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rigidly enforced. Buonapartė, then feeling extraordinary. Having, in the first inthat the people he governed suffered very stance, opposed the original resolution of much from the want of certain articles the House on the ground that it would be which it was in our power to withhold as easy to controul the motion of the from them, agreed to take a certain quan. heavenly bodies by act of parliament, as to lity of goods upon condition that we should regulate the circulation of the country take in return commodities to the same under the circumstances in which it was amount. In this we acquiesced; but it placed; having again resisted the Bill would be easily perceived by those who when introduced last year, be, now that would take the trouble of examining the ministers tried their hand at it again, denature of this traffic, that it was not con. clared, that he was their man, and gave ducted on any principle of reciprocity. his support to this notable proposition. While we received any thing wanted in The House were placed in this situation : this community, he made a strict selection they first voted a resolution wbich they of such articles of importation as he was could not maintain; and they then atin the greatest possible want of, such as tempted to bolster it up by a law whicla dyed woods, indigo, and other materials, was effective only in preventing the nawithout which, certain manufactures must tives of this country from purchasing gold, have been abandoned, of medicines, of and in opening the market to foreigners. leather, of bridles and saddles, and otber Nothing could be more absurd than the equipments for his cavalry. How far such Bill which it was then proposed to read a a trade as this could be beneficial to the third time, and he should give his hearty country it was for ministers to decide. vote against it.

Mr. Whitbread observed, that the re- A division ensued, marks of the hon. gentleman were most For the third reading..........

80 foreign to the question before the House. Against it...........

15 For his part he confessed himself wbolly

Majority... .......

05 unable to discover their applicability : there might perhaps be a Ulysses or a

List of the Minority. Nestor present, who could. Possibly the Abercromby, J. Marsh, C. Chancellor of the Exchequer, or the Pre. Babington, T. Martin, u. sident of the Board of Trade, or the Vice. Brand, T.

North, D. president of the Board of Trade might be

Creevey, T.

Robinson, G. A. able to show it. He owned that he was Flood, sir F.

Calvert, c.

Westerne, C.C.

Whitbread, s. not at all surprised to hear the hon. gentle. Gordon, R. man attribute the embarrassed state of our Grant, J. P.

Hamilten, lord A. currency to Buonaparté. It was the hon. Lloyd, J. M. Bennet, H. G. gentleman's usual practice to lay all our evils at Buonaparte's door. On him all were

HOUSE OF COMMONS. thrown. Perbaps, even, the absence of a noble lord (Castlereagh) might be owing

Tuesday, December 15. to Buonaparte's having turned up some- PETITION FROM THE BRISTOL CLERGY what nearer home than was expected. AGAINST THE CATHOLIC Claims.] Mr.

Mr. Bachurst intimated tbat his noble Protheroe presented a Petition from the friend was indisposed.

Clergy of the city and deanery of Bristol, Mr. Whitbread expressed his regret at the setting forth, circumstance; he had supposed it possible “ That the petitioners are warm and that Buonaparte's having been found at sincere friends to religious toleration, and Berlin, might have occasioned the noble to the free exercise of religious worship lord's absence; knowing, however, the by all who differ from the Church by law elasticity of the noble lord's mind and established, yet that they cannot but view, body, he had no doubt that he would soon with deep concern and anxiety, the recover bis wonted health.. With respect alarming extent of the claims so strongly to the Bill before the House, the object of and repeatedly urged by their Roman Cait was to prevent that which already tholic fellow.subjects, not in behalf of lic existed—wo prices. Every body knew berty of conscience (for that they already that all the necessaries of life could be enjoy in its utmost extent) but for the pur, bought at a cheaper rate with gold than pose of attaining political power; and with paper.

The conduct of the hon. that these claims, as the petitioners undergentleman who spoke last had been most stand, directly extend to the removal of (VOL. XXIV.)




áll restrictions and disabilities whatever, country has, since the æra of the Revolaon account of religious opinion, and to tion, enjoyed a degree of freedom, peace, the unlimited right of admission not only and happiness unknown to other nations, to offices of the highest responsibility, but and unexampled in former ages.” even into the legislature itself, under a Ordered to lie upon the table. monarchy and a constitution of which Protestantism has hitherto been, and, it is

HOUSE OF COMMONS. earnestly hoped, will never cease to be an essential and distinguishing character;

