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to Her Majefty; and that a meffage to the farne effect should be fent to the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The Houfe having refumed the confideration of the Report of the Committee on wafte lands, upon the second reading of the refolutions,

Sir JOHN SINCLAIR rofe to move for leave to bring in a bill to facilitate the divifion of wafte lands by agreement among the parties interested, and to remove certain legal difabilities to carrying fuch measures into effect." He faid, it might have been his duty in moving for leave to bring in a bill of this nature to enlarge upon the high importance to the community of the object to which it was directed, had not the attention of the Public been of late fo much turned to the subject, and had not it been so amply explained in the Report, which every Member had an opportunity to peruse. In another stage of the bufinefs, however, he would take the liberty of delivering his fentiments more at large. At prefent, he would only fay, that in whatever view the matter was confidered, whether as in its confequences affecting the population of the country, and of courfe its naval and military power, or as influencing its commerce and manufactures, by improvements in agriculture, from which the ftrength of a state was derived, it deferved the most serious attention of the Legislature. As far as he could judge from an excurfion he had made into the best cultivated parts of this island, particularly the county of Norfolk, and from furveying the improvement that had taken place both in land of the richest soil, and that which was originally barren, he was convinced that, great as these were, they were nothing compared to the advantages that would refult from the plans propofed by the Committee, provided they were fanctioned by this and the other House of Parliament. The bill would have the advantage of being drawn by a Select Committee of that Houfe. It had been fubmitted to the inspection of the most refpectable Judges, the moft diftinguifhed Lawyers, and most enlightened country gentlemen, of whom the nation had to boast, and even in its prefent shape many perfons of the greatest eminence had pronounced, that by it there would be no difficulty in dividing any lands in the kingdom. Its intention was to diminish the expence of inclofing lands. Including thofe that might have the fanction of this Houfe before the end of the feffion, there had already paffed in all 1900 private bills, the expence of which had been at leaft 800,000l. Inftead of impofing fuch an expence upon private perfons, before they could inclofe their own lands, if the Legislature had employed the fame fum in encouraging agriculture, the fcarcity now prevailing might not have been felt, nor would we

have been under the neceffity of expending, perhaps, the fum of 5 millions annually in bounties upon corn, and in ftimulating the industry, and promoting the agriculture of other countries.. By giving effect to the measure recommended by the Committee, a fimilar preffure might in future be prevented, and the wealth of the nation infinitely increased.-Leave granted nem. con.

Sir JOHN SINCLAIR likewife moved "That this day fe'nnight the House do refolve itfelf into a Committee of the whole Houfe, to confider the propriety of granting a bounty on the raifing of potatoes."-Agreed to.

Mr. GREY rofe and faid, that previous to the adjournment a meffage had been received from His Majefty, announcing, that fuch a ftate of things had taken place in France, as would induce him to give the speedieft effect to any defire for peace that might be shewn by the French Government. This communication had raised a very general hope of peace, and he trufted that no circumstances had intervened by which it would be difappointed. At present hc only rose to ask His Majefty's Minifters if they meant to give any communication to the House in pursuance of this message, on the ftate of affairs relative to a peace.

Mr. Chancellor PITT faid, that it was not incumbent upon him to make any answer to the question.

Mr. GREY then gave notice, that on Monday fe'nnight he would make a motion relative to peace.

Mr. M. ROBINSON gave notice, that on Thursday fe'nnight he would move for leave to bring in a bill to incapacitate Members of Parliament from having any fhare in loans.

The House adjourned.

Wednesday, 3d February.

Lord STOPFORD reported to the Houfe, that His Majefty had been waited on with the addrefs, congratulatory on the birth of a Princefs, which he was pleafed to receive moft graciously.

Mr. WILBERFORCE gave notice, that he should make, tomorrow fortnight, a motion refpecting the abolition of the flave trade.

The SECRETARY AT WAR prefented fome accounts of the expences incurred in the, erection of barracks.

⚫ General SMITH faid, he was happy to fee even a part of those
accounts which had been fo long required. He could not, how-
ever, but feel fome furprife, that after a delay of two months the
whole of these accounts were not yet in readiness.
pence of thefe erections was more than 650,000l.

The certain exexclufive of what


might be incurred, and yet that House was without any precife information on the subject. He hoped, however, that the rest would be shortly prepared, that the fubject might come regularly under Parliamentary difcuffion.

The SECRETARY AT WAR was surprised that the honourable gentleman should impute it as matter of blame to him that Parliament had adjourned for fix weeks, for certainly it was impoffible that he could bring down accounts to that Houfe, when it was not fitting. The reafon why the accounts were still incompleat was, that from the nature of the order of the House, that the accounts of those which are erecting, and which are in contemplation to be erected, as well as those which are already erected, should be produced, there was confiderable difficulty in making out the accounts with precifion. Of one thing he was confident, that there had been no delay in the office which he had the honour to fuperintend.

