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sation to Mr Perceval ; but he declined it, Lords (Wellesley and Moirat he attriinted as he (Lord Wellesley) was leaving office, none but the most fair and honourable and it could serve no other purpose than to inotives, but he was convinced that there irritate unnecessarily. His opinions on the was a secret management of which they subject had been freely and openly given ; they were taken down by his friends, for Lord Moira said, he was not content to be their own information, just as they were de paid off by a gencral compliment to his livered in the warmth and freedom of con. honour, at the expence of his understanding. versation. He had been applied to for leare There never was any reservation, or hint to publish the statement in question. To of reservatior, in the powers which he had this he had always given a positive refusal. received to form an Administration. Ile was horror-struck when he saw it in Lord Grey said, there were delicate points print, and peculiarly at the moment in on which he wished for an explanation from which it appeared, and would have given authority, and Lord Wellesley had distinctly any money to have suppressed it; but he said that he wished to explain on authority had the satisfaction of knowing, that it had but that that authority was denied to him. been some days in the hands of Mr Perceval To Lord Moira he suggested a particular previous to his death. He lamented as difficulty, upon which it did not appear that much as any man, the severe loss which the his Lordship had made any communication country, and his friends, had felt in the death to the Prince Regent. All those circume of one, whose blameless life, whose purity stances taken together had produced an imof character, and whose fall in the service of pression upon his mind, which he was his country, threw around his inemory unable to remove, that he had correctly something of the splendour and sanctity of stated the spirit in which the proposal was a martyr. But all this did not make it originally made. The Noble Lord could necessary that he (Lord Wellesley) should not be angry with him for having such an acknowledge him to have been possessed of impression. that power and frame of mind which mark Lord Moira said, that if he had felt any out a man for the conduct of great public degree of warmth, it was totally removed concerns. It could be no insult to any man, by what had been said by the Noble Lord to say that he was not qualified for the in explanation. As to the subject alluded high situations of a state. The Noble Lord to, he thought that it would not only be opposite (Lord Liverpool) was doubtless indecent to his Royal Highness to make this honourable and meritorious: but he could the first part of the negociation, but that it not bring himself at present, at least, to al would also be seriously injurious to the low that he was the best possible First Lord country to dispose of that question in the of the Treasury. The Noblo Lords it ap manner which the Noble Lord would sug. peared, were surprised that he should have gest. Being commissioned to form an un alluded to differences of opinion in the fettered Administration, he felt it his duty cabinet. They reminded him of a story of to resist the suggestions of the Noble Lord a councillor in India, who was supposed on this point. never to be in earnest till he flung an ink Lord Grenville said, that when the docustand at the head of the governor-general. ments and proofs should be before the He (Lord Wellesley) knew instances enough House, he shonld lay in his claim to explain where they had differed pretty stoutly; but the whole of his conduct upon the occasion. if he got among them again, he would He should now merely affirm, that no difamend his error on that point.- Laughing.) ferences on his part arose at all from per-The publication of the sort of correspon- sonal considerations, but from constitutional dence that had passed between him and principles, which he considered of the first Lord Liverpool was, he conceived, a mat importance to the country, ter of course ; and if there was any ground
Friday, June 12. for complaint as to a partial publication, he thought he had the least right to come
EDINBURGII POLICE BILL. plain.
