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I darena' gaung whan the clud is mirk, Where, half-protected frae the snaw,
For fear o'hidden bog an' fen,

On his cauld finger3 he may blaw The snaw-wreaths row frae the dreary Wi' chilly breath, that scarce can thaw height,

Their dinlin' points; An' the mune's gain' down yont Etterick Or huddle 'mang a bed o' straw Pen.

His stiffen'd joints.

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HOUSE OF COMMONS.

ded to England, was not a sufficient com.

pensation; the motion was ultimately carThursday, June 8, 1815.

ried by 104 to 19.

In a Committee of Supply, among other MR ROSE in moving for a Committee to sums voted, was one million to make good

inquire into the state of mendicity in the the convention with Sweden. metropolis, said, that the number of persons

Wednesday, June 14. in the metropolis and its vicinity who subsisted by begging, amounted to 15,000 ; viz.

In the Roseberry Divorce Bill, the clause 6000 adults and 9000 children: allowing for bidding the marriage of Sir H. Mildmay 6d. per day for the maintenance of the for. to Lady R. as incestuous, was moved to be mer, and 3d for the latter, the whole would

omitted by Mr M. A. Taylor, but carried by amount to £.100,000 a-year.

111 to 20; another clause, proposed by the On bringing up the Report of the Com. same Gentleman for increasing her annuity mittee of Supply for increasing the duty on

from £.300 to £.500 was carried by 69 to law stamps, and also imposing another half

16. penny upon the stamp of every newspaper, and 6d. additional for every advertisement,

THE BUDGET. Sir J. Newport recommended, that the duty on the newspaper stamp should be

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, after a omitted, as injurious to the sale, and pro- preliminary speech, in which he regretted hibiting information : on a division, how

17.

the amount of the sums required, entered ever, the resolution was carried by 63 to

into a statement of the Supplies for the

present year: for the Navy, (including Friday, June 9.

3,746,945l for transports), was 18,664,2001;

for the Army, (including Extraordinaries, Mr Ward moved for sums for the ord. Barracks, Commissariat, and Storekeeper nance service : the total of the estimates for General) 39,150,7561; Ordnance 4,431,6431 Great Britain amounted to £.3,459,000; Foreign Subsidies, Payments, and Bills of and the estimates for Ireland to £.584,000, Credit 9 millions ; Votes of Credit six mil. making,in all, £.4,013,000; being £.582,000 lions; Army Prize-money, £.942,327 ; and more than if the peace had continued, but Miscellaneous, three millions. The grand £.784,000 less than the last war establish- total of the joint charge for Great Britain ment: the resolutions were agreed to. would amount to £.89,728,926, from which Monday, June 12.

deducting the separate charge of £.9,760,314

for Ireland, would leave the charge of Great Lord Castlereugh, on presenting a copy Britain at £.79,968,112. The Ways and of the Subsidiary Treaty, concluding with Means for the above charge were as follows: the King of the Netherlands, moved, that Annual Duties and Surplus Consolidated the interest of the Dutch Loan of 25 mil. Fund, three millions each ; War Taxes, 22 lions of Aorins to Russia, be paid out of the millions; Lottery,£.250,000; Naval Stores, Consolidated Fund.-Messrs. Whitbread, £.508,500; Vote of Credit, six millions ; Tierney, Bankes, Baring, W. Smith, Lock

Exchequer Bills funded and Loan in Five hart, and Sir J, Newport, opposed the prin. per cents. £.18,135,000; Loan, 27 mil. ciple of the Treaty, by which the debt of lions; total, £,79,893,500. After some Russia was assumed to be paid by us to a lengthened observations from Mr Tierney, nation which had already so materially be- the Resolutions were agreed to. In a Comnefited by the termination of the late war. mittee of Supply, another sum voted was It was said, that this charge was only con- £.3,325,000 for the transport service. tingent upon the Netherlands remaining under the dominion of the House of Orange ;

Friday, June 16. and if re-conquered by France, the charge The second reading of the Bill exempting would cease. The country was now pledged Dissenting Chapels froin paying poor's rates, for five millions sterling, and the possession was opposed by Sir W. Scott, Sir J. Nicholl, of the Cape of Good Hope, with the Islands Messrs Bankes, Wetherell, and Best, who of Demarara Essequiebo, and Berbice, ce- observed, that such places of worship had September 1815.