Wednesday, December 16. and that, as the petitioners humbly appre

PETITION OF CAPTAIN INGLIS.] Sir F. hend, it is altogether impossible to admit Burdett said, he held in his hands a Pebuch claims without destroying some of the tition from captain Inglis, who was to strongest defences by which our civil and bave gone out to survey Port Jackson. religious establishments have long been While bis vessel was in the river, some of happily secured ; and though many of the his crew, all of whom bad protections, most enlightened advocates for these claims were attacked by a press-gang. They have always professed, and sincerely pro- resisted this press-gang, and beat them off, fessed, a desire that other securities should but he himself took no part in the resist. be substituted in their place, yet, as far as A complaint was lodged at the the petitioners know or believe, not even Thames Police Office, to which he was the general nature of these new securities brought. His treatment there was shock. (much less their specific character and ing and shameful. He was confined from tendency) has ever yet been publicly ex- four in the afternoon till eight in the erenplained, though such explanation, if truly ing, in a place which it was scarcely de convincing and satisfactory, would most cent to mention; and when he came from powerfully have contributed to reconcile this place a common privy-he was so varieties of opinion, and to remove the ap- overcome with the stench, that he was prehensions of danger which now justly ready to faint. He was conveyed to Clerkprevail with respect to this momentous enwell Prison, and obliged to sbare a bed question; so that, even on this ground, with one of the felons, in irons. His affairs without adverting to the great, and, as

were much injured, if not ruined, by being they think, insuperable difficulties in he- detained till his trial should come on in rent in the thing itself, the petitioners March next. This gentleman was well deem it not unreasonable to declare their known, during a long life, as possessed of a full conviction that, if the above mention most respectable character. He was weil | ed claims should be conceded, it would be related, and had served first as a midshiputterly impracticable to provide new de- man in the king's service, and afterwards fences on which equal dependence could in a high situation in a vessel belonging to be placed for the lasting safety of the Pro- the East India Company; and while he testant Government and Protestant Church, was in the Company's service, be had reas they are now established in this United ceived a considerable reward from lord Kingdom; and that the petitioners rely, Minto, for having saved the lives of several with perfect confidence, on the wisdom of persons wrecked on an unknown rock in parliament, but they feel it to be their ihe Bay of Bengal. He had references duły, with the utmost deference, to submit for character to admiral Hunter, lord to the House their deliberate opinion on a Erskine, the hon. Henry Erskine, and see question, which they cannot possibly view veral other respectable individuals. He as limited by mere political considerations, hoped that the Admiralty would of thembecause they are well assured, that whatever selves take this case into considerarion, may affect the safety of the Established and prevent its coming before the House. Church, must materially affect also the On the suggestion of the Speaker, the interests of that pure and reformed reli- Petition was withdrawn, for the purpose gion, of which the Church is a faithful of endeavouring to state the circumstances guardian and depositary; and praying, of the case with greater bevity. that the House will be pleased effectually to guard against the adoption of any mea- LONDON BOOKSELLERS' Petition, AE. sure tending to weaken or undermine the SPECTING COPY-RIGATS, &c.] Mr. Davies firm and tried bulwarks of that constitu- Giddy presented a Petition from ihe booktion in Church and State, under which, by sellers and publishers of London and Westthe blessing of Divine Providence, this minster, setting forth,

“ That, by an act of 8 Anne, for the en- came an inadequate protection, the prace, couragement of learning, by vesting the tice of entering the books gradually lescopies of printed books in the authors or sened; and that the University of Campurchaser of such copies during the time bridge, having lately contended that therein mentioned, it was enacted, copies of all books, whether registered or amongst other things, that if any person not at Stationers' Hall, should be delivered, should reprint any book without ihe con- commenced an action against a printer of sent of the proprietor, as therein men- a recent publication for not delivering the tioned, the offender should forfeit such several copies thereof, upon which case it book, and also one penny for every sheet has been determined that the said act of found in his custody; but it was provided, queen Anne enjoins the delivery of copies that no one should be subject to such pe- of all works printed and published, whether nalty unless the title to the copy of such registered al Stationers" Hall or not ; and book should be entered in the register that this determination will subjectthe petibook of the Company of Stationers; and tioners to great expence, and operate very it was further provided and enacted, that seriously, to discourage literature; and nine copies of each book, upon the best that the best paper copies, at the period paper, that should be printed and published of the passing of the said act, were not sias aforesaid, or reprinted and published milar to the expensive fine paper copies now with additions, should, by the printer printed, nor were any works of that costly thereof, be delivered to the warehouse description, which now issue from the keeper of the said Company of Stationers British press, at that time known, many of before such publication made, for the use those works are now printed by authors at, of the royal library, the libraries of the their own expence,


