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the adjournment; but Sis Francis Burdett ascertain how far proxies could be admitted spoke at some length on the necessity of a to vote on the settlement of the royal aupermanent executive; and therefore, con- thority. ceiving it to be the duty of the House to sup O n Thursday (901h), there was a call of ply che defect without loss of time, opposed the House in the Commons. The Chancellor the proposed adjournment, and, supported by of the Exchequer moved his three resolutions : Sir Samuel Rumilly, Mr. Elliott, and a few the first passed unanimously ; the second, others, divided the House on the question. with the negative of Sir Francis Bui.left; to For the adjournment for a fortnight, 313– the third, Mr. Ponsonby moved an amendAgainst it, 58.--Majority, 235.
ment, that an Address should be presented to When the Lords met on the 29th of Non the Prince of Wales, praying him to take veinser, the examination of the physicians upon hinseif the office of Regent. On this before the Privy Council was laid before them, the House divided. Against the amendment, and an adjournment for another fortnight 269-For the amendment, 157.-Majority moved by Lord Liverpool; but this was op for ministers, 112 posed by Lord Spencer and o: hers, who moved In the Lords, on this day (20th), the Reis an amendment, that the House should ap- port was read short, and a debate took place point a committee to examine the physicians, on the mode of proceeding, but without a diand to report accordingly; and, upon that vision. amendment, the House, aiter a pretty long T he Commons met on the following day; debate, divided, when there appeared for and their Report on the State of the Nation the adjournment, 88-For the amendment, being brought up, Lord William Rossell 50.--Majority, S2. In the Commons, the moved the previous question on the second motion for adjournment, moved by the resolution, and divided ibe House upon it. Chancellor of the Exchequer, was op. For the resolution, 08-Against it, 15.-Maposed by Mr. Ponsonby, who moved also for jority, 83. The third resolution was also the appointment of a committee to examine carried, and the House adjourned. the physicians. The House divided on the On Thursday (27th) the Lords proceeded question of adjournnienta-For the adjourn in a manner similar to the Commons. The ment, 23-- igainst it, 199--Majority, 101. resolutions were carried by a majority of 26,
On the division for the comunittee, there 100 voting for ministers, and 74 against was Against i', 20-form committee, 137. them. Amendmepts were moved to the se. Majarily, 95.
cond resolutior., but the division was confined 'The House of Lords and Commons met on to the third. The Report was ordered to be the 13th of December, and proceeded to ap. brought up next day, and a conference with point committees to examine the physicians. the Cominons, after which the House ad. In the Lords it was appoiuted by barlot; in journed. On Monday (31st), on the motion the Commons, the Cbancellor of the Exche. of Lord Liverpool, eight Lords were nomi. quer selected a committee irom the gentlemen nated to hold a conference with the Comon both sides of the House indifferently ; each mons; che conference took place immediately consisted of twenty-one members. Their atter, and the House, after receiving the re. lordships met on the following Monday port, adjourned. (17th), but their committee not having ti- In the Commons, Mr. Spencer Stanhope nished their labour, adjourned till Wednesday, reported from the committee the assent of (190b). The report of the Commons' cum- the Lords to their resolutions; after which, mittee was brought up on Monday, and the the House resolving itself into a committee Chancellor of the Exchequer nioved an ad. on the State of the Nation, the report of the journment to che following Thursday (2006), former committee was referred to this comand that the House should, on that day, re- mittee by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. solve itself into a commil(ce on tbe State of He, after a long speech, moved five distinct the Nacion. On that day he proposed, in propositions as che basis of a bill for regu. invitation of the mode pursued in 1788-9, by lating the ofhce of Regeat; the first, appointMr. Pitt, to move three Resolutions: the ing the Prince Regent subject to certain refusi, declarative of the present incapacity of strictions and limitations; the second, sethe sovereign; the second, the competency straining him from conferring the honours of of the two Houses to supply that incapacity; the peerage for a certain time ; the third, and the third, that the proper inode of doing from granting places and pensions; the it should be by Bill: a call of the House was fourth regulated the king's private property i prdered for that day, Mr. Ponsonby signified and the fifth respected the management of his intention to oppose the proceeding by Bill, the bousehold, which was to be vested in
At the meeting of the Lords, on Wednes, the queen. An amendment to the first resoday the 19th, Lord Liverpool moved to have lution was moved by Mr. Lambe, che purthe House called over on Thursday (27th.) port of which was to confer the whole power Lord Spencer protested against the proceedings of tbe crown on the Regent without any rein 1788 being admitted as a precedent. Lord strictions, which, on a division, was negatived Liverpool gave notice of his intention to move by a majority of 24; 224 voting against 200 for a committec to search for procedents to for it. The House divided also on the second
