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so highly interested ; and concluded by ly and ably, and endeavoured to answer a succession of very pointed and severe every thing that had been offered on the animadversions,
other Gde. Mr. Hartley (a new member) spoke Besides the above, Mr. Drake, and next, and entered pretty fully into the one or two other Gentlemen Spoke in the contents of the speech and address, and debate. urged strongly the neceflity of Lord John The question being put, at about half Cavendish's proposed amendment. after ten, the house divided; Col. Barre was very able on the same For the amendment,
73 fide. He was of the same opinion with Againft it,
264 Gov. Johnstone. He said, the scheme of reducing the Colonies by force, was wild, Majority against the amendment, 191 incoherent, and impracticable; and though And the queition for the address being it were not, that dominion supported by then put, it pailed of course in the affirforce would answer no end whatever. He mative. said, a report prevailed, that general The house then appointed a committee Gage was shortly to be recalled, but of privileges to meet on Friday next the thai would fignify nothing; for send whom 16 inft. at seven in the evening in the you may, send a second, recal him, and Speaker's chamber; and to fit every fend a third, says he, it will be all to no Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the effectual or substantial purpose.
afternoon ; to take into consideration all Sir George Macartney answered the such matters as Mall come in question, colonel, and spoke with facility and pre- touching privileges; and to report their cision. He was against the amendment, proceedings, with their opinion thereon, and in general for spirited measures. to the house from time to time. After
Lord Carmarthen entered fully into which the house came to the following the contents of the proposed amendment, resolutions, and dwelt much on the spirit of sedition, 1, That no peer of this realm hath turbulence and rebellion, which had ma- any right to give his vote in the election nifested itself from one end to the other of any member to serve in parliament. of the American continent.
That where this house shall judge Sir William Mayne declared himself any petition touching elections to be friunconnected with either side of the house; volous and vexatious, the house will orsaid, his mind was unbiassed, and his der satisfaction to be made to the person conduct should be unfettered; that on the petitioned against. present occasion he was against the 3. That if it shall appear that any amendment, but reserved his opinion till person hath procured himself to be electthe question, and the information necef- ed or returned a member of this house, fary to discuss and determine on it, came or endeavoured so to be, by bribery or properly before the house. He was heard any other corrupt practices, his thouse with great attention, and general appro- will proceed with the utmost severity barion.
againft such person, General Smith was of the same opini 4. That if it shall appear that any on, observing, that the present was no person hath been tampering with any proper time jo take so great and impor. witness in respect of his evidence to iani a question into consideration; and be given to this house, or any comthat his being now against the amendment, mittee thereof, or directly or indirectly would not hereafter preclude him from hath endeavoured to deter or hinder any giving his thoughts freely, when the person from appearing, orgiving evidence, matter came before the house in another the same is declared to be a high crime form.
and misdemeanor; and this house will Mr.T. Townshend was for the amend- proceed with the utmost feverity against ment, and was very severe on the gene- fuch offender. ral conduct of administration.
5. That if it shall appear that any Mr. Burke put the house into great perfon hath given false evidence, in any good humour, but seemed willing to avoid case, before this house, or any committee the real merits. He was for the amend- thereof, this house will proceed with the ment.
utmost severity against luch offender. Mr. Van spoke Itrongly for the most 6. That it is a high infringement of firm and decisive measures.
the liberties and privileges of the Conmons of Great Brisian for v lord
M. Solicitor General faoke very fu.
parliament, or any Lord Lieutenant of return for the borough of Milburn Port, any county, to concern themselves in the which was received, and after a short deelection of members to serve for the com- bate ordered to be heard on Tuesday the mons in parliament.
20th inst. 7. That in all cases of controverted The next petition brought up was from elections for counties in England and Peter Delme, Esq; and another from seWales, the petitioners do, by ihemselves veral freeholders of Morpeth, complain or any other agents, within a convenient ing of a riotous mob having forced the time to be appointed by the house, deliver returning officer to declare Francis Eyre, to the sitting members, or their agents, lifts Efq; of Surry-street, London, duly eof the persons intended by the petitioners lected. After the petition was read, 10 objected to, who voted for the fitting Mr. Eyre, in his place, rose and entermembers, giving, in the said lists, the ed into a vindication of himself, and with several heads of objection, and distin- great vehemence arraigned the conduct of guishing the same against the names of the late parliament for having declared the voters excepted to ; and that the site him unduly returned when he was a canting members do, by themselves, or by didate for the same place seven years their agents, within the said time, de- fince; he called it an arbitrary, unjust liver the like lifts on their part, to the decision, which would leave an eternal petitioners or their agents.
