the Bill for ascertaining the Boundaries of the Forest of Dean, in the County of Gloucester, and for inquiring into the Rights and Privileges claimed by Free Miners of the Hundred of Saint Briavel's, and for other purposes relating to the said Forest;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time upon Thursday the 3d day of June next.

Charitable Institutions Bill, committed.

A Bill to declare in what cases the Possessions of certain Charitable Institutions shall be liable to the payment of Rates for local Purposes, was, according to Order, read a second time; and committed to a Committee of the whole House for Friday the 4th day of June next.

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 upon Friday the 4th day of June next.

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.

Half-Pay Apprentices Bill, committed.

A Bill to prevent the taking and employment of Apprentices usually denominated Half-Pay Apprentices, was, according to Order, read a second time; and committed to a Committee of the whole House for this day.

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 this day.

Committee on Heritable Securities (Scotland) Bill.

The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, upon the Bill to facilitate the transference of Heritable Securities for Debt in Scotland; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr. Spring Rice reported from the Committee, That they had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto.

Ordered, That the Report be received upon Thursday next.

Bankrupt Laws 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 supply an omission in an Act of the sixth year of His present Majesty, for amending the Laws relating to Bankrupts;

Resolved, That this House will, upon Friday next, resolve itself into the said Committee.

Fees Abolition Bill, recommitted;

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 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:-The Bill was re-committed to a Committee of the whole House.

considered.

Resolved, That this House will, immediately, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the Bill:-The House accordingly resolved itself into the Committee; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr. Spring Rice reported from the Committee, That they had gone through the Bill, and made other Amendments thereunto.

Ordered, That the Report be received this day.

Committee on Arms (Ireland) Bill. No. 446.

The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, upon the Bill to regulate the Importation of Arms, Gunpowder and Ammunition into Ireland, and the making, selling and keeping of Arms; 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 Report was brought up, and read.

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

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

Committee on Four per Cent. Dissents Bill.

The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, upon the Bill to authorize the issuing of Exchequer Bills for the Payment of the Proprietors of Four Pounds per Centum Annuities in England and Ireland, who have signified their Dissent, under an Act passed in the present Session for transferring such Annuities into Three Pounds Ten Shillings per Centum Annuities; 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 received this day.

Almshouses Exemption Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the Bill for exempting the occupiers of Almshouses from Assessments for the relief of the Poor and other parochial Rates;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time this day.

Ecclesiastical Leases (Ireland) 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 amend the Laws respecting the Leasing Powers of Bishops and Ecclesiastical Corporations in Ireland;

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

Ways and Means, deferred.

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

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

Deserted Children (Ireland) 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 for making provision, in certain cases, for the Relief and Maintenance of Deserted and of Illegitimate Children in Ireland;

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

Constabulary (Ireland) Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the Bill to amend certain Acts relating to Constables in Ireland;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time this day.

Sheriffs (Ireland) 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 for the better Regulation of the Office of Sheriffs of Counties in Ireland;

Resolved, That this House will, upon Thursday next, resolve itself into the said Committee.

Sub-letting Act Amendment (Ireland) Bill, re-committed; No. 447.

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 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:-The Bill was re-committed to a Committee of the whole House.

considered;

Resolved, That this House will, immediately, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the Bill:-The House accordingly resolved itself into the Committee; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair; and Sir Alexander Grant reported from the Committee, That they had gone through the Bill, and made other 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 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.

Poor Law Amendment Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the third reading of the ingrossed 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;

Ordered, That the Bill be read the third time upon Thursday next.

Liability of Landlords Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the third reading of the ingrossed Bill for the better rating Tenements under a certain Annual Value;

Ordered, That the Bill be read the third time upon Thursday next.

Labouring Poor 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 promote the Employment of the labouring Poor by free hiring at fair and adequate Wages;

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

Common Law Fees Bill, committed.

A Bill for regulating the Receipt and future Appropriation of Fees and Emoluments receivable by Officers of the Superior Courts of Common Law, was, according to Order, read a second time; and committed to a Committee of the whole House for this day.

Committee on Tolls and Customs (Ireland,) appointed.

