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the Baltic. For the resolutions agreed to by the committee, see page 274. Adjourned to the 28th.
Bills passed. Adjourned to the 7th.
Private business. Adjourned to the rith.
March II. Hon. Temple Luttrell (in consequence of having given notice some days ago) moved to bring in a bill, for manning the navy in times of war, &c.
It is a fundamental maxim, he said, with the excellent writer on the spirit of laws, that when any law is proposed which indicates more good than evil to a state, such law ought to be received. The unconstitutional effects, the oppression, and inefficacy of the present mode of levying men for the navy by an impress, are but too sensibly felt by the whole nation. A valuable sea-officer (Governor Johnstone), who is a distinguished ornament to this legislature, and whose private and public character do real honour to human nature, having formerly treated of the practice of impressing, says, “ It disgraces government, shocks the spirit of our constituVol. VI. B