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House of Commons Journal Volume 85: 8 June 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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Martis, 8 die Junii;Anno 11 Georgii IV ti Regis, 1830.

PRAYERS.

Return from Court of Chancery, presented. No. 507.

The House being informed that Mr. Cartledge, from the Lord Chancellor's Secretary of Lunatics' Office, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House, pursuant to their Order,-A Return of Lunatic Petitions which have been heard and decided by the Lord Chancellors for the time being in each year, during the last six years; distinguishing how many of such Petitions have been heard and decided in each Term of each year:-And then he withdrew.

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

Report of Commissioners of Land Revenues, presented No. 508.

The House being informed that Mr. Waller, from the Office of the Commissioners of His Majesty's Woods, Forests and Land Revenues, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House, pursuant to the directions of several Acts of Parliament,- The Seventh Report of the Commissioners of His Majesty's Woods, Forests and Land Revenues, being the First Annual Report of the said Commissioners:-And then he withdrew.

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

Hamerton's Divorce Bill, passed.

Ordered, That the Order of the day, for the third reading of the 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, be now read; and the same being read:-The Bill was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

Ordered, That Sir William Guise do carry the Bill to the Lords; and acquaint them, that this House hath agreed to the same, without any Amendment.

Petition against Graziers' (Ireland) Steam Company Bill.

A Petition of Proprietors in Steam Vessels plying between Drogheda and Liverpool, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for regulating and incorporating a Company in Ireland, to be called "The Irish Graziers' Steam Marine Company; and praying, That the same may not pass into a law.

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

Petition in favour of Court of Session (Scotland) Bill.

A Petition of the Heritors, Commissioners of Supply, Justices of the Peace and others, in the county of Ross, was presented, and read; praying the House to simplify the forms, cheapen the procedure, and render the language of law more intelligible and less abstruse, to abolish the fee fund, and the useless and expensive accumulation of written pleadings, to introduce oral pleadings, to extend the jurisdiction of sheriffs in bankrupt cases, and give them the power of enforcing their own decrees by imprisonment, to strip deeds of their verbosity, and to do away with every form which is unnecessary to the security of property, or the ascertainment of right.

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

Petition for repeal of Inventory Duty (Scotland.)

A Petition of the Heritors, Commissioners of Supply, Justices of the Peace and others, in the county of Ross, was presented, and read; praying the House to repeal the Inventory Duty as now imposed and levied in Scotland, and to substitute in its stead a Duty on Confirmations, to be made effectual in the same way as the Duty on Probates in England, or to apply such other remedy in the premises as to the House shall seem meet.

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

Petition for revision of Grand Jury Laws (Ireland.)

A Petition of the Landholders and Cess-payers of the county of Fermanagh, was presented, and read; praying the House to give their immediate attention to the present state of the Grand Jury Laws in Ireland, and to provide more effectual means of remedying the abuses which are now endured under them.

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

Petitions against Assimilation of Stamp Duties.

A Petition of Landed Proprietors, Landholders and Freeholders of the county of Waterford;-and, of Merchants and Traders, members of the Chamber of Commerce, and others, of the city of Londonderry,-were presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have learnt with much regret, that it is proposed to raise, by legislative enactment, the Stamp Duties in Ireland to a level with those of England, and that on the principle of assimilating the Taxes of the two countries; and praying, That the House will refuse their sanction to the measures now proposed for augmenting the taxation which already presses so severely upon the resources and productive industry of Ireland.

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

Petition for abolishing Slavery.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Kingston-upon-Hull, was presented, and read; praying for the abolition of Slavery in the British colonies.

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

Petition for repeal of Stamp Duties on Receipts.

A Petition of Merchants, Tradesmen, Shopkeepers and other Inhabitants of the Town of Kingston-upon-Hull, was presented, and read; praying the House to repeal the Duties attaching to Receipts for sums of money under 10£. namely, the two-penny and three-penny Stamps.

