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House of Commons Journal Volume 85: 15 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, 15 die Junii ; Anno 11Georgii IV ti Regis, 1830.

PRAYERS.

Return relative to Hindoo Widows, presented.

THE House being informed that Mr. Danvers, from the Court of Directors of the East India Company, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House,-Return to an Order of the House, dated the 4th day of this instant June, for a Copy of the Despatch from the Governor General in Council of Bengal, dated December the 4th, 1829, and of the Regulation enclosed therein; also, a Copy of the Despatch from the Governor in Council of Madras, dated February 12th, 1830, and of the Regulation enclosed therein; and, an Extract of so much of the Despatch from the Governor in Council of Bombay, dated the 13th of March 1830, as relates to the practice of Suttee:-And then he withdrew.

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

Beverley and Molescroft Road Bill, passed.

An ingrossed Bill for repairing and otherwise improving the Road from Beverley, by Molescroft, to Kendell House, and the Road from Molescroft to Bainton Balk, in the County of York, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass.

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

Petitions against Assimilation of Duties on Stamps, &c. (Ireland.)

A Petition of Inhabitants of Sleiverue, in the county of Kilkenny;-of Parishioners of Trinity, within the city of Waterford;-of Inhabitants of Youghal;-and, of Mallow, -were presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have heard with deep concern of the intention of His Majesty's Government to impose a tax on the growth of Tobacco in Ireland, to place additional Duties on Corn Spirits, and to assimilate the Duties on Stamps between Great Britain and Ireland; such contemplated regulations are not, in the opinion of the Petitioners, at all suited to the circumstances of a country whose people are in a state of absolute and acknowledged poverty; and praying the House to refuse their sanction to these ruinous measures.

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

Petitions against Assimilation of Duties (Ireland.)

A Petition of the Master, Wardens and Brethren of the Corporation of Weavers or Guild of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dublin;-of the Master, Wardens and Brethren of the Corporation of Barbers and Surgeons or Guild of Saint Mary Magdalen, in the city of Dublin;- and, of Inhabitants of Borris, in the county of Carlow, -were presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners respectfully approach the House for the purpose of expressing the deep concern and serious alarm excited by the proposed measure of assimilating taxation in Ireland with that of England, and other measures connected with it, which the Petitioners feel well assured are fraught with ruin not only to the little that now remains to their impoverished country, of manufacture and commerce, but likewise to its agricultural interests; and praying the House not to impose additional burthens upon their afflicted country.

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

Petition against Duties on Stamps and Spirits (Ireland.)

A Petition of the Landed Proprietors, Merchants, Manufacturers, Agriculturists, and other Inhabitants of the county of Armagh, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners, from their property and varied pursuits, feel a deep interest in the general welfare and prosperity of the Empire, which they consider to be most seriously compromised by the proposed alterations in the Duties on home-made Spirits; the Petitioners would further beg leave to call the attention of the House to the intended additional Stamp Duty, which, if imposed, must nearly annihilate the public press, will be highly injurious to commerce, will put legal redress beyond the reach of the poor, and, like every other excessive tax, will mainly tend to defeat its own object; the Petitioners humbly assure the House, that they are not actuated by any motives of factious opposition, all such motives they utterly disclaim; they petition because they feel and are convinced that the proposed alterations are uncalled for by any change of circumstances since the existing Duties were imposed, are inexpedient, inasmuch as all such changes depress the spirit of commercial enterprise, and the permanent investment of capital, and are impolitic, as inflicting, without any adequate advantage to be gained, a certain and serious injury upon the agricultural and commercial interests of the Empire at large; and they humbly rely upon the House not to make trial of any measures where so much is to be apprehended, and so little to be hoped for from the experiment.

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

Petition against Assimilation of Stamp Duties (Ireland.)

A Petition of Inhabitants of the city of Kilkenny, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners, having learned with the deepest regret the intention of His Majesty's Ministers to propose, for the sanction of Parliament, that a similar rate of Stamp Duty shall be levied in Ireland as is now levied in England, feel themselves called upon, with every constitutional energy, to protest against the contemplated measure; and praying, That the proposal for assimilating the Stamp Duty between Ireland and England may be rejected from the House, as impolitic, unjust and demoralizing.

