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" acted incautiously and imprudently, yet having been ac“ quitted by the verdict of a jury of the charge preferred

against him, and the proprietors being also satisfied that he

was not actuated by any corrupt motive, they are not dis“ posed to withdraw their confidence from him as a member “ of the executive body."

After some discussion the consideration of the motion was deferred till the 2d July, on which day after a debate of some length, a ballot was demanded by sixteen members of the -Court of Directors then present for the determination of the question; the said members abstaining from any expression of their sentiments on the question. The ballot took place on the 9th July, when there appeared to be: For the question

408 votes. Against the question

40

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Majority for the question

368 The subject regarding East-India patronage, as connected with the introduction of the amended law of the 49th Geo. III. c. 126, has been thus fully detailed, in order to shew the sentiments entertained by Parliament as to the expediency of confining public inquiry to specific acts of abuse; and likewise the declared opinion of the Committee of the House of Commons in 1809, that throughout the evidence there was nothing to induce a reasonable suspicion that it was done with the privity or connivance of any member of the Court of Directors. In the conclusion of that Report the Committee observed, “ it will depend upon the steps which may be taken “ in consequence of these inquiries, whether such abuses shall “ receive a permanent check or a virtual encouragement.”

So far as the Court of Directors are concerned, they have manifested a decided determination to put the most effectual check to such disgraceful practices. The sentiments of Mr. Justice Bayley, on passing sentence upon the defendants who were brought up for judgment on the 230 June 1828, are as follows. His Lordship observed, “ it was a prosecution insti. “ tuted by the East-India Company, and it being contrary to s an act of Parliament now in force to negotiate upon the “ subject of an appointment of this description, it appeared to « him, at least, that the East-India Company did right in en“ deavouring to sift the transaction to the bottom, and if s possible to trace it to the fountain head; and they seem to “ have acted with an equal hand in that respect, having no “ regard either to high or low, for if criminality had attached “ to any one of their own body, they were desirous that it 6 should meet the public eye and be subjected to reprobation.”

LAW. 1809. (1) Be it therefore declared and enacted by the King's most 49 Gem.c. excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords

spiritual and temporal and Commons in this present parliament assembled, and by the autbority of the same, that from and after the passing of this act, the said act,* and all the provisions therein contained, shall extend and be construed to extend to Scotland and Ireland, and to all offices in the gift of the crown, or of any office appointed by the crown, and all commissions, civil, naval, or military, and to all places and employments, and to all deputations to any such offices, commissions, places, or employments in the respective departments or offices, or under the appointment or superintendence and control of the Lord High Treasurer or Commissioners of the Treasury, the Secretary of State, the Lords Commissioners for executing the office of Lord High Admiral, the Master-General and principal officers of his Majesty's Ordnance, the Commander-in-chief, the Secretary at War, the Paymaster-general of his Majesty's Forces, the Commissioners for the affairs of India, the Commissioners of the Excise, the Treasurer of the Navy, the Commissioners of the Navy, the Commissioners for Victualling, the Commissioners of Transports, the Commissary

neral, the Storekeeper-general, and also the principal officers of any other public department or office of his Majesty's government in any part of the United Kingdom, or in any of his Majesty's dominions, colonies, or plantations, which now belong or may hereafter belong to his Majesty, and also to all offices, commissions, places, and employments belonging to or under the appointment or control of the United Company of Merchants of England trading to the East-Indies, in as full and ample a manner as if the provisions of the said act were repeated as to all such offices, commissions, places, and employments, and made part of this act; and the said act, and this act, and all the clauses and provisions therein respectively contained, shall be construed as one act, as if the same had been herein repeated and re-enacted. (2) When rights of appointment forfeited to go to his Majesty.

(3) * Provisions of 5th and 6th Edward VI. cap. 16.

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(3) Persons buying or selling offices, or receiving or paying monies or rewards for offices, guilty of a misdemeanor.

(4) Persons receiving or paying money for soliciting offices, and any negociations or pretended negociations relating thereto, guilty of a misdemeanour.

(5) Persons opening or advertising houses for transacting business relating to the sale of offices, guilty of a misdemeanor.

(6) Inflicting a penalty on persons advertising or publishing the names of brokers or agents.