stain upon their proceedings ; said, that Tuesday, December 6. The Speaker the affair of the Middlesex ele&ion, peon took the chair at two o'clock, and after ple were divided upon; but with respect three or four members were sworn, he to his election being set aside, every one tarted a difficulty, and desired the af- was convinced of the injustice of it: that fittance of the house to reconcile the the constitution was wounded through his standing order, which is made at the sides, but he was happy in the full affuopening of every session of parliament, rance that the glorious bill for regulating that no petition for a double or undue re- elections, called Mr. Grenville's bill, the turn shall be received, if not presented palladium of British liberty, would newithin fourteen days after the meeting of ver have been passed, if it had not been parliament: and that part of the act for for this unjust decision against him. The regulating controverted elections, which Speaker then with great candour, inexpressly orders that whenever a petition treated that gentlemen, against whom is received, it shall be read, and a day petitions were presented, would confine appointed for hearing it. Mr. Cornwall themselves for the future to such points rose, and endeavoured to reconcile the alone as were regularly before the house, act, by vesting a power in the house to which were only to receive or rejtet receive or reješt a petition in the first in them; and, in the former case one to Aance,
appoint a day for hearing them. The This produced a strong debate, ex above petition was ordered to be heard tremely well supported on the popular on Tuesday the 24th of January next. Hide by Mr. Dunning, Mr. Solicitor Ge The Speaker again addressed himself neral, Mr. Burke, and Mr. Eyre; and to the house, and stated the very disaon the other by Mr. Attorney General, greeable situation he food in respecting Mr. Fox, and Mr. Rigby, in which the these veral petitions which were that inwhole merits of the bill were canvassed fiant ready to be presented; and how very and fully confidered. Mr. Dunning, in irksome it must be to him to be applied to particular, exerted himself with uncom- by several gentlemen at once : and in inon address and ability, and at length Mort, that he mould not know how to made a motion, which was carried with- act without their assistance, left he should out a division, that whenever any peti- be charged with partiality, or be fuftion, complaining of a double or undue pected of a predilection for one in prereturn, ihould be presented to the house, ference to another. that the same should be received and Mr. Fuller now moved, that the names read by the clerk, without any question of the counties, cities, &c. concerning being put thereon, according to the con- which petitions were presented, should be Tiruction of the act for determining con- written upon flips of paper and put into troverted elections.
a glass, and be drawn out by the clerk ; This business took nearly three hours and that the petitions referring to the
discussing. Mr. Dundas then brought names successively drawn out should p a petition, complaining of a double have the preference in being first heard.
This occasioned a tedious uninteresting They presented their most dutiful debate, in which Sir Richard Sutton, thanks to his majesty, for having taken Mr. Dunning, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Hart. such measures as his majesty judged most ley, Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor Ge- proper and effectual, for carrying into neral, Mr. Mackworth, Sir Charles execution the laws, which were paired Bunbury, and Mr. Rose Fuller respec- in the latt session of the late parliament, tively bore a part; and the question be- for the protection and security of the ing put, the gallery was cleared in order commerce of his majesty's subjects, and to divide, but it was carried with a divisi- for restoring and preferving the peace,
order and good government, in the proWednesday, December 7. It was vince of the Mailachusetts Bay: with difficulty that members fuffici They affure his majesty, that they ent could be found to form a house. will use every means in their power to As soon as forty came lord Hinchin- aflist his majesty in maintaining entire brooke acquainted the house, that his ma- and inviolate the supreme authority of jelty had been waited on to know when this legislature over all the dominions he would be attended by the house with of his crown ; being truly sensible that their address, and his majesty was pleas- they should betray the trust reposed in ed to appoint this day at two o'clock. them, and be wanting in every duty
The house then took into considerati- which they owe to his majetty and to on his majesty's speech, which was again their fellow subjects, if they failed to read. After which a motion was made, give their zealous support to those great that a supply should be granted to his constitutional principles which govern majesty ; and that day the house resolved his majesty's conduct in this important itself into a committee to consider the business, and which are so effential to the said motion.
dignity, safety and welfare of the BriSuch of the members as had petitions tish empire. to present delivered them to the clerk, They express great satisfaction, that who having, as the preceding day, put a treaty of peace is concluded between them into a glass, drew them out in the Russia and ihe Porte, and that, by this following order:
happy event, the general tranquillity is Clackmannan, Friday March 31. La- rendered complete ; and entertain nerk, Tuesday, April 4. St. Ives, Fri- well grounded hope that his majesty's day, ditto 7. Berwick, Tuesday, ditto endeavours to prevent the breaking out
of fresh disturbances will be attended When the above business was adjust- with success, as his majesty continues to ed, the speaker, and several other mem- receive the strongest assurances from other bers, went in their carriages to St.
