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House of Lords Journal Volume 63: 15 February 1831

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Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 63, 1830-1831. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, [n.d.].

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Die Martis, 15° Februarii 1831.

DOMINI tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Cantuar.
Ds. Brougham
&Vaux,
Cancellarius.
Epus. Londinen.
Epus. Lich. et Cov.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Bristol.
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Vicecom. Duncan.
Vicecom. Gordon.
Vicecom. Beresford.
Vicecom. Goderich.
Ds. Melbourne, Unus Primariorum
Secretariorum.
Ds. Dacre.
Ds. Teynham.
Ds. Gower.
Ds. Colville of Culross.
Ds. Belhaven & Stenton.
Ds. King.
Ds. Holland.
Ds. Sundridge & Hamilton.
Ds. Grantley.
Ds. Suffield.
Ds. Auckland.
Ds. Mendip.
Ds. Selsey.
Ds. Calthorpe.
Ds. Farnham.
Ds. Ellenborough.
Ds. Hill.
Ds. Prudhoe.
Ds. Penshurst.
Ds. Seaford.
Ds. Lyndhurst.
Ds. Fife.
Ds. Melros.
Ds. Rosebery.
Ds. Wynford.
March. Lansdowne,
Præses.
Ds. Durham,
C. P. S.
Dux Norfolk,
Marescallus.
Dux Devonshire,
Camerarius.
Dux Richmond.
Dux Wellington.
March. Salisbury.
March. Bute.
March. Camden.
Comes Shrewsbury.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Winchilsea &
Nottingham.
Comes Essex.
Comes Carlisle.
Comes Shaftesbury.
Comes Albemarle.
Comes Northesk.
Comes Ferrers.
Comes Cowper.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Mansfield.
Comes Carnarvon.
Comes Charlemont.
Comes Wicklow.
Comes Rosslyn.
Comes Grey.
Comes St. Germans.
Comes Morley.
Comes Vane.
Comes Dudley.

PRAYERS.

Pentland v. Murray et al.

After hearing Counsel, in Part, in the Cause wherein George Pentland is Appellant, and The Honorable James Wolfe Murray, and others, are Respondents:

It is Ordered, That the further Hearing of the said Cause be adjourned during Pleasure.

Bp. Bristol & Ld. Grantley take the Oaths.

This Day Robert Lord Bishop of Bristol, and Fletcher Lord Grantley, took the Oaths, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.

The House was adjourned during Pleasure.

The House was resumed by The Lord Wynford, who sat Speaker by virtue of a former Commission.

Hume et al. v. Duncan.

After hearing Counsel, in Part, in the Cause wherein James Hume Esquire, and others, are Appellants, and William Duncan is Respondent:

It is Ordered, That the further Hearing of the said Cause be put off to Friday next.

The House was adjourned during Pleasure.

The House was resumed by The Lord Chancellor.

Pentland v. Murray et al:

Then Counsel were again called in to be further heard in the Cause wherein George Pentland is Appellant, and The Honorable James Wolfe Murray, and others, are Respondents:

And the Counsel having been fully heard;

They were directed to withdraw.

Then the following Order and Judgment was made:

After hearing Counsel this Day upon the Petition and Appeal of George Pentland, Coachmaker in Perth, in Scotland; complaining of an Interlocutor of the Lord Ordinary in Scotland, of the 3d December 1828; and also of Two Interlocutors of the Lords of Session there, of the First Division, of the 3d and 11th of March 1829; and praying, "That the same might be reversed, varied or altered, or that the Appellant might have such other Relief in the Premises, as to this House, in their Lordships great Wisdom, should seem meet;" as also upon the Answer of The Honorable James Wolfe Murray, Adam Rolland, James Scott, The Right Honorable Lord Viscount Arbuthnott, George Douglas and Francis Walker Drummond, put in to the said Appeal; and due Consideration had of what was offered on either Side in this Cause:

Interlocutors Affirmed.

It is Ordered and Adjudged, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Petition and Appeal be, and is hereby dismissed this House, and that the Interlocutors therein complained of, be, and the same are hereby Affirmed.

Toulmin et al. v. Copland.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Margaret Toulmin, Thomas Butterfield Simpson and Bryam Holme; complaining of an Order of the Court of Exchequer, of 21st December 1830, which Order was entered on the 2d Day of February 1831; and praying, "That the same may be reversed, or that the Appellants may have such Relief in the Premises, as to this House, in their Lordships great Wisdom, shall seem meet; and that John Copland may be required to answer the said Appeal:"

It is Ordered, That the said John Copland may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in his Answer thereunto, in Writing, on or before Tuesday the 1st Day of March next.

Robb v. Forrest.

The House being informed, "That James Forrest, Respondent to the Appeal of Donald Robb, had not put in his Answer to the said Appeal, though duly served with the Order of this House for that Purpose:"

And thereupon an Affidavit of David Manson of the City of Edinburgh, Apprentice to David Clyne of the said City, Solicitor in the Supreme Courts of Scotland, of the due Service of the said Order, being read;

Ordered, That the said Respondent do put in his Answer to the said Appeal peremptorily in a Week.

