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also wished to know whether the paper just

Monday, April 21. published, purporting to be a treaty between In a comunittee of supply, the navy estithe allies at Vienna, was authentic. Tho' mates were brought forward hy Sir Georgo it had the signature of Lord Wellington, he Warrender, when, after briefly explaining could not but consider it a forgery.

the causes of the excess in the amount of Lord Castlcreagh said it contained several half-pay, by the extensive promotion of important inaccuracies.

Midshipmen to Lieutenants, and the proMr Whilbread asked, was the substance visions for Midshipmen and Master's mates, of it true ?

he concluded with moving for a supply for Lord Castlereagh said, if a motion was 25,000 men including 5000 marines, for made on the subject he would answer; but ten months. he did not conceive it any part of his duty The following reselutions were also rotto answer questions loosely put upon mat- ed, after many questions and remarks from ters collected from public prints. Being Mr Whitbread, Mr Ponsonby, and several further pressed on the subject, his Lord- other gentlemen on the opposition side : ship said, that as the treaty was not yet

For victualling the navy.

£.525,000 ratified, he could not regularly submit it,

For wear an:l tear..............

430,000 or any part of it, to the House; but if Mr Whitbread took the sense of the House on

For ordnance stores...............


For salaries and contingencies... 137.126 the copy published, it would be his duty to

For half.pay and annuities........ 907,502 point out the inaccuracies. Mr Whitbread said, he considered the

For rebuilding and repairing ves-

2,176,010 treaty to be true in substance, that the country had been vilified and degraded by

For provisions for troops......... 1,258,757 having been made a party to it, and that it Mr Arbuthnot moved the following miswas likely to be ratified.

cellaneous estimates:Lord Castlereugh had no hesitation to say, that, bating the substantial inaccuracies he

For the civil establishments of the had adverted to, the Prince Regent was


£.3,310 ready to ratify the treaty entered into by

Of Bermuda........

1,210 the allied Powers. He protested against

Of Dominica.....

600 the system of making a serics of questions

Of Upper Canada.....

9,920 the vehicles of calumniating the proceedings

Of Nova Scotia.......

13,140 and conduct of his Majesty's Ministers.

Of New Brunswick..

6,055 Mr Whitbread, Mr Ponsonby, Lord A.

Of Cape Breton ......

2,194 Hamilton, Sir J. Newport, and Sir J. Mac.

Of St John's, now Prince Edwards, 3,326 kintosh, contended that the House was en.

Of New South Wales.......

12,587 titled to full information. They had voted

Of Sierra Leone.

15,760 supplies to strengthen the hands of Govern- Mr Varsittart then moved the sum of ment on a supposition that the question of £.60,000 for the relief of the loyal French peace or war was still open. But if the emigrants. This description of persons, treaty in question was to be ratified, war who had formerly received relief from this had already been determined, and Parlia- country, had returned to France; but the ment had been grossly deceived.

unhappy events which had recently occur. Lord Castlercagh conceived that Parlia- red there, had prevented the French goment had sanctioned the precautionary mea. vernment from making any necessary prosures of Ministers. The treaty, was only visions for them.. initiative of their procecdings, and the re- Sir M. W. Ridley objected to the vote, sult was not yet in a shape to be laid before because so many of our own people were the House.

suffering under the pressure of the public To a question from Lord Milton, when burdens. These Frenchmen, he thoughi, the treaty was received, Lord Castlereagh had better rally round their sovereign. said he was not prepared to answer.

Mr Varusitiart agreed with the sentiments Capt. Lennet read the first clause of the of the honourable baronet, and assured him, treaty, as published, and asked if that part that none but such as were entitled through of it was true. Lord Castlereagh answered, age or length of services, should receive rethat was part of the substantial inaccuracy lief. The rest should be advised to repair he had mentioned. It was, at length, set. to their sovereign. ted, that Lord Castlereagh should have to Mr Whitbroad asked if the £.60,000 was Meday to consult his colleagues as to the to be added to the sum already granted to propriety of submitting to the llouse the the French loyalists. fuistance of the treaty.