Ordered, That a Select Committee be appointed to inquire into the Tolls and Customs at Markets and Fairs in Ireland; and to report their observations thereupon to the House:-And a Committee was appointed of Lord Francis Leveson Gower, Mr. Brownlow, Mr. Callaghan, Mr. Alexander Dawson, Mr. Maurice FitzGerald, Mr. Jephson, Mr. Moore, Mr. O'Connell, Sir Henry Parnell, Mr. Knox, Mr. Spring Rice, Sir Marcus Somerville, Sir George Hill, Mr. Otway Cave, Mr. Doherty, Lord Eliot, Lord Bingham, Mr. Hely Hutchinson (of Cork), Mr. James Grattan, Lord Oxmantown, Lord Viscount Clements, Mr. North, Mr. Henry Maxwell, Lord Viscount Althorp, Mr. James Loch, Mr. George Dawson: And they are to meet To-morrow, in the Speaker's Chamber; and have Power to send for persons papers and records.

Ordered, That Five be the Quorum of the Committee.

Militia Ballot Suspension Bill, ordered.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to suspend, for a limited period, the making of Lists, and the Ballots and Enrolments for the Militia of the United Kingdom: And that Mr. William Peel and Mr. Calcraft do prepare, and bring it in.

Address for Report of Charities.

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 Twenty-third Report of the Commissioners for inquiring concerning Charities.

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.

Acts relating to Duties on Bear or Bigg (Ireland) to be considered.

The House was moved, That the Act 3 Geo. 4, c. 30, for reducing, during the continuance of the present Duty on Malt, the Duty on Malt made from Bear or Bigg only in Scotland, might be read; and the same was read.

The House was also moved, That the Act 4 Geo. 4, c. 94, to grant certain Duties of Excise upon Spirits distilled from Corn or Grain in Scotland and Ireland, and upon Licenses for Stills for making such Spirits; and to provide for the better collecting and securing such Duties, and for the warehousing of such Spirits without payment of Duty, might be read; and the same was read.

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

Resolved, That this House will, this day, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the said Acts.

Militia Ballot Suspension Bill, presented. No. 443.

Mr. William Peel presented a Bill to suspend, for a limited period, the making of Lists, and the Ballots and Enrolments for the Militia of the United Kingdom: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time this day.

Ordered, That the Bill be printed.

Scotland- Returns, presented: Prisons.

Mr. William Peel presented to the House, pursuant to their Addresses to His Majesty,-Returns of the number of Prisons situate within the Jurisdiction of each Sheriff Depute in Scotland, and the Places where they are respectively situated:-of the number of Persons accused of Offences who have been actually committed for Trial within the Jurisdiction of each Sheriff, for the last seven years; distinguishing each year, and by whom they were respectively so committed:-to what Prison or Prisons respectively they were committed for Trial; distinguishing the number sent to each Prison:-how many of them were tried in the Circuit Court of Justiciary, and how many before the Sheriff, Justices of the Peace or Burgh Magistrates, respectively:-how many were sentenced to imprisonment by the Circuit Court, and in what Prison or Prisons they suffered such imprisonment, and for what length of time, respectively:-how many were sentenced to imprisonment by the Local Authorities, and where they underwent their sentence, and for what length of time, respectively:-how many of those, tried in the Circuit Court, received sentence of Transportation, and where they were imprisoned, after sentence, until removed by Warrant of the Home Secretary for Transportation, and for what length of time, respectively:-of what has been the Expense, in each of the last seven years, of sending Prisoners from the Local Prison or Prisons within the Jurisdiction of each Sheriff to the Circuit Town for trial:-and, of what has been the Expense, in each year of the same period, of returning Prisoners from the Circuit Town to the Local Prison or Prisons, to suffer sentence of Imprisonment, or wait removal for Transportation.

Hornings and Captions.

A Return of the number of Hornings and Captions issuing through the Signet Office in Edinburgh in each of the years 1828 and 1829, and the expense of each.

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

Hildyard's or Hutton's Estate Bill, read.

An ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act for vesting the Estates in the County of Lincoln, devised by the Will of Mary Hutton, deceased, in Trustees, upon trust, to sell the same, and for laying out the Monies arising from such Sales in the purchase of more convenient Estates, to be settled to the same uses, was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.

Campbell's Estate Bill, committed.

An ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act to enable Sir William Purves Hume Campbell, of Marchmont, Baronet, and the Heirs of Entail, of the Lands and Barony of Greenlaw, in the County of Berwick, to grant Feus of parts of the said Lands and Barony, was read a second time; and committed to Mr. Home Drummond, &c.: And they are to meet this Afternoon in the Speaker's Chamber.

Poore's Estate Bill, read.

An ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act for exchanging a fee simple Estate belonging to Edward Dyke Poore, Esquire, situate at Ablington, in the County of Wilts, for an Estate under Settlement, devised by the Will of the late Edward Poore, Esquire, situate at North Tidworth, in the same County, and for authorizing the investment of a sum of Money in the purchase of other Lands, to be settled to the like uses, was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.

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