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HOUSE OF COMMONS.-Finance.On Climbing Boys. Leave was given to the 8th February, the House appointed a bring in a bill similar to the one lost in Committee of Finance on the motion of last Parliament, for abolishing the use of Lord Castlereagh, who, among various climbing-boys in the sweeping of chim. other topics of less importance, congratula. neys. ted the House on the improvement of the Usury L1708. Mr Serjeant Onslow obrevenue of the country, stating that there tained leave to bring in a bill for the repeal was now a surplus of income above expen- of the usury laws. diture to the amount of L. 3,500,000 ; and Convicts. On the 19th a motion was that there was every prospect of this surplus made by Mr BENNET for a committee to increasing. The income of the country inquire into a material part of our crimiin the year ending January 5, 1818, a. nal jurispru:lence, namely, the transportamounted to L.51,665,000 ; in the yearende tion of convicts to Botany Bay. It was ing January 5, 1819-1..51,063,004). From proposed by Mr Bennet to appoint a sepathe former sum L. 2,313,000, for arrears of rate committee for the system of transportathe Property Tax and various War Duties, tion, which was opposed by Lord Castles ought to be deducted, as forming no part reagh, who proposed that one committee of the revenue produced in the year. From should comprehend in its inquiries the the larger sum of 1.54,063,000 only whole subject of our eriminal jurisprudence, L.565,000 is to be taken away for similar with all the details therewith connected, attcars. The actual increase in the produce This latter motion, after a discussion of of last year over that ending January 5, some length, was carried by a majority of". 1818, on a comparison of the totals above 46, the numbers being 139 to 93. given, is L.2,398,000, but if to this be added, British Claims on France. On the same 1.1,748,000, the sum by which the arrears evening, Lord CAST LEREAGH brought for. of the year ending Jayuary 5, 1818, exceeded ward a motion regarding the arrangements those of January 5, 1819, it will be seen made with France, for the satisfaction of there is, in point of fact, an increase of real British claimants upon that government. income to the sum of L. 4,146,000. The His Lordship slated, with great perspicui. total amount of the reductions, including ty, the measures which had been pursued, those in the Colonies, is 35,260 officers in order to secure a speedy and certain and men. To this cheering statement, Mr rate of compensation, by transferring the TIERNEY replied, that the Sinking Fund of business wholly into the hands of British L. 14,004,000 was lost sight of, and that commissioners. The claims themselves, a sum of about L. 3,390,000, instead of he observed, were founded upon the comL 14,500,000, was all that the most safi, mercial treaty of 1786, the stipulations guine views could present as the means for of which had been renewed and recognised reducing our enormous debt. If the sink in the subsequent treaties of Amiens in ing Pupd is, to be retained in name, we 1802, and of Paris in 1814 and 18!5. So nrust therefore borrow the difference, and complicated and extensive, however, were we may therefore say that the revenue is the claims, not only of British subjects, still deficient to that amount. It is gratia, but of those of other states, that it would fying, however, that the amount of the ex. have been difficult, according to the admis. ports for the last year. is. L. 35,325,000, sion of the Noble Lord, to have brought being above L. 3,000,000 more than that of them to so speedy a settlement, had not an. the preceding year, and about. L. 160,000 illustrious individual, the Duke of Wel more than the year 1813, in which the lington, undertaken the business, at the exports exceeded those of any former year common request of all the parties interests by L. 10,000,000.
ed. It was then agreed, that a fixed sum Poor Laws.—On the 9th, the commit- should be paid by France to the different tee, for taking into consideration the ge- governments, and that the latter should neral question of the Poor Laws, was re- superintend its distribution among the rerived, on the motion of Mr S. BOURNE. spective claimants. The amount, conseThis is a subject of vast importance, and quently, received by Great Britain, was deserving of the most earnest attention. something more than six millions sterling. The laws as they now stand-or at least as The object of the Noble Lord's motion was they are now administered—are undermin- to receive from Parliament the necessary ing the morals of the people, destroying power to make the distribution of that.. every good habit, and absorbing the pro- sum. Mr.TIERNEY highly complimented perty of the kingdom.