Mr l'ansilturi replied, it was to be added


to the £15,000. The motion was agreed noa hy the British government. lle re

peated all that had been urged by the pe Two millions were then voted for paying position inembers, on former occasions, re. interest on exchequer bills. Several other specting the violation of British faith and sums were voted for various purposes. honour, in promising the Genoese their inTuesday, April 25.

dependence, as it existed before their inva. Sir C. Burrell, after deprecating the de sion by France, and after, by this induce. manding of fees and gratuities, by the ser ment, they had expelled the French, our vants of the royal household, observed, that consenting to the decree of the Congress, to he wished it to be placed on such a footing give thein' up to the King of Sardinia. He as to render this practice unnecessary, that then moved a string of resolutions, embra. foreigners should not bave to say tbat all cing the facts of the taking possession of Geo this country was put to sale, even a sight noa by our arins, and afterwards transfer. of the sovereign. This was not the case ring that state to the King of Surdiua ; and with the Prince Regent's servants, they that in violation of the proclamations of never asked for any gratuities, and were Lord W. Bentinck, and of the honour of most well behaved and respectable. He this country. then entered into an examination of the sa Mr C. Grunt did not agree with the laries of the servants belonging to the royal learned gentleman in his deductions. He household, to shew, that in many instances heard all his expressions of veneration for they were scarcely adequate to the purchase ancient states of government with the more of their clothes. It was not astonishing pleasure, because they were rather extraortherefore that large fees and gratuities dinary on that side of the house. He trustshould be necessary to make up the deli ed, that in the war in which we might be ciency. He concluded by moving an ad engaged, his honourable friend would exdress to the Regent, praying that he would press the same veneration for ancient estab. take into consideration so much of the re lishments against that person who was the port of the coinmittee on the civil list in avowed enemy of all such institutions. He 1812 and 1813, as related to the mode of could see nothing in the instructions to remunerating certain inferior servants in Lord W. Bentinck froin the Marquis Wel. the royal household for fees and gratuities. lesley, down to 1813, that pledged Lord

The Chancellor of the Exchequer should W. Bentinck to declare the independence of not oppose the motion, but wished not to Italy. , Ile denied that we had any material be considered as pledged on the subject, co-operation from the people of Italy, and should the expence attending the proposed justified territorial alterations at a period of alteration be found to exceed what was an. peace, as a policy that had always prevailticipated.

ed. He concluded with moving the preAfter a few words from Mr Burrell, Mr vious question. Huskisson, and the Chancellor of the Ex After some farther discussion, the house chequer, the motion was put and carried. divided for the motion 60-against it lil,

Mir Bankes made a motion for extend. -majority 111. ing the property tax to Ireland, and made a long speech, in proof that so far from

Friduy, April 28. wishing for any thing hostile to the inter Mr Whitbread rose to bring forward his ests of Ireland, the measure he had to pro. motion, of which he had given notice, on pose would be, he sincerely believed, of the question of peace or war. It was conextreme benefit, not only to the einpire in fined within a very narrow compass, the general, but to Ireland herself. After many only question being, whether the house remarks on the justice of thus applying the would agree to the plunging of this country property-tax, he concluded with inoving to into a new war, or whether, in consequence the effect, that, for the purpose of enabling of the documents that had come to light, Ireland to contribute proportionably to the they would carry an address to the Prince zeneral expences of the country, it is expe- Regent, praying him to take slich measures dient that the profits of trades and protes to preserve the peace ? They had been sions be made available to the same.

told, that an alternative of peace or war yet Sir J. Newport, Mr Peele, Mr Grattan, existed, and yet at that moment war ind and Sir H. Jiontgomery, were decidedly been determined upon. If it had not been against the inotion, which was finally lost for one of those illicit publications whicii by a majority of 78 to 5.

had been done so much to throw a true Thursday, April 27.