become

become matter of speculation to builders Governor Gore. In order to draw the true and others, who derived considerable income contrast, he would, with the permission of from them : supported by Messrs Vansittart, the House, read part of the Address of the Butterworth, and W. Smith: thrown out by House of Assembly of Upper Canada, una. 41 to 22.

nimously voted to Governor Gore on his Tuesday, June 20.

leaving that country, when his influence

there might be considered at an end A motion was made by Mr Marsh, for (Cry of read, reada -He then read the folinquiry into the conduct of Gen. Gore, Go- lowing extract from the Address referred to: vernor of Upper Canada, upon allegations, " May it please your Excellency--We his preferred by Mr Firth, late Attorney Gen- Majesty's dutiful and loyal subjects, the eral, who, to escape the influence exercised Commons of Upper Canada, beg leave to as. against him in numerous ways, had desired sure your Excellency of our approbation of leave to retire; which being denied by the your Excellency's administration of the Governor, he had secretly withdrawn to Government of this Province, which, since England.

your arrival among us, has increased in Lord Castlereagh was convinced that no wealth, prosperity, and commerce, far exthing would be so injudicious as for the high ceeding our most sanguine expectations, dignity of Parliament to interfere in cases of aided by your wise and liberal exertions to Colonial disputes. The conduct of Governor promote the same."-Mr Benson resumed Gore had been taken into consideration by -From his long intimacy with Governor the three Secretaries of State by himself, Gore, he considered him incapable of an act by Lord Liverpool, and Lord Bathurst, and of oppression, or an illiberal sentiment: the had appeared entitled to their approbation. motion was negatived without a division. This was the result of their looking into the statements of Mr Wyatt, who, as a young

Thursday, June 22. man, had so indiscreetly conducted himself, Lord Castlereagh brought down a mes. that it was the opinion of Government that sage from the Prince Regent, noticing the he ought, for the benefit of the Colony, to glorious victory obtained by the Duke of be removed from it, without however pre. Wellington over Bonaparte in person, on judicing him as to any other appointment; the 18th, and requesting additional provision his errors having arisen from the indiscre. to be made for his Grace, as a testimony of tion of youth.

public gratitude. Mr Benson, from the long intimacy he had with Governor Gore, was unwilling to

Friday, June 23. give a silent vote upon this occasion ; but Lord Castlereagh, in moving Me Thanks from what had fallen from the Noble Se- of that House to the Duke of Wellington, cretary of State, and the Under Secretary of Marshal Blucher, and the Officers and Sol. State for the Colonial department, it would diers of the Army, said, that the British be unnecessary for him to trepass on the and Prussian forces had not been concentraHouse at any length. Had the Hon. Secre- ted, because part of the Belgic frontier would tary for the Colonial department been in- have been left open to invasion on the part duced to entertain the motion for referring of small corps of the enemy. The force the Petition to a Committee, he should have with which Bonaparte made the attack been prompted to a full investigation of the could not be less than 130,000 men. Har. allegations of this extraordinary petition. ing formed his resolve to penetrate between As to the memorial which the Hon. Mem. the British and Prussians, he made the atber for Coventry (Mr P. Moore) had stated tack with all the decision and energy of to have been sent over from some of the in- character for which he is so distinguished. habitants of Upper Canada, thanking his On the 15th and 16th his movements were R. H. the Prince Regent for the recal of successful, but the result of the 18th is General Gore from his Government, he (Mr known. The thanks of the house was then Benson) was not disposed to dispute to have voted, as also a sum of £.200,000, to build existed ; but he was perfectly aware of the or purchase a mansion and estate for the class of people from whom such memorial Duke of Wellington. came; as well might this country judge of the true sentiments of the loyal inhabitants of the good cities of London and Westmin. ster, by a Memorial from the worthies of Mr Fitzgerald submitted the items of the Palace yard, as to decide by the Memorial Supply for Ireland : total, £.16,672,364. alluded to by the Hon. Member for Covent. The Ways and Means to meet them, were ry, of the sentiments of the respectable body £.16,854,112; or an excess of £.171,000. of inhabitants of Upper Canada towards Mr F. then spoke of the contemplated union