his Lordship upon the judicious exertions The Plague. On the 11th a committee he had used in bringing the matter to so was ordered to be appointed to inquire satisfactory a conclusion. The Noble Lord whether the plague and other epidemic dise" also received applause from the gentlemen cases were contagious or not. The solu, opposite, for the “ zeal, sincerity, perses tion of this question would be of great bc- verance, and ability,” with which he had nefit, as the present system of Quarantine , conducted the negotiations at Aix-la-ChaLaws materially affects commerce. pelle, respecting the Slave Trade. The
motion was of course unanimously agreed the report of the committee of the whole
House on the Thursday following, the two Windsor Establishment. The report of great parties, which divide the House, had the select committee, appointed to consider another trial of strength on this question, the subject of his Majesty's establishment and their leaders, Lord CASTLEREAGH and at Windsor, was presented to the House on Mr TIERNEY exhibited their peculiar tathe 16th. It stated that the committee lents to great advantage. In the end, think that the proposed reduction of one. however, it again went in favour of the half may with propriety be made, and that minister, by a division of 247 to 137,an annual sum of L. 50,000 will be suffi- majority 110. cient for this service. They recommend Bank Issues. On the 2d instant, Mr that at the head of the establishment an Manning, the Bank Director, in reply to a officer of the rank of the Groom of the question put to him by Mr Gladstone, disStole should be placed, as they deem it of tinctly declared, that the Bank had not diimportance to have a person of rank and mipished its issues, which on that day high station connected with the King's ser amounted to L. 25,000,000.; at least vice, generally residing near his Majesty's L.200,000 more than at the time of the last person. The report does not notice the return in December. The Hon. Director proposed suum of L. 10,000 to the Duke of also contradicted the report that the Bank York. This report came before a commit- had contracted their commercial accommotee of the whole House on Monday the dations considerably during the last fort22d, when the first resolution proposed by night; on the contrary, they had increased Lord CASTLEREAGIT was to reduce the them; and entertained no intention to deestablishment at Windsor from L. 100,000 part from that principle of accommodation to L. 50,000 ; and the proposal met with which they had long gone upon. general approbation, as making a provision Catholic Claims. The Catholic question for expences neither more nor less than was was again brought before the House, and necessary.
The second resolution went to apparently upon strong grounds. Sir J. regulate the number of the late Queen's Newport presented a petition, numerously attendants, who should continue to receive signed, from Limerick, agreed to at a Protheir salaries ; and this was only slightly testant Meeting, and strongly recommend animadverted upon as rather profuse, by ing that the disabilities of the Catholics Mr TIERNEY. "The third resolution pro- should be removed. posed the Duke of York to succeed her Criminal Code. The attention of the late Majesty as the custos of the King's House was afterwards called by Sir JAMES person ; and the fourth assigned to him M·Intosh to the state of our penal laws, L. 10,000 per annum, as a remuneration in a speech, which has been admired by all for the duties of the office, to be paid out who heard or have read it, as comprehendof the Civil List.. Against this last resolu- ing an eloquent, argumentative, temperate, tion a very formidable opposition was rais- and judicious exposition of the subject. ed, and an amendment proposed by Mr Sir James concluded, by moving for a seTIERNEY, that the L. 10,000 should be lect committee to consider so much of our charged on the King's Privy Purse, and criminal law as relates to capital punishnot, through the Civil List, upon the pub- ments. Lord CASTLEREAGH moved the lic. Lord CASTLEREAGH, and those who previous question, wishing that one comsupported his arguments, contended that mittee should be appointed to comprehend the Privy Purse of his Majesty was indis- in their inquiries our whole criminal law. putably private property, and could not An animated debate ensued, in the course be charged with the payment of any pub- of which it was stated, that 200 descriptions lic officer, as the Duke of York would, he of felonies are, by the laws as they now affirmed, in his capacity of custos bo Af- stand, capital offences ; and, that 156 of ter an animated debate, the House divided, these had been declared such under the fawhen Lord CASTLEREAGH's resolution mily of Brunswick. In the end ministers was carried by a majority of 95, the num were left in a minority, the House dividbers being 281 to 186.' In bringing up ing 147 to 128,-majority 19.