and third resolutions, on each of which mi. After the three first divisions stranger nisters had a majority of 16. The resolu. were not admitted, but a long discussioa tion respecting his Majesty's private property having ensued, the House again divided oa passed wichout a division, and that concern. the question that the committce should do ing the household was not debated chat night. journ any time during pleasure-Contents,
Tuesday, January 1st, the fifth resolution 102-Non-contents, 99.-Majority, 3. Think was proposed to the House. An amendment proxies should be admitted Contents, 99proposed by Earl Gower, was, after a long Non-contents, 102.-Majority, S. The Re. debate, carried by a majority of 13; 296 voting port was then re
as then received and the House ad. for the amendment, 213 against it. The journ.cd at hive in the morning. amendment was, that, for a time to be li- On Monday the th, a resolution of the mited, her Majesty shall retain such portion Commons, authorizing the Treasury to adof the household as may be deemed necessary vance money for the public service without for the support of his Majesty's royal dignity. the usual warrant (the King's sign manual)
The Lords met on Wednesday the 21, and was confirmed by the concurrence of the adjourned till next day, their being no com. Lords. The Commons having adopted the munication from the Commons. The oppo. amendment of the Lords on the second resition members renewed their attack on the solution, namely, that of prohibiting the creafirst resolution, and an amendment, moved by tion of peers for a limited time by the Lord Porchester, gave rise to a very long de Regent, che Chancellor of the Exchequer bate. After the gallery was cleared, Mr. then moved, that deputations from their Perceval moved an amendment, the purport house should be appointed to wait on the of which was, to get rid of the amendment (o Priace and Queen with the resolucions, the fifth resolution, which had been carried praying the former to accept the Regcacs • against him; but in this he failed, as one on the conditions contained in the resolu. division his amendment was rejected by a lutions, and the latter the care of the King's najority of three. This gave rise to a wis person. These resolutions were sent up to take in all the morning pavers ; next day it the Lords, and received their sanction on the was reported that the division took place on 10th. The Lords appointed certain M-mLord Porchester's, amendment.
bers of their house to join the depuiations On the next day, Thursday, January 3, from the Commons, and, on Friday the 11th, the Lords met, and appointed a compittee to the answers of the Prince and Queen, accept. confer with the Commons, and adjourned ing their respective charges on the proposed after the committee had reported. Lord Li Cunaitions, were reported to both Houses, and verpool moved, that the resolutions received on trit day a resolution to affix the great from the Commons should be presented to seal to a commission for the opening of Par. their Lordships' House sitting in committee, lument passed the Lords, after a debate and Thursday, the following day; he also gave a division, in which there appeared for the notice of a motion respecting proxics and Resolution-Contenti, 53-Non-contents, 33. presents.
Sajority, 20 The Cornions, reported from the cum. This resolution, on the following Monmictce, that they had presented their reso. day, was sanctioned by a vote of the ComJutions in conference, and they had signified mons, and next day (15ch,) Parliament was that they would return an answer by mes. opened by a commission drawn up in the sengers of their own.
usual form, and running in the King's name, On Friday the 4th, an amendment was and differing in no respect from formar premoved in the Lords by the Marquis of Lans. cedents, save that, at the end, it was express. downe, the purport of which was to remove ed to be done by, and with the consent of, the the restrictions, which was carried by a ma. Lords aod Coinmons, jority of 3- Contents, 105-Non-contents, On the same day, the Chancellor of the 102.
Exchicquer moused for leave w bring in the A division also took place on the second Regracy Biii, which being granted, it was resolution for restricting the creation of peers. fortu with presented, read a first tiine, and For the amendment, 106-Against it, 100,- ordered for a second reading the 11:xt day. Majority, 6.
On Thursday, the 17th, the Bill was comThe next division was on Lord Liverpool's mitted, and its clauses on that and the foi. amendment to the fifth resolution. For the lowing day seceived ample discussion. Sescsolution, 110- For the amendment, 97.- veral amendmeats were proposed, but reject. Majority against ministers, 13.
ed. On Toursday, Mr. Ponsonby moves an The other resolutions were passed without amendment tu tile clause of th: Bill, which a division. On bringing up the Report, the extends the duration of the restrictions to amendments on the first and second resolu- the 1st of chruary, 1812, confining it to tions appeariag to contradict each acher, the the 1st of August; this was negatived on a first resolution was restored to its original division-For tbe a nal clause, 184 - For etate by che consent of the Lords on boch Mr. l'eusunby's aneniment, 160.-Majuaides. The other resolutions were pasaud ·rity, 44 without a division.
