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FRIDAY, MARCH 16. Counsel were heard in the appeal from the Court of Serfion in Scotland, the hon. Caplain Charles Elphinstone Fleming against the hon. George Abercromby, of Tallybudy, The further consideration was postponed till Monday.

The Irish malı dury, Trish revenue, Irish countervailing duty, and Irish hide and allow duty bills, were brought frora the Commons and read a first time.

The bills on the rable were forwarded in their stages.'
Adjourned till Monday.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16. The Scotch bank stock bill was read a second time, and committed to a private Committee.

On the motion of Mr. Sargent a new writ was ordered for the ele&ion of a representative for the borough of Yarmouth in the county of Southampton, in the room of John Delgarno, Esq. who has accepted of the Stewartry of the Chiltern Hundreds.

Mr. Corry brought in a bill for the relief of the families of the Irish militiamen ; which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

The Exchequer bills bill went through a Committee, and the report was ordered to be received on Monday, Lord William Rufjell rose to submit a motion respecting


the present system for the improvement and keeping in repair the public highways. The noble Lord stated the reasons which induced him to bring forward this proposition. He understood it to be generally known, that much practical inconvenience had arilen from the mode which, under the law as it now stood, was resorted to in order 10 provide for statute Jabour, or the performance of statute duty. This labour was fell to be very considerable, and the burthen of taxation negessary to provide for it very unequally distributed, insomuch that it was the general with that some better arrangement should be adopted. This with was expressed so strongly, at a very respectable assemblage of the magistrates of the county which he had the honour to represent, that he felt it to be his duty to introduce the subject to the notice of Parliament ; at the same time he would be much more happy that the business had been undertaken by some person of inore ability and weight than he pofTefled. The noble Lord concluded with moving for leave to bring in a bill to alter and amend so much of the act of the 34th of his present Majesty, as relates to the sums to be paid by persons who thail compound for statuie labour.

Sir Robert Buxton had no objection to the motion, but wished some regulation to be introduced into this bill with respect to the dimensions of the wheels of carts, &c. wbich should be employed in the performance of statute labour, &c.

The Speaker observed, that the suggestion of the hon. Baronet could not be introduced into the bill under its present tiile, but that at a future stage that title might be altered, and a clause, correspondent to the hon. Member's idea, be incorporated wiih it.

Lord W. Russell's motion was agreed to.

Mr. Alexander brought up the report of the Committee on the neutral ships bill, which was agreed to, and the bill ordered to be read a third time on Monday.

Mr. Vanfittart brought in a bill to continue the act of the 41st of his present Majesty for allowing plantarion sugar 19 be warehoused; which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Monday.

This hon. Gentleman also introduced a bill for conrinuing · the several regulations with respect to rape-seed, seal skins,

The Greenland whale fishery, oil and blubber, &c. &c. as recommended by the resolutions of the expiring laws Com. mitice. This bill was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Monday.


The other orders of the day were disposed of, and the House adjourned till Monday.


MONDAY, MARCH 19. Counsel were heard in continuation relative to the Scotch appeal, Fleming v. Abercromby: the further hearing of the cale was adjourned till Wednesday.

The various bills before the House were forwarded in their respedive stages. Among these, the Irish revenue, the Irish malt duty, the Irish countervailing duties, and the hides and tallow importation bills were severally read a second time.

Some private business was then disposed of, after which their Lordships adjourned.


MONDAY, MARCH 19. The bill for increasing the rate of sublistence to innkeepers and others, on quartering soldiers, was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time the next day.

The Exchequer bills bill was ordered to be read a third time the next day, if then engrossed.

The neutral ships bill was read a third rime and passed.

The sugar warehouse bill, and the expiring laws bill, were read a second time, and ordered to be corninitted to a Coinmittee of the whole House the next day.

The Irish militia families provision bill was read a second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the whole House on Thursday next.

Mr. Gregor, after a few observations on the importance of the subject, and the necessity of the House and the public having more information upon it than they possessed at present, moved, That there be laid before the House an account of the number of districts from which allestiments under the property tax have been returned to the office appropriated to ięceive the same, staring the total luin aflelled. Ordered.