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

Petition for mitigating Punishment for Forgery.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Brighthelmston, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners beg leave to call the deliberate attention of the House to the laws inflicting death for crimes against property, in the hope that the Bill now before Parliament on this subject may be so modified, that some other punishment may be substituted; that the Petitioners are persuaded, that crimes against property being visited by death, is not only contrary to Christianity, but less effectual, and therefore less beneficial, to the commonwealth, than such other penalty commensurate with the offence, which they feel confident may in the wisdom of the House be devised.

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

Petitions complaining of Medicine Stamp Acts.

A Petition of Chemists and Druggists of Exeter;-of Manchester;-and, of London and Westminster, and borough of Southwark,-were presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners approach the House respectfully to complain of the vexatious and injurious operation of the Medicine Stamp Act on their retail trade; that these grievances of the Petitioners are partly to be ascribed to a departure from the original principle of the Act of the 23d of his late Majesty, the primary object of which law was, to affix a revenue mark on advertised patent medicines, nostrums and secret preparations, and thereby enable the public to discriminate between such preparations and the authorized officinal articles, while the latitude of its provisions, originally so expressed as to reach every from of mere quackery, has lately been so abused as to encroach on the trade in such regular drugs and preparations as have at all times been sanctioned by the highest professional authorities, and are introduced into the systematic Pharmacopoeias of the colleges of London, Edinburgh and Dublin; the Petitioners, having long suffered in their trade by the operation of the Medicine Act, the affixed stamp being always an offensive measure to buyers, and an impediment to trade, which has been remitted to the hatters, the glovers and the perfumers, and in direct opposition to the principles of free trade, now generally received and adopted, humbly pray the House will take their case into consideration, and grant them relief by a repeal of the aforesaid Medicine Stamp Acts, or by exempting from their operation all medicines or medicinal compounds whatsoever which are not strictly proprietary, or by such other means as the House shall deem expedient.

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

Petition for Inquiry relative to Manor Courts (Ireland.)

A Petition of Inhabitants of the city and county of Londonderry, and county of Donegal, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Manor Courts of Ireland, as they are at present established and conducted, are unnecessary, and are fraught with great disadvantages to the lower classes of society; that many of these courts are rented to low, ignorant persons, who extort the most illegal fees to meet the rents they have bound themselves to pay, and levy yearly contributions, which they call "leet money," off the inhabitants of the Manors, the most of whom are poor cottiers, and without leases; and praying the House to cause an inquiry to be instituted into the manner in which the business of the Manor Courts of that country is conducted, with a view to their improvement, or total abolition.

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

Petitions for repeal of Duties on Coals (Ireland.)

A Petition of Merchants, Traders and Manufacturers of the Chamber of Commerce and others of the city of Londonderry;-and, of Distillers residing in Belfast,- were presented, and read; praying the House to repeal the Duty upon Coals imported into Ireland.

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

Petition against Renewal of East India Charter.

A Petition of Merchants, Traders and Citizens, members of the Chamber of Commerce of the city of Londonderry;-of Inhabitants of the clothing district of Gildersome, in the county of York;-and, of Manufacturers and other Inhabitants of Wilsden, in the west riding of the county of York,-were presented, and read; praying, That at the expiration of the present Charter of the East India Company the trade to India and China, and to all countries east of the Cape of Good Hope, may be as free to all British subjects as it is to the inhabitants of any other county.

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

Petition against increase of Duty on Spirits (Ireland.)

A Petition of Landed Proprietors of the county of Londonderry, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have heard with great regret that it is the intention of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to introduce a Bill this Session for the purpose of admitting Rum, the produce of the West Indies, into this Kingdom, at the low Duty of 3s. 6d. per gallon, at the same time raising the Duty on Spirits distilled in Ireland to 3 s. per gallon, and adding 1 s. per gallon additional on all Irish Spirits exported to England, leaving in both countries only the small sum of 6d. per gallon, as a protecting Duty; and praying, That the House will interpose in the passing of this Bill, and that they will not, by adopting this measure, further depress the general interests of Ireland, whilst every year finds it approaching to the level of English taxation.