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of the financial resources of Great Britain House appointed to inquire into the state of and Ireland; which would render his la the King's Bench prison, had cast no other bours, in his present situation of Secretary reflection on Mr Jones, than what was warfor Ireland, unnecessary, and of the succes ranted by the evidence that had been addusion of Mr Dansittart to the management of ced before them. That evidence proved, the finances of both countries. Resolutions that he was little acquainted with what oc. agreed to.

curred in his prison; and he avowed him. Monday, June 26.

self, that he seldom or ever entered within

its walls. The committee had therefore The Report of the Committee of Supply stated, that a keeper of a prison, receiving an was brought up: it contained the following annual income of £.3500, and not daily in. grants; £.200,000 to the Duke of Wel specting and visiting the prison, and not lington ; £.800,000 to the army in Spain being personally acquainted with all that is and Portugal for prize-money; and£.142,000 transacted therein, seemed to them to prove to the army under Sir S. Auchmuty, at the the existence of a state of things that ought capture of Java, for the like purpose. Of not to be suffered to continue. the Peninsula prize-money, £.50,000 will be

On the report of the committee regarding the share of the Duke of Wellington.

an additional allowance to the Duke of CumTuesday, June 27.

berland, Messrs. Gordon, Wm. Smith, Pro

theroe, and Tierney, strongly opposed it, Two messages were presented from the contending, that the same reason which had Prince Regent : one for increasing the Duke induced Her Majesty to break off a match of Cumberland's allowance, and the other

between the Princess of Salms and the Duke respecting the vote of credit.

of Cambridge, would operate against the Wednesday, June 28.

marriage entered into by the Duke of Cum.

berland with the same lady, who would not Lord Castlereagh moved the grant of be received at Court by the Queen. £.6000 yearly to the Duke of Cumberland, Mr Forbes contended, that the reports to to devolve on the Duchess, in case she

the prejudice of the married pair were mere should survive.

scandal; for his part, he did not credit half Messrs Keene, Bennett, Wynne, and Sir of it. M. Ridley, opposed the grant: they asked

Mr Tierney said, if only half that was why the marriage was not announced be reported was believed, it would be enough: fore ; and argued, that as the Duke would be was surprised that Ministers should press, probably reside abroad, his present income and the Royal Duke not decline, a grant of £.18,000 would be amply sufficient, and

which would have been rejected by a fuller equal to £.30,000 in England.

house : the report was then received by 74 Sir C. Burrell said, His Royal Highness to 62; and the bringing in of a bill pursu. had a house furnished within the palače

ant to the resolution was carried by 75 to equal to £.1000, which, with £.1500 for his cavalry regiment, made his income equal to

Lord Castlereagh said, that Government £.21,000. This he conceived to be a liberal had not, up to that day, received complete allowance, and many gentlemen, upon a returns of those brave men who fell in the smaller income, lived with more hospitality battle of Waterloo: it was determined not than had ever been displayed by the Royal to wait longer : he should move, therefore, Duke.

an address to the Regent, praying directions Mr W. Wynne asked, was this a mar for a national monument, to be erected in riage likely to be serviceable to the interests honour of the splendid victory of Waterloo, of domestic virtue ?

and to commemorate the memory of the Mr B. Bathurst said, the provision was officers and soldiers who fell on that glorious very small for the Duke's change of state : day. and an individual who had t.18,000 per an Mr C. Wynne suggested, that distinct num when single, ought to have £.6000 monuments should be erected to the meadditional when he married : the grant was mory of Sir T. Picton and Major-General carried by 87 to 70.

Sir W. Ponsonby. The former, on leaving On the motion of Mr Vansittart, a vote

this country, and anticipating his fall, had of credit for six millions was granted. said to his friends, " that he hoped his Thursday, June 29.

country would pay this tribute to his me

mory. In consequence of a petition from certain Lord Castlerengh agreed to the petition, prisoners, testifying to the good conduct of and added to his motion, that the monuMr Jones, the marshal, Mr Bennett said, ments to the memory of those brave officers that the report of the committee to the should be erected in St Paul's Cathedral.