light upon the conduct of the noble Lord

in the blue ribbon, the House would have Sir J. Mackintosh rose to bring forward been still in a state of dclusion ; but the his motion respecting the treument of Ge. treaty signed on 25th March, and knoen in


the ministers before the address was moved, A long conversation here ensued; Mr shewed that wir had been determined up. Horner and Sir J. Newport said, that the on ; and that when the noble Lord was tell- petition did not desire specifically that the ing the house there was an alternative of proposed tax should not pass into a law, peace or war, in fact there was none,-Un- but that the Ministry should no longer rule der these circumstances, he felt it to be his this country. Messrs B. Bathurst, Serjeant duty to take the earliest opportunity of Best, Peel, and Wallace, remarked, that moving an address to the Prince Regent, the petition was libellous and insulting to praying his Royal Highness not to engage the House: it affirmed that they did not rethis country in a war with France, on the present the country, and that there was no ground of any particular person being at sympathy between the Members and those the head of the governinent, or of occupy- by whoia they were returned; and that in ing the throne of that country.

fact they did not enjoy the confidence of Sir M. IP. Ridley seconded the motion. their constituents.

Lord Castlereagh unequivocally declared Mr Il’nithurad said, that the prayer vas, it to be the firm conviction of all the allied that the House would stop the career of sovereigns, that it was not possible to avail Ministers who were about to involve the themselves of the blessings of tranquillity; country in a new war which would render and that Bonaparte was a person with the Property Tax necessary.

He was surwhom it was impossible to live in relations prised that the Hon. Baronet (Sir W. Cur. of peace and amity; in fine, that war with tis) did not entertain a higher esteem for him was unavoidable. As an instance of his worthy constituents, whom, upon cerbad faith, this man, when he made his tain occasions, he found and acknowledged movement upon Bar-sur-Aube on the rear of to be most worthy and crcclient, (laughter.) the allies, the success of which was proble. Mr Tierney said, there were two modes matical, sent instructions to Caulincourt at of presenting petitions-one to obtain its Chattilon, which happened to come into his reception, and the other to secure its rejec. (Lord C's.) possession, directing him to tion by the House-- which, the Honourable accede to the terms proposed by the allies; Baronet had adopted, the House could easily but to contrive, hy keeping certain points determine. suspended and delayed, to afford Bonaparte Sir W. Curtis replied, that having doubts, an opportunity, if circumstances should on. he had communicated with the Chancellor able him to prevent the fulfilment of the of the Exchequer, by whom they had been treaty. He wished to retain Antwerp, strengthened. Mr Ponsonby said, he had which was not the key of France, but of never witnessed such a debate as the preGreat Britain : Mayence, which W& the sent; the presenter of a petition diligently key of Germany; and Alexandria, which finding objections to it, and the Minister was the key of Italy.

ferreting out reasons in support of him. Mr IV. Pole said, that the Duke of Wel. The petition was then read, and it being lington was shocked at the imputation that moved by Sir W. C. that it do lie on he had, by his signature to the Vienna de- the table, the Chancellor of the Exchequer claration, encouraged the assassination of opposed it. Mr Alderman Atkins said, the Bonaparte. The allied powers conceived, petition contained the sentiments of a very that he had forfeited his political rights, small portion of the Livery, and it was and that he was a rebel and traitor; but below the dignity of the House to reject it. they never intended to sanction his assas- Ald. C. Sınith replied, it being the petition sination.

of u small part of the Livery was the very Mr Whilbread said, the signature of the reason why the House should reject it. Mr Dule was on record : what did existence H. Sumner asked, where then were the mcan, but physical existence.

majority of the Livery? How came they After a good deal of further discussion, to be so dispirited that they had not oppo the house divided : for the motion, 72; a- sed the sentiinents of the minority? The gainst it, 3,5-majority, 201.

petition was rejected by 107 to 59.

Previous to the House going into a Com. Monday, May 1.

mittee upon the Property Tax, Gen. Gas. Sir W. Curtis presented the petition coigne called the attention of the house at voted at a late Common Hall.

It was

some length to the propriety of exempting couched (he observed) in respectful term3, from this Tax such officers of the Army and contained a variety of topics, blamed the Navy as were engaged upon foreign serrevival of the income tax, but had scarcely vice. He stated, that in addition to the loss one sentiment in which he concurred. by exchanges, a captain could not take the

The Speaker said, a petition against a field without expending at least. £.22 for tax now pending could not be received. camp equipages, and other necessaries,

while the lowest subaltern must expend at straining the commissioners from indis. liast £.8. 15; neither being allowed for creetly disclosing the affairs of such persons that purpose more than the advance of two as came within their cognizance. To shew months pay.

