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of that House, he bad never on any one occasion carried a feeling of resentment or displeasure against anỳ one of its Members; against the right honourable gentleman he had ever found it impossible to carry such a feeling even so far as the door. (Hear, hear !)
The motion for the Address was then put and carried nem. con.
On the motion that the Address be presented by such Members of the House as were also Members of the Privy Council,
Mr. Wynne thought it would be more strongly indicative of the feelings of the House, that the whole House should go up with the Address.
Lord Castlereagh concurred in this proposition, as it would be more gratifying to the feelings of the family, and more respectful to the memory of his right honourable friend.
It was accordingly ordered nem. con. that the whole House do go up with the Address, and that the Meme bers who were of the Privy Council do wait on the Prince Regent to know when he will be pleased to receive the same.
It was then ordered that the Prince Regent's Message be referred to a Committee of the whole House to-morrow.
Mr. Wigram, after bearing testimony to the estimable qualities of the right honourable gentleman, ever since he had been a boy at school, suggested that he should have a public funeral, and that the House do attend it.
Lord Castlereagh thought it would be more agreeable to the feelings of the family that the funeral was not public.
A conversation also took place as to the propriety of adjourning for a few days, or only from day to day, when it was understood that the House was to adjourn only from day to day.
The different orders and notices were then postponed to more distant days.-Adjourned.
HOUSE OF LORDS.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 13.
LORD WELLINGTON. The Lord Chancellor stated to the House, that he had received a letter from the Earl of Wellington, in answer to the communication of the Thanks of their lordships for the services of the divisions of the army.which had been engaged in the siege of Ciudad Rodrigo. He then read the letter, which stated, that Lord Wellington had communicated to the officers and men the gratifying testimony of their lordships'approbation ; that he himself was grateful for the repeated proofs which their lordships had given of their approbation of his own services, and that he should endeavour to deserve their thanks by the most unremitting exertions in the service of his country.
ADDRESS TO THE PRINCE REGENT.
Earl Cholmondeley communicated to the House, that he had waited on the Prince to know when his Royal Higbness would be pleased to receive their lordships' Address, relative to the family of the late Mr. Perceval; and that his Royal Highness bad appointed to-morrow for that purpose.-Adjourned.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 13.
The Speaker acquainted the House that he had received a letter from Lord Wellington, acknowledging the receipt of the Vote of Thanks of Parliament, on the 10th of February, for the capture of Ciudad Rodrigo. In obedience to the order of the House, he had communicated it to the generals, officers and troops of his army, who, grateful for the same, had requested him to convey to the House the high sense they entertained of that honour. He.concluded, expressing his own gratitude for the repeated expressions
of their approbation, and thanking the Speaker personally for the peculiar gratifying manner in which he had conveyed to him the vote of the House.
ORDERS IN COUNCIL.
General Gascoigne presented a Petition, signed by many of the clergy, manufacturers, and inhabitants of Liverpool, expressing their confidence in the wisdom of Parliament and in the integrity of his Majesty's Ministers, and expressing a hope that if, on an inquiry into the Orders in Council, they should appear beneficial to the nation, they would not be rescinded in consequence of the clamour of a party.
Mr. Brougham made a few observations on the Petition just read, which led to a warm conversation, in which General Gascoigne, Mr. Stephen, and Mr. Barham, participated.
Lord Castlereagh at length interposed, expressing bis most anxious wish that no angry conversation might precede the great business of the evening.
After this, and a few other words from Mr. Barham, and from Mr. Stephen, in explanation, the Petition was ordered to lie on table.
Mr. Brougham presented a Petition from certain manufacturers and merchants now in town, waiting to give evidence before the Committee on the Orders in Council. The petitioners complained of the expences attendant on their stay in town, and prayed to be examined with the least possible delay.