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

Petition against Deserted Children (Ireland) Bill.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Saint Paul, in the city of Dublin, was presented, and read; taking notice of the Bill for making provision, in certain cases, for the Relief and Maintenance of Deserted and of Illegitimate Children in Ireland; and praying, That the same may not pass into a law as it now stands.

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

Rye Harbour Bill, presented.

Sir George Cockburn presented a Bill to amend an Act passed in the 41st year of his late Majesty King George the Third, intituled, "An Act for more effectually improving and maintaining the old Harbour of Rye, in the County of Sussex," and to appoint new Commissioners, and to enable the Commissioners to raise additional Funds on the Tolls by way of Mortgage or otherwise: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time upon Monday next.

Ordered, That the Bill be printed at the expense of the Parties.

Petitions for repeal of Parish Vestries Act (Ireland.)

A Petition of Inhabitants of Sleighrue, in the county of Kilkenny;-and, of Catholic Owners and Occupiers of land in Sutton, in the county of Wexford,-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 appointing Commissioners of Northern Roads.

A Petition of Inhabitants of the borough of Huntingdon; -of the Mayor and Magistrates of the borough of Berwickupon-Tweed;-and, of Trustees of the middle district of Roads in the county of Berwick,-were presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have seen with much concern a Report made to the House by its Select Committee appointed to inquire into the state of the Roads between London and Edinburgh, whereby it is recommended, that the Road called the Great North Road, should be in a great measure abandoned, as the line of communication between the two capitals, and between the northern counties of England and the metropolis; and that a new line of Road is projected, which would avoid numerous towns of more or less importance, and every inn and posting establishment situated upon such part of the present Roads as it is proposed to abandon, to the great distress and injury of a large class of the community, whose capital is embarked in that species of property, and which would thereby be, in a great degree, thrown out of employment; and praying, That the said Report may not receive the sanction of the House, and that any Bill to be grounded upon the aforesaid recommendation therein contained be not passed into a law.

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

Petition relative to the Roman Catholic and Greek Churches.

A Petition of the Reverend John Paterson, Moderator, and other Members of the Presbytery of Newcastle-uponTyne, in communion with the Church of Scotland, was presented, and read; complaining of Protestants in the foreign service of His Britannick Majesty being ordered by British officers to aid or assist in the idolatrous observances of the Greek and Roman Catholic churches; and praying the House to take the premises into its most serious consideration, and to adopt such measures as may seem best calculated to prevent the issuing of such superstitious, idolatrous and persecuting orders in future.

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

Petitions for equalization of Sugar Duties.

A Petition of Merchants and Agents connected with the trade of the East Indies, and resident in London;- and, of Merchants and Traders in the city of Glasgow,- were presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are extensively engaged in the trade between Great Britain and the East Indies, and feel deeply impressed with its importance, as furnishing an opening for an increase in the consumption of British manufactures in India to a very great extent; that amongst the obstacles which still exist to the extension of such trade with India, are the excessive duties exacted on articles of Indian produce, which would otherwise furnish a means of return for the exports of Great Britain; and praying, That Sugars imported from the British possessions in the East Indies may be put upon an equality with Sugars, the produce of His Majesty's possessions in the West Indies, and that a reduction may be made in the Duties on Sugars generally, being persuaded that such a measure will greatly contribute to an extended consumption of the article.

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

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

A Petition of Landholders of the united parishes of Kilmore, Kilturk, Tomhagard and Molrancan, was presented, and read; reciting the Act 7 Geo. 4, c. 29, to amend the Law of Ireland respecting the Assignment and Sub-letting of Lands and Tenements; and praying the House to repeal the same.

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

Petitions for repeal of the Union with Ireland.

A Petition of Freeholders, Householders and Inhabitants of Tom Grany and Kilnore;-of Teakle;-of Scariffe and Moynoe;-of Ogonelo;-and, of Kilmanaheen, in the county of Clare,-were presented, and read; praying, That a total repeal of the Act of Union may take place, and that their Parliament, of which Ireland has been unjustly deprived, may be restored to the Petitioners' country.

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

Petition for reduction of Duties on Malt (Ireland.)

