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to make this communication to the House cluded with afsuring the House, that Minifof Commons, to the end that his Majesty ters were goided by moderation united may cause the said Militia, or such part with firmness. thereof as his Majesty shall dink necessary, Mr. Dent observed, that during the war to be forth with drawn out and embodied, 135,000 seamen had been voted : he did and to march as occasion shall require. not now consider 10,000 fufficient, but

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Tould rather vote 15,000 more. The Secretary at War, after a few words Mr. Fox spoke at some length, to New on the neceffiiy of calling out the Militia, the necetlity of information from Minis. moved the usual Address, which was car

He admitted that the prerogative ried nom, con.; and afterwards gave notice, of the Crown was to make war and conthat on Monday next he should move to clude peace, bat ibis power was limited bring in a bill for consolidating and amend- in substance, though not in theory : in proof ing the existing laws for making provision of this, he entered into long historical defor the families of Militiamen called out. tails, to thew that the House had a nega

tive power, to relift the Royal prerngative, Marcb 11.

by refusing to grant the supplies. At preMr. Garabsbore, in a Committee of Sup. fent, if an explanation were given, Parply, moved that 10,000.men be employed liament might differ from Ministers, and in the sea-service of Great Britain for 10 vole the war unncgeflary ; but if they months, including 2400 Marines.

risked another war, they had nothing to 'do Mr. Francis was afraid that the debate with the Treaty of Amiens. In getting rid op the King's Message might be misrepre- of the war, they get rid of great incumsented in France. The observations he brances, namely, those deteftable princishould make did not arise from pique, but ples on which the war had been comwere the result of deep reflection. He menced. He did not affert that religion had given his fupport to Ministers ever and social order were detestable; but he Since they had been in power; but whe- meant the gross hypocrify of asserting such ther he would continue that support de- to be the cause of war. If, however, pended on his learning if the present situa- another war were neceffary to restore this tion of the country was occasioned by country to her rank in Europe, then every their misconduct. Though disappointed British subject would join in so good a with respect to the Preliminaries, yet he cause. Ms. F. concluded with repeating, -4 was obliged to Ministers for making the that he hoped Ministers would fatisfy the Peace; and he would not quarrel with House that they had cogent reasons for tethem about the terms, because it was an kindling the embers of war. But if war object to desirable : but every reasonable was absolutely necessary, he disdained to man would say it had been obtained at a repine. Our military officers had evinced full price; it was therefore a matter of re- that they were as skilful as any in Eue'

proach if, for such terms, we had obtained repé; and as to the character of the Brie i only an insecure peace, or a certain war. tib soldiers, it never could have been o

Until Ministers gave the necessary expla- greater ; by their constancy, fortitude, and nations, they could not expect the House good discipline, they preserved their preto continue its confidence, particularly as eminence in every action in which they the first alarm had a great effect on public had engaged. credit. He lamented that so many men of Lord Hawkesbury said a few words in de. Talent around him were excluded from his fence of the secrecy of Ministers, and was Majesty's Council, whose intelligence and followed by Mr. Elliot on oppofire grounds. experience might be employed, at a crisis Mr. Canning parsued nearly the same ar. so important, for their country's good. gument as on a former evening, and coq

The Cbancellor of the Excbequer, in answer ceived the present darkness in which Parin the arguments of Mr. F. assured him liament remained, to be increasing. that he lamented his own deficiency at the Sir IX. Pulteney defended the conduct of present crisis, but no man had more zeal Administration, and observed, that the in discharge of his arduous duty. If peace Honse were not to calculatt upon great pohad been made inconsistently with the 110- litical questions, as if they were pock-belulerso nour and safety of the country, Mioifters After some explanations, the sum of were responsible to the House and to the 130,0001. was voted for the maintenance, Nation. Ifit appeared that Ministers deserted and 27,000l. for the pay, of the ten thousand none of those principles, when they advised (camen, for 10 months. his Majesty to make peace, then they did not The Committee on the Cóveutry Election deserve reprehension or reproach. There reported that F. W. Barlow, efq. was duiy was no advice given to his Majofty with rel. elected, and N. Jefferys, esq. not elected. ped to the discussion now before the House, A new writ was ordered to be issued. that was not in the true spirit of peace; and if the explanations that were demanded were

N. o LORD A. 2o be given, they would only tend to em

March 14. barrass the pending disculfons. He code On the motion for the focond reading of