(7) Act not to extend to purchase or sale of commissions in the army under regulations.

(8) Officers in the army giving more than the regulated prices, or paying agents for negociating, to forfeit their commissions and be cashiered. Their commissions to be sold, and half the produce to go to the informer.

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PRIZE MONEY.

On the 10th June 1828 Mr. Astell, chairman of the EastIndia Company, obtained leave to bring in a bill for the appropriation of certain unclaimed shares of prize money, acquired by soldiers or seamen in the service of the Company, since the passing of the act in June 182). All sums of money. so paid over belonging to soldiers are to be applied to Lord Clive's Fund; those belonging to seamen to Poplar Hospital; subject, nevertheless, to be refunded without interest to any person or persons entitled to the same, and establishing his, her, or their claim or claims to the satisfaction of the Court of Directors of the East-India Company, or of the Governor and Council of the settlement wherein the same shall have been paid over to the Company. The bill was passed into a law on the 15th July.

LAW. Prize Money belonging to Soldiers to be paid over to the East-India

Company.- Application. (1) Whereas by the act of 1st and 2 Geo. IV. cap. 61, provisions are made for regulating the appropriation of all such unclaimed prizemoney, belonging to soldiers or seamen in the service of the United Company of Merchants of England trading to the East-Indies, as had accrued at the time of the passing of the said act, and as was then remaining in the hands of any prize agent or agents, or any other person or persons whomsoever: and whereas it is expedient that provision should be made for regulating the appropriation of all sums of money belonging to officers and soldiers employed in the service of the said United Company, and of all sums of money belonging to commanders, officers, and crews of ships hired by or belonging to the said United Company, which, since the passing of the said act, have come into the hands of any prize agent or agents, or any other person or persons whomsoever, or which, since the passing of the said act, have severally arisen from or have become distributable, or shall hereafter arise from or become distributable, in

1828. 15 July, 9 Geo. 4,

cap. 50.

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respect of any capture made, or other warlike service already per-
formed, and which shall hereafter come to the hands of prize agents
and other persons; and that all unclaimed shares of such prize money
should be appropriated as hereinafter is provided; be it therefore
enacted by the King's most excellent Majesty, by and with the advice
and consent of the Lords spiritual and temporal, and Commons, in
this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same,
that all and every shares and share of booty, prize money, head
money, bounty money, and salvage money, and of money arisen or
to arise from or distributable, or hereafter to become distributable, in
respect of any capture made, or other warlike service whatsoever
already performed, belonging or to belong to officers or soldiers, or
to any officer or soldier in or having been in the service of the said
Company, in whatever service the same may have accrued, which,
since the passing of the said recited act, has come into and is now
remaining in the hands or shall hereafter come into the hands of any
prize agent or agents, or any other person or persons whomsoever,
shall be paid over to the said United Company in London, or at any
of their settlements abroad, according to the residence of the party
or parties paying the same, or as the Court of Directors of the said
United Company shall direct; and all sums of money, when so paid
over, shall be applied to the fund established by the Right Honourable
Robert late Lord Clive, for the relief of persons and the widows of
persons in the military service of the said United Company, commonly
called “ Lord Clive's Fund,” for the purpose and objects of the said
fund, according to the rules and regulations for the time being
thereof; subject nevertheless to be refunded, without interest, to any
person or persons entitled to the same, and establishing his, her, or
their claim or claims thereto to the satisfaction of the Court of
Directors of the said Company, or of the Governor and Council of
the settlement where the same shall have been paid over to the said
Company
Prize money

(2) And be it further enacted, that all and every
belonging to sea. shares and share of booty, prize money, head money,
men to be paid
over to the East- bounty money, and salvage money, and of money
India Company. arisen or to arise from, or distributable, or hereafter to
- Application.

become distributable, in respect of any capture made, or other warlike service whatsoever already performed, belonging or to belong to commanders, officers, sailors, or other persons, or to any commander, officer, sailor, or other person, serving or who may have served on board of any ship or vessel in the service of the said Company, whether hired or belonging to the said Company, in whatsoever service the same may have accrued, which, since the passing of the said recited act, has come into, and is now remaining in the hands, or shall hereafter come into the hands of any prize agent or agents, or any other person or persons whomsoever, shall be paid over to the said United Company, in London, or at any of

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