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Royal edict.-" The vigorous and Hayti, considering that the trade unanimous efforts of the allied powers with Great Britain has been very ad. have happily been attended, under the vantageous to the republic, and has favour of divine providence, with the even aided it in the most critical cirmost glorious and extraordinary suc cuinstances in which it has been cesses, which were followed by the placed, and wishing to encourage the cessation of hostilities with France. same more and more, has decreed, Being desirous that my faithful vas and does decree as follows sals may, in consequence, enjoy, as Art. 1. Reckoning from the 1st of soon as possible, the great benefit and January 1815, merchandize manufacadvantage of a free communication tured in countries under the dominion with all nations, I have been pleased of his Britannic Majesty shall be subto order, that the ports of my states, jected to a duty of only 5 per cent. from the date of this my royal decree, according to the tariff of the 22d of shall admit the entry of the ships of May 1810, upon their import into the all nations that may be presented be- country. fore them, and the departure of the 2. All merchandize, other than the same, whatever destination they may above described, shall continue, as have received, that as much as possi- before, to pay an import duty of jo ble the friendly relations and recipro.' per cent. according to the same tariff. cal interests with their respective It is said that the exports from this countries may be re-established. It country to St Domingo, in the course is commanded that this edict be pub- of the last twelve months, amounted lished and placarded in the usual to no less than £1,200,000; and these manner, by the poper authorities. must be greatly increased in conse" Rio Janeiro, &c. With the ru

quence of the decree in question. We bric of the Prince Regent, our sove. may consider this extraordinary comreign.”

mercial advantage as one of the hapLiberty.-Equality.--Decree.

py consequences of our act for the Alexander Petion, president of abolition of the slave trade.

Official account of the imports and exports, with their excess, and the balance of trade between Great Britain and all the colonies in North America: Years. Imports. Erports.

Imp. Erc.

Exp. Exc.
1800.........2,089,652
6,384,202

4,291,550
1801......... 2,706,518
7,517,531

4,811,013
1802.........
.1,923,504 5,319,491

3,395,987
1803. .1,914,098 5,272,812

3,358,714 1804.........1,651,467 6,398,426

4,746,959 1805.........1,766,556 7,146,765

5,380,309
1806...... .1,999,884 8,613,123

6,613,240
1807.......... 2,817,522
7,521,120

3,073,598
1808......... 896,742
3,992,060

3,155,718
1809......... 2,205,331
5,187,615

2,982,284
1810......... 2,614,405 7,813,81?

5,198,912
181]......... 2,309,415 1,431,929 877,586
1812.........1.914. !52 4,195,592

2,841,440 Total.........26, 10.30 77,1 ui,cot 877,586 51,852,624 Balance in favour of Great Britain,..

£.50.975,038 Annual average of last 13 years,.....

........3,421,156 N.B. The documents for the year 1813 were consumed by the late fire at the Custom-house.

Antwerp,

Antwerp, Det. 21:- The alteration change, the payment of one per cent. of the tariff duties on importation for on the value remains as heretofore, home consumption in this country, and all description of merchandize with which we have so long been may pass through Belgium and Flanthreatened, has at length been pub. ders to the neighbouring states :-lished and put into force; it is dated Cotton-twist of all descriptions is the 5th inst, issued by orders of the prohibited altogether for entry or conPrince of Orange Nassau, and has sumption or use in Belgium. White cordially in view the protection of cotton goods, at or under the value the manufactures of this country. of lfrank per Brabant ell, and The duties are to be most imperious- printed cotton goods, at or under the ly enforced, and if the goods reported value of 2 franks per Brabant ell, are are undervalued, or not found agreea- prohibited ; whatever is above that ble to the return of the importer or value

pays 10 per cent. Woollen agent, the same are confiscated, and a goods, as cloths and coatings, pay as fine beside levied on the offender.— follows, per Brabant ell :- At or unThe vessels as they arrive are to be der 4 franks to 6 franks, 12 per cent.; unloaded in rotation of their arrival, 6 franks to 9 franks, 7 per cent.; and at given hours in the day: and above 6 franks, 4 per cent. Refined every measure has been adopted to as well as crushed sugars, which used give efficacy to the regulations which

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per cent, have been raised must become a inost important branch to 20 franks per cent.