Galbraith v. Galbraith.

Ordered, That the Cause wherein James Galbraith and John Galbraith are Appellants, and Richard Galbraith Esquire is Respondent, be further heard by Counsel at the Bar on Friday next.

Labourers Wages, Petition from Bolton respecting.

Upon reading the Petition of the Labouring Classes of the Towns of Great and Little Bolton, in the County of Lancaster, and the Neighbourhood of those Places, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will adopt such Measures as will effectually prevent the Payment of Wages in any other Manner than in Money:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Slavery, Petitions for Abolition of: (Inhabitants of Lincoln:)

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the City of Lincoln and Neighbourhood thereof, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will take immediate Measures for the early Abolition of Slavery in the British Colonies; and whilst the Petitioners pray that some specific Period for its Termination may be fixed upon, the Date of which they desire to leave to the Wisdom of their Lordships, they venture to suggest that no fitter Time can be found for conceding to Slaves the Boon that their Children shall be born free, than the present auspicious Commencement of a new Parliament under a new Reign:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Welbourn:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of Welbourn, in the County of Lincoln, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Sutterton:

Also, Upon reading the Petition of the Members of the Church and Congregation of Protestant Dissenters, known by the Name of General Baptists, assembling for Divine Worship in their Meeting House in Sutterton, in the County of Lincoln, and other Inhabitants of that Parish, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Presbyterians, Lincoln:

Also, Upon reading the Petition of the Minister and Members of the Congregation assembling for Worship in the Presbyterian Chapel in the City of Lincoln, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Coseley:

And also, Upon reading the Petition of the Minister and Members of the Congregation of the Darkhouse Chapel, Coseley, in the County of Stafford, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; severally praying their Lordships "forthwith to pass a Law for the early and utter Extinction of Slavery in the British Colonies:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petitions do lie on the Table.

Ripon:

Upon reading the Petition of the Minister and Members of the Congregation of Protestant Dissenters of the Independent Denomination at Ripon, Yorkshire, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to take the Subject of Slavery in the British Colonies into their serious Consideration at the earliest possible Period, with a view to its immediate and total Extinction in all Parts of His Majesty's Dominions, and to the Introduction of a much-injured Race to the Enjoyment of Constitutional Freedom:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Boston:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Borough of Boston, in the County of Lincoln, and its Neighbourhood, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to pass a Law enacting that the Children hereafter born of Slave Parents shall be free from their Birth; and that such other Regulations and Enactments be provided as will tend to promote generally the Comforts and real Interests of the present Race of Slaves, and lead to the early and final Abolition of Slavery itself in every Form:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Spalding:

Upon reading the Petition of the Protestant Dissenters of the Three Denominations of General and Particular Baptists and Independents in the Town of Spalding, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will adopt speedy and effectual Measures for putting an End to Slavery, a Practice so unjust, inhuman, impolitic, cruel and irreligious; and that an early Day be fixed after which Slavery in all the Colonies of Great Britain shall utterly and irrevocably cease:"

It is Ordered, That, the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Gainsbro':

Upon reading the Petition of the Minister and Members of a Congregation of Protestant Dissenters of the Independent Denomination meeting in Caskgate Street, Gainsbro', in the County of Lincoln, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will immediately adopt such Measures as shall ensure the speedy Abolition of Slavery in all His Majesty's Dominions, and thereby wipe away so foul a Stain from this Land of Liberty:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Denham & Hoxne:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Denham and Hoxne, in the County of Suffolk, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to adopt speedy and effectual Measures for putting an End to the Practice of converting Britishborn Subjects into Slaves in the Colonies of Great Britain:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Grantham:

Upon reading the Petition of the Protestants and Dissenters in the Parish of Grantham, in the County of Lincoln, and others, who are Inhabitants of the said Parish, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "without Delay to adopt efficient Measures for the Abolition of Slavery in the British Colonies; and that amongst them their Lordships will especially be pleased to make Provision for declaring free all the Children of His Majesty's Subjects who shall be born after an early Day, to be appointed by Parliament, and for effectually protecting such Children from any Claims that may be made to them as Slaves:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Muthill:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Muthill, in the County of Perth, in Scotland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Comrie.

And also, Upon reading the Petition of the Minister, Elders and Inhabitants of the Parish of Comrie, in the County of Perth, in Scotland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; severally praying, "That their Lordships will forthwith devise, adopt and enforce Measures for effectually abolishing the whole System of Slavery throughout the British Dominions; and that their Lordships will immediately fix a Day after which all Children who shall be born within His Majesty's Dominions, whatever be their Complexion, shall thenceforward be absolutely free:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petitions do lie on the Table.

Galway Elective Franchise, Petition from Commercial Society, Galway, for Extension of.