62.

Mr Bankes was desirous that Paris should not oppose the motion, though he thought not be spared a second time--that it should it would have been brought forward with be stript of the trophies pillaged from other more propriety at the close of the services nations, which might be brought to Engin which our army was engaged. land.

Mr Western opposed the motion on the Mr M. Fitzgerald said, that we ought not constitutional ground, that the Commander to imitate the conduct which we blamed, in Chief was as much an officer of the Gothe trophies ought to be restored to the vernment as any Member of the Adminise countries from which they were taken.-- tration : he believed if the office of ComWhen it was remarked to the Duke of Wel. mander in Chief had been filled by any other lington, that on our last entrance into France, person than the Royal Duke, the present his troops shewed great delicacy towards the motion would not have been entertained. French, the Duke answered, " I will pro- Mr W. Pole thought no man with true mise, it I can influence them, that they will British feelings would say they ought not to be equally moderate now." -The motion consider the merit of the illustrious Comwas agreed to

mander in Chief. His relation (the Duke Friday, June 30.

of W.) had written to him, that he was as

tonished at the improved state of the army, Another discussion took place on the first brought about by the unremitting exertions reading of the Duke of Cumberland's Ad of the Duke of York. ditional Bill, when it was carried by a ma- Mr A. Baring censured the warmth of jority of 8: numbers 100 to 92.

the preceding speaker, and recommended an Monday, July 3.

additional provision to his R. Highness, as

a small reward for 25 years laborious sere The Duke of Cumberland's Additional vice in his Department. Allowance Bill was further opposed, on the Mr Whitbread allowed there was weight 2d reading, by Messrs Western, Wilberforce, in the objection of the Hon. Gent. (Mr H. Suniner, Colonel Ellison, and Sir T. Ac. Western,) but as the motion was submitted, land. Mr Wilberforce said, that if the Lady he should vote for it. He condemned the should ever be in a state of widowhood, that high tone of Mr W. Pole. House would always be disposed to grant Mr Serjeant Best said, if the Duke of York such an allowance as would enable her to was thanked for the effectiveness of the ar. live suitably to her rank and dignity--the my, and the Duke of Wellington for his House ought not therefore to be betrayed victories, an Address should be presented to into a sanction and approbation of that mar. the Prince Regent, who had continued them riage, under the plea of providing against a in their commands: the motion was agreed contingency which might never happen. to. The 2d reading was negatived by 126 to 125: the bill was consequently lost by a

Monday, July 10. majority of one.

Mr WHITBREAD_The Marquis of TavisTuesday, July 4.

tock rose under the evident impression of the

strongest feelings, which continued during Sir J. Marjoribanks, after alluding to the his speech, and had nearly prevented him indefatigable exertions of the Duke of York from proceeding several times

. He addresin the organization of the British army, to sed the Speaker to the following effect :which the Duke of Wellington attributed, Sir, I am persuaded that it must be in a great measure, all his victories, moved quite unnecessary for me to say that I am a vote of thanks in the following words: at this moment labouring under feelings of “ That the thanks of this House be given to the most painful and afflicting nature (hear! his Royal Highness the Duke of York, hear ! hear!) I wish, however, shortly to Captain-General, and Commander in Chief state to the House the reasons which inof his Majesty's Forces, for his effective and duce me to depart from the usual practice unremitted exertions in the discharge of the in moving for a new writ, in order that I duties of his high and important situation, may pay a humble, but sincere tribute of during the period of upwards of twenty affection, to the memory of my departed years, in the course of which time the Bri. friend. Sir, it is not on any consideration tish army has attained a state of discipline of private friendship it is not on any conand skill before unknown to it, and which templation of his many virtues as a private exertions, under Providence, have been in a individual-it is on the reflection of the great degree the means of acquiring for this great space which he occupied in this country the high military glory which it House it is on the recollection of his splenenjoys among the nations of Europe." did abilities, it is on the conviction which

The Chancellor of the Exchequer would we who thought with him on political suba

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