On the motion, “ That this bill be now Lord Grey said, that it appeared to him read a third time,” and his noble friend (Grenville) that all the The Marquis of Douglas rose, and conattempts, as it was called, to make an Ad. tended for the propriety of deferring the ministration, had been merely attempts to third reading for a short time, to give perintroduce him and his friends into a govern sons, whose rights and privileges, although ment, where their well-known principles secured to them by former police bills, were and opinions would, almost to a certainty, invaded by the present, an opportunity of have been over-ruled ; a situation to which coming forward with their objections. His ke never could submit. To the Noble Lordship examined the bill minutely, and
wwelt particularly on the extensive powers House divided on the amendment Contents, given to the parties nominated to carry the 2-Non-Contents, 12. Majority, 10. provisions of the wil into execution. The The bill was then read a third time and increased expence formed a considerable passed. ground of complaint. By the act at present
Wednesday, June 17. in existence, and of which two years wcre
On the third reading of the Scots Local Mix yet unexpired, a salary of £.500 per annum
litia Bill, the Marquis of Douglas rose, and was granted to a Chief Judge of Police, who
moved an amendinent; the principal effect was also Sherir. Of course his claim could
of which seemed to be, taking away the only be, under that act, for the sum of
present controuling power of the Barons of 2.1000. But, by the present bill, a salary the Exchequer on the County Lieutenanof £.300 per ann. for 10 years, making a
cies, with respect to the remuneration, altotal of £.3000, was secured to him. He
lowances to be given, &c.---Lord Melville the more objected to this, because some
defended the bill; which, on a division, was time since the Sheriffs applied to their
carried by a majority of 12 against 9. Lordships for pecuniary assistance, on tre ground of the variety and importance of
Thursday June 18. their duties, and assistance was granted.
The Marquis of Lansdowane having adNow, he could not conceive how a person,
dressed several questions to the Ministerial filling the situation of Sheriff, could proper bench, respecting the intended alteration in ly execute at the same time, the complicat
the system of the Orders in Council, ed duties of Judge of Police. His Lordship
Lord Buthurst said, that as Ministers did concluded by moving, as an amendment,
not think the enemy's decrees were really - That the bill be read a third time this day repea!cd, they did not feel themselves authree weeks."
thorised to advise the repeal of the Orders The Duke of Athol opposed the motion. in Council; but it was thought that so much, The insufficiency of the police of Edinburgh, of them might be repealed as related te under the present act, rendered the measure
Ajnerica, on her withdrawing her hostile now before their Lordships, which went to
and restrictive acts against this country. give security to the lives and properties of
This was to be done, on conditions regularhis Majesty's subjects, pecularly necessary. lx ascertained, -as, that America should The riets which, in the beginning of the
cancel her hostile acts; that the freedom of present year, disgraced the city of Edinburgh,
trade sliould be restored in its former shape : arose in a great measure, from the laxity of and that British ships of war should be rethe present system.
ceived into American waters and ports as The Earl of Lauderdale thought that
those of friendly nations.- The Orders in some parts of the measure savoured very
Council werc, on those terms, to be suspendmuch of a job. For his own part he did
ed with regard to America :-to be revivet, not understand the necessity of making a
however, if America should not accede ui provision of £.300 per annum for a person,
the terms proposed, or in case of any far(the Chief Judge of Police,) who, on the
ther arrangement on the part of France and Noble Duke's own shewing, had so conduct
America, which acted against the interests od the police system, under the existing act,
of this country. Ile had said thus much as to have really fomented the disturbances
from his wish to give every information in which gave rise to the present bill. Earl Morton observed, that the Judge of discussion would be when the instrument
his power ; but the proper time for such Police was a most respectable character.
to le issued was on the table; and till then He had been a writer in Edinburgh, but
he should be leave to reserve a tuiler exhad given up his business, which could
pression of his opinions. not now be recalled, for the purpose of tak Lori's Grey, Stanhope, Inruderdale, Fitas ing the situation ; it was, therefore, nothing
william, and Blland, censured the policy more than just, that he should receive a re
now disclosed as utterly unworthy the dig muneration for the loss of his professional nity of a great empire, and contended, that advantages. The Duke of Athol did not mean to say,
the most proper curse would have been to
revoke the Orders at once, by which the that any blame whatever attached to the Chief Judge of Police; he was considered a
repeal of the Non-importation Act would
have been imperative upon the American man of ability; the fault was not in his con
goverpment. duct, but was radical in the system on which the act was founded.
