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a satisfaction from seeing that the object proposed had been obrained.

Sir John Sinclair said, that to such a revision he could not have the finallest possible objection.

Mr. Tierney wished to be informed respecting the last grant to the Board. A sum of money had been granted, but not received. (Sir John Sinclair informed him, that 1oool. of the 3000). hud been received.) This he conceived to be an extraordinary circumstance. The distribution paper which had been moved for in November last, had not yet been produced. For his own part, however, he saw that paper signified nothing with Ministers; nor indeed did the whole Appropriation AA pass for much.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer stated, that he saw no reafon why the paper alluded to might not be laid before the House the next day.

The motion made by Sir John Sinclair was then agreed to, and the report ordered to be received the next day. Adjourned.


Tuesday, March 8. The Bills on the Table were forwarded in their several stages; after which the House Adjourned.


Tuesday, March 6. The Guernsey and Jersey Corn Exportation Bill was read a third time, and paffed.

The report of the Bill for disallowing the bounty of British fail cloth exported to Ireland, was received and agreed to.

The resolution of the Committee of Ways and Means to grant 3000l. to the Board of Agriculture, was agreed to by the House. Adjourned.


Thursday, March 8. The Sail-cloth Bill, the United Provinces, the Jersey and Guernsey Corn Exportation Bill, were brought up from the Commons and committed. Adjourned.


Thursday, March 8. The Master of the Rolls moved, that the thanks of the House be returned to the Rev. Charles Moss, Canon Residentiary of St. Paul's, for the Sermon preached by him before the House on Wednesday last at St. Margaret's church.


Sir William Dalben seconded the motion, which patied unanimously.

The Bill for disallowing the Bounty on Sail-cloth exported to Ireland was read a third time, paired, and ordered to the Lords.

The Bill for preventing the remittance of money from this country to the United Provinces was read a third time. Adjourned.'


Friday, March 9. The Royal Affent was given by Commission to Earl St. Vincent and Viscount Duncan's Annuity Bills and the Exchequer Loan Bill. And the Commissioners were the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chancellor, and Earl Spencer.

Lord Seaforth was introduced, and took the oaths and his feat. . Adjourned.


Friday, March 9. Mr. Rofe moved, that there be laid before the House an Account of the total value of the Exports and Imports, from the 5th of January, 1797, to the 5th of January, 1798. A person attended from the Custom-house with faid Account, which was ordered to lie on the Table.

The Scotch Distillery Bill was read a third time, and passed. Ordered to the Lords. Adjourned.


. Monday, March 12. Mr. Hunter, from the Tax-office, presented an account of the duty upon clocks and watches for three quarters of a year, as far as the same could be made up:-Ordered to be laid upon the Table.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer suggested, that this account, and the report of the Committee to whom were referred the petitions presented against the Watch and Clock Aet, Mould be taken into consideration on Wednesday the 14th on which day he should propose the repeal of the duty upon clocks and watches, and submit to the Committee another tax in lieu thereof.

Mr. Hobhouse expressed a desire to know why Mr. Main• waring had delayed the motion of which he had given notice upon the subject.

The Speaker fubmitted to Mr. Hobhouse the irregularity of the observations which had juft fallen from him.

Mr. Mainwaring, in reply to Mr. Hobhouse, exculpated himself from the charge of delay. No man felt more than he did for the afilieting situation of the persons concerned in the watch and clock trade; but as he knew the attention of the Right Honourable Gentleman had been very much directed to the subject, and as it was probable that such a mcasure as had been announced to the House to-day would take place, he had not thought it necessary to intrude upon the House.

The report of the clock and watch Committee was ordered to be taken into consideration on Wednesday the 14th instant.

Mr. Hobart moved for leave to bring in a Bill to increase the Rates allowed for Subsistence to Innkeepers and others upon whom Soldiers were quartered.-- Leave given. Adjourned.


Tuesday, March 13. The Lords Committees for privileges proceeded to the confideration of the claim of Thomas Siapleton, of Carlton, in the county of York, Esq. to the Barony of Beaumont, and came to several resolutions, the effect of which cannot be explained without briefly stating the claimant's case. He claimed the Barony of Beau'noni, which was an ancient Barony, in fee, as heir general of Henry de Beaumont, who was first summoned to Parliament as Baron Beaumont, in the 2d year of Eduard the 2d, from Henry Ecaumont; the dignity had lineally descended to William his great grandson's grandson, who died without issue. Joan, the fifter of William married Lord Lovel, and died during her brother's life, leaving a son who was attained before his uncle's death, and two daughters, Joan and Frideswide. From Frideswide the present Earl of Abingdon is descended. Joan married Sir Brien Stapleton, and died in the life-time of her uncle, leaving a son named Sir Bricn Stapleton. On the death of the uncle William, the barony (as the claimant stated' descended on the last mentioned Sir Edward, and a son of Frideswide, as Copartners in abevance. From Sir Edward, the present claimant deduced his pedigree through several descents, and therefore claimed to be fole heir of Joan, Lady Stapleton, and one of the Coheirs of Henry de Beaumont. The claimant also insisted that in consequence of the attainder of the grandson of Frideswide, by which he was rendered incapable of inheriting any honours, and the death of his eldest brother, her other grandson, without issue, the abeyance in the barony ceased, and the whole right velted in the heirs of Joan.