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the Prince's Annuity bill, Earl Moira, as net decrease of the latter appeared to be one of his Highness's Council, expreiled 187,0421. On å general comparison of the duty and regard of the Prince for the debts and allets, the net increase of deb's "measures taken in his behalf; but as there was 2,462,8241. and the net increase offstill remained fome claims on him, he sets 1,755,3511. This deducted from the thought it neceffıry to create a very large increase of debts would new tlie Itate of nuking fund in order to clear them off, be. the whole concern to be worse than at the fore he affumed bis dignity. With respect conclusion of the last year in the sum of to the Cornwall claims, the Prince was 707,4731. which sum is subject to alteration till farther convinced of their validity; but, on the final adjustment of the claims of the out of gratitude for the interposition of his Company on Govešomens, included in the father, he had given directions to drop the home assets to the amount of 3,573,339!. soit.

making an increase in this year under this

head of 900,8991. - On exhibitiog the In the Commons the same day, the Se- Prospective View, it appeared, that the cretary at War obtained leave to bring in a annual interelt of the Indian debt of bill to consolidate the Laws relating to the 18,500,odol. (of which 16, 00,000l. Bears relief of the families of militia-mel : the interest) was 1,438,7911. -According to principal alteration intended to be made the latest advices, the Revenues and charges was, to throw the burden of providing for were as follow: the families of fabstitutes on the county Bengal Revenue 7,218,850l. Madras instead of the parith.

4,486,400l. Bombay 2-0,981. Total In a Committee on the Eað India Ac. Revenue 11,976,1801. -- Bengal Charges counts, Lurd Cuflereago entered on a detail 4,155,6671. Madras 4,250,300l. Bombay of the transactions of the Company, and 840,40zl. Total Chargıs 9.246,3691. Neit the present Atate of their affairs at home Revenue 2,729,8i1l.--Deduct Commercial and abroad. The accounts now before the Charges 155,0381. and Sipplies to BencooCommittee were the same as those laid in len, &c. 83.4c0l

. being 237,4381. Deduct ilte last rempion, the subsequent statement 2,492,3731. Interest on Deht 1 438,7911, not having arrived. The Company had Nett Surplus 1,053,5821. Exclusive of reforted to every means for reducing their 800,0col. included in the Charge for intedebt, and the present state of their affairs rett, now payable to Commiffioners on bare the most pleasing aspect. He onume. Debe bought op. rated the different claftes of accounts with His Lord'hip now entered into a variety the various items, and drew the attention of financial stalements; the onject of which of the Committee to the benefits which the was Lo Thew, that, after making the monet public would derive from the date of the ample allowance for the event of a war, acconnts, and the probability that, if peace there will still remain 509,000l. of net procontinued, a large diminution of the debt ceeds applicable to the reduction of debt, might take place. From the general view and that the available resources of the of the affairs of the Company it appeared, Company could leave them for the extenthat the resuk of the estimates for 1801.a, fion of trade 3,400,000l. Thus, from the was,

detailed ftarement before the House, it Reventie : Bengal 7,051,164!. Madras w3s evident that the Company's affairs 3,899,0401. Bombay 271,8251. Total re- were in as good a wiy as at any period of venue 11,222,0291. - Charges : Bengal the war, considering ine increase of debt. 4,582,2011.

Madras 4,952,3111 Bom. He then complimented Marquis W'ellefley bay 1,185,3081. Tocal Charges 10,326,8201. on the services he had rendered, and ob

-The estimated revenue of the three Prefi- served, that through his means the Empire dencies 895,2091. Deduet Supplies ļo of India was in a late to bid defiance to / Bencoulen, &c. 85,8401. Remainder the threats of invafion; the actual Nrengela 809,3691.

of the army in that quarter being 24,400 After deducting from interest on debts regular troops, including 17,090 King's 1,342,8541. the net deficiencies of the Re- troops; native troops 8.959 0; and of whac venues from the territories, &c. appeared he termed irregulars, ahout 10,000, into be 533,48 51. which deducted from the cluding Lascars, &c. making in the whole estimated account of sales of imports, left a an efficient armed force of 124,280 men, remainder of 31,9421. which is the amount applicable to the defence of the empire. estimated to be applicable in 1801-2 to the After adverting to the facuation of India parchase of investment, payment of com- previous to the war, which had left it with mercial charges, sc. From the general a debt of 10,000,000l. and contrasting it, result of debts and assets at home, and with the present stale of affaus, he augured abroad, it appeared that, adding the de. the greatest benefits to the country by the crease of the debts to the increase of affeis, continwalion of peace. the improvement of the home concern in Mr. Jobnfon attributed the increase of re1809 is 1,969,3 301. From the balance at venue folely to the violent grasping of terChina and st. Helena in the preceding ritory to which we had had resource, from year, and that by the present accounts, the those we called our allies, 2014 was con