Our officers also too often the necessity of such a clause, Mr G. stated, suffered from a long arrear of pay. Several that a friend of his, travelling in a common wao had been ordered from the Peninsula stage coach from London to Oxford, was to America at four days notice, had no less entertained by a fellow · passenger with a than two years arrears due. The pay of ininute account of the diminution of income, officers was also inadequate. The pay of a and of the other affairs of a Gentleman Colonel in 1695 was 17s. per day ; that of whose residence they passed. On his ara major 15s.; and of a captain 10s. ; while rival at Oxford, his friend inquired who his the pay of a major at present was only 16s. fellow-passenger was, and was informed, per day, and that of a captain 10s 60. that he was a Commissioner of the ProperThus the pay and consequent capability of ty Tax. He had subsequently a long cor. officers to meet any increased taxation, was respondence with him on the subject. The reduced rather than advanced ; and it had motion was agreed to.-Mr Protheroe next further suffered from the abolition of the moved an instruction to the Committee i system of the stock purse, which formed a give authority to the Cominissioners to cons considerable source of profit. Sir C. Pole troul the conduct of Inspectors in surcharargued for the exemption of naval ofiicers. ging; but after some discussion, the motion Mr Vansittart admitted that the pay was was withdrawn. Mr Vansittart then movhigher in the reign of King Williain than ed, that “ the assessments made, or to be now; but at that period their service was made, for the year ending the 5th April only occasional, and no half pay was estab 1815, shall be the basis for all assessments lished; consequently it was desirable that made by the Commissioners for carrying their reward should be not only a compen. into effect the general purposes of the Prosation for actual duty, but a provision for perty Tax Act, without any new assessthe future. He opposed the motion. After ment being made.” This motion being aa few words froin Messrs Abercrombie, greed to, Lord Milton said, as he was conOnslow, Forbes, Lords Milton and Proby, vinced of the numerous deficiencies of the in support, and from Lord Palmerstone measure, he should move, as a generul prue against the motion, it was negatived with. position, that it be an instruction to the out a division.

Committee, that they bave power to amendi The House liaving resolved itself into a the said act. A division instantly took Comınittee on the Property Tax, Mr Gren place on this motion, when it was negalived fell moved that a clause be introduced, re by 134 to 37.

Historical Affairs.


der the immediate direction of Major PenExtract of a Dispatch from Colonel Marebey, nington, commanding the artillery, and Endated Cump before Kulunga, Nor. 1. 1814.

sigu Bune, of the engineers, assisted by

Lieuts. Elliot and Ellis, of the pioneers ; “IN pursuance of the arrangements and and by diay-light on the 31st, the following

instructions of our late noble and gal. pieces of ordnance were ready to open on lant leader, Major-Gen. Gillespie, the army the fort at a distance of about 600 yards.--was formed into four columns of attack, 'Two tive and a half-inch howitzers, two with a column of reserve, on the 29th Oct., twelve light pounders, horse artillery: four agreeable to the inclosed statement. The six-pounders battalion guns, two five and a columns under Lieut. Col. Carpenter and half inch mortals. Shortly after day light Major Ludlow marched from the encamp the batteries opened on the fort, and kept ment at half-past three P. B. on the 30th up a well-directed fire. The culumns of Oct., and took possession of the Table Land, attack, under Major Kelly and Capts. Fast fortunately without resistance from the ene and Campbell, had previously moved, so as my, and established ilieinselves there, so as to be in readiness to make their attack at 10 cover the working party which was to be the same moment with one from the Table employed during the night, in constructing Land. At two o'clock, A. M. Major Kelly batteries. This service was perfurined un moved on Kursulle by the Jacherkeena

Tood ;

road ; Capt. Fast at three o'clock towards equally satisfactory to all concerned, as it is the stockade, by the village of Luckhound, intended by me, to convey, in the fullest and Capt. Campbell by the village of Ustull. manner possible, the highest sense I enterThe signal for the columns moving to the tain of the zeal and courage of every officer assault was to be fired from the batteries and soldier of this arıny who were engaged two hours previous to the moment of at. yesterday. tack, which was to be repeated from the

“ SEBRIGHT MAWBEY, Colonel. camp below.