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

Petition for Legislative Enactment relative to Dogs.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Kingston-upon-Thames, was presented, and read; setting forth, That for some time past there have been, and still are, numbers of Dogs in a rabid state, running at large in the town and neighhourhood of Kingston, and notwithstanding the exertions of the local authorities of the town to check the evil, several of the inhabitants of the town being now in a state of suffering and dreadful expectation from the bite of such dogs, it still remains unabated, leaving the inhabitants in the greatest alarm from the dangerous effects of Hydrophobia; that the Petitioners, fearful of the consequences likely to ensue from the want of proper caution in some of the owners of dogs suffering them to run in the public streets, after notice given to confine them for a limited period, and notwithstanding that there is no law authorizing the destruction of such Dogs, or to fine the parties, after notice given; the Petitioners humbly pray, That the House will take into consideration the great danger and alarming consequences which threaten the inhabitants of populous towns where Dogs, suspected to have been bitten by others in a rabid state, are suffered to remain without restraint in the streets, there being no legal power vested in the magistracy to order the seizure or destruction of such Dogs; the Petitioners therefore trust that the House will adopt such legislative enactment to meet the emergency of the case as may be deemed most expedient.

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

Petition of Alexander Henderson.

A Petition of Alexander Henderson, coal cartier, Girvan, was presented, and read; complaining of certain proceedings before the Circuit Lords at Ayr, in the case of a robbery committed upon him by Samuel Johnston; stating the particulars of his case; and praying for relief.

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

Address for Reports on Gaols (Scotland.)

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, Copies of the Reports made to His Majesty's Secretary of State for the Home Department, respecting the Gaols in Scotland, prepared in terms of the Act 10 Geo. 4, c. 54.

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 Jury Court (Scotland.)

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, showing, 1. The number of Causes tried in the Jury Court of Scotland, from the establishment of that Court in 1815 until the Act 6 Geo. 4, c. 22, relative to the qualification of Jurors, came into operation:-2. The number of Causes so tried from the last-mentioned date to the latest period to which the same can be made up:-3. The number of Causes tried in the Jury Court, where no verdict has been returned in consequence of a difference of opinion among the Jurors, specifying the dates of such Trials:-4. The number of Causes tried in the Jury Court, where any question has occurred as to the Jury having cast lots, or otherwise adopted improper means to secure an unanimous verdict, specifying the dates of such trials:-5. The number of Causes tried in the Jury Court, where a new Trial has been granted in consequence of the first verdict having been contrary to evidence, specifying the dates of the trials of such Causes, and the number in which the second verdict differed from the first:-Such Return to distinguish, under each of the foresaid heads, the number of such Causes tried by a Special Jury from those tried by a Common Jury.

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 Pilgrim Tax (India), ordered.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, Copies or Extracts (as far as they can be given) of such proceedings of the Government in India respecting the Pilgrim's Tax collected at the Temple of Juggernaught, in Orissa, Gya in Behar, Allahabad, Trefelty near Madras, and all other places where this system is adopted, or where money is received from Hindoo Temples; with an Account of the number of Pilgrims, the amount of Tax collected or Monies received, and the manner of its appropriation; and Copies or Extracts of any Correspondence or Minutes relative to such Tax since the last Papers presented, viz. May 13, 1813.

Petition for Amendment of Turnpike Laws (Ireland.)

A Petition of Merchants, Traders and other Inhabitants of the town of Dundalk, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners feel seriously aggrieved by the erecting of a toll-bar by the Trustees of the Banbridge Turnpike Road, at the entrance of the Corporation, and only a short mile from the town of Dundalk, commonly called the Red Cow Turnpike, which has cut off the free communication with an immense agricultural district, called, the Barony of Lower Dundalk, and seriously injured the trade and prosperity of the town; and praying the House to pass an Act, or amend so much of the present Banbridge Turnpike Act, as will compel the said Trustees to remove the said toll-bar at the Red Cow to Flurry Bridge, where it had been formerly established, and thus open the free communication of the town with the barony of Lower Dundalk; and further praying the House to take into their serious consideration the Laws relating to Turnpikes generally, to the effect that the many abuses that exist in the system may be reformed or abolished altogether.

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

Petition against Stamp Duties, &c. (Ireland.)