1410 same .gentieman moved an amenda
ment to the clause respecting the house hold, motion, on a division, was rejected by a which by the Bild is under the controul of majority of 85 the Queen; but this amendment was also On Tuesday, the 29th, the Bill passed the lost: on dividing, there appeared-For the Lords; and on Thursday, the 31st, the clause as it stands in the Bill, 209-For the amendments of the Lords were adopted by amendment, 182 --Majority, 27.
the Commons, and the Bill was sent back. Two other amendments were proposed to February the 1st, Lord Liverpool moved for the same clause, which divided the House; a Commission to atfix the Great Seal to the on the first division the Ministers had a ma- Bill, which was agreed to by both Houses on jority of 22; on the latter, of 94. The the following Tuesday (5th,) and on the House in a committee got through the re- same day the Bill, in this manner, received maining clauses on Friday the 18th. Seve. the royal assent. ral amendments were proposed, but none Tuesday the 12th, the Lord Chancellor pressed to a division: the report was brought
took his seat, and notified to the Parliaup, and it was ordered to be taken into consideration on Monday the 21st.
ment, that his Royal Highness the Prince • On Monday the Lords met, but adjourned Regent had commanded the commission over til the following Wednesday, waiting for opening Parliament to be read; and for the bill from the Commons. The Report then read the following speech: of the committee give rise to a long devate. “ My Lords and Gentlemen, in the Con mons, lvir. Poisonby diain pro. "In execution of the commission which posing an aniendment respecting the house- bas now been read to you, we are commanded. hold, but it was rejected on a division, by a by his Royal Highness the Prince Regent to majority oi 22.
express, in the strongest manner, how deeply Thus ended the contest in the Commons; he laments, not only in common with all his for, on Wednesday, the 290, the Bill was Majesty's loyal subjects, but with a personal read a third time and passed, and on the saine and filial affliction, the great national cala. day was read a fist time in the Lords, where mity which has been the occasion of imposing certain resolutions moved by the Lord upon his Royal Highness the duty of exerChancellor, establishing the right of voting cising, in his Majesty's name, the royal au. by poxy, were disposed of by the question thority of this kingdom. of adjournment, which was moved by Lord "In conveying to you the sense which his Mora. The question of adjournment was Roval Highness entertains of the great dincarried by a majority of 2, proxies in culties ałcending the important trust which cluded.
is reposed in him, his Royal Highness como The Bill was read a second time in the mands us to assure you, that he looks with Lords next day.
the most perfect confidence to the wisdom On Friday, January 25, the Bill was dise and zeal of parliament, and to the attachment cussed in a committee of the whole House, ot a lovai ad affectionate people, for the and respecting the time during which the most effectual assistance and support; and limitations should continue; it was settled, his Royal Highness will, on his pari, exert afier some discussion, that it should be for his utmost endeavours to direct the powers six months, dat:d from the 1st of February. with which he is invested, to the advancement The Marquis of Lansdowne moved an amend of the prosperity, weltare, a:.d security, of his ment on the household clause similar to Majesty's dominions. that of Mr. Ponsonby in the Commons, We are directed to inform you, that his which, on a division, was carried by a majo- Royal Highness has great satisfaction in being sity of 10. The question had been pre- enabled to state, that fresh opportunities have viously put, that the original clause stand been afforded during the late campaign, for part of the Bill, which was rejected by a distinguishing the valour and skill of his Mamr.ajority of 12. Monday 28th, the duration jesty's forces both by sea and land. the restrictions was again debated, and an “ The capture of the islands of Bourbon amendment proposed by Lord Grenville: lost and of Ambuyna, have still further reduced by a majority of 17 in favour of Ministers, the colonial de pe ndencies of the enemy. who contended for twelve months. Lord Liver. " The attack upon the islans of Sicily, pool moved to have the clause respecting the which was announced to the world with a household restored, as it came from the presumptuous anticipation of success, hus - Commons, which was carried by a majority bech repulsed by the persevering exertions i of 3. Lord Grenville moved the adoption and valour of his Majesty's land and sca of the clause in the Bill of 1789, as a substi- forces. tution for the household clause, which, on “ The judicious arrangement adopted by a division, was rejected by a majority of the ofticers commarding on that station, de17. Lord Stanhope moved for the addition rived material support from the zeal and ardour of the Duke of Bedford to her Majesty's which were manifested during this contest by Councii, which was rejected by a majority the inhabitants of Sicily, and from the coof 18. And Lord Kiing moved that Lord operation of the naval means which were die · Eldur's name should be omitted, which rected by his Sicilian Majesty to this objects