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vinced, that, in proportion as an increase situation of the country, and lamented that was made to the empire, the security of men of talents and energy were not at the the country for the payment of the debt of head of our affairs. the Company decreased, because they were The Lord Cbancellor answered the Earl fed into new and extraordinary expences. with much warmth; defended the conduct

· The Chancellor of tbe Exebeguer denied of himsoll and colleagues ; and advised him that this country had violated its faith to to keep his opinions for his friends, as they its allies.

would make no impreffion on the House. Mr. Francis observed, that although it was ttipulated on the renewal of the char. In the Commons the same day, the ter, for the sum of 500,000l. to be paid an- Hereford Election Committee reported, nually for the public service, yet it bad that J. G. Cotterell, elq. been paid but one year; nevertheless Mr. duly elected; and that Sir G. Cornen Dundas had renewed his promise of its wall was duly elected; a new writ was being paid year after year with increased ordered. to, fidence.

He added, that the charge The Irish Customs and Excise bill was of the investment amounted to above palled. 7,000,000l. which was kept out of the In a Committee on the Irish Militia bill, account, to afford room for a false Mew of Mr. Wickbam stated that the bounty of two advantage. This suppression, together guineas per man was inadequate. The with the credit taken for advances made to object of the present bill was to enable the the Government, which Lord C. did not Lord Lieutenant to pay a bounty of four pretend would be repaid, afforded a very guineas per man. A short debate took large drawback from his flourishing Atate place on the measure, after which the bill. ment, and shewed that little credit could passed through the Committee. be given to his favourable account.

The Secretary at War moved to bring in Lord Caftlereagb explained ; and after a bill for filling up vacancies in the comfome observations from Sir F. Baring and mand of the militia, which would include Sir T. Metcalfe, the latter of whom (poke five provisions; ift, For calling in Field. in defence of Lord Melville, the resolutions Officers who had terved during the war; were agreed to.

2d, To call in any Captains who had served in the Militia during the war, though unqualified in fortone; 3d, To preserve their

tank to Captain-Lieutenants; 4th, To Much farther conversation took place provide, that, when a regiment had a vathis day on the Prince's Annuity buli the cancy in its commands for two months, Earl of Carlisle insitted that it was an in- officers of the Army or Marines, who efficient and useless measure; was not in were vow on half pay, might be called in; any respect calculated to relieve the Prince and sth, That Mililia Officers, doing duty fromhis embarralments, but was both absurd as artillery-men, should have pay as sucli. and improper. fo the course of his oblero Leave given. vations, he adverted to the present critical

(To he continued.)

H. OF

LORDS,

March 15.

ABSTRACT OF FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE.
FRANCE.

there would not be a Circle on that evening; Paris, Marcb 26. We have received as it was said that Bonaparte was too much from Meffiva advice that the Bailli Tho- fatigued to make his appearance. mafi has accepted the dignity of Grard The Senator L. Leroux, afier having atMaster of the Order of Malta, conformably tended the Levee given by the First Consul to the Brief Yent off to him by his Holiness. to the Ambassadors on the 3d, died of an

Paris, April 5. At the grand Review apoplexy while descending from the Au. on Sunday, the First Consul inspected all dience Chamber. the troops which were then in the metro- April 6. A decree passed the Legislative polis. He walked through all the ranks, Body for a new coinage. The filver pieces! examined the different articles of their drefs are to be quarter francs, halt francs, threeand accoutrements; and it was remarked, quarter francs, two frauc pieces, and five that he paid particular attention to those franc pieces. The franc is to contain five whole faces bore the marks of honourable grammes, of which nine-tenths are to be wounds, interrogating them with particular pure silver, and one-tenth alloy. The gold familiarity as to the battles in which they coinage is to be of 20 and 40 franc pieces, had been engaged : he afterwards presented each having nine-tenths of gold, and onehonorary rewards to different individuals tenth of alloy. The copper pieces will be who had distinguished themselves in the late those of iwo hundredths, three hundredths, campaigns. The Review lafted above seven and five hundredths of a franc. These hours ; indeed, until the fall of night put coins are to bear on one side the head of an end to the scene. It was intimated, that the First Consul, with the legend, “Bo

naparte,

naparte, First Consul ;” and on the other the replies of the Vizier and the Grand the value of each, furrounded by ewo Signior. The latter expressed a disposition branches of olive, with the legend, "French to do every thing in his power to consoliRepublic.” The five franc pieces are to date the ties of Sincere amity by which tbe have the legend, “ God protects France" Iwo nations were connected.