Upon reading the Petition of the Members of the Commercial Society of Galway, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will be pleased to equalize Civil Rights in Galway, by extending to the Roman Catholic Mercantile and Trading Classes the Elective Franchise in as full and ample a Manner as the same is now enjoyed by Protestants:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Coals carried Coastwise, Petitions for Repeal of Duty on: (Boston:)

Upon reading the Petition of the Merchants and Inhabitants of Boston, in the County of Lincoln, and the Neighbourhood, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Gwennap:

Also, Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Gwennap, in the County of Cornwall, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Alford & Spilsby:

And also, Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Market Towns of Alford and Spilsby, in the County of Lincoln, and their Vicinity, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; severally praying, "That their Lordships will forthwith repeal the Duties on Coals carried Coastwise:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petitions do lie on the Table.

East Stonehouse:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town and Parish of East Stonehouse, in the County of Devon, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will be pleased to take the Subject of the Duty on Sea-borne Coal into their early and favorable Consideration, and that by its immediate Repeal their Lordships will relieve the Petitioners from the very unequal Burthen which has so long oppressed them:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Bishops Stortford.

Upon reading the Petition of the Persons whose Names are thereunto subscribed, being Residents in the Town of Bishops Stortford, in the County of Hertford, and its Vicinity; praying their Lordships "to take the Duty on Coals into their serious Consideration; and that if the Necessities of the Country will not admit of a Repeal of the Duties, that a considerable Reduction or an Equalization thereof may be made, that the Petitioners may be placed on the same Footing as the neighbouring Districts, which are supplied from Ports where a less Rate of Duty is payable:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Message to H.C. for Mr. Slaney to attend Com ee on the Poor Laws.

Ordered, That a Message be sent to the House of Commons, to request that they will give Leave to Robert Aglionby Slaney Esquire, a Member of that House, to attend their Lordships, in order to his being examined as a Witness before the Select Committee appointed by this House to consider of the Poor Laws.

Com ee on the Poor Laws, 1st Report from.

The Marquess of Salisbury reported from the Lords Committees appointed a Select Committee to consider of the Poor Laws, and to report their Observations thereupon from Time to Time to the House; and to whom was referred the Petition of George Gunning of Frindsbury, in the County of Kent, a Lieutenant on the Half Pay of His Majesty's First Regiment of Dragoon Guards, praying their Lordships to take into Consideration the State of the Poor Laws; and to whom was also referred the Petition of the Magistrates, Minister, Churchwarden and other Inhabitants and Parishioners of Ightham, praying for Relief from the Evils of Pauperism; "That the Committee had met, and had applied themselves to the Consideration of the important Subject referred to them: In pursuing this Enquiry, they had found material Inconvenience from the Impossibility of obtaining accurate Accounts of the vast annual Sums which are raised professedly for the Support of the Poor: That the Committee were also of Opinion that the Variations made in the Schedules prescribed by Parliament had not only caused considerable Difficulty in framing the Accounts, but also rendered it impossible to form any just Comparison between the different Items of Expenditure or any Estimate of the Extent of its Misapplication at different Periods; and they had also found that, from the Want of any general System, many Months elapse before the Accounts are submitted to Parliament: They had therefore directed a Bill to be prepared for their Lordships Consideration, in which they had prescribed that Form of Accounts which appears to them likely to afford as much Information as it is possible to expect from the complicated Nature of Parish Expenditure; and they beg to recommend that these Returns should be made to Parliament under such Regulations as their Lordships may deem best calculated to effect the Object they have in view: The Committee had only further to state, that they had been induced to call their Lordships Attention to such an apparently minor Object at this early Period of their Enquiry, by the Desire, if possible, to obtain a Return of the Parochial Expenditure up to next Lady Day before the Close of the present Session."

Which Report being read by the Clerk;

Ordered, That the said Report do lie on the Table.

Ordered, That the said Report be printed.

Reform of Parliament, Petitions in favor of: (Hertford:)

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of Hertford, in the County of Hertford, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships to enact such a Measure of Reform as shall eradicate all existing Abuses, and secure to the People of England a fair, full and free Representation of their Interests in Parliament; whereby Respect for the Legislature, Obedience to the Laws, and Loyalty to the Throne would most readily be promoted and consolidated:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Leyant:

Upon reading the Petition of the Owners and Occupiers of Land, and Inhabitants of the Parish of Leyant, in the County of Cornwall, paying Rates and Taxes, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will enforce such a rigid System of Economy in the Public Expenditure as to cut down every Establishment to what is strictly necessary for the Preservation of Person and Property; and that their Lordships will grant full and thorough Reform of the present Constitution of the present Commons House of Parliament, and the entire Demolition of what are termed Proprietary Boroughs; and will take into their earliest Consideration some effectual Mode for an equitable Commutation of Tithes:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

St. Ive:

