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ment moved by Mr. Watson, for was my earnest wish to have conleaving out the clause allowing re- tinued longer in the service of the lief from the poor-rates to persons house if such were their pleasure. contributing to the savings banks, But the interruption of public buwas negatived, and the question for siness which has been already ocpassing the bill was carried in the casioned by my state of health, and affirmative, by 60 to 27.

the apprehension of the same cause On the question for the second recurring, which might again exreading of the Irish insurrection pose the house to the like inconvebill, sir S. Romilly objected to the nience, have made me deem it nerenewal of a measure of such ri. cessary that I should retire at this gorous enactments without further time, and have left me now no further inquiry, and moved that it be read duty to perform, than to return my a second time that day six-months. heartfelt acknowledgements to the

General Matthew, sir H. Parnell, house for all the favours it has besir W. Burroughs, and others, sup- stowed upon me, and to express my ported the amendment.

fervent wishes for the perpetual Mr. Peel, Mr, Leslie Foster, Mr. maintenance and preservation of D. Browne, and several other mem- its rights, its privileges, and its in-' bers, contended that the measure dependence. I am, sir, was absolutely necessary for the in- “ always most truly yours, ter nal tranquillity of Ireland.

“ CHARLES ABBOT. The amendment was then nega- To J. Dyson, esq. deputy.clerk, tived without a division.

house of commons.' The poor employment bill, after Lord Castlereagh said, that after a few words from Mr. Western, was

the communication which the house passed.

had just heard, combined with the May 30.—Mr. Dyson stated that recollection of his uniform conduct, he had received a letter from the there could be, he apprehended, speaker, which, with the leave of no difference of opinion as to the the house, he would read:

great merits of the speaker, or as “Palace-yard, May 30, 1817. to the propriety of accepting his “ Sir, It is with the sincerest resignation. From the able, digconcern and regret that I feel my. nified, and conciliatory manner in self obliged to request, that you will which the speaker had discharged inform the house of commons, at the arduous duties of his office, at their meeting this day, of my ina- once reflecting the highest credit bility, from continued illness, to upon his character, and affording attend any longer upon

their the utmost satisfaction to the house, vice. After holding the high office all who heard him must regret the to which I have been raised by their resignation of that highly respected favour, in five successive parlia- and universally esteemed individual. ments, it is impossible that I should The loss, indeed, of such an officer, resign so honourable and distin.. he felt no doubt, in common with guished a situation, without feeling the house, it would be extremely the deepest gratitude for the con difficult, if not impossible, adestant kindness with which they have quately to supply. The noble lord been pleased to accept and assist concluded with proposing an admy humble endeavours to discharge journment until Monday, when proits various and arduous duties.--It bably he would be authorized to 1817.

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make a communication to the house, of the government, and which which would mark the estimation would enable the house to proceed in which the speaker was held by at once to the election of another the illustrious personage at the head speaker.

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Election of a New Speaker-Message from the Prince Regent respecting

the former Speaker and respecting the State of the Country- Secret Committee regarding the further Suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act -Bill respecting licensing Public Houses-Report of the Secret Committee on the further Suspension of the Habenis Corpus Act-Debate on the Irish Insurrection Act-on the further Suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act--Fourth Report of the Select Committee of Finance.

OUSE of commons, June 2.- tuation, and of his inferiority to the message from the prince regent, sig. the other side of the house. At the nifying that the speaker had in- same time the dignity to which it formed his royal highness of his re- was proposed by his friends to raise signation, and intimating the plea- him, had been the first object of his sure of his royal highness that the ambition ; to that point his studies house should proceed to the election and attention had been directed ; of a new speaker.

and if he should be honoured with Sir J. Nichol described the duties the choice of the house, his whole of the office of speaker, praised the faculties should be devoted to their abilities and conduct of the person service, and he would make every who lately filled that situation, and exertion in his power to perform the proposed Mr. Manners Sutton, the duties of the office in a inanner suit. judge - advocate general, as one able to its high importance. If anevery way, qualified to succeed him other, however, should be preferred, in the chair.

he would submit with perfect acMr. Littleton seconded the mo- quiescence to the decision of the tion.