Lord Castlereagh regretted the inconvenience complained of hy the petitioners, but the House would feel, and he believed it to be the feeling of the other side, and of the honourable gentleman himself, that in the present situation of Government, it was desirable not to go into any public business that could without any inconvenience be post poned, and more particularly not to go into any subject on which a strong difference of opinion might be expected. If then the inquiry were gone on with, he should hope the honourable gentleman would be content to wave for the present any grave question that might arise, as a subject for after consideration. With an understanding that this would be done, the honourable gentleman could examine the witnesses he wished to interrogate on certain points, and after the holidays, those who wished to examine persons on the
other side, could call for the witnesses they intended to bring forward.
Mr. Brougham concurred in the propriety of reserving any question of grave importance for alter consideration; and generally, it was understood, with the suggestions thrown out by the noble lord.
The Petition was ordered to be laid on the table.
MR. PERCEVAL. Lord Castlereagh moved for the appointment of a Committee to frame an answer to the Message of the Prince Regent, respecting the murder of Mr. Perceval, pursuant to the resolution of the preceding day, which resolution he proposed should be referred to the Committee.
Sir F. Burdett said he had no opportunity, on the preceding day, to express those feelings in which he, in common with every Member of that House, participated. On such an occasion he rose, not to oppose the motion of the poble lord, but merely to express his abhorrence of, and horror at, the assassination of the late Chancellor of the Exchequer.
There was no room for any feeling but one, on such an occasion; and that feeling all must wish should be conveyed to the Sovereign, unallayed by any other.
It was impossible that this feeling, on a subject which concerned the safety of every man in the nation, should not be carried with unanimity to the Throne; it would, in his opinion, be an unworthy act to mix any other feeling witla it. It was natural, and indeed it ought to be so, for such a feeling to put an end, for a time, to every difference of opinion. Saying this, however, he by no means precluded himself from taking any line of conduct which he might feel it to be his duty to take, after they got into the Committee, when he heard the amount of the grant to be proposed. That he might not be so precluded from doing that which hereafter he might conceive it to be his duty, by concurring as strongly as any man in the motion, and as sincerely lamenting and abhorring the atrocious transaction which bad led to it, was the object he had in view, in thus offering his sentimenis to the House. (The honourable baronet here resumed his seat, apparently much affected.)
The motion was then agreed to, and a Committee appointed accordingly.
Lord Castlereagh brought up the Report of the Com. mittee, which merely embodied the resolutions of the preceding day, the substance of which is already before the public.
Lord Yarmouth appeared at the bar, and stated to the House, that having waited on the Prince Regent, pursuant to the resolution of the House, to know when his Royal Highness would be pleased to receive their Address, he was authorised to say that it was the pleasure of bis Royal Highness to receive it to-morrow, at Carlton House, at three o'clock in the afternoon.
The Speaker said it might now be proper to consider at what time the House should assemble to wait upon his Royal Highness with the Address.' The previous arrange. ments would necessarily occupy some time. He should think that to proceed from the House to Carlton House would not take up less than half an hour. He therefore proposed to come down to the House by two o'clock, and to take the chair at that hour, if enabled so to do by the attendance of the House.
On the motion of Lord Castlereagh, the House now resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider of making provision for the
FAMILY OF MR. PERCEVAL.
Lord Castlereagh having yesterday ascertained the sense of the House on the considerations growing out of the late melancholy event, felt it would now be unnecessary for him to take up the time of the Committee by going into the subject at any great length. It was only necessary to submit to their consideration the regulations necessary for carrying into effect what they had yesterday unanimously resolved to do, with an expression of feeling which would never be forgot by those who were present, and which was as creditable to that House as it was honourable to the country. (Hear, hear!) In the course of what he had stated yesterday, he had only endeavoured to draw the attention of the House to one consideration—to that of making the grant of such a nature, that the advantages resulting from it should not go from the family on the death of one or two individuals of that family. It might hardly be necessary to state, that in addition to the widow of Mr. Perceval, there were twelve children to provide for. (Hear, hear!) The House would feel that such a provision ought to be made as would enable