a la « In Portugal, and at Cadiz, the defence nation, and so peculiarly afflicting to hig of which constituted the principal object of Royal Highness himself” his Majesty's exertions in the last campaign, On the 14th the Corporation of Lone the designs of the enemy have been hi: herto
don presenter the following address to frustrated. The consumate skill, prudence, and perseverance, or Lieutenant-general Lord
bis Royal Iliginess the Prince of Wales, Viscount Wellington, and the disipline and
Rrgent of the United Kingdom of Great determined bravery of the officers and men Brian and Ireiandi. under his con mand, have been conspicuously The dutiful and loyal Address of the Lord Mayer, displayed throughout the whole of the cam- ilderian, ard Commons, of obe City of London, paign. The effect of those distinguished in Common Council assembled. qualities, in inspiring confidence and energy Mas ir please your Royal Highness.-We, into the troops of his Majesty's allies, has the Lord Mavor, Aldermen, and Commons, been happily evinced by their general good of the City of London, in Common Council condict, and particularly by the brilliant part assembled, most humbly approach your Royal which they bore in the repulse of the enemy Hiyhness, wich the warm st assurances of at Busaco. And his Royal Highness com- affectionate attachment to your royal person, mands us further to state, that he trusts you and unshaken adherence to those sacred prinwill enable him to continue the most effectual ciples which seate your family upon the assistance to the brave nations of the penin- throne of this realm, fully convinced that sula, in the support of a contest which they those principles afford the b:st secuiity to Danifest a determination to maintain with the honour and dignity of the sovereign, and unabated perseverance; and his Royal Highn the rights and interests of the people, ness is persuaded, that you will feel that the Whilst we offer to your Royal Highness our best interests of the British empire must be sincere condolence upon the severe visitation deeply affected in the issue of this contest, with which it has pleased Divine Providence on which the liberties and independence of to amict our most gracious Sovereign, which the Spanish and Portuguese nations entirely has occasionei a suspension or the royal funcdepend,
tions, it is with hear: elt consolation that, in “ We have it likewise in command to ac common with ali ranks of our fellow subjects, quaint you, that discussions are row depending we behold in the person of your Royal Highbetween this country and the United States ness, a prince highly endowed, and eminently of America, and that it is the earnest wish qualified to exercise the regal duties--a prince, of his Royal Highness, that he may find who has so greatly endeared himself to the himself enabled to bring these discussions to people, by his moderation ard forbearance, an amicable termination, consistent with the on various trying occasions, and the attachhonour of his Majesty's crown, and the ma. ment he has so uniformly shewn to their ritime rights and interests of the United rights and liberties. Kingdom.
Had indeed the desire and expectation of - Gentlemen of ibe House of Commons, the United Kingdom been realized, by vesting “ We are cirected to acquaint you, that in your Royal Highness the full powers of his Royal Highness the Prince Regent has the executive authority, we should have had given his commands, that the estimaies for just cause for congratulation; confident as we the expenditure of the current year should feel, that those powers would have been be laid before you; and his Royal Highness wiely and beneficially exercised, to enable has great satisfaction in acquainting you, that us to meet the extraordinary exigencies of so although ihe ditliculties under which the com- perilous a crisis. merce of this kingdom bas laboured, have in Deeply impressed with a sense of the many some degree affected a part of his Majes:y's and great difficulties which, with powers so revenue, particularly in Ireland, yet that the limited, your Royal Highness must have to revenue of Great Britain in the last year, encounter in the discharge of duties so ar. though unaided by any new taxation, is greater duous, and feeling towards your Royal Highthan was ever known in any preceding year. ness the fullness of that loyal affcction, And his Royal Highness trusts to your zeal which in deeds, as well as in words, we have and liberality to attord his Majesty adequate so long demonstrated towards your royal faSupplies for the support of the great contest ther and iamily, we would fain have forborne in which he is necessarily engaged.