Mr. GREY was aware of the extent of the difficulty which was occafioned by the extent of the fyftem which the Executive Government were now pursuing in the building of barracks. He knew also that accounts could not be produced, when the House was not fitting. But the order for their production was paffed three weeks before the adjournment, and fince that, other fix weeks had elapfed, and ftill the accounts were found to be incompleat. He hoped that Ministers were not fo negligent of their duty, as to go into a system of undefined expence, without acting upon any given eftimate. If this was the cafe, their conduct was most culpable indeed; but at all events, the delay which had accompanied the making out of thefe papers, was highly criminal.

The SECRETARY AT WAR replied, that there were fill feveral barracks to be erected, which were not at first in contemplation, and of which the estimates had not been as yet presented to the board.

General TARLETON reprobated the fyftem in toto. There were times, he faid, fince the Revolution, when the mention of fuch a fyftem would have made every man in that Houfe to fhudder. But now every fuch measure was heard with philofophic compofure, and it seemed to be the fole duty of that House to pay the accounts fent in by Ministers, whenever the latter chose to present them.

The accounts were ordered to lie on the table, and on the moton of Mr. Grey, to be printed.

General SMITH moved, that there be laid upon the table, an account of the quantity of corn and flour imported into this king

dom, fince the paffing of the late bill, with the names of the ports at which the entries have been made, and the names of the perfons who claimed the bounty on fuch imports,


Thursday, February 4.

Mr. RYDER acquainted the House, that the gentlemen, appointed to attend Her Majefty with the congratulation of this House, had attended Her Majefty accordingly; and that Her Majesty was pleased to say:


I return you my fincere thanks for your congratulations on the birth of a Princefs, and for the share you take in the fatisfaction I muft receive from an event in which I feel myself fo nearly interested.

Friday, February · 5.

Mr. EDWARD JAMES ELIOT reported to the House, that their Royal Highneffes the Prince and Princess of Wales had been attended with the congratulatory meffage of this House, upon her Royal Highnefs's having been delivered of a Princefs; and that His Royal Highness was pleased to return the following answer:

Geatlemen of the House of Commons,

I and the Princefs are both exceedingly gratified by this proof of your duty to His Majefty, and of the intereft you take in the increafe of His family; and we return you our particular thanks for your congratulations to us on the prefent occafion.

Monday, February 8.

Mr. MANNING presented a petition from a number of merchants refident in the cities of London and Weftminster and the Borough of Southwark, for leave to bring in a bill to enable them to erect and establish new wet-docks, and legal quays and wharfs upon the river Thames, according to fome plans prefented with the petition, as the increafed commerce of the country required fuch accommodations.

The LORD MAYOR begged permiffion to trouble the House with a few words before the petition was laid on the table. He agreed with the petitioners, that the increased commerce of the country required additional accommodations; but he hoped that the Houfe would confider that the corporation of the city of London enjoyed certain franchifcs, privileges, and immunities, as settled upon them by charters and various acts of Parliament, which


would be totally done away if the object of the petitioners, according to their prefent plan, were confirmed by law and carried into execution.-During the present war the merchants had been greatly incommoded for want of quays and wharfs to land their imports, or ship their exports from this country, with any reasonable expedition, owing to the detention of veffels, both at home and abroad, for convoy; whereby the river Thames, though fo admirably large, was fcarcely large enough for the quantity of traders in it, at the Same time to unload or fhip their goods, with convenience and difpatch. A fimilar inconvenience was experienced and complained of fome few years ago, and a bill was accordingly brought into Parliament to obviate it, which paffed that House; but for what reason he did not know, it was objected to elsewhere, and did not pafs into a law. Now in refpect to the present measure he was desired by his conftitutents and the corporation of London to inform the Houfe, that the corporation had already authorized fome of its members to attend the committees of the petitioning merchants, and was defirous to render every kind of accommodation poffible, confiftent with their own charters. That furthermore they had already allowed an immenfe fum, as the expenditure for plans of improvement and accommodation, and that if the wharfs were crected and established according to the prefent plans of the petitioners, the whole of the wealth, commerce and property of the city of London would be diverted to another place, and a new city of London be established in oppofition to the old one. He hoped therefore that the object of the petition would be fairly and deliberately examined, and at the same time affured the Houfe that by the next feffion of Parliament, the city of London expected to be ready with such plans of improvement and accommodation as might remove the complaints of the merchants, and prevent the evils which the object of the petition, if carried into effect, was likely to produce.

Mr. Alderman ANDERSON enforced the fame arguments against the object of the petition.

Sir WILLIAM YOUNG hoped that while the members of the city of London were doing their duty, the House would not fuffer any prepoffeffion to take place. He faid, that with regard to the fum which had been expended by the corporation, the benefit was in a great measure loft to the petitioners, whilft they were deprived of the proper conveniences for loading and unloading their goods. He ftated, that at the ports of Liverpool and Hull, the merchants had entered into subscriptions fimilar to that of the petitioners, for forming wet docks, &c. which they found to be fo materially conducive to their convenience and advantage. He

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