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whether, at a late meeting of his friends in adversity, would no friends, he meant the select few doubt persuade one or two of his on one of those occasions which connexions to lend also their aid served the noblc lord as a drill, to the servants of the crown. previous to his exercises in that (Continued laughter and cheers.) house-the noble lord had not On behalf of the people of Enfairly told them, that if they did gland, he claimed that much more not take care to vote with govern- should be done than ministers ment, the government could not had suggested: if the noble lord support itself, and that they must thought that the country did not fall with it? (hear, hear.) And yet understand him, he was miserhe would undertake to say, suo ably mistaken; at least periculo, that until the house far as respected economy, the should force him to resign, the people of England were not to noble ord would remain on the be deceived in the intentions of treasury bench to the end of time. the noble lord and his colleagues. The noble lord had asserted that “ What,” said the noble lord, his mode of proceeding was the “ will they desert us now, after most constitutional: he (Mr. T.) we have won for them so many would not enter into any discus. glorious battles, and after we have sion with him as to what was and conquered for them such a happy what was not constitutional, for peace?” (Laughter.) To this he upon that subject, as upon most (Mr. T.) could only reply, that other's, the ideas of the noble lord one distinguishing characteristic were not a little confused. (Laugh- of Englishmen was their great ter.) Mr. Pitt proceeded in an good sense, which opposed itself open and a manly manner, and to all sorts of imposition. It did not resort to petty private might be truly said, that no man meetings to frighten ministerial in our history had ever gained members into a belief of imagi- for a time an unmerited reputanary dangers. (Continued cheers tion, that had not soon been exfrom all sides.) His Majesty's posed by the national penetration, ministers, notwithstanding all the and degraded to the low level confidence expressed by their from which accident had raised leader, might shortly find it ne- him. (Hear, hear.) The natives of cessary to employ a little of their Great Britain could easily dis. spare strength, and to re-import linguish between such people as what for a time they had exported. the noble lord opposite and such (Continued cheers.) The admini-men as the Duke of Wellington. stration, which now sct all advice -(Long.continued cheering.) at scorn, and would rely on no. The cloud which had bitherto thing but its popularity, and the surrounded the noble lord, and confidence of a rich and happy na

the intervention of which, like a tion, might in a few weeks deem mist, had “ made him but greatit prudent to bring back into this er seem, not greater grow, country a right honourable gen- now fast dispelling, and leaving tlemen, whom but a short time him exposed as he really was. ago they sent out of it; and that The presence of a right honour. gentleman, partly out of gratitude, | able gentleman, who was on his and partly out of compassion to his way to reinforce the ranks of VOL. II.

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the treasury, would again throw God for his good luck. (Hear, back his lordship to the place he and laughter.) He (Lord C.) would had originally occupied. It could find that he could no longer ride not be said of the noble lord, that the people of England; and that, “ he was great ere fortune made if he proceeded with the system him so;" his lordship had been he had declared himself detervery successful, and he (Mr. T.) mined to pursue, he would raise recommended that he should re- a storm of resentment which he tire with submission, and thank would find it impossible to allay. ABSTRACT

OF THE

PRINCIPAL PUBLIC LAWS,

OF THE

FOURTEENTH CONGRESS.

Chap. 22. An act concerning By this act it is enacted, that all the Convention to regulate the such persons as had been citizens commerce between the territories of the United States anterior to the of the United States and his Bri- late war, and were at its comtannic majesty. (The act of the mencement inhabitants of the proBritish parliament of April 1816, vince of Canada, and who, during in relation to the same convention, the said war joined the armies of is entitled-An act to carry into the United States, as volunteers, effect the Convention, &c.)

and were slain, died in service, or Be it enacted and declared by continued therein, till honourably the senate and house of represen- discharged, shall be entitled to the tatives of the United States of following quantities of land resAmerica, in congress assembled, pectively, viz.-Each colonel 960 That so much of any act as impo- acres; each major to 800 acres; ses a higher duty of tonnage, or of captain 640 acres; subaltern officer impost on vessels, and articles im 480 acres; non-commissioned offported in vessels, of Great Britain, cer, musician and private, 320 ihan on vessels, and articles im- acres to extend to medical and ported in vessels of the United other staff, to rank according to States, contrary to the provisions of their pay. the convention between the United They shall likewise be entitled States and his Britannic majesty, to receive from the treasurer of the ratifications whereof were mu- the United States, three months tually exchanged the twenty-se- additional pay. [Approved March cond day of December, one thou- 5, 1816.) sand eight hundred and fifteen, be, from and after the date of the rati- Chap. 40. An act to authorize fication of the said convention, and the payment for property lost, capduring the continuance thereof, tured or destroyed by the enemy, deemed, and taken to be of no while in the military service of force or effect. (Approved March the United States, and for other 1, 1816.)

purposes.

This act remunerates the ownChap. 25. An act granting boun-ers, whether volunteers or drafted ties in land and extra pay to certain militia, for the loss of horses killCanadian volunteers.

ed or lost whilst in the military service of the United States-also | 21,000,000 dollars by individuals, the owners of any horse, mule, ox,

&c. wagon, cart, boat, sleigh or har. The payments of the subscripness, lost in the military service tions to be made by instalmentsof the United States, if without one fourth in gold or silver coinany fault or negligence in the the remainder in like coin, or owner, unless the risk was agreed | funded debt of the United States. 1o be run by the owner.