The Lord Chancellor took a very ample revision of the arguments of counsel, and the proofs brought forward in support of the claim, and he was of opinion that the claimant had clearly proved, that the Barony had existed in the person of William

Baron Baron de Beaumont that the Barony had been in abeyance between the co-heirs of William ; that the claimant had proved himself to be one of those co-heirs ; and that the abeyance had ceased by the death and attainder of Frideswide's grandsons.

The Duke of Norfolk declared his opinion to be consonant to that of the Lord Chancellor's.

The Earl of Kinnoul made several observations respecting what had fallen from the Lord Chancellor in the course of his arguments. His Lordship differed from his doctrine, that an attainder ought to operate upon the collateral descendants of the person attainted.

The Lord Chancellor defended the reason of such doctrine by stating, that when men were aware the commission of an act of treason would operate on their relatives, they would be the more cautious in preserving their fidelity.

Distinct resolutions were then put and carried in conformity to the Lord Chancellor's opinion, as above expressed.

The consequence of these resolutions will be, that the claimant, if there is no impediment on the scorce of his religious faith, will have a seat in the House of Peers.

The resolutions were reported ; and the House


Tuesday, March 13. On the motion of Sir William Scoit, leave was given to bring in a Bill, confirming the order of his Majesty of the 6th of August, 1794, for enlarging the time for bringing Appeals in Prize Causes, and for admitting Appeals in such cases as his Majesty shall specify.

The Bill for increasing the Rates of Subsistence allowed to Innkeepers and others, for quartering Soldiers was read a first time.

Mr. Hobhouse stated, that he had moved some time ago, that an account of the Imports and Exports from the 5th of January, 1798, should be laid before the House, in consequence of which, a paper was laid upon the Table, purporting to be the account required.

On examination, however, it appeared to be very insufficient; it did not embrace the whole period, and it was further defective, as not diftin&tly enumerating the several articles or specifying their value. The terms of his motion he had copied from one made in 1796 by the Chancellor of the Exchequer; as these terms were general, it might be contended that the account, being general also, was a strict compliance with them. That, therefore, his object might be clearly and distinctly understood, and not liable to evasion, he moved, that an account


be laid before the House of all merchandize, British and Foreign, imported and exported, from the 5th of January, 1797, to the 5th of July, 1797, and from faid 5th of July, 1797, to the 5th of January, 1798, distinguishing the different articles, and their value particularly.

After a few words from Mr. Rose, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the notion was agreed to.

On the motion of the Chancellor of the Exchequr, it was ordered, that the Committee to which the Potitions from the Clock and Watchmakers were referred, be instructed to contider the duties on inhabited houses, horfes, and dogs. Adjuurned.


Wednesday, March 14. Their Lordships met, and furwarded the Bills on the Table. Adjourned.

HOUSE OF COMMONS. , Wednesday, March 14 The Chancellor of the Exchequer Pated, that as it was in contemplation to repeal the Watch Tax, he would propose a substitute to supply the deficiency of 200,000l. which the revenue would suitain by such repeal, that sum being the estimate of the annual amount of this tax. The substitute to which he aliuded was an augmentation of above one-seventh or one-eighth on the present duties charged on houses, carriages, horses used in husbandry and dogs. The produce of this augmentation, it was calculated, would not be a full, but nearly an equivalent; and, therefore, he would propose a consolidation of the Aileiled Taxes, which would induce fuch a diminution of expence in the mode of collecting as would leave a balance sufficient to complete the whole fuin. This, however, he mentioned merely to convey a general idea of his plan, that Gentlemen might be aware of its nature, and have time to consider it.

The House then having resolved itself into a Committee on the Report of the Committee to which the Petitions from the Ciock and Watchmakers were referred, praying a repcal of the tax on these articles ;

The Chancellor of the Exchequer said, this tax was proved by experience to press heavş uçon a very induftrious and useful part of the community, that, however large the sum it yielded 10 the revenue, and however gencral the fatisfaction with which the House originally concurred in the mcature, he was sure, after the full and impartial discussion it had received, there could be no objection to its abandonment, and the subNo 18.




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