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Sir John Sinclair, alluding to the preamble, said that it be gan with these words, « whereas it is expedient to call out half the Supplementary Militia ;” what fresh evidencc Government proceeded upon he knew not ; but he thought it would be better to alter the preamble in the following manner, as whereas it may be expedient.” For his own part, he thought that as it was known the French were making great preparations, not only half, but all the Supplementary Militia should be called out.

Mr. Dundas said, that it was not very material whether the words were" is expedient,” or “ may be expedient," nor was it necessary to provide in this bill for calling out all the Supplementary Militia, for the power of doing so resided in the crown already. .

The suggestion of Sir John Sinclair was adopted, and the words may be were introduced into the preamble. The Bill was then read a third time and passed, with the addition of feveral fresh clauses.

MAROONS. Colonel Walpole asked whether any steps had been taken upon the subject he had mentioned, the Maroons?

Mr. Secretary Dundas replied, that either the Colonel or himself might move for the production of the correspondence upon the business alluded to. He concluded by moving, that extracts of letters from Sir John Wentworth and the Duke of Portland be laid before the House.

Colonel Walpole had no objection to the production of that correspondence, but the Maroons, he believed, entertained a very different opinion from that of the Secretary of State. Their language was, “Our wives and children are not able to bear the cold; we only request to be removed ; or if you will not consent to remove us, and if it is as a punishment you send us here, that you will even hang us, and send our wives and chil. dren to a warmer climate.” He therefore should move for a copy of the petition presented from the Maroons in August 1797.

Mr. Secretary Dundas said, that the petition would be found among the papers which he had moved for himself, Adjourned.


Friday, Feb. 16. The Duke of Bedford gave notice that on Monday the 19th inftant, he would move that the House might be summoned, for the purpose of a Motion he meant to make. His Grace did not mention the subject of his intended motion.


No 17.



Mr. Abraham Newland, from the Bank, presented an account of the monies paid by the Commissioners for liquidating the National Debt, from ist February 1797 to the ist February 1798. Also an account of money paid for Exchequer Bills, with the sums repaid by Government during the year 1797.

An account of the sums disbursed by the Thames Naviga. tion Company, was presented.---Adjourned.


Friday, Feb. 16. A Petition was presented from the Clock and Watchmakers of Carlisle, praving for a repeal of the Clock and Watch Act. Ordered to be referred to the Committee to whom the former Petitions upon the same subject were referred.

Several accounts were presented from the Bank, and ordered to be laid upon the Table.

The order for taking the Petitions respecting the Tewkesbury Election into consideration on the 22d instant, was discharged, and the Petition respecting the right of Election ordered to be taken into consideration on the 19th April---and the Petition complaining of an urdue election and return, on the 3d May. • Upon the motion of Mr. Rose, the Acts of the 34th and 37th of the King were read; he then moved, that the House should resolve itself into a Committee on Monday, to consider of the propriety of bringing in a Bill to repeal so much of the former Act as relates to imposing a duty upon gold and silver used in the manufacture of watch-cases. Agreed to.

Mr. Hobhouse moved for an account of the value of British and foreign merchandize, exported and imported in the half years ending the 5th January, and 5th July 1797, and 5th January 1798, as far as the same could be made up. This motion, however, was withdrawn, upon the statement of Mr. Rose, that such an account would be presented in a few days.

Mr. Hobhouse moved for several other accounts, which were ordered to be presented.

In a Committee of Supply, the sums of 10,5871. 175. 11d. and 1,9201. were voted for Ordnance service. Adjourned.


Saturday, Feb. 17. The Supplementary Militia Bill was read a third time, and, together with several private Bills, received the Royal Affent. The Commissioners were, the Chancellor, Duke of Portland, and Marquis of Salisbury. Adjourned.



Saturday, Feb. 17. The Supplementary Militia Bill was received from the Lords, without any amendments, agreed to, and returned.

The House then went up to the Lords to hear the Royal Assent given to it by commission, and, on their return, Adjourned.


Monday, Feb. 19. The Duke of Bedford said, that in pursuance of the notice he already had given, he rose now to state, that before the recess he had wished to move an address to his Majesty for the dismissal of his present Ministers. Their Lord thips had seemed to think it unnec ffary to defer the adjournment of the House on that account ; and he had relinquished all intention of making it from the little likelihood that his motion would be fuccessful ; but some of his friends were of a different opinion. He, therefore, now proposed that their Lordships should be summoned.' He was well aware that, feeling as he did, whatever time suited their Lordships would suit him. He had consulted some, and had found that it would not be convenient for them to attend till the expiration of three weeks. He wished, therefore, their Lordships to be summoned for Monday, March 12 ; but if it would be more convenient to bring forward the motion on any other day, he would consent.