“ P. S. Since writing the above, I per“The signal was fired about eight o'clock, and the columns under Lieut. Col. Carpen battering train from Delhi, to move with

ceive I forgot to mention having ordered a ter and Major-Gen. Ludlow shortly after moved to the assault, and carried, in a

all possible cxpedition toward: Scharunpore:

it will have to pass the Timly Pass, as that most gallant manner, the stockade thrown

of Kerri is not practicable for heavy guns." across the road leading to the fort, and pushed on close under the walls of the fort,

Officers' Names Killed and IVounded. which was stockaded all around, and a KILLED. Major-Gen. Gillespie. 6th Na. small opening (the only one scen,) had tive Infantry, Lieut. and Adj. O'Hara ; stockades within stockades: from this they Light Batt., Lieut. and Adj. Gosling : 17th were obliged to fall back, from the insur. Native Infantry, Ens. Fothergill; Pioneers, mountable difficulties that presented them- Ens. Elis. selves, after a dreadful loss in officers and WOUNDED. 8th Light Dragoons, Lieut.. men, under shelter of the village between Col. Westenra; Capt. Brutton, severely ; the first stockade and the fort, which they Lieut. Ileyman, slightly; Lieut. Taylor, had previously possession of. Soon after Cornet Macdonalel, severely; 53d foot, the columns for the Table Land moved, Lieuts. Young and Austice, severely ; 1st three additional companies of the 53d were batt. 7th Nat. Inf., Ens. Davidson, slightly ; ordered up from camp, and by the time Detachment 19th Nat. Inf., Lieut. Broughthey arrived on the Table Land, the co- ton, dangerously; Light batt., Major Wild lumns in advance had been obliged to fall son, Lieuts. Thackeray and Monteath, seback to the village before alluded to. With verely ; Pioneers, Lieut. Elliott, severely ; this small force, and two six-pounders, the Engineers, Eus. (Licut.) Bane, Capt. Byers, brave and gallant General moved on to the Aide-de.Camp. attack through the village, which had been By Calcutta Gazettes received via Java, set on fire, and after making two unsuccesz. we learn, that on the 27th of November a ful assaults on the fort, in the third, while second attempt, led by Major Ingleby, was nobly cheering on his men, within thirty made by the troops under Col. Mawbey, to yards of the gateway, he received a mortal carry by storm the fort of Kalunga; and, wound, and fell, most sincerely lamented although the breach had been considered and regretted by the whole army.

perfectly practicable, the storming party “ It is impossible for me to state particu- were beat back with considerable loss.lars of the assaults which occurred; having Three officers were killed, and seven or been directed by our lamented Chief to re- eight wounded. On the 30th the garrison main with two companies of the 53d (which evacuated the fort, which Col. Mawbey im. had been sent for to reinforce the Table mediately occupied. Land,) and two companies of native infan- The annexed are the names of the officers iry, to cover hiin, and protect the guns on · who were killed on the occasion: ihe batteries; but I must beg leave to refer Lieut. Harrington, H. M. 53d regt. ; his Lordship to Capi. Byers, Aide-de-Camp Capt. Campbell, 6th Nat. Inf. ; Lieut. Cunto Major-Gen. Gillespie, for more minute ningham, 13th ditto. details than it is in my power to state. Capt. The number of officers wounded does nos Byers left camp this morning on his way to exceed nine, and we are happy to find that head-quarters, and I trust that the infor. none of them are returned as dangerously mation he will be able to give his Lordship hurt. will be most satisfactory. The signal for By the latest accounts from India, it apthe columns to move to the attack was not pears that the reverses in the Nepaul counheard either by Major Kelly, Capt. Fast, or try above stated have called out Scindiah, Capt. Campbell. It is impossible I can con- the invetcrate enemy of the British power clude this report without expressing the in the East. He was collecting a most highest satisfaction at the determined bra. formidable and overwhelming force, under very of the troops employed yesterday. To the pretext, as usual, of defending his own particularize any, would be doing an injus- territory, but really with the object of tire to the whole; and I trust that this ge. pouring down upon the British settleneral expression of approbation will be


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