house. Mr. Dickinson proposed Mr. C. Mr. C. W.W. Wynn thanked his W.W. Wynn as speaker, and expa- friends for the eulogium they had tiated on his peculiar fitness for the bestowed on him, and that opinion situation, from his learning, inti- of his merits and talents which had mate acquaintance with the privin induced them to put him in nominaleges of the house, the forms of par. tion. One qualification he felt himliamentary proceedings, and his uni- self to possess, and that was an arform manly and independent con- dent zeal for the maintenance of duct.

the rights and privileges of the Sir M. W. Ridley seconded the house; and whether he should be motion.

raised to the situation of speaker, Mr. Manners Sutton said, he was or remain in his present situation aware of the difficulties of the si- (the only situation which he could

anticipate anticipate that he should fill), he and dignity of lord Colchester, of should always exercise the same Colchester, in the county of Essex; watchfulness, and afford such assist- and his royal highness recommends : ance as he was able to the mainte. to the house of lords to concur in nance of their dignity. He then making such provision for the said praised the conduct of Mr. M. Sut- lord Colchester, and the heir male ton in the situation of judge-advo- succeeding him in the title, as under cate-general, and expressed a con- all the circumstances may appear fident expectation that he would do just and reasonable.” himself equal credit in the chair of On the motion of lord Liverpool, that house.

the message was ordered to be Sir C. Burrell, Mr, serjeant On- taken into consideration on Thursslow, and Mr. Wilberforce, spoke day. in favour of the appointment of Mr. Viscount Sidmouth delivered in. Wynn.

a message from the prince regenty, A division then took place, when which was as follows: the votes were, for Mr. Manners Sut- “G.P.R.His royal highness ton three hundred and cwelve ; for the prince regent, acting in the : Mr. C. W. W. Wynn one hundred name and on the behalf of his ma. and fifty-two; giving a majority for jesty, has given orders to lay before the former of one hundred and sixty. the house of lords papers containing.

Mr. M. Sutton was then conduct- information of the continuance of ed to the chair by sir J. Nichol and those practices, meetings, and com. Mr. Littleton, and returned thanks binations, to which his royal highfor the honour conferred on him. ness thought it proper to call the

Lord Castlereagh then rose, and attention of the house of lords at after congratulating the right ho- the commencement of the present nourable gentleman on his election, session of parliament, and showing moved an adjournment, which was that these practices are still carried immediately carried,

on in different parts of the country House of lords, June 3.—The in a manner and to an extent cal. earl of Liverpool presented a mes- culated to disturb the public transage from his royal highness the quillity, and to endanger the secu. prince regeni, which was read by rity of the constitutional establishihe lord Chancellor, and was as fol- ments of the empire: His royal lows :

highness recommends to the house “G. P. R.-His royal highness of lords to take this message into the prince regent, acting in the its immediate and serious considername and on the behalf of his mac ation." jesty, thinks it proper to inform the Lord Sidmouth then moved an house of lords, that having taken address, thanking the prince regent into his consideration the circum- for his message, and assuring him stances under which the right ho. that the house would take the same nourable Charles Abbot has retired into its immediate and serious con. from the situation of speaker of the sideration. He next proposed that house of commons, and the arduous the message should be referred to and eventful period during which a committee of secrecy; not being he has performed the duties of aware that any delay was necessary speaker, he has conferred upon him in proposing this step, as the the dignity of a baron, by the style house could not be said to have

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been taken by surprise, having been His lordship then brought down a some time in possession of the in- message relative to the late speaker, tentions of ministers on the subject. similar to that delivered in the up

Earl Grey hoped that the com- per house ; and gave notice that on mittee would look to the motives Thursday he should move a vote of and situations of the witnesses thanks to the late speaker. brought before them; and if any Mr. Vansittart intimated that he part of the intelligence that influ- should, the same day, move for the enced the former report had been consideration of the message. given under any peculiar or disqua- Mr.Wynn, Mr. Ponsonby, Mr.H. lifying bias, he hoped it would now Sumner, and sir J. Newport, obbe rejected.

jected to the course proposed to be The earl of Liverpool and mar. pursued in remunerating the late quis of Buckingham were for an speaker, as being contrary to all immediate inquiry.

precedent, and trespassing on the Earl Grosvenor, earl Spencer, privileges of the house, with whom and lord Holland, were in favour the knowledge of the services of of delay.