Upon reading the Petition of the Freeholders, Occupiers of Land, and other rated Inhabitants of the Parish of Saint Ive, in the County of Cornwall, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to take into their immediate and serious Consideration the safest and most effectual Means of alleviating those Evils which have already (in numberless Instances) reduced the once happy and valuable Occupier of the Soil to an absolute State of Pauperism, and consequently brought the Condition of the honest and industrious Labourer to the extreme Verge of Poverty and Wretchedness; to lose no Time in effecting that judicious Reform in the Commons House of Parliament as shall, in the Wisdom of their Lordships, be deemed most conducive to the Public Weal; and that their Lordships will adopt some peremptory Measures for the Amelioration of Tithes, being (as they indisputably are at this Moment) a great Barrier to the Improvement and Cultivation of the Soil, and consequently must have a strong Tendency to increase the now almost insupportable Burthen of Poor Rates:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Basford:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Basford, in the County of Nottingham, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will (as the only Means of saving this once happy and flourishing Country from Anarchy and Revolution, and all their concomitant Evils,) take off the Taxes from all Articles of Food, and particularly to rescind the Corn Laws, abolish all Sinecures, render to the Inhabitants that which is their Birth-right - Universal Suffrage, short Parliaments, and (the only Remedy against Bribery at Elections, shameless Perjury, Drunkenness and ruinous Expence,) Vote by Ballot, without which all other Reform will be of no avail, but be rendered completely of none effect and unsatisfactory:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Emsworth & Warblington:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of Emsworth and Warblington, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "for a Reduction of the Public Burthens; for Parliamentary Reform; that their Lordships will disfranchise all corrupt, close and decayed Boroughs, and extend the Right of Suffrage to all Inhabitant Householders paying Rates and Taxes, throughout the Kingdom; and that whatever Plan of Parliamentary Reform which may be submitted to the Wisdom of Parliament, the Vote by Ballot should be made a principal Part, that the Right of Election may be religiously discharged, unaccompanied with Drunkenness, Disorder, Bribery or Corruption:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Political Union, Manchester:

A Petition of the Political Union established by the Working Classes of Manchester was presented and read; praying their Lordships "for a total Abolition of the Tithe System; for Reform in the House of Commons, accompanied by Universal Suffrage, Annual Parliaments and Vote by Ballot; for Repeal of the Libel Law, the Select Vestry Law, the Game Laws, the East India Monopoly, and Reduction of the Taxation on a Par with 1792, so as to oblige His Majesty's Ministers to retrench not only in Word but in Practice."

Ordered, That the said Petition be received as the Petition of James Hickey Chairman and Abraham Wood Secretary, who only have signed it.

Stansfield:

Upon reading the Petition of the Merchants, Manufacturers and others, Inhabitants of Stansfield, in the West Riding of the County of York, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "immediately and effectually to relieve the People, by causing the greatest possible Reduction in the Public Expenditure, by reducing the Army and Navy to a consistent Peace Establishment, and by the Abolition of all useless and sinecure Offices of the State; and that their Lordships will be pleased to enact a Law directing that no Parliament shall continue longer than One Year, and grant Universal Suffrage and Vote by Ballot:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Mile End Old Town:

A Petition of the Inhabitant Householders of the Hamlet of Mile End Old Town, in the Parish of Saint Dunstans Stebon Heath otherwise Stepney, in the County of Middlesex, legally convened, was presented and read; praying, "That their Lordships will be pleased to grant such Reform as will strengthen the Confidence which subsists between the Throne and the People, and restore the Constitution to its primitive Purity as by Law established; and that amidst the many important Subjects to be considered on this much to be desired and vital Question, none would more effectually give new Life to the present paralized State of the Country, or embrace more Facilities for the Promotion of a full and free Representation in the Commons House of Parliament, than the Vote by Ballot."

Ordered, That the said Petition be received as the Petition of John G. Hammack Chairman, who only has signed it.

Birmingham:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of Birmingham, in Town's Meeting assembled, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to adopt forthwith the necessary Measures for restoring to the People the following Constitutional Rights, under such Regulations and Provisions as may ensure their full and free Exercise on the Part of the People, without endangering the settled Institutions of the Country; (viz t.) 1st, The Right of having all Placemen dismissed from the House of Commons, agreeably to the great Constitutional Act of Settlement which places the present illustrious Family on the Throne: 2d, The Right of having "Triennial, or more frequent Parliaments," as recognized and secured by the great Constitutional Act, the 6th of William and Mary, Cap. 2: 3d, The Right of sitting and voting in the Commons House of Parliament, when lawfully chosen, without the Qualification of Property, which was fixed unconstitutionally by the Act of 9th of Queen Anne: 4th, The Right of having all the Knights, Citizens and Burgesses of the House of Commons paid the reasonable "Wages of Attendance" by a Rate upon their Constituents, in order to enable the common People to have the Benefit of the Services of Persons living under the same Circumstances, and having the same Knowledge, and the same Wants and Interests as themselves: 5th, The Right of having the large Towns and populous Districts of the Country represented in the House of Commons, in the Place of those decayed Boroughs which return Members to Parliament, although now containing but few Inhabitants: 6th, The Right of every Man to have a Vote in the Election of Members of the House of Commons, who is in anyway called upon to contribute to either National or Local Taxation, direct or indirect; by which the Petitioners understand that either all the Taxes ought to be taken off from those Articles necessary for the Subsistence and Comfort of working Men, or that all working Men, who are compelled to pay such Taxes, should have a Vote in the Election of Members of the House of Commons: 7th, The Right to have Elections for Members of the House of Commons free and unbiassed, and with this view to have such Arrangements made in the conducting of Elections as may effectually prevent all Force, Fear or Intimidation, and all Bribery or undue Influence of any Kind, from acting upon the Minds of the Electors; and that in order to give full Effect to these great Constitutional Rights, and to prevent the Bribery, corrupt Influence, Profligacy, Tumult and Expence with which Elections for Members of the House of Commons are now generally attended, all the Electors should give their Votes by Ballot; and that such Regulations should be adopted as may be necessary for completing the Elections in One Day, without Inconvenience to the Electors or Expence to the Candidates:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Mussleburgh:

