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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. HOUSE OF LORDS—THURSDAY, March 1. Mr Barnaby and others brought up from the Com- mons the Custody of Insane Persons' Bill, with the amendments of their Lordships Agreed. The Bishop of EXKTKR presented a petition from certain inhabitants of the city of Cork, praying their Lordships to adopt measures to render effectual the sworn engagements of Roman Catholics "not to subvert the present Church Establishment, and not to weaken the Protestant religion or Protestant Go- vernment." The Right Rev. Prelate, in support of the petition, quoted pussies from the writings of Dr. Mc Hale, and from the speeches of Mr O'Connel! and of Mr Sheil in proof of his charge, that these persons proposed the subversion of the Established Church in Ireland, as one of the great ends of ail their political endeavours. Of Mr Sheil in particular, the Right Rev Prelate said he had no hesitation in declaring it to be his perfect conviction, a conviction as sincere as any which he had upon any subject in the course of his life, that any individual having taken the oath prescribed to a Roman Catholic Member of Parlia- ment, who afterwards uttered such words, or anything like such words, as those which he had read from the reported speech of the Hon. and Learned Member for Tipperary (on the 23d July, 1835), had grossly de- parted from the obligation which the oath imposed upon him." He thcn glanced at the recentappointmcnt of Mr Sheil to a plaee under Government—not for the purpose of making out a case against the existing Administration—but for the purpose of proving that Mr Sheil, more especially, when he boasted of the recent policy adopted in regard to the Church of Ireland, as having a direct tendency to subvert that Church, must have spoken the truth—because it was impossible to believe, that the utterer of untruths on such a subject should ever be recommended for promotion, by a Ministry, of whose polit y he had publicly given a false description. The whole pur- port of the Right Rev. Prelate's speech was to show that Catholic Members of Parliament, in voting on questions affecting the Established Church, were guilty of a violation of their oath. He laid great stress on declarations made by several influen- tial Roman Catholics before the passing of the Catholic Relief Act, from which he implied the existence of a compact by which they bound them- selves to refrain from exercising the privileges to which they claimed admission in any manner calculated to endanger the Church Establishment. The Right Rev. Prelate then adverted to his Charge," about which Lord John Russell and the Attorney-General have said so much. He justified the expressions which he had employed, and begged that the Noble Premier would have the goodness to request the Se- cretary for the Home Department and the Attorney- General, either manfully to bring forward their charges where these might be fairly met—or to ab- stain, in future, from the use of language which they were unable to justify. The Noble Secretary, when he had nothing else to say, always began to talk about the Bishop of Exeter; lie (the Bishop), hoped that if the Noble Lord had no regard for the dignity of his office, for the sake of justice, of generosity, that he had some friend in that House—and he would trust to his manliness, if there were a particle of it in him—who would come forward in an open and can- did manner, so that he might meet him facp to face, or that henceforth he should be silent on this subject." Lord M ELBOURN P, animadverted on the tone of the Right Rev. Prelate's Address to the Clergy of his Diocese, which, coming from their Spiritual Superior, was only calculated to stimulate where it ought to have restrained. He could not promise that Lord John Russell and the Attorney-General should either abstain from animadverting on that "Charge," or furnish the Bishop with the means of grappling with their declamations on the subject. Oaths in such matters as the Right Rev. Prelate had adverted to, he -ittel-s thought very ridiculous matters-impossible to be constructed so as to attaiu the object propost-d-atid susceptible, at all times, of the most opposite inter- pretations. When the framers of oaths had done their utmost "still," exclaimed the Noble Viscount, "the matter at issue must be left to the honour of the party taking the oath." His Lordship then ad- verted to the persecutions directed against the Lol- lards in the time of Henry V.-declared that some of the authors of the Reformation must have been guilty of what the Bishop styled perjury"—and gave it as his opinion that Oliver Cromwell himself was not free from similar crime. The Bishop of LLAND AFF expressed his indig- nation and disgust on beholding the perjuries per- petrated for the advancement of party on the ruins of the national religion. After a few words from the Marquess of Clanri- carde, and the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord Wharncliffe declared he was highly obliged to the Right Rev. Bishop for bringing the subject forward, and, for hii own part, he must say that he could not read the speeches made by the Irish Roman Catholic Members in the Lower House of Parliament, respecting the Church of England, without believing that they had violated the oaths they had taken. The petition was then ordered to lie on the table. "1' HOUSE OF COMMONS—THURSDAY, March 1. Two election Committees were chosen