Friday, June 19. After a few words from the Duke of The Duke of Athol inquired whether cerAthol, the Marquis of Douglas, the Earl of tain papers lying on the table respecting the Lauderdale, and the Lord Chancellor, the late negorixtings for forming a new Minis
try, were genuine or not; and Lord Moira making for the formation of a Ministry, was about to reply, when Lord Ellenborough which he, in his conscience, believed no man moved the standing order against strangers, in the House, or the country, thought effi. and the doors of the blouse were in conse- cient; and which, instead of being calculated
to lead us through our difficulties and danWednesday, June 24.
gers, was far more likely to plunge us still
more deeply into them. He was anxious Earl Fitzwilliam rose to say, that in con- to do this thus early, as all the offices of sequence of the declaration issued by Minis
government were not yet filled up, and there ters, (see page 468,) he did not think it was still time to offer the advice of the necessary to press upon the House any House to his Royal Highness the Prince further proceeding on the subject of the Regent. lle had been one of the steadiest orders in Council. He had only to congra- friends of Mr Perceval's Administration; tulate the House and the country, that Mic but he considered those whom he had left nisters had now seen and renounced the behind wholly unfit, by themselves, to conerrors of their former policy.
duct public affairs. He had always voted The Earl of Liverpool, speaking for his against the Catholic question ; but now he colleagues and himself, denied that, by the was of opinion that all opposition against it declaration in question, they had admitted was vain. His motion involved no one ; he any errors in their former policy for them had consulted with none on the subject, and to renounce. He contended that the orders did not even now know whether it would in Council had been advantageous; and be seconded. He then moved, “ That an said they were only now abandoned in con- humble address be presented to his Royal sequence of the change of circumstances Highness the Prince Regent, praying him which had taken place. In case a proper to take such measures as would enable him, arrangement could not be made with France, under the present circumstances of the or with America, Government had it still country, to form a strong and efficient Adin its option to revive these orders, if that ininistration." should be found expedient.
Lord Milton seconded the motion.
Sir F. Burdett took a review of the vari.
ous Administrations which the country had HOUSE OF COMMONS.
for a series of years, and contended that a Friday, May 16.
complete change of system was necessary.
He should, on this ground, propose an Lord Clive moved a resolution for erect. amendment upon the original motion before ing a monument to the memory of Mr Per- the House. The Speaker informed the çeval, in Westminster Abbey. The motion Honourable Baronet, that it could not at was seconded by Admiral Harvey, and sup- this moment be regularly moved. He said ported by Mr Fuller, Lord Castlereagh, Mr he was perfectly aware of that, but still he Canning, Mr Lockhart, Sir C. Burnel, Lord might put the House in possession of the Dysart, and Mr Wilberforce, and opposed substance of it, which was, that the Prince by Mr Lambe, Mr Whitbread, Sir G. War- should form an Administration which would render, Mr Wynne, Lord Milton, and Mr apply the national resources to national obElliot. On a division it was carried by 199, jects; extend the benefits of the constitution to 26.
to all classes of the community without The House having gone into a Committee distinction ; adopt conciliatory measures on Mr Summer's resolution respecting Mr towards the people, and restore to the Perceval's family, Mr Huskisson, without country the advantage of a free representaany preface, moved as an amendment to the tion. resolution, “ that the Committee were of Mr Wilberforce, Lord Walpole, Mr Heropinion, that the Prince Regent should be bert (of Kerry), Mr Rider, and Lord Castles enabled to grant to the eldest son of Mr reagh, opposed the motion, which was sup? Perceval the sum of £.1000 per ann, from ported by Mr Ward, Mr Canning, Sir J. the day of his father's death, during the Newport, and Mr Martin, of Galwaylifetime of his mother, and that at her The House then divided--For My Wortley's decease he should have the yearly sum of motion, 174-Against it, 170. Majority £.2000."
against Ministers, 4.
Friday, May 22.