A Petition of the Gentry, Freeholders and other Inhabitants of Kilfeacle, in the county of Tipperary, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners approach the House with feelings of unshaken confidence, and beg humbly to submit to the House a few of the baneful effects which, the Petitioners apprehend, an increase on Stamp Duty would be productive of; first, the Petitioners submit that, instead of an advance on, it would cause a serious deficiency in the revenue arising from that branch; secondly, the Petitioners humbly conceive it would be an invasion of vested rights and privileges, inasmuch as it would be calculated, if not intended, to stifle public opinion, by extinguishing the public press, which the Petitioners, as British subjects, value as, next to the Constitution, the best safeguard of the liberty of the subject; finally, the Petitioners submit, it would increase the expense and difficulty of litigation, and therefore place the means of obtaining justice out of the poor man's reach; the Petitioners also beg to submit, that the intended Duty on Tobacco of home growth would be a total check on the culture of that valuable article, and thereby destroy a branch of industry calculated to benefit, not only the grower and the labourer, but the revenue itself, if subjected to moderate taxation; the Petitioners further submit, that to increase the Duty on Spirits, while decreasing that on Rum, would be affording an unjust advantage to the Colonies over that country, and would also be destructive of private property, to a great amount, now invested in the distilling speculation; and praying the serious consideration of the House to the foregoing circumstances and facts.

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

Petition relative to Greece.

A Petition of Inhabitants of the cities of London and Westminster, members of the Metropolitan Political Union, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are at this moment heavily pressed by taxes incurred in support of attempts to force particular forms of Government on other nations; that the Petitioners feel great fear and apprehension of any measure whereby the same might be in danger of being increased; that it is highly satisfactory to the Petitioners to perceive that the negociations begun for the purpose of involving Great Britain in an attempt to force a particular from of Government on the people of Greece, have been interrupted by the refusal of an eminent Individual to be any longer connected with the same; that on these premises the Petitioners pray the House will take the opportunity of the interruption or stagnation of the negotiations as aforesaid, to take such steps, either by address to His Majesty, or in any other manner which, on consideration of circumstances and precedents, may seem most meet, as shall tend to obtain a declaration or other effective assurance or guarantee, that Great Britain will neither directly nor indirectly be a party to establishing any particular form of Government in Greece, until the people of that country shall have expressed a desire for the possession of such form, or shall, at all events, have given their consent.

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

The Lords have passed

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

Mr. Speaker,

Duke of Bedford's Estate Bill.

The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act for prohibiting Burying and Funeral Service in a Chapel of Ease intended to be built for the Parish of Saint George, Bloomsbury, in the County of Middlesex; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House: And also,

Hall's Estate Bill.

The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act to authorize the granting of mining and building Leases of certain parts of the Estates subject to the trusts of the Will of Benjamin Hall, Esquire, deceased; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House: And also,

Smith's (John Christopher) Nat. Bill.

The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act for naturalizing John Christopher Smith; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House: And also,

Smith's (George) Nat. Bill.

The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act for naturalizing George Smith; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House:-And then the Messengers withdrew.

Petition against erecting a Church in St. Luke's.