The following is stated as the manner in April 14. It is said, tirac Lucien Bonawhich peace was re-established with the parie has inade a present to M. de Luynies Regency of Algiers :

of a superb collection of pictures, which The Dey of Algiers having received had formerly belonged to the latter, but 80,000 Spanish dollars and very confiders which, on account of circumstances, he able presents from Denmark, cauled Ciri- was compelled to dispose of. zen Thainville, Commillary General of the The Moniteur of the 18th contained a French Republic, to he called to him; and long article relative to Malla. M. de Buzi told him, that every hody was lending bim required Commodore Ball to deliver up the money, the First Consul alone excepled, island. Commodore Ball replied, that he who had not sent in any thing; and he was not authorized by his Court to evacuadded, that France had, at all times, made ate it. M. de Blizi required a written exhim r fents.

planation. Commodore Ball, in a letter Citizen Thainville hewed him the arti- dated the ad of March, replied, “ that it cle of the letter written to the First Con- was certain that the Powers inv ted by the ful, and carried to Rrance by Adjutant Ge- Joth Article of the Treaty of Arniens had neral Hullin *, in virtue of which the Dey not confented !o guarantee the indepeno' departed from the system of taking pretents. dence of the Nand.” This.nswer male the Dey wery angry, and M. de Buzi, seeing the English Comhe negou to threaten. When this informa. mandarit determined not to give up the tion was mide known in Paris, La Corne. Mand, required the good offices of the lie and Le Roin were ordered to fail for French Mwifter there, to obtain the surAlgiers. The officer commanding the di- renler of the place. He informed Com. vifion had it in orders to bring back the modore Bill of the step he had taken; to Comillary General and his family; to which the latter replied, that he thould aldeclare to the Dey, that, should war be once ways be ready to co-operate with the declared, it would not be easy to avoid its French Minister upon the roth Article of calamilies; and that it was not difficult to the Treaty of Amiens. know when war heg 11, but very much so The French Minister then wrote to M. to be acquainted with the period when it'de Buzi, that justice and good faith left no would cease. As soon as the division ar- doubt with respect to the evacoation of rived at Algiers, the great people of the Malta by the English, and the surrender of Regency, and the mob, ran in common it to the Order. The Freoch Minifter crowus to the Dey's palace, for the purpose wrote to Commodore Ball a long letter, of representing to him the dangers with in which he preffed the following points : which iheir country was threatened. The 1. That the independence of these iNands, Dey sent for the Commiffary General, and and the arrangement respecting them, ha. asked him, on what errand the frigates ving been put, by the sixth paragraph of came? Citizen Thainville aoswered, that the 10th Article of the Treaty of Amiens, he had received orders to return to France. under the protection and guarantee of the “ Will you then go to war with'me?" fix preponderant Powers of Europe, Fraoce “No," said the Commillary General- and Great Britain, which contracted toge“ but the Fift Consul is too powerful to ther, and which have invited the other be tribulary to you." After some more Powers to guarantee this clause of their words, the Dey added—“Well I let nim Treaty of Peace, cannot, without disgrace, not pay me I will be at peace with him. he the first to refuse to execute those arWrite him word that thall not require rangemeots, to secure that independence, any thing." Thus did the matter end-the and to grant that protection and that gua. Commifl. ry General was brought back in rantee. triumph by the mob, and the frigates re- 2. That the invitation made by the 13th turned to Toulon.

Sect. of the said roth Article to the other The Moniteur of the uth contains a Powers to accede to the ftipulations conlong official account of the diftugurihed tained in that Article, is only a mark of honouis paid by the Sublime Porte to Gen. respect or honour which those Powers are Brune, Ambassador of the most great, the free to refuse ; but it is not so with respect most powerful, and the most magnanimous Bu- to France and Great Britain, which have naparte (for to he is styled by the French promised their protection, and accepted Minifte). France withes to impress a the guarantee, by the very act of their belief that she is in high favour- with the signing the Treaty containing the arrangePorte; but there is nothing remarkable ments to be guaranteed, and have placed either io the Speeches of Geo. Brune, or in themfelves at the head of the Powers to

whom the invitation is addressed. * See vol, LXXII. p. 867.