Earthen ware to the revenues. The following are 20 per cent.; drugs 3 per cent.; the most important items of duties to spices 4 ; cutlery 12; rum and arbe levied on goods reported for con rack 7 franks per 100 libres (about sumption in this country, and it is 20 gallons,) besides the very heavy to be understood, that, as heretofore, rum duty, which altogether is nearly all goods may be bonded, or lodged 60 franks for the same quantity; tinin entrepot, and sold for re-exporta- plates 6 per cent. Coffee has been tion duty free, except a small sum not reduced to 1 frank per cwt.; and raw exceeding one-half per cent, on the articles, such as cottons, dye-wood, value of produce, nor has the duty on raw sugars, &c, are admitted free of goods which are to pass through this duty, on the payment of 1 per cent. country in transit undergone any

to pay

Poetry.

SONG
At the Musomanic Society of Anstruther.

TUNE-" Hey, Tuttie, Tattie."
UNEXTINGUISH'd spark of sky,

Spirit that can never die !
Of thy children hear the cry,

Sacred Poesy!
O'er this scene do thou preside,
Joy and Pleasure at thy side!
From thy servants-hallow'd guide!

Never, never fiy !
Should Misfortune sullen lour,
On our short terrestrial hour,

Still thy silent secret power

Sweeps the fiend away.
What is life without thy light ?
Cheerless gloom and sullen night!
Fancy never takes her flight,

Nerer dreams of day.
Then thy wand, Enchantress, wave;
Give, O give, the boon we crave-
May we live beyond the grave

Dear to memory.
Unextinguish'd spark of sky,
Spirit that can never die,
llear, O hear, thy childrens' cry-
Sacred Poesy.

PRO

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Proceedings of Parliament.

HOUSE OF LORDS.

from Lord W. Bentinck's official note to the

Duke de Gallo, the Neapolitan Minister. November 30. 1814.

Bologna, April 1, 1814.-" In case of THE Lord Chancellor introduced a Bill the Neapolitan Government exacting a writ

for establishing the Trial by Jury in ten confirmation of the sentiments which Scotland, in Will Causes. To be consider. Lord Castlereagh had verbally declared ; a ed after the recess. The question that the confirmation which had not been called for, House do adjourn to Thursday February 9, not thinking it necessary, the undersigned was then put and carried, after some obser. is authorised to declare officially, That the vations from the Duke of Sussex and Lord English Government entirely approves of Donoughmore, on the unpromising state of the Treaty concluded between the Austrian continental affairs, and the spirit of aggran and Neapolitan Governments : that it condisement evinced by several powers, coupled sents to the addition of the territory there with a request for information.

specified, under the same conditions made by Austria, of an active and immediate co

operation of the Neapolitan army: and if HOUSE OF COMMONS.

the English Government refuses to sign a

definitive Treaty, it is caused by sentiments Monday, November 21.

of honour and delicacy, which make it unARNY ESTIMATES.- Mr Whithread said, willing that the hereditary estate of an anthat a written treaty had been concluded cient ally should be given up without an between the Emperor of Austria and the indemnity; and the undersigned has in conKing of Naples, guaranteeing to the latter sequence orders to invite the Neapolitan bis throne, and to which Lords Castlereagh Government to make the greatest efforts in and Bentinck were parties, yet Ministers order to chtain the same ohject." had professed to know nothing of this. A Mr C. Monck complained of our having pecuniary treaty had been concluded with transferred the Ionian islands to Austria ; Spain which had not been produced. He and Mr Horner, alluding to our proposals wished to know whether the partition of to America, said, for our maritime rights Sazony had been agreed to by Lord Castle. the country would light to the last ; but for reagh. He could anticipate no lasting peace, extension of territory it would not willingly ben he saw the great powers forming a fo expend a shilling: cus of discontent by the addition of other Mr Wellesley Pole complained of the states to tåeir territories. With respect to questions put to Ministers on insufficient America, he must compliment Ministers; authority : “ We (said the Right Ilonourafor they had fought and negociated in such ble Gentleman) are not answerable for every a manner as to induce the two parties to thing that is published in pamphlets-we unite be utily in the prosecution of the war. are not accountable for the contents of news.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer said, papers---we cannot disclose communications that the negociation at Ghent was not bro made confidentially to us we cannot give ken off, but still proceeding; he knew of no explanations, upon topics now before the engigenient with Murat of Naples, beyond Congress-we are bound to keep the secrets a mere convention of arms, and the treaty

of State to ourselves---we cannot attempt with Spain would be forthcoming.

to give any justification of our conduct now, Mi Ponsunhy noticed an additional arti. --we must leave it to a future opportunity, cic in the treaty with Russia, by which when our Noble Colleague returns-at pre. Great Britain engaged to maintain the Rus sent, we cannot make disclosures -- our sian fest, not only in our harbours, bift for tongues are tied-- Heur, hear ! loud 112glio a certain period after a peace.

ter.) We have a right to conceal what we do Mr Tierney stigmatised the transfer of not think should be published.” Saxony as a monstrous act of in justice.