Upon reading the Petition of the Magistrates, Town Council, Incorporated Trades, and Burgesses and Inhabitants of the Burgh of Mussleburgh, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "for such a Reform in the Mode of electing the Representatives of the People to the Commons House of Parliament, as in Extent and Efficiency will best secure the Rights of the Subject, and be the Means of introducing Economy, Retrenchment and Reform into every Department where these are found to be requisite and practicable; and also for a Reform in the Burgh System of Scotland, so far as regards both Royal Burghs and Burghs of Regality:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Girvan:

Upon reading the Petition of the Magistrates, Burgesses and other Inhabitants of Girvan, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to grant such an Alteration and Extension of the Elective Franchise as will fairly and fully represent the Wealth and Intelligence of the United Kingdom:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Galston:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Village and Parish of Galston, Ayrshire, Scotland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships, "That the Elective Franchise may be extended to every Householder duly qualified, that the Election of Members be by Ballot, and that the Duration of each Parliament should not exceed Three Years; that their Lordships would apportion the Members according to the Population of the Three Kingdoms, which would give a Member to every Thirty-four or Thirty-five thousand of their Population; that their Lordships would forthwith adopt effective Measures for decreasing the unnecessary Expenditure of the Public Money in every Department of the Government, and likewise abolish all Sinecures; that their Lordships will adopt such a Plan for a thorough Reform in the Representation of the Commons in Parliament as will make it derive its Existence from the free Choice of the People, and secure its Independence when chosen; and as Borough Reform is so generally called for, the Petitioners earnestly entreat their Lordships that Enquiry be made into the defective State of many of the Villages in Scotland for Want of Magisterial Authority, in many of which the Population is considerable; and that where the Population of any Village exceeds One thousand, that the Householders of such Village be vested with Power to elect their own Magistrates:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Dumbarton.

Upon reading the Petition of the Burgesses and Inhabitants of the Royal Burgh of Dumbarton, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to adopt such Measures as will give to the Commons of the British Empire their undoubted Right to a full, fair and free Representation in the Lower House of Parliament, which by the present System of Election is denied to them, more especially in Scotland, where the Number of Representatives is disproportioned to the Wealth and Population, and to those of England, and where the Commissioners for Royal Burghs are chosen by self-elected Municipal Bodies, and the Knights for the Shires by Persons whose Title to the Elective Franchise is based on the feudal System of Crown Vassalage; and that the Interference of Members of their Lordships House in the Election of the popular Representatives may be remedied:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Remedy against the Hundred, & Fire Insurances, Petition from Spilsby respecting.

Upon reading the Petition of the Land Owners, Farmers and other Inhabitants of the Neighbourhood of Spilsby, in the County of Lincoln, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to restore the original Remedy against the Hundred, in Cases of Fires by Incendiaries; and to repeal or modify the Duties chargeable on Insurances against Fire:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Tithe Laws, Petitions respecting: (Cowbridge:)

Upon reading the Petition of the Land Owners, Farmers and Tithe Payers of the Hundred of Cowbridge, in the County of Glamorgan, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to impose, instead of the present grinding, afflicting and distressing Mode of levying Tithe, a Rate or Tithe Tax of Two Shillings in the Pound on the Rent paid by the Farmers, or such other Means as their Lordships may approve of for the Relief of the Country:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

South Brent:

Upon reading the Petition of the Owners and Occupiers of Land in the Parish of South Brent and adjoining Parishes, in the County of Somerset, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to take the Subject of the Tithes of this Kingdom into their early and serious Consideration, and afford such Relief to the Petitioners, and others of His Majesty's Subjects paying Tithes, as to their Lordships shall seem meet and their Situation requires:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Westerleigh:

Upon reading the Petition of the Owners and Occupiers of Land, and others, the Inhabitants of Westerleigh, in the County of Gloucester, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Winterbourne:

And also, Upon reading the Petition of the Owners and Occupiers of Land, and others, the Inhabitants of the Parish of Winterbourne, in the County of Gloucester, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; severally praying their Lordships "to repeal the Tithe Laws:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petitions do lie on the Table.

Iron Acton:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Iron Acton, in the County of Gloucester, agreed on at a Public Meeting, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to take the Tithe System into their serious Consideration, with the Hope that, as the Poor are now otherwise provided for, and the Clergy may be so by their respective Congregations, their Lordships may, in their Wisdom, devise a Method for its total Abolition:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Yate.