upon Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, their sharing the profits after the deducthe libraries of the four Universities in tion of all expences; and the petitioners Scotland, the library of Sion College, in humbly submit that to enforce a delivery London, and the library belonging to the fa- of eleven copies of all books will, in the culty of advocates in Edinburgb; and that, cases in which, from the nature of the by an act of 41 Geo. 3, for the further en works, and limited sale, a small number couragement of learning in the united king. only is printed, operate as a great disdom of Great Britain and Ireland, by se- couragement to the undertaking of such curing the copies and copyright of printed works; and that, by the said act of queen books to the authors of such books, or Anne, the term of twenty-eight years' their assigns, for the time therein men- copyright is secured to the author, and his tioned, it was, amongst other things, en- assigns, in case he should be alive at the acted, that, in addition to the nine copies end of the first fourteen years, but, in case then required by law to be delivered to he should then be dead, the copyright the warehousekeeper of the said Com- ceases at the end of the first fourteen pany of Stationers, and each and every years; and the petitioners humbly submit book which should be entered in the re- that this distinction is, in many cases, progular book of the said company, one other ductive of great hardships to the families copy should be in like mapner delivered of authors, and is not founded upon just for the use of the library of the college of principles; and tbat the petitioners could the Holy Trinity in Dublin, and one other state innumerable instances of works lately copy for the library of the society of the published and now publishing, to prove King's Inn, Dublin, of every book that ihe heavy burthen which will be thrown should be thereafter printed and published, upon authors and publishers, by enforcing and entered in the said register book of the delivery of the copies required on beste the said company; and that it was the paper ; upon ten works published by one general persuasion of authors and book bookseller, the amount would be 5,698l. ; sellers, that, by the said act of queen upon twelve works published by another Anne, copies of those books only were re- bookseller, the amount would be 2,9901.; quired to be delivered which the pro- and the petitioners need only add to this prietors chose to enter at Stationers' Hall statement some single works on best pato entitle themselves to the protection of per, viz. Daniel's Oriental Scenery 2,3101.; the said forfeiture of one penny a sheet of Sibthorpe's Flora Greca 2,5001. ; Brithe pirated copies, and therefore, when by tish Gallery of Engraving 1,0651.; Mr. the increased expences of publication, the Jobnes's Froissart and Monstrelet Chrosaid forfeiture of one penny a sheet be- nicles 1,1001 ; Dibdin's Typography


4261.; Lord Valentia's Travels 5771.;

No. 2.-Treasury MINUTE, 24th NoCostumes of the World 5321. ; Hodges's

vember 1812. Views in India 462l.; Salt's Views 3001. 6s. ; the new editions of Dugdale's Mo- The Chancellor of the Exchequer lays nasticon will be 1,430 guineas ; the new before the Board, a letter addressed to him editions of Wood's Athena Oxonienses 770 by the marquisses of Buckingham and guineas, Daniel's Voyage to India 132l., Camden, dated 21st inst. in which they taken from an infinite number of works of state, “ that under the impressions wbich great expence lately published and now they entertain of the encreased sacrifices publishing, of the best copies of which, to which the country will in all probabisuch as required by the statute and the lity be called by the pressure upon its redetermination, frequently only fifty sources in a moment of unexampled es.' copies, and in some instances even a less pence and difficulty, they are anxious to number, are printed, prove to the House express, through him, their desire and inthat the petitioners are not complaining tention of contributing their voluntary aid upon frivolous grounds; and praying, to the expences of the war; they therefore that leave may be given to bring in a request him, as the regular official cbannel Bill for granting relief to the petitioners." of communication from the Exchequer to Ordered to lie upon the table.

this Board, to signify to us their intention

of paying, in aid of the general services of TELLERS OF THE EXCHEQUER-LETTERS the year, and in quarterly payments, oneFROM THE MARQUISSES OF BUCKINGHAM AND third of the net profits arising from the CAMDEN.) Mr. Wharton'presented the fol. salary and fees of their respective tellerlowing Letters of the marquisses Bucking- ships of the Exchequer; and that they ham and Camden, addressed to the Chan. propose and intend to continue this vocellor of the Exchequer; relative to giving luntary contribution for and during the up a proportion of their net Incomes as present war; and to commence it from Tellers of the Exchequer : as well as all and after the present quarter ending the Proceedings of the Treasury thereupon.

5th January next."

My lords read the 218th section of the No. 1.- The Marquisses BUCKINGHAM Act of the 43d of the King, cáp. 122, di

and CANDEN, to the Chancellor of recting the mode and receipt and applithe Exchequer.

cation of the voluntary contributions for

the purpose of carrying on the war. Exchequer, Nov. 21, 1812. My lords are pleased to direct, that Sir; under the impression which we letters be written to the marquis of Buckentertain of the encreased sacrifices, to ingham and marquis Camden respectively, which the country will in all probability expressing to them the high sense which be called by the pressure upon its re- their lordships entertain of their publie sources, in a moment of unexampled ex spirited and patriotic intention of contripence and difficulty; we are anxious to buting one-third of the net profits of the express, through you, our desire and inten- salary and fees of their respective tellertion of contributing our voluntary aid to ships of the Exchequer, in aid of the gethe expences of the war: we therefore re. neral services of the year: and transmitquest you, as the regular official channel ing to them respectively copies of the of communication from the Exchequer to 2181h section of the said Act; and rethe Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, questing their lordships will be pleased to to signify to them, our intention of paying give directions that the said voluntary conin aid of the general services of the year, tributions may be paid into the Bank, and in quarterly payments, one-tbird of from time to time, conformably to the prothe net profits arising from the salary and visions of the said Act. fees of our respective tellerships of the Exchequer. We propose, and intend, to