by ballot- namely, for Newcastle-under-Lyne and the city oC Durham. Mr THORNLEY (for Nlr Villierg, absent on ac- count of illness) deferred the motion regarding the "corn laws," uiitil Thursday, the 15th instant. MrPARROrr gave notice that, on the loth of of this month, he would call attention to the obstruc- tions which exist to the -voluntary commutation of tithes. Mr HUME said that he should hereafter move that Mr O'ConneU's answer on the Speaker's reprimand be entered on the journals; or. if that were refused, that the entry already made should be expunged. MrOCONNELLdefered till next week his motion for the appointment of a Select Committee to inves- tigate proceedings before Rlection Committees also his motion regarding oaths of qualification for office in the united kingdom or the colonies. Captain PECHELL, in moving for a return of all slave-vessels captured by her Majesty's ships since the 1st of February, 1836, distinguishing the nation of such slave vessel, and whether captured having slaves on board, or under the equipment article, to the latest date for which the s tine can be prepared, vin- dicated the officers other Majesty's navy from the im- putations which had been cast upon them in the speeches of a Noble, and Learned Lord in another place. If the Noble and Learned Lord had used the words attributed to him, he (Captain P.) hoped he would either retract or qualify them How dare any man say that the officers of her Majesty's navy were fond of blood-money ? How dare any man utter such a falsehood? The Hon. and Gallant Member con- cluded by moving for the returns. Mr Goring, Admiral Codrington, and Mr C. Wood also denied that there was any foundation for the charges made against her Majesty's naval officers. The returns were ordered. » Sir F. TRENCH brought under the consideration of the House a proposal for its better ventilation and lighting; but it was eventually withdrawn on the un- derstanding that it would be more advisable to submit it to the Commissioners of Woods and Forests, in whose department were the arrangements respecting the House. Lord J. RUSSELL obtained leave to bring in Bills for the better ad ministration of justice at quarter sessions in gnland and Wales. Mr MAHON Y obtained leave to bring in Bills for the better regulation of the office of sheriffs and under sheriffs of counties and cities in Ireland, and for registering deaths, births, and marriages, in Ireland. HOUSE OF LORDS—FRIDAY, March 2. Lord BROUGHAM, in moving for papers on the subject of the slave trade, complained of some re- marks of Members in the Commons on Thursday, charging him with having accused the officers of the navy of unfairly seeking "head-money." His Lord- ship declared that he had only spoken of the "ten- dency of the head-money system," his motion was for a return, showing the dates of the captures of all slave vessels for the last ten years; 2, for extracts from the log-book3 of any of her or his Majesty's ships the day before the capture, the day on which the capture was made, and the day after the capture of any slave ships; 3, similar extracts from the log- books of all other ships belonging to her Majesty's navy, and stationed on the coast of Africa, on the day any such capturo might have been made; 4, the names and force of all ships of war stationed on the east coast of Africa during the last ten years; and lastly, the names of all slave ships captured within the same period, and stating the place on the coast nearest where the capture was made; or, if at sea, then stating the latitude anil longitude." After a short conversation between Lord Lyndhurst the Earl of Minto, Lord Melbourne, and the Duke of Wellington, the papers were ordered, the Noble Duke giving notice that on Monday he would move for some returns that will tend to vin/licate the character of the navy. The Archbishop of CANTERBURY intimated that on Thursday next he would present a petition from the Protestants of Canada, on which he was anxious to make some observations. 1-,#1>1'11'## HOUSE OF COMMONS—FRIDAY, March 2. The City of Durham Committee reported that Mr Harland, the sitting Member, had been duly elected. On the motion of Mr PRINULE, the proceedings before the Roxburgli Committee were ordered to be printed. Captain Pechell and S.ir Edward Codrington en- tered into explanations that they hid respectively received letters from Lord Brougham relating to ex- pressions they had used on the preceding evening, when noticing his Lordship's observations in dis- paragement of Captains in the navy on the African station. Both the Hon. and Gallant Members de- clared that they had no apology to make. The Hon. Mr LANGDALE made a very formal complaint of the Bishop of Exeter's mention of him and his opinions on the Catholic oath; and he was followed by the Attorney-General, Mr O'Connell, and Lord Howick, they also complaining of the Rev. Pre- late's notices of them and their opinions. Sir E. SLTGDEN complained that five leg-al Bills introduced by the' Attorney-General had been set down for a second reading, though they were not yet printed. The ATTORNEY-GENERAL admitted the fact, and expressed surprise at the delay. The Learned Gentleman had not, however, removed the order from the Order-fyook. Some further conversation took place with re- ference to the Attorney-General's Five Bills, but it had no result, and, On the motion of Lord JOHN RUSSELL the House went into Committee on the Poor (Ireland) Bill. After a long discussion the 47th, or Emigration clause, was agreed to, though Mr Henry Grattan had moved, as an amendment, that it be struck out. When the Committee divided on it the numbers were —for the clause, 71; for the amendment, 26.