A Petition of Brewers of the city of Dublin, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the decrease in the consumption of Malt liquor, and the increase in that of Spirits, which have taken place in Ireland since the great reduction made in the Duty on the latter in 1823, have clearly established this principle, that a brewery burthened as the Irish brewery is by a Malt Duty of 1l. per quarter, cannot compete with a distillery so lightly taxed as the distillery of Ireland; and praying the House to take the case of the Irish brewery into immediate consideration, and that as they deem it expedient to lay so low a Duty as 3 s. per gallon on Spirits distilled in Ireland, so will they consider it just and politic to reduce the Duty on Malt made there after the 10th of October next to 7 s. 6 d. per quarter.

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

Petition against Charge for weighing Potatoes in Dublin Market.

A Petition of Growers, Shippers, Ship Masters and others concerned in the consigning of Potatoes from their several ports to the city of Dublin, was presented, and read; setting forth, That their trade has been from season to season subject to many obstructions, but particularly to the interruptions of persons calling themselves Clerks of the Market, who rested their unascertained claims on an authority given by the 25 Geo. 2, c. 15, which vests in the Lord Mayor of Dublin a right to erect beams and scales at a particular place for weighing potatoes; under this antiquated law, and the undefined power of the Lord Mayor, the Petitioners have been compelled to take of these persons scales and weights, for which they varied in charges from 4 s. to 7 s. each trip, and were obliged to pay from 2 d. to 5 d. for each ton weighed, the total of which in certain years amounted to nearly 800l. extorted from the Petitioners while supplying sustenance for the poorest of the poor; complaining of abuses in the regulation of their trade; and praying the House to cause such laws to be enacted as will be productive of the like regulations respecting quay porters as prevail in London, Liverpool or Glasgow, and that all vessels under sixty tons may be free of Ballast Office charges while engaged in the carriage of potatoes, and that the House will cause the assumed right of the corporation of the city of Dublin to interfere in the concerns of the Petitioners to be investigated, and in the progress of the inquiry, that they will cause to be examined Robert Colville, William Savage, and Thomas Harford, Ship Masters, Thomas Clarke, William White, and William Gilmor, Factors, and John N. Collins, late Clerk of the Market.

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

Petition for repeal of Duties on Coals (Ireland.)

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

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

Papers, &c. presented: Lunacy Commission. No. 541.

Mr. William Peel presented to the House, pursuant to their Addresses to His Majesty,-A Copy of the Report from the Metropolitan Commissioners in Lunacy made to the Right honourable Robert Peel, His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department, dated 1st July 1829.

Jesuits No. 542.

A Return of the Notices or Statements, which, pursuant to the provisions of the Act 10 Geo. 4, c. 7, and the schedule thereto annexed, have been delivered to the several Clerks of the Peace or their Deputies in Great Britain and Ireland, by Jesuits and Members of other religious Orders, Communities or Societies of the Church of Rome bound by monastic or religious vows; copies of which Notices or Statements have been in Ireland transmitted to the Chief Secretary of the Lord Lieutenant, and in Great Britain to one of His Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, according to the further provisions of the said Act; specifying the time or times at or about which such Notices or Statements have been delivered to such Clerks of the Peace, or their Deputies.

Gaols (Scotland.)

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 Papers do lie upon the Table; and, except the Reports on Gaols in Scotland, be printed.

Petition respecting Foreign Wheat.

A Petition of John Asser, was presented, and read; praying the House to pass a Bill for allowing Foreign Wheat to be manufactured for one year, for exporting to our various colonies, at mills within the port of London, and close by; viz. at such mills at which the wheat can be delivered to in one and the same barge or lighter, and under certain restrictions, as named in the Petitioner's prayer, with any addition the House may think proper to make.

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

Petition for exemption from Police Rate.