No. 3.-Geo. HARRISON, Esq. to the continue this voluntary contribution for

Marquisses BUCKINGHAM and CAMand during the present war; and to commence it from and after the present quar. Treasury Chambers, Nov. 30, 1812. ter ending on the 5th of January next. My lords; the Chancellor of the ExWe have the honour to be, &c.

chequer having laid before the Lords Com(Signed) Nugent BUCKINGHAM, missioners of his Majesty's Treasury, your CAMDEN,

lordship's letter of 21st inst, stating," that


under the impressions which your lord- | tificates for the same, acknowledging the ships entertain of the encreased sacrifices payment of such voluntary contribution; to which the country will, in all probabi- which sums to be paid as aforesaid, for lity, be called by the pressure upon its re- which such certificates shall be required, sources, in a moment of unexampled ex. shall be deemed and taken to be volunpence and difficulty, your lordships are tary contributions of such persons, body anxious to express, through him, your de politic or corporate respectively, towards sires and intention of contributing your effecting the purposes of this Act, and voluntary aid to the expences of the war, shall be applied as the other monies paid and therefore requesting him, as the re- into the Bank of England by virtue of this gular official channel of communication Act may be applied.” from the Exchequer to this Board, to sig. No. 4.-The Marquisses BUCKINGHAM nify to this Board your lordships intention and CAMDEN LO GEORGE HARRISON, of paying, in aid of the general services

Esq. of the year, and in quarterly payments,

Exchequer, Dec. 3d, 1812. one third of the net profits arising from the salary and fees of your respective tel. the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury,

Sir; in consequence of the desire of Jerships of the Exchequer, and that your signified to us in your letter of November fordships propose and intend to continue 3oth, we have this day given the necessary this voluntary contribution for and during directions that the voluntary contribution the present war, and to commence it from of one-third of the net profits of our reand after the present quarter ending 5th spective tellerships of the Exchequer, shall of January next;" I have it in command, be paid by quarterly payments, from time from my lords, to express to your lordships, the high sense which they entertain after the present quarter ending on the 5th

to time as they shall accrue, from and of your public spirited and patriotic in. of January 1813, to the governor and tention, of contributing one third of the company of the Bank of England or their net profits of the salary and fees of your cashier, in the manner directed by the respective tellerships of the Exchequer, in 43d of the King, cap. 122.: which we reaid of the general services of the year; quest you to communicate to their lord. and I am commanded by my lords, to transmit herewith, a copy of the 218th ships

. We have the honour to be, &c.

NUCENT BUCKINGHAM, section of the Act of the 43d of the King,

CAMDEN. cap. 122, directing the mode of receipt

No. 5.-The Marquisses BUCKINGHAM and application of voluntary contributions

and CAMDEN to the CHANCELLOR for the purpose of carrying on the war ;

of the ExchEQUER. and to request your lordships will be pleased to give directions, that your said Exchequer, December 11, 1812. voluntary contributions may be paid into the Bank of England from time to time, cussions that have taken place in the conformably to the provisions of the said House of Commons, on the subject of the Act. lam, my lords, &c.

public revenues, that the expences of the Gco. HARRISON. ensuing year will probably exceed those

of the present, we think it right, in expla(Enclosure.)

nation of the letter which we had the ho" And whereas his Majesty's subjects, nour of addressing to you on the 21st Noresiding out of Great Britain, and others, vember last, to state to you, for the informay be desirous of voluntarily contribu- mation of the Lords Commissioners of the ting towards the porposes of this Act; be Treasury, that if in any year during the it further enacted, that it shall be lawful present war, the net profits of the several for any person or persons, body corpo- fees and salaries received in our offices in rate or politic, and at any time or times the Exchequer should exceed those of the during the continuance of this Act, to pay current year, it is our intention, in every or cause to be paid to the said governor such year, to pay as our voluntary contrior company, or to their cashier or cashiers, bution to the public, in addition to the or other person or persons to be authorised one-third of our profits as stated in that by them, any sum or sums of money, as letter, the whole of such excess beyond and for a voluntary contribution, for the the net receipts of the present year. We purpose of carrying on the war; and in have the honour to be, &c. such case, to require a certificate or cer


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