Upon reading the Petition of the Owners and Occupiers of Land and other Inhabitants of the Parish of Yate, in the County of Gloucester, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to take the Tithe System into their serious Consideration, and that their Lordships will devise some other Support for the Clergy:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Corn Laws, Petition from Clerkenwell for Alteration of.

A Petition of the Inhabitant Householders of the Parish of Saint James, Clerkenwell, in the County of Middlesex, agreed to in Public Vestry, was presented and read; praying their Lordships "for an immediate Reduction of the Duties at present imposed upon the Importation of Corn, (if in the Wisdom of their Lordships the entire Abolition of the same cannot, compatibly with the existing Circumstances of the Country, be immediately effected,) and that some Improvement may be made in the present Mode of taking the Averages, more conducive to the Public Welfare."

Ordered, That the said Petition be received as the Petition of Thomas Key and Joseph Wright, Churchwardens, who only have signed it.

Corn Laws, Petition from Kidderminster for Abolition of.

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Borough of Kidderminster, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will immediately abolish the partial and unjust Corn Laws:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Foreign Barilla, Dutton's Petition against Reduction of Duty on.

Upon reading the Petition of Joseph Theodoret Dutton, Manufacturing Chemist of Harrington Harbour, in the County of Cumberland; praying, "That their Lordships will not sanction any Reduction in the Duty heretofore imposed on the Importation of Foreign Barilla, which will operate to the farther Injury of the Interests of the Petitioner and other Manufacturers of British Alkalis, until their Lordships shall have granted an Equivalent by reducing the Duties at present imposed on the Home Manufacture of Articles in which Barilla is an Ingredient, by abolishing all the Monopolies which fetter the Trade of this Country, and especially by a gradual or immediate Repeal of the Corn Laws, or by obtaining reciprocal Advantages from the Governments of the Countries from which Barilla is imported, or such other Measures as their Lordships, in their Wisdom, may deem meet for that Purpose:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Union with Ireland, Petitions for Repeal of: (Cotton Weavers, Dublin:)

Upon reading the Petition of the Linen and Cotton Weavers of the City and Liberties of Dublin, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will restore their injured Country her resident Legislature:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Tanners, Dublin:

Upon reading the Petition of the Operative Tanners of Dublin, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships, "by a Repeal of the Legislative Union between Great Britain and Ireland, to raise Ireland to a State of Prosperity:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Ennis:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of Ennis, in Ireland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships, "That the Act of Union may be repealed, and the Parliament of Ireland, which has been unjustly taken away, may be restored to the Petitioners Country:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Kilrane:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Kilrane, in the Barony of Forth and County of Wexford, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Grane, &c:

Also, Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the United Parishes of Grane, Urlingford and Clomanto, in the County of Kilkenny, Ireland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Skreen & Rathfigh:

Also, Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the United Parishes of Skreen and Rathfigh, in the County Meath, Ireland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Granard:

Also, Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Granard, County of Longford, Ireland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Callan:

Also, Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish and Union of Callan, in the County of Kilkenny, Ireland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Millstreet:

Also, Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Millstreet, County of Cork, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

St. Audeon's, Dublin:

Also, Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of St. Audeon's, in the City of Dublin, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Dunsany & Kilmesson:

Also, Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the United Parishes of Dunsany and Kilmesson, in the County of Meath, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Templemore:

Also, Upon reading the Petition of the Parishioners of Templemore, in the County of Tipperary, Ireland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Ballingarry:

Also, Upon reading the Petition of the Parishioners of Ballingarry, County of Tipperary, Ireland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Corrogeen & Moncoin:

Also, Upon reading the Petition of the Parishioners of the United Parishes of Corrogeen and Moncoin, County of Kilkenny, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

St. Patrick, Waterford:

Also, Upon reading the Petition of the Parishioners of Saint Patrick, in the City of Waterford, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

House Smiths, Dublin:

Also, Upon reading the Petition of the House Smiths of the City of Dublin, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

House Painters, Dublin:

Also, Upon reading the Petition of the Journeymen House Painters of the City of Dublin, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Castlebar:

And also, Upon reading the Petition of the Tradesmen of the Town of Castlebar, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; severally praying, "That their Lordships, will repeal the Legislative Union between Great Britain and Ireland:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petitions do lie on the Table.