Lord Pumarstone then meved the various dir Whitbread said, Lord Castlereagh bad resolutions for specific sunis composing the Bot a very high opinion of his colleagues, Army Estimates for half a year, to the 25th since he had not informed them of the fate June 1815, which were agreed to. of Sumay-irther to illustrate this want

Tuesday, Vovember 22. of infummatian, he read the following extract Mr Whitlreud, in moving for certain corJar. 1815.

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respondence relative to the two Spaniards cause the Congress by which the decision is who had sought refuge at Gibraltar, but had to be made is not yet met; I cannot therebeen delivered up by Gen. Smith, at the fore believe that the fate of Saxony is yet instance of Sir James Duff, the British Con fixed-much less do I believe that

any British sul at Cadiz, to the Spanish Government, minister would have been a party to any such spoke with considerable severity of the in decision as is supposed to have been made. As terference of Sir James. Three hundred little do I believe (and the Hon. Gentleman peasants had, in like manner, been surrender. will have reason on some future day to reed; and in these acts the British Governor collect my assertion) that any British minis. made no distinction between acknowledged ter will be a party to the subjugation of Pocrimes and alledged political offences.

land." Mr Vanoittart said, the Government en Mr Whitbread said, he was hardened tertained so just an abhorrence of the tyran. against the implied threat. If he knew but ny of the Spanish Government, that Lord little, the Right Hon. Gentleman knew less. Bathurst had written to Gen. Smith, cau Instead of his hopes—expects and believestioning him against a repetition of his con why not tell them at once from the tenour duct : the motion as amended for extracts, of Lord Castlereagh's letters, that Saxony instead of the letters, was agreed to.

had neither been delivered up, nor was to Colonel Palmer said, that after the recess, become the property of Prussia. he should again bring forward the subject of Mr Vansitturt, that he might not be misthe late Court-Martial.

understood, explained as follows:-"What Monday, November 28.

I said was, that the fate of Saxony was not, On the report of the Committee of Sup- I believed, and could not be, decided, beply being brought up, Mr Whitbread said, cause by the last accounts the Congress had that the King of Sicily had told his Parlia not yet met, whose duty it is to decide ; ment that England had made ioans to him, therefore, I presume that any occupation of and asserted, that besides past favours re. Saxony which has taken place, according to ceived by his subjects, still greater might be the public accounts, can only be provisional, expected from us.

merely a military occupation of the country, Mr Vansittari replied, that the loans al such as was before maintained by the Ruse luded to were small advances made by Lord sians. This was all I meant to state with Bentinck in 1812, to the amount of 150,0001. respect to Saxony, and the British Minister and which was in truth only an anticipation therefore was not a party to the transaction. of the annual subsidy granted by England, As to Poland, what I said was, that it would and from which it had afterwards been de. not be found that a British Minister had ducted. He had never stated that Lord W. been THE AUTHOR of the subjugation of that Bentinck had guaranteed the Crown of Na- country." ples to Murat ; but only that that Noble Mr Ponsonby said, he would willingly man had undertaken to use his endeavours hope, not only that our minister would not to induce the King of Sicily to accept an in be a party to such a transaction, but also demnity in case it should be thought neces that the King of Prussia would not. What sary at the Congress that Naples should con. had been his sentiments and conduct at the tinue to be held by the present possessor. treaty of Chaumont? The first article of

A conversation now took place respecting that treaty recited the wrongs committed by Saxony. Nír Whitbread commented with Bonaparte in Germany, and that the Allies severity on the annexation of that country were anxious to recover and to protect “ the to Prussia ; and he quoted Prince Reprin's rights and liberties of all nations :" yet in so proclamation from the foreign journals, to short a time the whole of Saxony was de. prove that Lord Castlereagh had assented livered up to the dominion of Prussia, and to that unjust act, in consideration (as he the people transferred like so many cattle supposed) of the Elector of Hanover having in a fair, and this was called a provisional been made a King.