privates, and 5,852 officers ; of which a. British Army. An official return of the mount there are serving in Great Britain strength of the British army on the 25th 15,248, exclusive of 5,516 foot guards; of January 1819, laid before the House of Ireland 18,923; East Indies 18,281; Commons, states the general total at troop horses 11,276. 109,810 non-commissioned officers and 13. Regalia of Scotland. We understand
that preparations are making in the Castle by their love of literature and the arts, infor exhibiting these ancient emblems of cluding several eminent characters belongScottish independence to the public; and ing to the learned professions, the army, that it is intended to issue tickets of ad- and the navy. The chair was ably filled mission, at the rate of 2s. 6d. each, limit. by J. A. Murray, Esq. of Henderland, who ing the number to be isused in any one day was supported by Mr Henry Cockburn to one hundred.
and Mr Francis Jeffrey. Captain Adam, - Supply of Water for Edinburgh.-Yes. of the navy, son of Chief Commissioner terday a numerous and respectable meet. Adam, was the Croupier; the list of the ing of the inhabitants of Edinburgh was Stewards contained the names of Sir George held in Merchants' Hall, at which it was Mackenzie, Mr Walter Scott, Mr John resolved to establish a joint stock company, Wilson, Mr Tennant, Mr Hogg, Captain for the purpose of providing the city with Basil Hall, Mr George Thomson, (whose an adequate supply of water. The Lord name is so honourably and indissolubly Provost was called to the chair, and the connected with that of Burns,) besides other business of the meeting was conducted gentlemen of the highest respectability. In with the greatest decorum, and had the the course of the evening many appropriate warmest approbation of all present. The toasts were given, in honour both of living Company is to be constituted by act of and departed worth, and on these occa. Parliament ; its capital is to amount to sions a degree of eloquence was displayed L. 135,000, in shares of L. 25 each, with which has not been often equalled. The power to charge from the inhabitants re widow and children, the brother, and the ceiving water-pipes into their houses five still surviving venerable mother of the bard, per cent. upon their rents, as ascertained were hailed with peculiar sympathy. The under the police act.
most illustrious absent persons who adorn 24. National Monument of Scotland. Scottish literature were also remembered, At a meeting of the noblemen and gentle- including the respected names of Mackenmen of Scotland, held at Edinburgh this zie, Stewart, Playfair, Byron, Campbell, day, it was unanimously resolved, thať a Boswell, and Dr John Jamieson, the Johnmonumental edifice, comprehendinga build. son of Scottish lexicography. The princi. ing, destined for the purposes of Divine pal speakers, besides the animated and eloworship, and ornamented in such a man- quent Chairman, were Mr Jeffrey and Mr ner as may perpetuate the memory of the Cockburn. Mr George Thomson, in progreat naval and military achievements of posing the health of the Honourable wil. the late war, will afford a lasting proof, liam Maule, informed the meeting, that not only of national gratitude to the Al. that gentleman had settled an annuity of mighty for his protection, but of the affec- L. 50 upon the widow of the bard, immecionaté remembrance of Scotland of those diately after the last triennial celebration ; gallant officers and men, who fought and which liberal provision was gratefully rebled in the service of their country. And signed by the high-spirited matron, when that, for the purpose of accomplishing this the success of one of her sons in India en. desirable object, a general subscription abled him to render his mother indepenshall immediately be opened, and the most dent, by settling upon her an yearly sum. effectual measures adopted to raise a fund, The audience hailed with delight these chanot only for completing an edifice worthyracteristic traits of the family of Burns. of Scotland, but for the endowment of two An excellent band of glee-singers were predergymen to officiate as ministers of this in- sent, under the superintendence of Mr Matended church. Between two and three thou- ther; and Mr Gow, who made it a condi. sand pounds were immediately subscribed. tion that his services should be accepted
23.-Remission of Sentence. Yesterday gratuitously, added his inspiring talents to there was presented to the High Court of the social pleasures of the evening. Justiciary a remission under the Great Seal, by his Royal Highness the Prince Regent, High Court of Justiciary.Raising in favour of Frances M‘Cay, who was tried Dead Bodies. On the 15th ultimo, Archion the 1st inst. here, for forgery, and, hav- bald Wilson, shoemaker in Edinburgh, ing pleaded guilty to the minor charge of was brought to trial, accused of having having forged notes of the Bank of Eng. stolen two bodies from the church-yard of land in her possession, was sentenced to Abbotshall, near Kirkaldy, in November 14 years' transportation.