to cloud the dawn of our intercourse with « My Lords ond Gintlinien,
your Royai Highness, by even a glance at “We are commanded by his Royal High our grievances, manifold and weighty as they ness to declare to you, that it is the most are ; but duty to our sovereign, duty to our anxious wish of his heart, that he may be country, the example of our rorefathers, jusenabled to restore unimpaired into the hands tice to posterity, the fame and the safety of of his Majesty the government of his king the kingdom, all, with voice imperious, fordom; and that his Royal Highness earnestly bid us to cisguise our thoughts, or to smother prays, that the Almighty may be pleased in our feelings. his mercy to accelerate the termination of a Far be it from us, insulted as the Corporacalamity so deeply lamented by the whole tion of this ancient, and at all former times re
spécred, city, has recently been by the servants the time being, whether for the purpose of of the crow:, far be it froid us to indulge in nuilifying the just prerogatives of the crowd, complaint of grievances peculiar to ourselves; or of insulting and oppressing the peopie, and seady and willing as we are to share in all the a reform in which representation is therefore secessary butthens, and all the dangers of absolutely necessary for the safety of the our country. It is of general grievances, crown, the happiness of the people, and the grievances sorely felt in all ranks of life, of peace and independence of the country. accumulated and ever-accumulating taxation, Reposing the fullest confidence in your rendered doubly grievous by the oppressive Royal Highness's beneficent views and intenmode of exaction, and of the increased and tions, we can only deplore the present un'orincreasing distress and misery therefrom arie tunate state of things, fully relying, that one sing; of the improvident expenditure of the der circumstances so poval and en barrassing immense sums thus wrung trom industry and every measure which derends personally upon . tabour; or the waste of life and of treasure your Royal Highness, will be ajopted towards in ill-contrived and ill-conducted expedicions; extricating us from our present disruties, of the attempts which, for many years pase, and for promoting the peace, happiness, and and especially within the last three years, security, of the country. have been made, and with but too much suo 'Thus to mingle our expressions of costi cess, to crush public liberty in all its branches, dence and affection with the voice of complaint and especially the liberty of freely discussing is grievous to our hearts; but placmg, as we the conduct of public men, and the nature do, implicit reliance on the constitutional ad tendency of public measures.
principles of your Royal Highness, we are Can we refrain from humbly expressing our cheered with the hope that such a change of complaints, when we have seen those minis. System will take place, as will henceforward ters who have so long usurped the royal au- for a long series of happy years, prevent your thority, and who it is now discovered have, Royal Highness from being greeted by the By practising the most criminal deception faiinful and loyal City of London, in any opon che parliament and the people, carried voice but that of content and of gratitude. on the goverment during his Majesty's fot.
Tl: Prince Recent's Ansover.' mer incapacity, exerting their influence to
" I thank you for the assurances of your degrade the kingly office; when we have seen
attachment, and of your confidence in the measures adopted evincing the most un sincerity of my endeavours to promote tie grounded jealousy and miscrust of your Royal
vielfare and security of his Majesty's domi. Hahness; when we hirve seen the preroga. nions, by the faithrul administration of those tives or the crown entailed and williheld;
; peers with which I am entrusted during the when we have seen a grew estate established lamented indisposition of the king, in the realm, highly dangerous and uncon.
"In the arduous situation in which I am stitutional ; when we have seen power, is
be placed, I can assure you that it will be the
placed Ruence, and emolument, thus set ayır: to con. happiest moment of my life, wlien; by the troul and embarrass the executive govern. blessing of Providence, I shall be called upon ment; at a time of such unprecedented din to
to resign the powers delegated to one, into ficulty, when all the energies of the state the hands of my beloved and revered facher are necessary to enable us to surmount toe god sowiem dangers with wlrich we are threatened, both " My own disposition, no less than the at home and abroad. We contess, that feeling example of my rojal father, will make me at 23 we do, the most unbounded gratitude to all times ready to listen to the complaints of your Royal Highness, for undertaking these those who may think themselves aggrieved, arduous du ies at a moment of such peril, and and will determine me on all occasibiis to re. under such circumstances, we can discover no
gulate my conduce upon the established print. czure for congratulation ; on the contrary, te
ciples of that ancient and excellent constits. should be filled with di..nay and the most
tion, under which the people of this country alarming apprehensions, were it not for the har
have hitherto enjoyed a state of unrivalle known patriotism and amiable qualities which
prosperity and happiness." yoor Royal Highness possesses, and the resource which, we trust, your Royal Highness The season has been characterized by will find in the zeal, ardour, affection, and its tempestuous winds, and many ships of loyalty, of a free and united people.
Wir and job humerable merchantmen have Numerous other grievances we torbear even been lost, with thousands of their crews, to mention, but there is one so prominent Among others, the Minotaur of 74 gans, in the odiousness of its nature, as well as in was lost on the coast of llolland, and the magnitude of its mischievous const- tivo frigates on the coast of Scotland. quences, that we are unable to refrain from marking it out as a particular object of our
FAST INDIES. complaint, and ot your Royal Highness's vir- A series of events have taken place in tuvus abhorrence. The present representation India bighly advantageous in their result in the Codimons House of Parliament, a really to the interests of Britain. instruinent in the hands of the minister tor la August last we lost elavec frigates in