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HOUSE OF LORDS. THURSDAY. The Earl of Powis moved, and Lord EGLINTOUN seconded, the address to the Hous- upon the subject of Her Majesty's speech. The addresses of their Lordships were little more than a running commentary upon the topics adverted to in the Royal speech, bestowing, however, a more emphatic con- gratulation upon the subject of the Washington treaty, the negotiations which the Porte for the maintenance of the privileges of the Christians in Syria, and the conclusion of a great and important commercial treaty with Russia, from which considerable advantages might reasonably be expected to accrue to both countries. The Marquis of LANSDOWNK expressed his approbation of the judicious manner in which the Royal speech had been framed, with the view of preventing the expression of any dillerence of opinion as to the terms of the address, yet hoped this general approbation would not be construed into a con- currence in.all the points adverted to or passed over in the speech from the Throne. With regard to the Corn Laws especially, no mention of which had been made in that speech, be believed that no period bad ever occurred in which greater embarrassment had been ticcasioned to the trade and internal resources of the country, than since the present Corn Laws bad come into operation. In adverting to our Eastern suc- j cesses, he took occasion to notice the prevailing impression '0'1 that some unwillingness had been manifested on the part of Lord Kllenbqrough to re-enter Afghanistan, and to the pro- clamations in which the Governor-General bad imitated the Schahs and Sultans to whom the country be now ruled over had formerly been subject. He complained of the paragraph in the Royal Speech by which the successful issue of the China wfir was attributed to the" liberality of Parliament," and contended that the increased means of conducting the war had been suggested by Lord Auckland, for whom also be claimed the honour of having pointed out the very plan of operations by which the expedition had at length succeeded. The Duke of WELLINGTON, in reply, vindicated the justice of the Chinese war, and contrasting the force which had been employed by the late and by the present Government, claimed for the latter all the credit of haring at last conducted it to a successful termination. He complained, that after the for- bearance in the Royal speech of any allusion to our disasters in Afghanistan, the noble Marquis should have intruded such a topic upon that night's discussion and, after referring to his own experience in India, and of military difficulties, de- clared that lie was ready "to justify every order or movement, either one way or the other, the Governor-General had given since he took upon him the administration of tb. affairs of India." Lord BROUGHAM, too, heartily concurred in the sentiment of universal exultation at the settlement of the differences of America, in comparison with the importance of which he was utterly indifferent to the sacrifice of a few miles of territory, or even of the navigation of the St. John's River—" Welcome,' said the noble Lord. "Take it all! Give it up." He then proceeded more in detail to defend the concessions which Lord Ashburton had made for the sake of peace, and con- trasted most eloquently the blessings of such a policy with the horrors which our invasion of Afghanistan had entailed, not only upon the inhabitants of that country, but upon our un- fortunate troops. He rejoiced at the general maintenance of peace with foreign powers, but more especially fwith France. The noble lord then proceeded to vindicate the French Gov- ernment and its Consul, M. Lesseps, from any concern in, or connivance with, the revolt of Barcelona; and, after enlarging upon the inestimable benefits of peace with France, and the evils which would flow from any interruption of our present amicable relations, concluded with a warm panegyric upon its Government and its people. Lord AUCKLAND shared with Lord BROUCHAM the horror with which all war was to be contemplated, and had only entered upon that in Afghanistan, because, after long and painful hesitation, he felt convinced that it was essential to the very safety of England. He had at last determined to meet the threatening danger in advance, and the result was to dispel a cause of apprehension then imminent, and now no longer formidable because thus decisively met. lie defended the part he had taken in the direction of the several expedi- tions on the coast of China, and, without detracting from the vigour and ability with which the plans by which success was ultimately attained were carried out, he firmly believed that the same plans, and nearly the same amount of force, would have been employed had there been no change of Government at all. The Marquis of CLANRICABDE declined to enter upon the Eastern questions until the papers were before the House. He expressed some dissatisfaction with the treaty concluded by Lord Ashburton, ahd regretted that the speech held out no prospect of any material changes in revenue or commerce. Lord MINTO defended the conduct of his late colleagues as to their naval operatious on the coast of China, and was fol- lowed by Lord Ashburton, who, while deprecating a debate on the late treaty when there were so many other subjects before the House, explained that a settlement of the right of search had formed no part of his mission. After a few words from Lord MINTO on this much-disputed point, Lord STANHOPE gave notice of a motion for Thursday next, embodying an amendment which he had intended to have proposed on the Address. The Address was then agreed to, and their Lordships shortly afterwards adjourned.


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