St. Andrew's, &c. Dublin:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the United Parishes of Saint Andrew's, Anne's, Mark's and Peter's, in the City of Dublin, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to repeal the Legislative Union between Great Britain and Ireland, and to extend to Ireland the Benefit of an independent domestic Legislature:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Eliogarty:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Barony of Eliogarty, in the County of Tipperary, in Ireland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "for a Parliament to attend to the Wants and Wishes of the Irish People, which now become too numerous and important to be neglected; while the Petitioners, by seeking for such a Means of retrieving their impoverished and ill-treated Country, totally disclaim any Wish or Intention to separate the Two Countries, united as they are by mutual Interests under the same Crown:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Lucan & Palmerstown, Dublin:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the United Parishes of Lucan and Palmerstown, County of Dublin, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "for an immediate Repeal of the Legislative Union between Great Britain and Ireland, and that His Majesty may be advised again to assemble the Irish Parliament to sit in Dublin:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Basket Makers, Dublin:

Upon reading the Petition of the Basket Makers of the City of Dublin, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to take into their serious Consideration their forlorn Condition, and to repeal the Source of all their Woes, the Legislative Union between Great Britain and Ireland:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Bricklayers, Dublin:

Upon reading the Petition of the Bricklayers of the City and Liberties of Dublin, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will be pleased to advise His Majesty to banish those evil Councillors from his Presence, who attribute Sedition to all those who only seek, by Legal and Constitutional Means, to obviate the manifold Grievance, the Want of a resident Legislature in Ireland, and grant to a loyal, gallant and generous People their Legislature:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Bookbinders, Dublin:

Upon reading the Petition of the Bookbinders of the City of Dublin, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will grant a Repeal of the Legislative Union between Great Britain and Ireland, which was effected, in an evil Hour, by Fraud and Deceit; which is daily weakening that just Connexion between both Countries which the Petitioners wish to see preserved, which is creating mutual Discontent, and must, if persevered in, destroy the one, and render the other really poor:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Masons, Tullamoore:

Upon reading the Petition of the Stone-cutters and Masons of the Town of Tullamoore, King's County, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will restore to Ireland her domestic Legislature, and raise them to the Independence of which they have been robbed by the Union; they at the same Time disclaiming in the strongest Manner any, even the remotest, Idea of a Separation between the Two Kingdoms:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Hatters, Cork:

Upon reading the Petition of the Operative Hatters of the City of Cork, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will repeal the Act of Union, which has caused so much Distress in Ireland, that, possessed of a resident Legislature, and consequently of her Landed Gentry, she may become a rich and powerful Nation of the British Empire, instead of her present distressed and impoverished State:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Bakers, Limerick:

Upon reading the Petition of the Journeymen Bakers of the City of Limerick, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will restore to Ireland her National Parliament:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Stucco Plasterers, Dublin.

Upon reading the Petition of the Stucco Plasterers of the City of Dublin, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will repeal the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland, which has been the Source of their multiplied and increasing Calamities:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Reform of Parliament, Tithe System, &c. Petition from Donegore,&c. respecting.

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants (Freeholders, Landholders and Householders) of the Parishes of Donegore, Kilbride, Ballyeaston and District of Nalteen, in the County of Antrim, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to concede the lessening of the Public Burthens, the System of Triennial Parliaments and Vote by Ballot; and that their Lordships will grant a full Enquiry into and Redress of the Abuses of the Tithe System, the gross and flagrant Impositions practised in the Spiritual Courts, the multifarious Evils of the Grand Jury Laws and Turnpike Acts; and for a thorough, judicious and speedy Reform:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Commons Answer to Message of this Day.

The Messengers sent to the House of Commons this Day, being returned; informed the House, "That the Commons return for Answer, That they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own."

Bankrupt Laws, Petition from Bankers, &c. of the Metropolis respecting.

Upon reading the Petition of the Bankers, Merchants, Solicitors, and Wholesale and Retail Traders of the Metropolis, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will adopt such Measures as, in their Judgment, may seem necessary to abolish the present Fourteen Lists of Commissioners of Bankrupts, and in lieu thereof to establish such a Court as will give to the Petitioners and the Public at large that Confidence which ought to be felt in the Administration of so important a Branch of the Law of the Realm as that relating to Bankrupts:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Order for Lords to be summoned discharged.

It was moved, "That the Order made Yesterday, That all the Lords be summoned to attend the Service of the House on Friday next," be now read."

The same was accordingly read by the Clerk.

Ordered, That the said Order be discharged.

Lords summoned.

Ordered, That all the Lords be summoned to attend the Service of the House on Monday next.

Malt Duties, Petition from Norfolk for Repeal of.

Upon reading the Petition of the Owners and Occupiers of Land and other Inhabitants of the County of Norfolk, in County Meeting assembled, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships, "That the Duties upon Malt may be totally repealed:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Churches Building Bill presented.

The Lord Bishop of London presented to the House a Bill, intituled, "An Act to amend and render more effectual an Act passed in the Seventh and Eighth Years of the Reign of His late Majesty, intituled, "An Act to amend the Acts for building and promoting the Building of additional Churches in populous Parishes."

The said Bill was read the First Time.

Ordered, That the said Bill be printed.

Kelp Manufacture, Petition from Western Part of Galway respecting.

Upon reading the Petition of the Land Proprietors of the Western Part of the County of Galway, and others, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will adopt some Measure to support the extensive Branch of Industry the Manufacture of Kelp, and to counteract the total Destruction that awaits them:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Fraudulent Debtors, Petition of M. Sherratt et al. for Relief against.