A Petition of Farmers and Market-gardeners residing in the respective counties of Middlesex, Surrey, Hertford, Essex and Kent, was presented, and read; reciting an Act of the last Session of Parliament, for improving the Police of the metropolis; and setting forth, That farmers and market-gardeners, whose lands are within parishes and places in which a nightly watch or Police was established, were not rateable, or liable to any watch rate, in respect of the lands cultivated by them; but the whole of such lands, together with the dwelling-houses and other premises occupied therewith, were and are rateable for the relief of the poor, and computed on the valuation for the time being in assessing the county rate; that levying a tax of 8 d. in the pound upon the rental, as authorized and directed by the said Act, has been, in all such parishes to which the said Police has hitherto extended, and will to all other places as may, under the authority of the said Act, be hereafter included, be an additional burthen to the farmer and market-gardener, which, from the severe pressure of the times, they are unable to bear, and to whom the protection or benefit intended to be afforded by the Police to the inhabitants of the metropolis or populous places who pay upon the rental of each dwelling-house, cannot be beneficial, as the cultivated lands generally extend in such parts of a parish, and so distant from any public road or village, as to render any assistance or advantage from the Police impossible, and altogether unnecessary; that, although the Petitioners are fully sensible of the advantages arising, in the metropolis, from the attention and activity of the Police, they are induced, from the distressing effect such a regulation has already had, and will continue to have, by extending the rate and liability for the same to persons engaged in the cultivation of land, respectfully to submit their case to the consideration of the House; and praying an alteration in the law, and that lands used for agricultural and horticultural purposes may be exempt from the Police Rate, or that the Petitioners may have such relief in the premises as to the House shall seem meet.

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

Return respecting Composition of Assessed Taxes, ordered.

Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the number of Persons who have compounded for their Assessed Taxes; distinguishing the number of those who have compounded for sums above £. 10 per annum.

Address respecting Divorces (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 Statement of the number of Actions concluding for Divorce on the head of Adultery, raised in the Commissary Court of Edinburgh, in each year, from 1822 to 1829 inclusive, and of the result of every such action.

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 respecting Poors Rate Assessment.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Frome Selwood, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are suffering very severely under the heavy burthen of Poors Rate, and that the distress of which they complain is experienced more or less by the inhabitants of manufacturing places and districts in every part of the Kingdom; that the Petitioners submit to the House the expediency of enacting a law which may render the Poors Rate general throughout each hundred, instead of confining it, as at present, to each parish; and praying, That the House will take into their serious consideration the expediency of effecting such change in the system of Poors Rate, and enacting that there shall be one common assessment throughout each hundred.

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

Petition respecting Condition of Labouring Poor.

A Petition of Inhabitants of Frome Selwood, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the population of that parish consists of 14,000 inhabitants, of whom upwards of one-third are constantly or casually receiving parochial relief; and that a considerable portion of the Paupers chargeable to that parish consists of able-bodied persons, who are ready and willing to work at their usual occupations, but are not able to find employment; that the Petitioners are of opinion that home colonization or employment on land proper for the purpose, governed by a system well regulated, and containing a provision for the children of the colonists, would equally, with colonization in our foreign possessions, be beneficial to the poor and parishes at large; that the Petitioners submit, that under the existing poor laws, parishes have no power, either by an extra rate, by borrowing money of the Government or elsewhere, to carry either of these desirable objects into effect; the Petitioners therefore suggest to the House, that if a Bill were passed, authorizing parishes to borrow a limited sum of money from Government or other sources, and to liquidate the principal and interest by annual instalments (which they are unable at present to do), such a measure would tend to the improvement of the condition of the Poor and to the diminution of the parish expenditure; and praying the House that the whole circumstances of the case in which the Petitioners are placed may be duly considered; and that the Petitioners may obtain such relief and assistance as to the House shall seem meet.

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

Addresses for Papers relative to Portugal.

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 Report of the Lords of Trade, to the King in Council in 1767, upon the Wine Company of Oporto, and other Monopolies.

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 Note or Memorial of Lord Strangford to the Condé de Galvaes, dated Rio de Janeiro, 12th June 1813, upon the same subject, and any Answer which may have been received thereto.

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 Exports to and the Imports from Portugal since the year 1800; specifying the different Articles, and their declared and official value.

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 Exports to and Imports from Brazil since the Trade has been open, prepared in like manner as the last.

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.

Motion respecting Sierra Leone.

A Motion was made, and the Question was proposed, That it is expedient to withdraw the Settlement of Sierra Leone:-And the said Motion was, with leave of the House, withdrawn.