It shall be lawful for the United Houses occupied as military de: States to redeem the funded debt posits, and in consequence thereof subscribed—and for the Bank to destroyed by the enemy, to be paid sell the same for gold and silver. for. The amount of loss and value Provided, that it shall not sell of property, shall be ascertained more than 2,000,000 dollars there. by the best evidence the nature of of in any one year; nor any part the case will admit of, in the pow. without giving notice to the seer of the party to produce. cretary of the treasury: and offer.

But no claim shall be allowed, ing it to the United States at the unless it shall be exhibited within current price. two years from the passage here. The management of the affairs of. {Approved April 9, 1816.] of the Bank committed to twenty

five directors-five of whom being Chap. 43. An act in addition to stockholders, shall be appointed an act to regulate the Post-office annually by the president of the establishment.

United States and the senate—not By this act the rate of postage more than three of whom to be reon letters, &c. is reduced to the sidents of any one stale, and twensame amount, as before the act of ty of whom shall be annually electFebruary 27, 1815. And by sect. ed by the qualified stockholders. 3, all letters and packets, not ex. The corporation is restricted ceeding two ounces in weight, to from contracting debts exceeding and from any member of congress the sum of 35,000,000 dollars, unor, delegate, the secretary of the less authorized by law of the Unit. senate, and clerk of house of re- ed States. presentatives, shall be conveyed Not to make any loan to the U. free of postage for thirty days pre- S. exceeding 500,000 dollars, vious to each session of congress, nor to any particular state exceedand for thirty days after the termi. | ing 50,000 dollars, nor to any fonation thereof. (Approved April reign state, unless authorized by 9, 1816.]

law of the United States.

The dividends shall be half Chap. 44. Anact to incorporate yearly. A statement of the affairs the subscribers to the Bank of the of the Bank shall be laid before the United States.

stockholders every three years. By this act it is enacted, that a The secretary is authorized to Bank of the United States of Ame- call upon the Bank for a statement, rica shall be established, with a not exceeding a weekly one, of its capital of 35,000,000 dollars, to be concerns. divided into 350,000 shares of 100 No stockholder unless he be a dollars each share—70,000 shares, citizen of the United States, shall or 7.000,000 dollars. part thereof, vote in the choice of directors. shall be subscribed and paid for by The corporation is restricted the United States-the remaining from suspending payments in spe

cie, by being made chargeable The said state shall consist of with the payment of interest at the all the territory included within rate of 12 per cent. per annum. the following boundaries, to wit:

Congress are to establish no bounded on the east by the meridi. other Banks except in the District an line which forms the western of Columbia.

boundary of the state of Ohio. On

the south by the river Ohio, from Chap. 55. An act making fur. the mouth of the Great Miami ri. ther provision for military services ver to the mouth of the river Wa. during the late war, and for other bash. On the west by a line drawn purposes.

along the middle of the Wabash, This act provides for the repre. from its mouth to a due north line sentatives of officers and soldiers drawn from the town of Vincenof the militia, killed in the servicenes, would last touch the northof the U. S. or who shall have western shore of said river and died in consequence of wounds re- thence by a due north line, until ceived therein. It enacts that the the same shall intersect an east widow, or if no widow, the child or and west line drawn through a children (being under 16 years of point ten miles north of the southage) of such officer or soldier shall ern extreme of lake Michigan: on be entitled to receive half the the north by the said east and monthly pay to which the deceas- west line, until the same shall ined was entitled at the time of his tersect the first mentioned meri. death, for 5 years. The guardians dian line which forms the western of the child or children (under 16 boundary of the state of Ohio. The years of age) of any officer or sol. state to have concurrent jurisdicdier of the regular army, who shall tion on the Wabash, with the have been so killed or died, may state to be formed west thereof, so take the half pay for 5 years in far as the said river shall form a lieu of the bounty land of such of- common boundary to both. ficer, &c.

The state when formed, shall be All soldiers enlisted for 5 years, entitled to one representative in or during the war, who have faith- the house of representatives U. S. fully served during the war, and until the next general census. have been honourably discharged, [Approved April 19, 1816.] shall be entitled to bounty land, notwithstanding they were above Chap. 58. An act to abolish the the age of 45, or under the age of existing duties on spirits distilled 18, at the time of their enlist within the United States, and to ment.

lay other duties, in lieu of those No transfer of the land granted at present imposed, on licenses to to non-commissioned officers, &c. distillers of spirituous liquors. valid, until the patents shall be is. By this act the tax is imposed on sued. [Approved April 16, 1817.) the capacity of the still, instead of

the quantity of liquor distilled acChap. 57. An act to enable the cording to the act of 21st Dec. people of Indiana Territory to 1814. form a constitution and state go.

And authority is hereby given vernment, and for the admission to the collectors and their depuof such state into the union on an ties, to enter at any time any disequal footing with the original tillery or place, where any still, States.

boiler or other vessel, used in dis.

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