He was at the same occupation of the country. Such had been time represented as having opposed the in the conduct of the two great powers of Rusdependence of Poland. He wished the sia and Prussia. The right hon. gentleman Hon. Gentleman would, before the recess, said the Congress had not yet met. What give some information respecting the situa signified whether the Congress met or not, tion of Saxony and Poland.

if these two powers continued to pursue such Mr Vansiitart replied, " I fecl no objection conduct? The whole business was a des to give the Hon. Gentleman some informa ception and false colouring, calculated to tion upon one or two of the points to which impose on the world; and our ininister being he has referred: first, with regard to Saxony, present, and not quitting Vienna as soon as I believe that the fate of that kingdom has he saw what the views ot'those powers were, not, and cannot have yet been decided, be had debase and degraded this country iri

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the eyes of Europe. If the accounts in the Fleet and King's Bench under the insolvent papers were true, what were the great ar Act, in order to devise some means to dismies kept on foot for? Was it for the li tinguish the unfortunate from the fraudulent berties of Europe ? No; it was to overawe debtor, Mr Lockhart said, he should, after the the people of Saxony, while the scandalous recess, submit a motion for amending the plans of the two powers were carrying into Act. Mr Ilorner said, the act had been efexecution. He should be happy if ministers fective, and it would prevent that indiscould deny this view of the matter, but he creet credit usually given by tradesmen. thought it impossible.

Serjeant Best replied, some tradesmen must Mr Bathurst rose several times to ex either trust or lose their business. plain. He at first asserted that ministers Mr IIorner moved for a variety of papers were not speaking on the ground of reports, as to the manner in which the war had been but they had official information that our carried on in Canada, the Courts Martial on Minister had never assented to any decision Capt. Barclay, Gen. Proctor, &c. which, about Saxony; afterwards that they had ac. with the addresses from Bristol, Liverpool, counts that no final decision had taken place &c. respecting American privateers on our respecting Saxony, which was to be held in coast, he considered as an impeachment of trust for Prussia until the settlement made the Naval Administration of the country. by the Congress; and again, that Prince A very long discussion, in which all the Repnin's proclamation, being from Dresden, leading members participated, ensued : the of the Ilth, the same date as Lord Castle papers were granted, except the Court Mar. reagh's last dispatches from Vienna, the tial on Gen. Proctor.-Mr Whitbread, at latter could make no mention of the circum the close of a vehement attack accusing Mistance. Ministers had no doubt the pro nisters of wishing to screen themselves from claination was unauthorised.

the consequences of their neglect in not supMr Lytileton, from residence abroad, plying all our commanders in America, could assert that the Saxons, with the excep with troops, vessels, ammunition, &c. said, tion of six or seven persons who had been that it was fortunate for one Rt. Hon. Genbribed by Russian money or Russian ho tleman, (Mr W. Pole,) that he was the broDours, protested against the annexation of ther of the Duke of Wellington. The their country, and called for the restoration world was full of his Grace's achievements; of their Sovereign. The resolutions were he had conquered every thing that was opthen voted.

posed to him, and he had afterwards conWednesday, November 30.

quered the Mint for the Right Hon. GenA Bill introduced by Alderman Smith tleman. was read a first time for repealing the as Mr W. Pole said, that his brother was in. size of Bread in the metropolis, and em deed desirous that he should be in the adporering magistrates to punish bakers mix. ministration, but the invitation had come inz improper ingredients with their bread, direct from Lord Liverpool. and also chandlers in whose possession light The question that the House do Adjourn bread might be found.

to Feb. 9, was then put and carried by 63 On Mr Serjeant Best moving for the nume

to 23. ber of insolvent Debtors released from the

Historical Affairs.

WEST INDIES.

ed upon by the Provisional Government,

which for a few days preceded the recal of ST DOMINGO.

Louis XVIII. to go as Commissioner to ACCOUNTS from St Domingo to the 1st Hayti, had arrived at Jamaica, from whence

of November, enable us to contradict a he addressed two letters to Petion and statement from Jamaica of a Treaty by Christophe. To the first he held out such which both Petion and Christophe were specious offers as he imagined likely to said to have consented to surrender to operate on his mild and tractable character, France the parts of S: Domingo which they to induce him to return to the allegiance of respectively governed. It is true, that M. the Bourbons. To the second, whose feroAdxion Lavay sse, a member of Robespierre's cious propensities are well known, he used Corninitiees of Public Safety, who was pitcha threats of vengeance. The letter to Petion

appears

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