Committee on Sierra Leone, appointed.

Ordered, That a Select Committee be appointed to inquire into the present state of the Colonies of Sierra Leone and Fernandez Po, and to report their observations thereupon to the House:-And a Committee was appointed of Mr. Hume, Mr. Secretary Sir George Murray, Mr. Charles Grant, Mr. Littleton, Mr. Stuart Wortley, Mr. Lamb, Sir Richard Vyvyan, Lord Eliot, Lord Viscount Palmerston, Colonel Davies, Mr. Calcraft, Mr. Ridley Colborne, Mr. Twiss, Lord Viscount Morpeth, Mr. Herries, Mr. Labouchere, Mr. Charles Wood, Lord Granville Somerset, Mr. Hobhouse, Mr. Fazakerley, Mr. Arbuthnot, Mr. Evelyn Denison, Mr. Francis Baring, Sir George Cockburn: 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.

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

Mercurii, 16 die Junii, 1830:

Report on Excise Duties Acts.

Sir Alexander Grant reported from the Committee of the whole House, to whom it was referred to consider of the several Acts relating to the Duties of Excise, the Resolution which they had directed him to report to the House; and the same was read, and agreed to by the House; and is as followeth;

Resolved, That from and after the Fourteenth day of June 1830, there shall be raised, levied, collected and paid upon every gallon of Spirits which shall be distilled in Scotland or Ireland, or shall on or after that day be found in the stock or possession of any Distiller, or which shall be taken out of warehouse for consumption in Scotland or Ireland respectively, an additional Duty of Four-pence.

Instruction.

Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Gentlemen who are appointed to prepare and bring in a Bill upon the first and second of the Resolutions, which, upon the 16th day of March last, were reported from the Committee of the whole House, to whom it was referred to consider of the several Acts to repeal the Duties payable in respect of Spirits distilled in England, and of Licenses for distilling, rectifying or compounding such Spirits, and for the Sale of Spirits, and to impose other Duties in lieu thereof, and to provide other Regulations for the Collection of the said Duties, and for the Sale of Spirits, and for the Warehousing of such Spirits without payment of Duty for Exportation; 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; to repeal the additional Duties and Drawbacks on Leather granted and allowed by two Acts of his late Majesty, and to grant other Drawbacks in lieu thereof, and to secure the Duties on Leather; and, to assimilate the Duties and Drawbacks on Hides, Skins, Leather, Parchment, Paper and Paper Hangings manufactured in Ireland to the Duties and Drawbacks payable on the like Articles in Great Britain, and to equalize the Measures and Weights whereby the Duties of Excise and Customs shall be payable throughout the United Kingdom, and which Resolutions were then agreed to by the House, that they do make provision therein, pursuant to the Resolution now reported and agreed to by the House.

Report on Customs Duties Acts.

Sir Alexander Grant reported from the Committee of the whole House, to whom it was referred to consider of the several Acts relating to the Duties of Customs, the Resolution which they had directed him to Report to the House; and the same was read, and agreed to by the House; and is as followeth;

Resolved, That from and after the 14th day of June 1830, there be raised, levied, collected and paid, upon every gallon of Spirits or Strong Waters, the produce of the British possessions in America, imported into the United Kingdom, or in warehouse, under His Majesty's locks, on the said 14th day of June, an additional Duty of Sixpence.

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

Debate on Motion respecting Court of Chancery, adjourned.

The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate upon the Motion made upon Thursday last, That it is the duty of this House, before it gives its sanction to the appointment of a further Judge in the Court of Chancery, to ascertain, by the examination of Witnesses, and other inquiries, whether a case of necessity exists for such appointment;

Ordered, That the Debate be further adjourned till To-morrow.

Suits in Equity Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act for further facilitating the Administration of Justice in Suits and other proceedings in Equity;

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

Chancery Register Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the Bill to regulate the Office of Register and Keeper of the Register and Registers of the High Court of Chancery;

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

Masters in Chancery Bill, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the Bill to regulate the Salaries and Emoluments of the Masters in Ordinary of the High Court of Chancery, and the Clerks employed in the Offices of the said Masters;

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

Canine Madness Bill, committed.