A Petition of the Churchwardens, Overseers, Guardians of the Poor, and Trustees of the Parish of Saint Luke, in the county of Middlesex, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the parochial and other burthens at present pressing on that parish, are more than can be borne by a very large proportion of its inhabitants, whereby pauperism is increasing to a very alarming extent, and consequently the number of those who contribute to the rates is reduced, and their ability to pay becomes less continually in proportion as their burthens increase; that the Petitioners have learnt with very great surprise, that, under the circumstances in which that parish is placed as regards the accommodation for persons disposed to attend divine worship, as established in the Church of England, that His Majesty's Commissioners for building new Churches have determined to erect an additional Church in that parish; the Petitioners beg to inform the House, that there are already two Churches in the parish, neither of which is more than half filled on the Sunday, although the parish is so compact as to extent of ground, that it is perfectly easy for any inhabitant to attend either of the Churches, whenever divine service is performed therein; that the new Church of Saint Barnabas erected in that parish, and which was consecrated for divine worship in 1826, has cost the parish upwards of 2,000l . to supply the necessary furniture thereof, independent of the annual expenses incidental thereto, while the avowed object for which it was erected, namely, the accommodation of the poor, with free sittings therein, has in a great measure failed, but a very small proportion of such persons attending thereat, and at the same time the remuneration to the officiating minister is very inadequate for the duties he performs, in consequence of the limited number of respectable inhabitants who pay for sittings in the Church; supposing the necessity for an additional Church to exist, the site selected by the Commissioners for the erection of an additional Church appears to the Petitioners to be most objectionable, inasmuch as it is on the very boundary of the parish, and would offer decidedly more advantages to the inhabitants of Saint Giles, Cripplegate, in the city of London, than to any of the inhabitants of Saint Luke, while the expenses thereof would have to be defrayed by the latter parish, the access to it from any part of that parish would be such, that it is doubtful whether as many respectable inhabitants would become subscribers as would supply the money necessary to pay the salary of the clerk, to say nothing of the clergyman; in this opinion the Petitioners feel themselves borne out by the fact, that the Church of Saint Barnabas, in King-square, situated in one of the most respectable parts of the parish, and supplied by a zealous and devoted minister, does not afford above 120l. per year for his services; the Petitioners would not have troubled the House upon this subject, but the vestrymen of the parish, at a general meeting legally convened for the purpose, having duly considered the state of the parish, its burthens, and its means to meet them, in connection with the intended new Church, came to the determination to present the Memorial to His Majesty's Commissioners on the subject, and appointed a deputation of their body to prepare and present the same, and which, having been communicated to the Commissioners, they have declined to receive the deputation thereon; the Petitioners, having been refused a hearing by the Commissioners, considered they had no alternative but to approach the House, and to lay before them a statement of their grievances, being fully satisfied they will not experience from the House the same want of courtesy and attention to their reasonable complaints as they have experienced from His Majesty's Commissioners for building new Churches; the Petitioners humbly conceive that it will appear to the House, from the statements herein contained, and which the Petitioners are prepared to prove, that there is nothing in the state of that parish as to want of accommodation for such persons as usually attend divine service in the Church of England, as could justify the imposition of a heavy additional burthen upon the inhabitants of that poor and already heavily burthened parish; the Petitioners therefore humbly pray the House to take their case into consideration, and to grant them such relief in the premises as to it may seem meet.

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

Petition referred to a Committee.

Ordered, That the Petition of Thomas Flanagan, for the abolition of Tolls and Customs in Ireland, which was yesterday presented to the House, be referred to the Select Committee on Tolls and Customs (Ireland.)

Petition relative to Tithe Exchange Bill.

A Petition of John Acuster, Vicar of Saint Helen's, in the city and diocese of York, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioner, regarding the United Church of England and Ireland by law established, as the chosen instrument of Almighty God to preserve in these realms the light of Christian truth, to uphold and foster our civil and religious privileges, and to meet in every way the spiritual wants of the nation, he is anxious, by every lawful means in his power, to advance her interests, and to extend her usefulness; that, although the Petitioner is thus fully sensible of the blessings which the Established Church has conferred upon this country, he cannot but deeply deplore that abuses exist in the administration of her affairs, which operate so strongly to impede her influence in the promotion of religion, as to weaken her hold upon the affections of the people, to accelerate the progress of dissent, and to endanger her existence as a national establishment; that the Petitioner, considering a plurality of benefices under the charge of one individual, the non-residence of the beneficed clergy, evils which there is reason to believe are on the increase, together with the few opportunities afforded by the clergy to their parishioners for attending public worship in a great number of the parish churches throughout the Kingdom, as mainly tending to the aforesaid calamities, he therefore humbly prays, That the House will take these matters into its serious consideration, and not suffer the Tithe Commutation Bill to pass, without introducing such clauses therein as the House in its wisdom may think necessary to remedy these alarming evils.

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

Accounts, &c. ordered: Newspapers sent by Post.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the number of Newspapers despatched by the Clerks of the Roads in the General Post Office, in the capacity of News Agents on their respective Roads, in the year 1829.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of London Newspapers sent beyond Sea by Officers in the Foreign Post Office, during the year 1829; distinguishing the morning, evening, and other papers.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the number of London Newspapers sent through the Post Office in London to the county by the venders, in 1829, in addition to those despatched by the Clerks of the Roads.