Upon reading the Petition of Margaretta Sherratt of Handsworth, in the County of Stafford, Spinster, Samuel Sherratt of the City of Worcester, Gentleman, and Frances Maria Sherratt of Handsworth aforesaid, Spinster; praying, "That their Lordships will adopt such Measures for the Relief of the Petitioners and others suffering by the Conduct of Debtors who lie in Prison or live within the Rules thereof, receiving Rents of Estates in which they have a Life Interest, and who refuse to pay their Debts, as to their Lordships may seem meet:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Postmaster General's Bill.

Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for enabling His Majesty to appoint a Postmaster General for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland."

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee upon the said Bill on Thursday next.

Vestry & Subletting Acts, (Ireland,) Petition from Millstreet for Repeal of.

Upon reading the Petition of the Roman Catholic Inhabitants of the Parish of Millstreet, County of Cork, Ireland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will repeal the Vestry and Subletting Acts Ireland:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Vestry Act, (Ireland,) Petition from Navan for Repeal of.

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Navan, in the County of Meath, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to repeal the Vestry Act, Ireland, as being most oppressive and unjust in itself, and most injurious to the Roman Catholic People of Ireland:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Sub-letting Act, (Ireland,) Petitions for Repeal of: (Skreen & Rathfigh:)

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the United Parishes of Skreen and Rathfigh, in the County of Meath, Ireland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Navan:

Also, Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Navan, in the County of Meath, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Dunsany & Kilmesson.

And also, Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the United Parishes of Dunsany and Kilmesson, in the County of Meath, Ireland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; severally praying their Lordships "to repeal the Sub-letting Act, Ireland:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petitions do lie on the Table.

Tithes & Church Cesses, (Ireland,) Petition from Kilglas for Abolition of.

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Kilglas, County of Sligo, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will pass a Law which will relieve them from the grievous Pressure of Tithes and Church Cesses, and enable a paternal Government to relieve, out of the Funds of the Established Church, the Wants of the starving Poor:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Tithes, (Ireland,) Petitions from Skreen, Dunsany, &c. for Abolition of.

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the United Parishes of Skreen and Rathfigh, in the County of Meath, Ireland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

And also, Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the United Parishes of Dunsany and Kilmesson, in the County of Meath, Ireland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; severally praying their Lordships "to annul and abolish altogether Tithes, Tithe Composition, Church Rates and Fees; and that their Lordships will assign the Church Lands as a Source of Maintenance to the Clergy of the Established Church:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petitions do lie on the Table.

Vestry & Burial Acts, (Ireland,) Petitions from Skreen, Dunsany, &c. for Repeal of.

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the United Parishes of Skreen and Rathfigh, in the County of Meath, Ireland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

And also, Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the United Parishes of Dunsany and Kilmesson, in the County of Meath, Ireland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; severally praying their Lordships "to relieve them from the Vestry and Burial Acts, Ireland, by their Repeal:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petitions do lie on the Table.

Frauds on Creditors Bill.

The Order of the Day being read for the House to be put into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, "An Act to prevent Debtors from defrauding their Creditors by lying in Prison or absconding from England;" and for the Lords to be summoned;

Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee upon the said Bill on Friday the 25th of this instant February; and that the Lords be summoned.

Trade of India&China, Accounts respecting, delivered.

The House being informed, "That Mr. Charles Crafer, from the Treasury, attended;"

He was called in; and delivered at the Bar, pursuant to an Order of the 16th Day of December last,

"An Account of Imports and Exports between Great Britain and all Places to the Eastward of the Cape of Good Hope, (excepting China,) distinguishing the Articles and the Value, and the Private Trade from that of The East India Company, in the Year 1829:"

Also, "A Statement of the several Articles of British Produce and Manufacture exported in American Vessels to China and to the East Indies, in the Year 1830, together with the Official and Declared Value of each Article:"

Also, "An Account of the Quantity of Tea exported from Great Britain to Foreign Europe, to British Colonies and Possessions, and to all other Parts, in the Year ended the 5th January 1830:"

Also, "An Account of all Goods imported into Great Britain from the East Indies and China (exclusive of Mauritius) in the Year ending 5th January 1830, specifying the Quantity and Value of the principal Articles imported:"

Also, "An Account of all Goods exported from Great Britain to the East Indies and China (exclusive of Mauritius) in the Year ending 5th January 1830:"

Also, "Imports into Great Britain from all Places Eastward of the Cape of Good Hope (except China) in the Year 1829, distinguishing the principal Articles:"

And also, "Exports from Great Britain to all Places Eastward of the Cape of Good Hope (except China) in the Year 1829, distinguishing the principal Articles."

Warrant for Compensation to Clerk of Commissary Court, Dumfries, delivered.

Mr. Charles Crafer also delivered at the Bar, pursuant to the Directions of an Act of Parliament,

"Warrant granting Compensation to Robert Threshie, Clerk of the Commissary Court of Dumfries, Year to 31st December 1830."

And then he withdrew.

And the Titles thereof being read by the Clerk;

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

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis, decimum septimum diem instantis Februarii, horâ decimâ Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.