last. Wilson pleaded Guilty, art and part; Commemoration of Burns. On the 22d, and the Court, taking into consideration the admirers of the celebrated national several circumstar.ces favourable to him in poet of Scotland, to the number of be- the share he had in the crime, and also cer. tween three ard four hundred, held their tificates of his former good character, protriennial meeting in George Street Assem- nounced upon him the lenient sentence of bly Rooms, Edinburgh. This assembly nine months' imprisonment in the jail of was composed of individuals distinguished Edinburgh, and tha he should find secu.
rity for his good behaviour for five years ture of their contents. Part of these prethereafter. Their Lordships, at the same mises existed prior to the contruction of time, intimated, that, should a similar case the North Bridge ; they had a very mean again come before them, it should be visite appearance, and the conflagration, were it ed with the most exemplary punishment not for the loss sustained by the parties conthe law could inflict.
cerned, which we understand is considerable, Poaching. On the 22d came on the will not be regretted. trial of Robert and William Stephenson, Westminster Election. The election of farmers in East Lothian, accused of shoot a member to serve in Parliament for Westing pheasants on the domains of the Mar- minster, in the room of the late lamented quis of Tweeddale in the night time; when Sir Samuel Romilly, terminated on the 3d the Jury returned a verdæt of Guilty. instant, in favour of the Honourable George This being the first case under the statute, Lamb, son of Lord Melburne. This electhey were sentenced to four months' im- tion presented the singular anomaly of a prisonment, and to find security for their Whig being returned to Parliament, mainly good behaviour for five years, to the extent through the influence of the Tory electors. of L. 50.
It appears that many of the Whig electors On Monday the 1st instant, the Court had determined to support the rival candiproceeded to the trial of Alexander Robert- date, Mr Hobhouse, well known in the lison, Alex. Archibald, alias Arch. Alex- terary world as the friend of Lord Byron, ander, alias Alex. Watson, James Dick, and in the political world, as an adherent son, and James Macmillan, accused of of the principles of the Burdett party. A breaking into the shop of Messrs Lee and good understanding subsisted between the Myers, jewellers in Glasgow, and stealing Whig and the Ultra-Whig electors, and it therefrom thirty silver and metal watches; seemed as if the favourite of the latter was 150 gold seals ; 300 gold rings; 200 sil to be returned without opposition, when a ver pencil cases; and a variety of other few days previous to the commencement of gold and silver articles, amounting in va- . the poll, Mr llobhouse put forth a sort of lue to about L.250. The Jury, by a plura- public declaration of his principles, in which lity of voices, found Alexander Robertson he avowed an open and inextinguishable Guilty of the charges of housebreaking and war against the Whigs, against their printheft; and unanimously found the other ciples and intentions, as well as their perthree prisoners guilty of reset of theft. sons and characters, not sparing even Mr The Court sentenced Robertson to be exe Fox himself. This conduct exasperated the cated at Glasgow, on Wednesday the 7th of Whig electors, and they accordingly started April next, and Archibald, Dickson, and Mr Lamb against hiin, at the hustings, Macmillan, to transportation for fourteen and the Tory electors, chusing what years. The whole three were notorious often- they conceived the lesser evil, gave their sut. ders ; one of them had been three times pre- frages to Mr Lamb, who, at the close of the viously tried before the Circuit Court at Glas- poll, had a majority of 604 over his oppogow, but escaped from defect of evidence. nent, 4465 voting for the former, and 3861