Mr Sicwart Wortley reported at the bar,
that he had waited on the Prince Regent Mr Stewart Wortley called the attention with the address of that House, voted yesof the House to the arrangements now terday, and that his Royal Highness was
plensed to return the following most gracious In a Committee of Ways and Means, a
resolution for one million and an half to be “ GENTLEMEN: I shall take into my raised by annuity, for the service of Ireland, most serious and immediate consideration, was voted. the address which has just been presented The Perceval Family Provision bill was to me from the House of Commons."
read a third time and passed. Lord Castlereagh, in answer to a question
T'ucsday, June 2. from Mr Brougham, said, that a communication had recently been made to his Ma Mr Martin wished to know from Sir J. jesty's Ministers, of a French decree, pur- Newport, in the absence of Mr Ponsonby, porting to have been issued so far back as Whether any application, up to the present April, 1811, declaring the Berlin and Milan moment, had been made to him, or any of decrees revoked with respect to America. his friends, to accept of any office in the This was obviously produced for a sinister new administration ? purpose, as up to a very late date, the Ame Sir J. Newport assured the Honourable rican government had been unable to pro Gentleman, that he had no more means cure from the French government any offi than any other member of that House, of cial revocation of the decrees in question. giving an answer to the Honourable Gentle- The decree, however, did not justify his man's question. Majesty's declaration upon the subject of Lord Cochrane presented a petition from the orders in Council, which required a ge an inhabitant of Stafford, named Batty, sta. neral and unconditional repeal of the Berlin ting that 50 gui had been given by a and Milan decrees. He could not imagine freeman of that town to Mr Mansel Philips, that the cruelties practised by l'rance towards a member of the House, to obtain his disAmerican vessels would make the less im- charge from the navy, and that neither the pression upon that country, for so palpable discharge was obtained nor the money rea juggle as this was.
turned. The petitioner therefore prayed the
House for relief. Ordered to lie on the tables Monday, June 1. Mr Canning said, that as a motion had
Wednesday, June 3. been already made by one Gentleman (Mr Wortley) and another was intended on
Mr Canning informed the House, that Wednesday, (by Mr Martin,) he thought it
the Marquis Wellesley had failed in his enproper to inform the House, that he was
deavours to form an Administration, and enabled to state from the authority of his
had resigned his trust to the Regent. Noble Friend, (Lord Wellesley,) that he
Mr C. deprecated any discussion, or the had an audience this morning of his R. H.
taking any steps which might produce irrithe Prince Regent, at which he had received
tation. a power to form immediately a new Govern
Mr Martin, of Galway, whose motion ment.
stood for to-night, declined bringing it forMr Wortley, after stating that the late de
ward, on this suggestion; but wished to ask lay had excited much discontent in the coun a question of Mr Ponsonby, similar to those try, and that it was attributed by a certain
asked by Mr Wortley on Monday. Mr class of political writers to a wrangle for
Calcraft and Mr Barham objected to this, as power, wished to ask two questions of a Rt.
irregular, and calculated to produce the efHon. Gentleman.
fect which the House desired to avoid ; and After some conversation, the objections
Mr Martin, in compliance with the sense of to the question being overruled, Mr Wort
the House, desisted. ley inquired of Mr Ponsonby, whether any proposals, before that morning, had been
Friday, June 5. made to his friends, for becoming part of an Gen. Gascoigne gave notice, that on the Administration, to which they had given a first day the House should meet, he would refusal either on personal grounds, or any move an address to the Prince Regent.other grounds whatever?-Mr Ponsonby an He then read the address, the substance of swered in the negative.—Mr Wortley, then which was, to impress on his Royal Highinquired whether any thing that had passed ness the absolute necessity of forming a had gone so far as to make it possible for new Adininistration, as the hopes encoura, them to insist upon any conditions, on their ged by his gracious answer had been disapbecoming part of an Administration ?-Mr pointed. They had heard of obstacles, but Ponsonby replied, that as no proposals not sufficient to enable them to offer their were made, of course matters did not go so advice, and calling on his Royal Highness far, as to enable his friends to insist on con to exercise his undoubted prerogative to ditions
chuse his Ministers, and assuring him of
the support of the House to the Ministry so the government intrusted to the same hands formed
who had been voted incompetent; that it Monday, Junc 8.