Newspaper Stamps.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return, showing the number of Stamps issued for London Newspapers in the years 1825, 1826, 1827, 1828 and 1829.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return, showing the number of Stamps issued for the London Newspapers in the year 1829, and the amount of Duty received for each.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the number of Stamps issued for each Newspaper in Ireland, in each year, from 5th January 1826 to 5th January 1830.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the amount of Duty paid for Advertisements by each London Newspaper, in each year, from 1820 to 1829, both inclusive.

Addresses respecting Greek Blockade.

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, Copy of Instructions issued by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to Sir Pulteney Malcolm, in compliance with the Earl of Aberdeen's Letter, dated April 29, 1829, wherein he is instructed "to take effectual measures to prevent any Blockade or pretended Blockade of the Ports or Coasts of Greece, from interrupting or interfering in any way with the commerce of His Majesty's Subjects in those parts."

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, Copy of Instructions issued to the Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands to the same effect; and of his Proclamation issued in consequence.

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, Copies or Extracts of the Correspondence between Captain Spencer and the Greek Admiral respecting the resumption of the Blockade, mentioned in Lord Stuart de Rothesay's Despatch of July 6th 1829.

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, Copy or Extract of the Despatch addressed to the Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands, rectifying the erroneous impression under which the original Order respecting the raising of the Blockade was addressed to the Lord High Commissioner.

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

Account of Pensions, ordered.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account, showing the amount of Payments made on account of the Salaries and Pensions created by the Act 6 Geo. 4, c. 88, in the years ending 5th April 1829 and 5th April 1830 respectively; specifying the nature of the Instruments under which such Payments were made, and the Funds from which they were provided.

Petition against taking Oaths.

A Petition of Individuals resident in London, was presented, and read; praying the House to provide some general measure of legislative relief, extending the indulgence already afforded to Quakers, Moravians and Seceders in Ireland to all persons who declare themselves conscientiously restrained from swearing, and produce evidence of trustworthy character, by substituting their solemn affirmation, as in the presence of God, for an oath, but subject to the same penalties in the case of falsehood as are annexed to perjury.

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

Account of Corn, ordered.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account, distinguishing the amount of Duty levied upon Corn imported from Foreign Countries from that levied upon Corn imported from the British Possessions out of Europe, from July 17th 1828 to February 26th 1829.

Report on Militia Estimates. No. 509.

Sir Henry Hardinge reported from the Select Committee appointed to prepare Estimates of the charge of the Disembodied Militia of Great Britain and Ireland, for the year 1830, That they had prepared the said Estimates accordingly, and had directed him to report the same to the House; and the Report was brought up, and read.

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

Papers, presented: Supplementary Estimate of Army Services. No. 510.

Sir Henry Hardinge presented to the House, by His Majesty's command,-Supplementary Estimate of the charge for seven days, from the 25th to the 31st December 1830, both days inclusive, of the several Services mentioned in the Army Estimates, for the 365 days ending the 24th December 1830.

Widows Pensions. No. 511.

Sir Henry Hardinge also presented to the House, pursuant to their Orders,-Return, showing the Rates of Allowances, as Pensions, to the Widows of Officers of the Army in the year 1792, the dates of, and authority for any increase or decrease of such Rates since that period, and the Rates of the said Pensions in the year 1829.

Return of the total amount of Allowances, as Pensions, to the Widows of Officers of the Army and Commissariat, in the years 1792, 1802, 1812, 1822 and 1829.

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

Address for Supplemental Report of Courts of Justice (Ireland.)

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, Copy of a Report supplemental to the Nineteenth Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the Duties, Salaries, and Emoluments of the Officers, Clerks, and Ministers of Justice, in all Temporal and Ecclesiastical Courts in Ireland.

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 exemption of Goods from Tolls on the Royal Canal (Ireland.)