A Bill to prevent the spreading of Canine Madness, was, according to Order, read a second time; and committed to Mr. Alderman Wood, Mr. Secretary Sir Robert Peel, Mr. Bonham Carter, Mr. Robert Gordon, Mr. Littleton, Sir Edward Knatchbull, Mr. Nicolson Calvert, Mr. Jephson, Mr. Davies Gilbert, Lord Viscount Sandon, Mr. Solicitor General, Mr. Charles Pallmer, Sir John Sebright, Mr. Hobhouse, Mr. Byng, Sir Robert Wilson, Sir John Shelley, Sir Robert Inglis: And they are to meet this Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chamber.

Ordered, That Five be the Quorum of the Committee.

Court of Session (Scotland) 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 uniting the benefits of Jury Trial in Civil Causes with the ordinary Jurisdiction of the Court of Session, and for making certain other alterations and reductions in the Judicial Establishments of Scotland;

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

Libel Law Amendment Bill, committed.

A Bill to repeal so much of an Act of the sixtieth year of his late Majesty King George the Third, for the more effectual prevention and punishment of blasphemous and seditious Libels, as relates to the sentence of Banishment for the second Offence, and to provide some further remedy against the abuse of publishing Libels, was, according to Order, read a second time; and committed to a Committee of the whole House, for Friday next.

Report of Usury Laws Bill, considered. No. 543.

The House, according to Order, proceeded to take 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.

A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Amendments made by the Committee to the Bill be now read a second time:-And a Debate arising in the House thereupon;

And a Motion being made, and the Question being put, That the Debate be adjourned till Friday next;

The House divided.
The Yeas went forth.
Tellers for the Yeas, Mr. Gilbert Heathcote, 6.
Mr. Robert Gordon:
Tellers for the Noes, Mr. Poulett Thomson, 49.
Mr. Lamb:

So it passed in the Negative.

Then the main Question being put;

Ordered, That the Amendments made by the Committee to the Bill be now read a second time:-The Amendments were accordingly read a second time; and, with an Amendment to one of them, agreed to by the House.

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

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

County Rates (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 Applotment of County Rates and Cesses in Ireland in certain cases;

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

Newborough Church Bill, reported.

Mr. Courtenay reported from the Committee of the whole House, on the Bill for endowing the Parish Church of Newborough, in the County of Northampton, and three Chapels, called Portland Chapel, Oxford Chapel, and Welbeck Chapel, situate in the Parish of Saint Mary-le-Bone, in the County of Middlesex, and also a Chapel erected on Sunk Island, in the River Humber, the Amendments which they had made to the Bill; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.

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

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

Transportation of Offenders Bill, passed.

The ingrossed 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 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.

Debate on Proceeding on Bankers' (Ireland) Bill, resumed.

The House, according to Order, resumed the adjourned Debate upon the Motion made yesterday, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the Amendments made to the Bill to explain two Acts of His present Majesty, for establishing an Agreement with the Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland, for advancing the sum of Five hundred thousand pounds (Irish currency), and for the better regulation of Copartnerships of certain Bankers in Ireland; and the Amendments made by the Committee to the Bill were agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed; and read the third time To-morrow.

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.

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.

Shubenaccadie Canal Bill, passed.

The ingrossed Bill to authorize the advance of a certain Sum out of the Consolidated Fund, for the completion of the Shubenaccadie Canal in Nova Scotia, 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.

Committee on Beer and Cider Duties Acts, deferred.

The Order of the day being read, for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of the Acts 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; 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; 5 & 6 Anne, c. 2 & 4, for continuing the Duties upon Malt, Mum, Cider and Perry; and, 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;

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

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

The ingrossed 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, 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.

Registrar at Madras Bill, deferred.

The House was moved, That the Order made upon Thursday last, for reading a second time, To-morrow, 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, might be read; and the same being read;

Ordered, That the said Order be discharged.

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

Assessed Taxes Composition Bill, presented. No. 544.

Mr. George Dawson presented a Bill to continue Compositions for the Assessed Taxes for a further term, and to grant relief from, and alter and repeal the said Duties in certain cases: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time, To-morrow.

Ordered, That the Bill be printed.

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