— Clauses 49, 49, 50, and 51 were agreed to; 52 was postponed; 53 was passed with some verbal amend- metits 54 and 55 were struck out; 56 amended and agreed to; 57 postponed; 58 agreed to after a slight alteration, and 59 dcferred.-The House then ro- sumed, and Lord JOHN RUSSELL announced his intention to proceed with the Bill on Friday next. On the motion of Mr WYS" various returns were ordered on the subject of Education in England and Wales. .#### HOUSE OF LORDS.—MONDAY, March 5. The Watermen's Act Bill was read a second time. In answer to a question from Lord Brougham, Viscount MELBOURNE said that it was the inten- tion of her Majesty's Government to propose the ap- pointment of a Committee of the House of Commons on Church property, when the whole question would be taken into consideration. On the motion of Lord GLENELG., the Abolition of Slavery Act Amendment Bill was read a first time. In answer to a question from Lord Glenelg, Lord BROUGHAM stated that his motion for to- morrow on the subject of the Slave Trade in Guiana would be in the form of a resolution expressive of their Lordship's disapproval of the Order in Council of the 14th of July last. The Archbishop of CANTERBURY laid on the table a Bill to amend and extend the clauses of the 17th and 21st of George III., better known as "Gilbert's Acts," which were passed for the purpose of enabling Clergy- men to raise money for the beneficial purpose of erecting glebe houses. The Bill was read a first time. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—MONDAY, March 5. Lord TEIGNMOU TH took the oaths and, his seat for the borough of Marylebone. The Chairman of the Queen's County Election Com- mittee reported to the House that the Committee had found that J. II. Fitzpatrick, Esq., was duly elected. Mr PUS EY gave notice that he should on Thursday move that the proceedings before the committee be laid on the table. Lord J. RUSSELL brought up her Majesty's answer to the address to the House with regard to the promotion of marine officers. It was in the fol- lowing words :—"Her Majesty will take into her im- mediate consideration the best means of carrying into effect the wishes of her faithful Commons, expressed in a motion with regard to the promotion of marine officers, with a due regard to public economy, and to the just claims of all parties engaged in the naval and military services." The Noble Lord then stated that the way in which the Government proposed to deal with the subject was this They proposed to appoint a commission or com- mittee of gentlemen of character and of standing in the military and naval services, and some also con- nected with the civil service, who should take the whole subject into their consideration, and lay a report of their proceedings before the House, and, if necessary, should make a recommendation to the House, and then the House might decide upon the whole subject before them Colonel SIB THORP drew attention to the recent ap- pointment of Mr Sheil to the office of Commissioner of Greenwicji Hospital, and brought forward a motion to the effect that all such offices should hereafter be filled by officers of the navy. Mr C. WOOD said the Commissioners had merely the management of the estates of the Hospital, and that their duties were purely of a civil nature. After a short conversation the motion was withdrawn. The House then went into Committee on the Navy Estimates, which were brought forward and explained by Mr C. WOOD. The discussion upon them occupied the attention of the House almost to its rising. Mr LITTON obtained leave to bring in a bill to restoro the ancient jurisdiction of the Court of Chancery in Ireland, enabling masters of that court, upon peti- tion, to execute renewals of leases for lives, containing covenants for renewal, in the names of persons bound by such covenants, to execute the same, and being out of the jurisdiction of the court, and to extend such powers to cases of terms for years or lives dependent upon years. ,###, HOUSE OF LORDS.—TUESDAY, March 6. The discussion of- a resolution moved, pursuant to notice, by Lord BROUGHAM—namely, that it is the opinion of this House that the Order in Council of the 14th of July (respecting Guiana) was improper, and inexpedient, and inadequate for its purpose," occupied the House a considerable time. The Duke of WELL- INGTON moved the previous question," by way of amendment; and, upon a division, the Noble Duke's amendment was carried, and Lord Brougham's resolu- tion got rid of by a majority of 56 to 14. -ø.I'1' HOUSE OF COMMONS-TUESDAY, March 6. Committees were balloted for to try the merits of the Tralee and Reading election petitions. Sir WILLIAM MOLESWORTH then opened his attack upon Lord Glenelg. He treated largely of the abstract value of colonies to a nation, and of the princi- ples on which they ought to be governed. He dealt with the colonial policy of the present Ministers as affecting New South Wales, the Mauritius, the Cape, and various other possessions of the Crown with re- spect to the Canadas, he imputed to Lord Glenelg a culpable degree of delay and vacillation and concluded with a motion expressive of want of confidence in the Noble Lord tis Colonial Secretary. Lord PALMERSTON condemned the unfairness of proceeding thus against an individual