was the duty of the Honse to impress on Lord Castlereagh acquainted the House, the mind of the Regent, the new and unexthat a Noble Earl (Moira) had that morning
ampled dangers and difficulties of the connresigned the authority coinmitted to him, try, as to its taxes, commerce, finances, paand that Lord Liverpool had accepted the per-currency, &c. and hoping that his Roy. office of First Lord of the Treasury, and
al Highness would appoint such persons to had received commands to proceed to the
administer the government as would reforma formation of an Administration. Under abuses, and economize the resources of the these circumstances, he trusted that the country." discussion of two such important and vital
Lord Milton thought that the House could questions, as those relating to the Catholics not in duty to their constituents, nor in honand to the Orders in Council, would be de- our to their own character upon the score of layed till the Government was fully estab- consistency, acquiesce in the resumption of lished.
ofiice by a set of men whom they had voted Wednesday, June 10.
incompetent. Feeling, therefore, that soineMr Vansittart, the new Chancellor of the
thing more was required than the address Exchequer, took the oaths and his seat.
moved by Mr Wortley, he would move an In answer to a question by Mr Spencer
amendment, expressing " the regret of the Stanhope, whether it was the intention of
House, that the hopes raised, by the gra
cious answer of the Prince, for the formathe present Ministry to pursue exactly the
tion of an ethicient Administration, were not same line of policy as had been adopted under the Administration of a late Right Hon.
yet realized ; stating that the House would Gentleman ?-Lord Castlereagh answered,
support Zealously such aneasures as should That in general their sentiments remained
seem calculated to promote prosperity at the same; but, on account of the increasing
home or abroad; but, consistently with their change of opinion on the subject of the Ca
duty to their country, they must still in tholic claims, it had been resolved upon,
treat, that his Royal Highness would prothat, in all future discussion of the subject,
ceed to the formation of such a Government it should be left free from all interference of
as might meet the expectations of the nam
tion.' the government.
Mr G. Vansittart adverted to the appoint Thursday, June 1l.
ment of an Administration in 1804, and Mr Wortley, after alluding to the negoci- contended, that the interference of the Comsations for forming an Administration, the mons upon the present occasion, would be failure of which he attributed to the delay attended with the most dangerous conse that had taken place during the first ten quences, since the effect would be to change days, said, that the application made to a limited monarchy into a turbulent demo Lords Grey and Grenville could lead to no- cracy. thing but disunion; he censured the conduct Lord Yarmouth declared, that it was the of those Noble Lords for refusing Lord intention of himself and all the officers of Moira's propositions, and thus losing the the Household to resign the situations which opportunity of carrying the great political they at present held, previous to the new measures for which they had been so long Adininistration entering upon office. This contending, because the appointment to offi- intention of theirs was well known : they ces in the Household were not given up to took every means of stating it in quarters them as a preliminary measure. By this from whence it had any likelihood of reachline of conduct, they perpetuated the jea- ing the ears of the parties interested, and lousies of which they complained. He con- in partieular, they communicated it to a Rt. cluded, by moving an Address to the Prince Hon. Gentleman who took an active part in Regeut, expressive of regret that he had the negociation. They wished to have no not beeu able to follow up his gracious in- connection with the Opposition, and in me tention, and expressing an earnest hope that signing, were induced to save the Regent he would avail himself of every opportunity from the humiliation of turning them out of which offered for forming a more extended office. Administration.
Mr Ponsonby declared that no such cir Lord Folkstone, after descanting upon the cumstance as the intention of the Noble dangers and distresses of the country, mov- Lord and his friends to resign, was over ed an amendment to the proposed address, communicated to any Rt. Hon. Gentleman, to the effect that the House regretted that in the course of the negociation in which he the address of the 21st of May had failed bore a part. The Hon. Gentleman then emits effects ; that they saw with regret, tered into a review of the whole proceedings,