Lord Grenville said, that it did not become him to state upon what day their Lordships would take the motion into confideration ; but he flattered himself, that it was not extremely presling, since so distant a day had been named. He had also the satisfaction to find, that it was not necessary to have put off the adjournment of the House, as so diftant a day had been named now. Whatever day, however, the notice shall stand for, he should certainly attend, ready to state the motives, and the only motives, upon which his Majesty's Ministers stood, and prepared to state the reasons which they conceived should induce the House to exclude from the Administration of Public Affairs, men who had avowed principles and expressed sentin ments that must be deftru&ive to the country. Adjourned.


Monday, Feb. 19. A message from the Lords informed the House, that their Lordships had agreed to the Supplementary Militia Bill with

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several amendments. These amendments were immediately taken into consideration and agreed to.

Mr. Role moved for the House to resolve, itself into a Committee upon two Acts of his present Majesty, respecting the Duties upon Gold and Silver Plate. When the House had resolved itself into a Committee,

Mr. Role faid, that the Petitions against the Clock and Watch Duty had no connection with the present measure. The produce of the tax upon Gold and Silver used in the manufacture of Watches was small, and was found to be injurious to trade, and therefore he should propose the repeal of it.

Mr. Wilberforce Bird said, that if the present measure was meant to be a compensation for the continuance of the Watch and Clock Act, he should oppose it.

Mr. Rofe replied, that the measure was certainly intended as a relief to the trade.

The House then resolved itself into a Committee, and a resolution was agreed to, that the Duty on Gold and Silver manufactured into Watch Cases should cease and determine.

The report was ordered to be received on the next day.
The report of Supply was brought up and agreed to.


Tuesday, Feb. 20. The Royal Aflent was given by commission to the Supplementary Ivíilitia Bill, and two private Bills. The Commifsioners were, the Lord Chancellor, the Duke of Portland, and the Earl of Chesterfield.

In a Committee of Privileges, their Lordships heard Mr. Plomer on behalf of the claim of Thomas Stapleton, Esq. to the Barony of Beaumont. Adjourned.


Tuesday, Feb. 20.

The House resolved itself into a Committee, in which

Mr. Rofe moved, that leave be given to bring in a Bill to continue the Scotch Distillery Act. It was intended, he said, to have introduced a permanent Bill, but sufficient information had not yet been collected.

Mr. Macdnwall wished the measure not to be deferred longer than a Committee could be formed. The worst consequences would result from the uncertainty in which the businets. remained at present. In December last there were entered 19,000 gallons, which produced an immense revenue. From

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a return, however, which he had received from the Board of Excise of Scotland, only 5000 were entered now; a number that did not amount to one third of the quantity entered in the period of December to which he had alluded.

The Resolution proposed by Mr. Rose was agreed to, and ordered to be reported.

The Bills for granting an annuity of 2000l. a year each to Earl St. Vincent and Lord Viscount Duncan, were committed, and ordered to be reported. Adjourned.


Wednesday, Feb. 21. The Speaker intimating to the House the indisposition of Mr. Lee, the Clerk of the House, and recommended that Mr. John Benson might be permiited to officiate at the Table.

A Petition was presented from certain Sculptors, praying for leave to bring in a Bill to allow them a Copy Right in new Models. Ordered to be referred to a Committee to examine and report.

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The House resolved itself into a Committee to take into confideration the reports presented by the Committee of Finance. The proceedings of the Treasury upon those reports were ordered to be referred to the Committee.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer said, that it would not be necessary for him to enter into any great length of discussion upon the subject before the House. By the printed papers upon the Table it would be sufficiently feen, what measures had been adopted by the Executive Government. There were only a few points that would be found to require the intervention of the legislature; and he should therefore confine himself at present to moving the principles of the measures which he meant to propose. When the Bills should be brought in, Gentlemen would have an opportunity of entering into any discufsion that might be necessary. The first motion which he should submit to the Committee, was founded upon the fourth report of the Finance Committee, relative to the customs. The suggestions contained in that report were few in number, and related principally to the continuance and confirmation, together with a parliamentary sanction of what had been done by the Executive Government for the last 14 years“; respecting the discontinuance of patent officers, and the modifications of other officers in the customs. The benefit, however, that would result from present regulations would not be immediate, but would tend to give stability to systems adopted in future. He moved, that the Chairman be directed to move, that leave be

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