That there be also laid before the House an account of the number of districts from which no such asleliinenis have been returned into the said office. Ordered.


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VOLUNTEER REGULATIONS BILL. Mr. Secretary Yorké moved the order of the day on the volunteer regulations bill, which was for taking the report of the bill into further consideration. He then observed, ihat before the motion was put, he wished to take notice of a circumstance which came to his knowledge that day, and which he conceived to be of considerable importance: he alluded to a clause in the bill, which respected the time at which his Majesty shall be empowered to summon and call out the voJunieers for actual service: namely, in case of invasion by the enemy. The words “ united kingdom,” had been adverted to, and it was supposed by some that the clause was introduced into the bill improperly or unfairly. He hoped the House would not think it was introduced with intention to deceive any body. When he introduced the bill, it was intended to be a bill for both Great Britain and Ireland, and he believed he stated it to be his opinion that the power of his Majesty to call out the volunteers extended to Ireland, as well as Great Britain. It was ihus brought into the House, and printed on the roth of February, containing provisions applicable to both Great Britain and Ireland, and affecting boih in its preamble ; the clause was then drawn up, as he should llate to the House. - [Here he read the clause. 1-Instead, however, of extending to Ireland, under the words * " united kingdom," he had thought it better to introduce the * word “realm," and he then thought the word realm was applicable bosh to Great Britain and Ireland, and therefore that word was substituted for the words “the united kingdom," and so the bill was printed, and the bill thus printed contained a clause to this effect. When ihe bill was commived, he stated that the clause which related to the volunteers of Ireland was withdrawn, and that the present volunteer law' of Ireland was to stand; and when the clause was struck out, and the word "realm” was struck out, the bill, with the words“ united kingdom" inserted in it, was printed so long ago as the 2d of March. The bill had been fince iwice in the Committee, and now was reprinted with this clause in it without any Gentleman taking notice of it. He stated this to justify himself. He was of opinion then, and he now retained that opinion, that it would be adviseable, in many points of view, that his Majesty thould have the power as given to him at present by this clause, that in case of invalion on the coast of Ireland, and that his Majesty's regular


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force should be detached to Ireland, his Majesty should have power to call out the volunteers. But as misapprehension had gone abroad upon that subject, and as it was not understood generally in that House, that the bill should be so, nor did the volunteers appear so to understand the bill, he thought it belter not to hazard any thing that might have the appearance of a violation of faith with the volunteers, for alihough they had still the power of withdrawing themselves if they thought that burden irksome, yet he did not wish to incur the hazard of appearing to violate faith with them : therefore when the House thould come to the discussion of that particular clause, he should propose to alter that part of i:. He spoke now only to justify himself to those Members of the House who choose to judge liberally and candidly, and he would be contented with their judgment on the subject. Some other hon. Gentlemen might object to it after this explanation ; how fairly and candidly, the House would consider. He wilhed however to save unnecessary discussion, which might have arisen on this subject, if he had not explained it.--He should move, “That this report be now taken into further confideration."

General Tarle!on observed, that as this was an opportunity for entering at large on the subject of the bill now before the House, he might do so ; but he should not trespass long upon the patience of the House : he should, however, submit to the House the observations and opinions which had been the guide and rule of his conduct upon this occasion ; in doing which he conceived that some obloquy might be cast upon him ; but he must nevertheless intreat the House and the country to reflect, that this is too momentous an occaGon for trifling. There was no man existing who ought not to consider it his highest honour to Thed his last drop of blood in his country's cause at the present crisis, and this he should be proud to do: but this was not all that a lover of his country ought to do, he ought also to bring forward, for its service, whatever his experience warranted him in suggesting for that purpose. It had been said, that we were now engaged in a war which the youngest man amongst us might not see the end of; he therefore thought we should look to a permanent system for carrying it on with advantage, and in that view he could not help considering the volunteer system as very defedive for that purpose. When Ministers brought forward - the bill for the better disciplining the militia corps, he stated the fituation of the army, and what it was necessary for MiVol. II. 1803-4.


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