A Petition of Joseph Dennis Mullen, one of the Directors of the New Royal Canal Company, Ireland, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioner, being placed in conjunction with others in the management of that Company, has seen, in the proceedings of the House, that the question relating to Tolls and Customs in Ireland has been referred to a Select Committee; the Petitioner begs to state, for the information of the House, that, up to a recent period, the Corporation of Dublin assumed and exercised the right of levying toll on all corn, merchandize, &c. brought to and from Dublin, by the navigation of the Royal Canal, which commences at that city, and connects with the River Shannon, at a distance of ninety miles, while corn, merchandize, &c. brought by another concern, the Grand Canal, enjoyed an exemption from toll, in consequence of a clause in its act of incorporation, which provides, that no duty, rate, toll or custom whatsoever, save the rates therein mentioned (meaning the rates payable to the Canal Company), shall be taken for, upon, or on account of any goods, merchandize, commodities or other matters whatever, which shall or may be carried by the said navigation to or for any place whatever; the Petitioner also represents, that the Royal Canal Company has tended, by the facilities which it has created for a trading intercourse between remote parts of the country and the metropolis, to confer great benefit on the agricultural interest of that part of Ireland through which it passes, that such intercourse was much impeded while the Corporation of Dublin assumed the right of taking toll, that since that right has been abandoned, the trade of Dublin, in the shipment of all descriptions of agricultural produce, has progressively improved, but that such improvement will be arrested, if the revival of this objectionable impost should be permitted; the Petitioner has heard, that should the present measure before the House pass, it is the intention of the Corporation of Dublin to re-attempt the collection of toll, which, if successful, would be destructive of the interests of the Royal Canal Company; and praying, That the House will cause to be inserted in any Bill which shall sanction the collection of Tolls in Ireland, a clause exempting from its operation all goods brought to or from Dublin by the Royal Canal.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Select Committee on Tolls and Customs (Ireland.)

Motions respecting Currency.

A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That it is expedient to repeal so much of the Act 56 Geo. 3, c. 68, as declares Gold Coins the only legal tender in payment of all Sums beyond the amount of 40 s.; and to establish, that Gold and Silver Coins of the Realm, coined in the relative proportion of 15 2859/13640 lb. weight of sterling Silver to 1lb. of sterling Gold, shall be a legal tender in all money engagements, as directed and ordered by the Proclamation of the fourth year of Geo. 1.;

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

Mercurii, 9 die Junii, 1830:

It passed in the Negative.

A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That it is expedient to repeal so much of the Act of 7 Geo. 4, c. 6, as prohibites the issue or re-issue, in England, of any Promissory Note payable on demand to the Bearer thereof, for any sum of Money less than the sum of Five Pounds; and also, to repeal the Act of 9 Geo. 4, c. 65, intituled, "An Act to restrain the negociation in England of Promissory Notes and Bills under a limited Sum, issued in Scotland and Ireland;" it passed in the Negative.

Roman Catholic Charities Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the Bill for the better securing the Charitable Donations and Bequests of His Majesty's subjects in England and Wales professing the Roman Catholic Religion;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time To-morrow.

Forgeries Punishment Bill, passed.

The House, according to Order, resumed the adjourned Proceeding upon the third reading of the ingrossed Bill for reducing into one Act all such Forgeries as shall henceforth be punished with Death, and for otherwise amending the Laws relative to Forgery; and several Amendments were made to the Bill.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Justices of the Peace (Ireland) Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the Bill for further facilitating Summary Proceedings before Magistrates in Ireland;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time upon Friday next.

Common Law Fees 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 regulating the Receipt and future Appropriation of Fees and Emoluments receivable by Officers of the Superior Courts of Common Law;

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

Report of Capital Punishments (Scotland) Bill, considered.

The House, according to Order, proceeded to take into further consideration the Report from the Committee of the whole House, on the Bill 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 Amendments made by the Committee to the Bill, being read a second time, were agreed to by the House.

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

Embankments (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 making and preserving Embankments on the sides of Rivers in Ireland;

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

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.

Additional Churches Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the Bill to amend and render more effectual the Acts for the building of additional Churches in populous Parishes;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time To-morrow.

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 To-morrow.

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.

Heritable Securities (Scotland) Bill, put off.