3. Union Canal. At the annual meeting for the latter. This election was conduct. of the Union Canal Company yesterday, à ed with the usual violence and personalities, most satisfactory report on the state of the in the speeches of the different candidates works by the committee was read to the pro- and their supporters, and riot, tumult, and prietors, and plans were exhibited, shewing outrage on the part of the mob-surrounding the extent of the canal which has been cut the hustings. At its close, the partizans of since the commencement, on the 3d of the defeated candidate became exasperated, March 1848. Nearly 14 miles out of the and in the riot which ensued some blood whole 30 are already almost excavated at was shed, but fortunately no lives were lost. an expence even less than the estimate. Major Cartwright was put upon the poll as
5. Destructive Fire. It is some years a candidate by some of his indiscreet friends, since Edinburgh has been visited with a fire and had 38 votes at its close. so alarning or extensive as that which broke Imitative Teu. Several more convictions out early yesterday morning in the row of have taken place in the Court of Eschequer, shops on the North Bridge, occupied by Mr London, of sellers of imitative tea and cottee, Robert Gillespie, druggist, Mr Raeburn, viz. D. Morritt, grocer, Houndsditch, peperfumer, Mr l'otton, tobacconist, and others: nalty L.1710; J. Hewitson, (a Quaker,) and At three o'clock the alarm was given, in an - Tait, of Manchester, L. 450 each; T. hour, the engines belonging to the Sun, Greathead, Whitechapel, L. 330: R. BradFriendly, and Caledonian Offices were on ley, Crutchedfriars, L. 100. To the ratithe spot ; but, in spite of every exertion, ous 'noxious ingredients commonly used in the buildings were levelled with the ground making the tea, was added a new one, nameby five o'clock. The buildings being ly, tea leaves which had been used, colo very old, and principally of wood, the lected from the taverns of the metropolis, fames spread most rapidly, and were and re-coloured with logwood and nutgall greatly aided by the very combustibie na boiled together.
ROYAL ESTABLISHMENTS. (From the Appendix to the Report from the Committee on Royal Establishments, order
ed by the House of Commons to be printed. 17th February 1819.) Explanatory Statement of the proposed Estimate for the Expences of his Majesty's
Ilousehold. Balaries, wages, and allowances
L: 15,485 38 Kitchen expences
8,421 0 0 Household expences
22,680 15 Stable expences
650 Surplus in aid of unforeseen expences
Total L. 50,000 0 Proposed Establishment of Officers and Servants for his Majesty's future Household at Windsor ; erclusive of the Medical Attendants.
L. d. Groom of the stole
The Earl of Winchelsea, K.G. 2,149 10 0 Master of the household
Lieut-Colonel Stephenson 1,500 0 0 Clerk martial and equerry
528 0 0 Gwynn
322 0 0 Garth
322 0 0 Equerries
322 0 Sir Brent Spencer
502 0 0 W. Wynyard
502 Clerk of the household
Mr de St Croix
400 Housekeeper at Windsor Castle Hon. Miss Townshend
3000 Chaplain do. Rev. Isaac Gosset
200 Apothecary do.
*.250 0 Mr Clarke
553 10 0 Mr Baker
:544 10 0 The King's pages
541 10 0 Mr Joseph Bott
612 0 0 Mr John Bott
544 10 0 Laundress and sempstress for his Mrs M. Feilding
383 0 0 Majesty's body linen Laundresses for table linen
100 0 Ist clerk of the kitchen
Mr Hebbes 2d do. Mr Mann
311 10 0 Yeoman of the ewry and bread
233 0 pantry Assistant do.
1 109 Ist cook
228 10. O 2d cook
225 10 0 3d cook
198 0 Pastry cook
52 10 0 Confectioner
60 10 0 Clerk of the wine cellar and the
200 0 0 silver scullery Assistant to do.
125 00 Clerk of the pantry
94 0 0 Silver scullery man
100 0 James Weaver
147 10 0 Porters at the Castle
162 0 J. T. Merrick
102 10 0 Housekeeper
284 10 0 Coal Porter Mr Agnew
80 Richard Merrick
55 150 Watchmen
27 7 4 Deliverer of parcels
27 7 4 Messenger
36 10 0 To attend the luncheon, pages' ta
36 10 0 ble, &c. To attend the servants' table William Davies
36 10 0 Knife cleaner George West
35 2 0 Dairy woman
120 00 Three women in the kitchen at
109 100 L.36, 10s. each