their speaker was exclusively supThe motion was then carried; posed to rest, and to whom it beand lord Sidmouth proposed the re- longed to originate any measure for vival of the old committee, with the rewarding them. substitution of lord Talbot for the Lord Castlereagh, Mr.Vansittart, duke of Bedford, which was agreed Mr. V. Fitzgerald, and Mr. Hus

kisson, thought it a matter of inOn the motion of lord Liverpool, difference whether the proposal orithe name of lord Sidmouth was ginated with the crown

or the added to the list of the committee. house ; but ultimately agreed to

In the commons, the same day, the course suggested by the opposiMr. Speaker, on his return from tion, and Mr. Vansittart shaped his the house of lords, stated the con- notice of motion accordingly. firmation by the prince regent of Mr. Shaw brought up the report the choice the commons had made ; of the committee on the alnage laws again thanked them for the distinc. of Ireland. tion they had conferred upon him'; Lord Milton and Mr. Abercrom. and solicited their support and in- bie objected to the report, as redulgent consideration in his efforts commending 5001. a year to lord to maintain their rights and privide la Blaquiere, for giving up an leges, and to discharge the duties of office which had no duties to exehis high situation.

cute, and from which no profit had The sheriffs of London appeared been received. The report was orat the bar, and presented a petition dered to lie on the table. of the common council against the House of lords, June 5.-The further suspension of the habeas message relative to the late speaker corpus act.

of the commons having been taken Lord Castlereagh brought down into consideration, earl Liverpool, a message relative to seditious meet- after a panegyric on his merits, ings, to the same effect as that de- moved an address, assuring the livered in the upper house. It was prince regent of their disposition to ordered for consideration on Thurs. concur in making a suitable providay.

sion for lord Colchester and the next male heir succeeding him in Lord Folkestone said, his predicthe title.

tions at the time when the alien act In the commons, the same day, was under consideration had proved sir J. Shaw presented a petition true. He then said that, if minie from the livery of London, and sters obtained the power of issuing Mr. S. Lefevre one from Reading, lettres de cachet, whether against against the further suspension of the aliens or natives, other measures habeas corpus act.

would speedily follow, entirely deA petition from Sheffield, against structive of all British freedom. the employment of boys in sweep- The crown, however, had been sufing chimneys, was referred to a se- fered to retain a large standing lect committee.

army, a large staff, and large estaLord Castlereagh addressed the blishments ; and if, in addition to house on the services of the late this, we suspended the habeas corspeaker, and moved a vote of pus act, we put the whole liberties thanks; which was carried, and the of the country into the hands of the same was ordered to be communi. crown; we made the crown a des.. cated to him by the new speaker. pot; and the people of England

Lord Castlereagh rose again to were as complete slaves as the peomove an address to the prince re- ple of any other country whatever. gent, beseeching him to confer some His lordship then solemnly protestsignal mark of his favour on lord ed against the course which miniColchester, for his great and emi- sters were now following. nent services as speaker of that Mr. Curwen concurred in the house ; and assuring him, that, sentiments of the last speaker; and whatever might be the expense in said he would give his decided opcurred, that house would make position to a separation of parlia. good the same. After a conversa- ment under a suspension of the hation of some length, in which it beas corpus. was stated that it was intended to The address was then carried. settle on lord Colchester 50001. a On the question being put, That year, and on his next heir 30001. the papers presented to the house (to which Mr. Tierney objected as by lord Castlereagh should be retoo large), the motion was carried. ferred to a committee ; lord Folke

Lord Castlereagh appeared at the stone moved, as an amendment, to bar with a green bag containing se. add the words, “to examine and veral papers, which was ordered to report the substance thereof to the be brought up and laid on the table. house, omitting only the names of The message from the prince re.. such persons as, in the opinion of gent, as to the continuance of se- the committee, it would be dangerditious meetings, &c. being then ous to the persons themselves to read, his lordship moved an address name.” of thanks for the communication, The amendment was negatived; and signified that he should, upon and it was agreed that the commitits being carried, move to refer the tee should be a committee of sepapers to the same committee which crecy, and consist of twenty-one sat at the beginning of the session, members. On the question that with the substitution of the present it should consist of such members solicitor-general for sir W.Garrow, of the committee of the 5th of Fenot now a member.

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