James's, powers of their being equally disposed to to present the address to his majelty, for preserve the peace. his speech, which is in fubitance as fol They conclude with assuring his malows:
jesty that they will, with the utmost chearThey return his majesty their humble 'fulness, grant to his inajesty every necefthanks for his most gracious speech from fary supply; and that they consider themthe throne.
selves bound by gratitude, as well as duThey assure his majesty, that they re- ty, to give every proof of their most afceive with the highest sense of his majes- fectionate attachment to a prince, who, ty's goodness the early information which during the whole course of his reign, has he has given them of the state of the pro- made the happiness of his people the vince of the Massachusetts Bay. And object of all his views, and ihe rule of feel the moit sincere concern, that a fpi- all his actions. rit of disobedience and relittance to the The members then received a mort laws should itill unhappily prevail in gracious answer to their address; and rethat province, and that it has broke forth turned to the house, and adjourned. in freth violences of a most criminal na The following is his Majesty's answer ture. They lament that such proceedings to the Commons Address : Thould have been countenanced and on “ Gentlemen, couraged in any other of the colonies ; “ I return you my particular thanks and that any of his subjects should have for this very loyal and dutiful Address. been so far deluded and milled, as to I receive with the highest satisfaction and make rash and unwarrantable attempts approbation your aflurances of assistance
authority of the legislature over all the and warm conftitution. Unable to curb dominions of my crown. It shall be my the turbulence of his passions, he formed care to justify by my conduct the conti- no durable connexions, till the celebra+ dence you so affectionately express, and to ted widow W-made so complete a thew that I have no interelis separate conquest of him, that he was entirely from those of my people.”
devoted to her for many months. This Histories of the Tete-a-Tete annexed; or, which she had obtained by marrying an
lady had an easy, independent fortune, Memoirs of Lord C-sham and Mrs. old gentleman, who was so far advanced Fr.
in years, that in this respect he might IT T is always with great satisfaction that have been her father : she had served him
we lay before our readers a respecta. for some years rather in the capacity of ble character, who has no other foibles a nurse than a wife, and hence she had than those which serve as shades to his such a disgust to matrimony, that upon virtues, and make them appear till more obtaining her liberty, the resolved never Atriking. Lord C is among the num- again to be confined in connubial shackber of those heroes who may juftly lay les, but to enjoy the sweets of marriage claim to all the social virtues: - bene without its bitters. Just as she had formvolent, hospitable, and friendly, he is ed this judicious resolution, young C-m held in great esteem amongst his neigh- became acquainted with her. The wibours and tenants. Gay, lively, and ea- dow had charms sufficient to captivate afy, he constantly promotes the mirth of ny young fellow of twenty, of an amothe festive board. He has seen courts and rous complexion, and a robust conftituticamps, has studied books and men, and on; and these were strong recommendamay be pronounced an accomplished gen- tions for him at that time to Mrs. Wtleman, In Ireland his company was This agreeable alliance continued till incessantly solicited by every party of bons he went abroad, when (like Ninon de vivans; and though his prudence often L'Enclos) Mrs. W- ingenuously told bridled his natural propensity for good him she should always entertain the trucompany, he could not always escape the est friendship for him -but with reCnares that were laid to entrap his mirth gard to her heart, the would not pretend and vivacity. When he was very young to say that it might remain entirely his, he was particularly noticed by the cele as she acknowledged that the next man brated Dean Swift, who presaged that who fiould please her as much as C-m he would be an ornament to his country. had done, would have a juft claim to it. In his travels he made such observations Nor was the worse than her word, for as proved the rectitude of his judgment; we find the celebrated Capt. P- (who and though he might occasionally give now stiles himself General in the Austrian into the gaiety and frivolity of foreign service, and whose exploits of various manners, he did not return, like most kinds have been pretty famous in the of his countrymen, as ignorant and more world) succeeded our hero in the embra. vicious than they set out.