3. That the other nou-contracting Powers

may

may refuse the guarantee, because it is a fina for the decision of the Cabinet of Lone burden which those Powers have the option don; which we promises to communicate of not impofung vu themselves; but that it to him as soon as it Mall be received; and would be abfurd to think that this relafall in the mean time, if the Grand Master would infer the nullity of the Treaty of chooses to come to Malta, he offers him a Perce, and discharge from their obligations country-loufe for fuis residence. the Powers that ligned it,

“ The Grand Master replied to the Eng. 4. That to rely on so frivolous a pretext, lifh Mivitter, that, having discharged the and on an evident sophism, to refuse exe- duty which the Treaty of Amiens imposed cuting one's own agreements, would be an, qulim, by sending his Lievieoant to Malta, infidelity unwortliy of a great Power, and he should wait at Messina the evacuation of such as England would not ditgrace its luss . the fand, or the decihon of the different tory by committing.

Courts respecting ito 5. That this delay in the acceptance of “ The Fiench Minister invited the Grand an honourable charge, suppoling that it Mafier to repair to Malta without delay. exifts on the part of Powers who are not The Grand Master answered bin, thal, ha Contracting Parties, ought not to prejudice ving fulfilled the duty which die Treaty a third Power, which has been acknowimposed on bim, by the presence of hia ledged and folemnly established by the Con- Lieutenant at Malta, he morld repard any trading Parties, unless the latter violate other step as hazardous; and that he would their own engagements, the faith of treaties, await at Mestina the decision of the differe and the law of nations.

ent Powers.” 6. That if Russia, Austria, and Prullia, The Moniteur also contradicts an afferbave really not yet acceded (as the English tion that has appeared in most of the Eng. Minifter pretends) to the invitation which lith Papers respecting the Grand Master has been made them, fill they must be far and his Deputy acting under French in Aufrom fuppofing that, by this delay, they ence. It denies that M. de Buzi is a Frenchprevented the re.eftablishment of the Order man; but afferis, that he is of an antient of Malta, and the execution of the Treaty Italian family, that has for several centuof Amiens, and that they were compromi-, ries resided in a town in the Papal domie! fing the tranquillity of Europe, . The un.. nians, derfigned then asks your Excelleney, what April 20. The firft part of the antique muft those Powers think, when they learn productions recovered at Naples is arrived that their conduct has served for a pretext at Paris; they were brought to town in for the violalion of lo solemn a Treaty ? eight boats. The Venus de Medicis, and

The French Minister then proceeds to the Pallas, of Velletri, are soon to follow. anfwer the declaration of the English Mi. If reliance can be placed upon private nifter, that he had not received instructions intelligence from Paris, the differences befrom bis Court to resign the government tween the United States of America and of the I Nand, by quoting an extract from Spain, on the subject of New Orleans, are hiş full powers, in which he is authorized on the point of being adjusted. It is slated, by the British Government to concert with, that Bonaparte has. lately explained to Mr. Gen. Vịal the necessary meafures for car. Livingstone, the American Minister at rying into effe& the Ripulations of the toth. Paris, that the interruption of tho navigaArticle of the Treaty of Amiens.

tion of the Miffiflippi bad been the result He remarks, that this refusal is a mani of mistake ; and that meafures should be feft violation of the Treaty; and, if not adopted with the Cabinet of Madrid to redisapproved of by his Britannic Majetty, , move all subject of complainte upon that the First Conful would be obliged to ap- head, peal to the Tribunal of Europe, in which In conformity with Bonaparte's princihe would undoubtedly find as many allies ple, that Great Britain thall not interfere as there are Powers friendly to peace, and in the affairs of the Continent, he has comjealous of their dignity, their independence, mwoicated the Act of Mediation of the 10 the right of Sovereigns, and the rigid main. Swiss Cantons to every power in Europe, tenance of the faith of creaties. He coq. except Great Britain, chudes with demanding be." most prompt

HAMBURGH. and complete execution of the 4th Section The following account of an alarm exof Article X. of the Treaty of Amiens." cited at Hamburgh, which caused very

The narrative of the proceeding is then great agitation in that eity, and materially continued in the Moniteur, in the follow. deprelled the Course of Exchange on Loning terms :

don, is given from undoubted authority :: The English and French Ministers dis- “In consequence of the arrival of a courier parched letters of cumpliment to the Grand from France late on the night of the 28th Maiter.

ult. the Senate was convened, and beld an “ The English Minister informed him, extraordinary meeting, which lasted four that he ihought it would be most adviseable hours. The subject of confideration was, that the Grand Master Daould wait al Mer-, a threatening nuie from the French Minis

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