The Order of the day being read, for receiving the Report from the Committee of the whole House, on the Bill to facilitate the transference of Heritable Securities for Debt in Scotland;

Ordered, That the Report be received upon this day three months.

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 To-morrow.

Sheriffis (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, To-morrow, resolve itself into the said Committee.

Sub-letting Act Amendment (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 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;

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

Bear and Bigg Bill, (Ireland), passed.

The ingrossed Bill for reducing the Duty on Malt made from Bear or Bigg only, in Ireland, to the same Duty as is now made payable thereon in Scotland, was, according to Order, read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Arms (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 regulate the Importation of Arms, Gunpowder and Ammunition into Ireland, and the making, selling and keeping of Arms;

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

Slave Bounties Bill, passed.

The ingrossed Bill to reduce the Rate of Bounties payable upon the Seizure of Slaves, was, according to Order, read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Transportation of Offenders Bill, committed. No. 512.

A Bill to amend an Act passed in the fifth year of His present Majesty, for the Transportation of Offenders from Great Britain, and for punishing Offences committed by Transports kept to labour in the Colonies, was, according to Order, read a second time; and committed to a Committee of the whole House, for Friday next.

Ordered, That the Bill be printed.

Insolvent Debtors (Ireland) Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the Bill to continue, for a time to be limited, the Acts for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors in Ireland;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time To-morrow.

Witnesses (Ireland) Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the Bill to explain and amend an Act of the fiftyfifth year of King George the Third, for the payment of Costs and Charges to Prosecutors and Witnesses in cases of Felony in Ireland;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time To-morrow.

Assessed Taxes Composition Act, to be considered.

The House was moved, That the Act 10 Geo. 4, c. 21, to continue Compositions for the Assessed Taxes, for a further term of one year, might be read; and the same being read;

Resolved, That this House will, To-morrow, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the said Act.

Consolidated Fund (£.4,000,000.) Bill, presented.

Mr. George Dawson presented a Bill to apply a certain sum of Money out of the Consolidated Fund, to the Service of the year One thousand eight hundred and thirty: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time this day.

Shubenaccadie Canal Bill, presented. No. 513.

Mr. George Dawson presented a Bill to authorize the advance of a certain Sum out of the Consolidated Fund, for the completion of the Shubenaccadie Canal in Nova Scotia: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time To-morrow.

Ordered, That the Bill be printed.

Beer and Cider Duties Acts, to be considered.

The House was moved, That the Act 12 Car. 2, c. 23, a Grant of certain Impositions upon Beer, Ale and other Liquors, for the increase of His Majesty's Revenue during his Life, might be read; and the same was read.

The House was also moved, That the Act 12 Car. 2, c. 24, for taking away the Court of Wards and Liveries, and Tenures in capite, and by Knights' Service and Purveyance, and for settling a Revenue upon His Majesty in lieu thereof, might be read; and the same was read.

The House was also moved, That the Acts 5 & 6 Anne, c. 2 & 4, for continuing the Duties upon Malt, Mum, Cider and Perry, might be read; and the same were read.

The House was also moved, That the Act 6 Geo. 4, c. 37, to provide for the future assimilation of the Duties of Excise upon Sweets or Made Wines, upon Mead and Metheglin, upon Vinegar and upon Cider and Perry, in Great Britain and Ireland, and to continue the Duty of Excise on Sweets or Made Wines in Great Britain, until the fifth day of January One thousand eight hundred and twenty-six, might be read; and the same being read;

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

Smith's (John Christopher) Nat. Bill, read.

An ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act for naturalizing John Christopher Smith, was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.

Smith's (George) Nat. Bill, read.

An ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act for naturalizing George Smith, was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.

Duke of Bedford's Estate Bill, read.

An ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act for prohibiting Burying and Funeral Service in a Chapel of Ease intended to be built for the Parish of Saint George Bloomsbury, in the County of Middlesex, was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.

Hall's Estate Bill, read.

An ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act to authorize the granting of Mining and Building Leases of certain parts of the Estates subject to the Trusts of the Will of Benjamin Hall, Esquire, deceased, 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 Wednesday morning, adjourned till this day.