ces of the agreeable widow. But notwithstanding his natural propen Paris had such charms for a young felfion to attain a competent knowledge of low of C -m's years, that we may the customs, manners, &c. of the coun- fuppose for some weeks his time passed tries through which he travelled, he was in one continual round of pleasure. not infenfible of the charms of the fair Though every Englisiman in that gay fex, whose power and infuence he has capital is my Lord Anglois by prescripti. constantly acknowledged. In his juve- on, when a real nobleman is there proni!e years we find lord Cm a great perly introduced, he finds a very diffefavourite of the ladies in Ireland, and rent reception from the common groupe he distinguished himself at the Castle of his countrymen, whose highest ambiupon every gala, as one of the genteel- tion seldom foars above the English Cofeit men and best dancers at court. When fee-house, the Thuilleries, and the Ohe quitted that kingdom, and came hi- pera ; and who never think of the ladies ther, he was no less distinguished by the beyond the circle of opera fingers and ladies St. James's, who seemed to out- dancers. Hence it is that they return vie each other in attracting the attention with very confined notions, and fancy young C-m.
they have seen and observed every thing iis amours now were of that cast estimable in France, when they were oncb asually spring from a juvenile head ly capable of judging of the ridiculous
figure their own countrymen make there, company to three other lovers, who and of all the allurements and artifices were there in waiting to be summoned to of professed courtezans. A Dunkirk tra- her box. These were Count Hg, der landing at Wapping, and renaining Beau T -y, and the now celebrata week at the Sbip and Anchor, might as ed sporting Capt. S-de. This trio well upon his reium give an account of was well known to be at this time London and its environs; the taite and Camp-i's supporters, and alternate sentiments of St. James's; the manners · lovers ; a circumliance that soon disguito, and fathions of the bon ton. But when a ed his lordship, after a few evenings foreigner of distinction is initiated into Tete-a-Tete parties, being resolved not real good company in Paris, and has ac to make up the quarre of her Strephons. cess to the nobility and people of rank, Prudential motives probably, more than he is in another world: he has opportu- delicacy, induced his lord ship to yield, nities of forming just notions of the genius, his pretensions to his rivals, iwo of them talte, and learning of those of real confe- being the most notorious debauchees of quence, and may avail himself of the that period. occasion to obtain that knowledge which His lordship soon after retired to Hamevery judicious traveller should return mersmith, and seldom appeared in pubwith, by proper attention and observati. lic, being chiefly engaged in the compaon. Lord C -i did not fail profit- ny of Mrs. T who passed for his ing of his situation, and though incir-, house-keeper. This lady had none of cled in pleasure, he made hours (if the those brilliant charms that were judged expression may be allowed) by curtailing the qualifications for a toait: she might, his repose, and abolishing all frivolous with more propriety, be called a useful pursuits that he could possibly avoid, woman than a mistress. Poflefling, howwhich he devoted to useful inquiries. ever, great good temper, and much do
In mentioning his intrigues in Paris, meltic economy, the proved a very fer-, we might perhaps point out such respec- yiceable friend and companion, and her table names as would make our narra- death occasioned his lordship much real, tive doubted; but when the custom of chagrin and distress. that volatile nation is adverted to, which Time, which changes all things, gra-stamps no woman's character with infamy dually assuaged his grief, and meeting who is not a prostitute for gain ; and with Mrs. F , Mrs. 1we consider the rank, appearance, figure, was no longer an object of his meditatiand address of our hero, we may, with-on. This lady he met with at Canter-, out flattering him, believe, that female, bury, when the was returning from a coronets did not debase themselves in his tour to Margate, and when his lordship acquaintance.
was going to his feat in the ille of Tha-We shall not proceed with him at pre- net. They both put in about the same, sent any farther upon his travels, but, time at the post- house, which being ex-, like a judicious and faithful tutor, con- tremely full of company, it was absoluteduct him back to England, greatly im- ly necessary that his lordship and Mrs. proved by his tutor, and, as Swift had should be thewn into the same predicted, an ornament to bis country.
His lordship was without any, He soon obtained a seat in parliament; company upon his journey, and Mrs. but as he was no party-man, and applaud- -r had with her one of those ea-.. ed every good measure that was taken, sy, agreeable companions, who assent to though produced even by a minifter, he every thing, and have no opinions of scarce ever engaged in debates in the their own, because they travel at the exHouse, but preferred retirement to the pence of their friend. It was dinner time, noise and turbulence of St. Stephen's and they all expressed a desire of eating, chapel.
when his lordship politely invited the laHe had a short acquaintance with the dies to partake of his repait, as there celebrated signora Campni
, which was a scarcity of provisions in the house, was occafioned by his lord ship's presenting and they might be detained a contiderher with her bracelet that had fallen able time before their dinner would be from her arm at Ranelagh. He did this ready. The invitation was accepted, in so polite a manner, accompanied with and a very agreeable conversation ensusuch a flattering address, that he was in- ed, in which Mrs. Far displayed vited to tea with this celebrated Italian great vivacity and some satire, in deli