Minister. It came with a particularly ill grace from a' Liberal. Lord Glenelg had always been a supporter of liberal princi- ples. Ldtd Palmerston then proceeded to deny, suc- cessively, but very generally, the series of charges adduced by Sir W. Molesworth respecting various colo- nies, and particularly respecting Canada, with regard to which the Government not only denied all blame, but claimed the highest praise. Lord SANDON, agreeing that the charge ought to have been a general one, he should move an amend- ment, expressing to the Crown the regret of the House at the treasonable movements in Canada, their determi- nation to aid Her Majesty in the suppression of revolt, and in the establishment of a sound constitution; but representing also their opinion, that the defiance of the aw by arms, and the necessity for suspending the con- stitution now in existence, are owing in a great degree o the want of foresight and of energy, and to the ambi- guous, dilatory, and irresolute course of Her Majesty's Ministers. The seeds of mischief had, indeed, been Sown before their accession; but the question was, whether the present fruits had not been produced by their treatmsnt ? He then reviewed and condemned their Canadian policy as exhibited for several years last past. Mr LABOUCHERE took notice that the veil of mys- ery was now removed which had hung for some days tover the tactics of the Opposition, and then proceeded in some detail to review aud vindicate the measures adopted hy Ministers in the management of Canada. Lord STANLEY was of opinion that the mystery hung rather on the side of Government. No one knew what course they meant to pursue. They might have moved (and, considering their lofty tone, he thought they would have been more consistent if they had moved) a bold series of counter-resolutions. Surely they would never deign, for the purpose of preventing the amend- ment from arriving at a distinct vote, to affirm that such words of censure as those of the mover ought to stand part of the question. The only direct coursc would be to join in voting that those words should not stand part of the question; 'and then, when the words of Lord Sandon's amendment should be put as the question in their stead, meet that amendment with their full front. He was of opinion that no blame could be imputed to his friends for having abstained from moving censure while the outbreak in Canada was fresh. That early time, (while it was still doubtful whether, from the conduct of Government, it might n-ot be difficult even for the most perfect union of all parties to preserve the Canadas) was not a season for stirring party questions and endeavouring to embarrass the Government. But if, as Ministers declare, everything has become smooth and tranquil, the House is now free to censure the mis- conduct which roused all this mischief. The Noble Lord then proceeded to present in an historical series the proofs of the ambiguity and vacillation which this amendment charges on the Cabinet, beginning from the period of his secession in 1834. Mr Spring Rice, his successor, had miled Mr Roebuck by his ambiguity on the subject of the Legislative Council; and when the truth came out indignation was the natural result. He had himself on leaving office, bequeathed to Mr Spring Rice his papers and his private secretary. Mr Rice remained Colonial Minister till November, when it unluckily happened that the Government were dis- missed 01 the very day on which Mr Rice declares that he completed his plan. Ha did not, however, leave that plan behind him-no, not a scrap of paper to show what sort of thing it was. Lord Aberdeen succeeded, and remainded in office till the spring, when lie also left his papers respecting Canada for the use of his successor. Three commissioners were then sent out, remarkable for their unanimity in discrepancy and on their information the Government at last, in 1837, screwed up their courage to submit a string of resolu- tions to Parliament. Meanwhile their ambiguities had raised doubts of their sincerity among the Cana- dians, who saw that while they were nominally asserting one course, they were bestowing their utmost aid and favour on the course directly opposite. In one particular indeed they had not been ambiguous, but too clear; for Lord John Russell had declared, that if popular concessions were made and found unsatisfac- tory, more must be conceded till satisfaction were at- tained. This was clear indeed—it was telling the Cana- dians that they had only to persevere in mutiny to get all they wanted. And thus the Government, while it was affecting to repress disaffection with one hand, was actually encouraging it with the other. The vacillation and dfilay imputed by the amendment had been evi- denced throughout the matter of Lord Gosford's in- structions. "Vorst of all, it had been evidenced in the ncglect to send out troops. There were soldiers suffi- cient, in the opinion of the Duke of Wellington, to maintain the Canalas i but while these troops were wholly occupied in that service, what was the state of defence in which the neighbouring possessions of the Crown were left ? How would the interests of this coun- try have been able to protect themselves, if the actual Government of the United States, instead of taking the honorable lins they have actually pursued, had seized on this opportuuity to settle by force the question of the dis- puted boundary? He thought favourably of the disposi- tion of the Canadians but it was no wonder that they are not conciliated, when, instead of dealing with them fairly, you treat them with dark hints that you are will- ing to give what it practically turns out that you have no intention of giving. Sir C. GREY, who had been one of the Canadian Commissioners followed and the debate was adjourned till to-morrow. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—WEDNESDAY, March 7, After the announcement of the confirmation of the City of London election and a few petitions, the order of the day for the adjourned debate on Sir William Molesworth's proposal for a vote of censure against Lord Glenelg was proceeded with. Mr Leader, Mr Rich, and others spoke the latter at considerable length. Mr PR.4 ED dissected the Canadian policy of Minis ters. Sir GEORGE QltEY vindicated the non-transmission of troops, and observed, that the portion of the Minis- terial policy which this arnendinennt went to condem was their conciliatory, not their coercive, dealing. In all the colonies except Canada, the administration of Lord Glenelg had been a successful and satisfactory one; and he believed the real question to be, not, as the Opposition would have it supposed, the colonial, but the domestic, policy of the Government. Mr (xLADS TONE defended the Opposition from the charge of confederating with the Radicals. In a full review of their Canadian measures, he commented with especial severity upon their delays, to which they had become so much accustomed, that they seemed to think, when they had put off a subject, they had settled it. Their minds were actually become insensible to the dis- tinction between settlement and procrastination. Mr SPRING RICE discussed the materials for forming a new Cabinet, if the Whigs should be turned out. It could not be a Radical, and must be a Tory, Administration. After some conciliatory explanation from Lord Stanley, to Mr Rice, and a few words from Lord Howick, Sir R. PEEL rose, and in a powerful speech justi- fied and enforced the course pursued on this occasion by the Conservative party. He began by expressing his surprise at the tone of Mr S. Kice's retaliation on Lord Stanley, remembering, as he did, how the Whigs, when Lord Stanley left them, deplored his secession as the loss of their brightest ornament. The subject of the debate, he said, was twofold-the amendment, and the policy impeached by it. The amendment embodied his own principles, and differed from theirs, for it was not ambiguous or irresolute-it asked no confederacy with obnoxious opinions-no compromise with adverse prin- ciples-it founded no compact, nor "compact alliance but declared loyal sentiments, and expressed a just want of confidence in the Whig Ministry. It was ascribed by Ministers to a pressure from behind they were so uncharitable as to judge others from them- selves. They talked as if their Canadian policy had been adopted by him and his friends; whereas, on every occasion, he had ascribed the late misadventures o their dilatory and irresolute conduct. The Under ecretaryhad asked why the amendment had not )een moved when the address was proposed at Christ- nas ? Why, because Lord John then begged the House :o be unanimous, and reserved to every m mber his future right of raising the question. The Conservatives were accused of having waited till all was tranquil. Surely this was just the fairest course. However, when the Canada Bill was in progress, some weeks since, e had not shrunk from the responsibility of proposing the needful amendments. The Noble Lord at that time said, that if those amendment- should be pressed, he must consider whether it would not be necessary for him to resign; they had been pressed, and the Noble Lord had givefi way Sir Robert then proceeded to contrast the Colonial Ad- ministration of Lord Aberdeen with that of Lord Glenelg, and showed tha" the adjustment of differ- ences had always been prevented by some unlucky ac ident. connected with the blunders of the Whigs. As to his vie vs on the present motion, he looked not to the formation of a Government, but to the honour of the Conservative party, who could not pro- perly absent themselves from such a discussion, nor properly move the previous question, nor pro- perly vote with Sir W. Molesworth, in fixing upon a single Minister a charge appertaining to the whole Cabinet. He had expected that Ministers would relieve him from that embarrasment by proposing, according to all precedent a counter-resolution, declaring that the conduct of Lord Glenelg had the approbation ot the House. If they would do that, even now, he would aive the amendment and fight them on that counter- resolution. Lord J. RUSSELL complained that Sir Robert Peel was overruled by his supporters. Parties are now, said he, like serpents, moved by their tiiis-(-bouts of laughter.) The Ministry had not been unsuccessful against the rebels, nor yielded any point to them. It was said that Ministers might have prevented the revolt; but that sort of hypothesis was incapable of proof. He did not wish to take any but a direct course, and would beg Sir W. Molesworth to withdraw the original motion, that the amendment might be substantively put, and met with a flat negative. To this request Sir W. MOLESWORTH agreed, and the Hous then proceeded to a division, when there ap- peared- For Lord Sandon's proposition 287 Again t it 316 Majority in favour of Ministers 29 The House then adjourned at a quarter past three o'clock.

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