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HOUSE OF. LORDS. THURSDAY. Lord AArickIow moved for certain returns respecting the law to regulate spirit distillation in Ireland, with the view of procuring an alteration of the act passed last session, by which, in lieu of the income-tax, an additional duty was im- posed upon spirits of Irish manufacture. He gave Ministers credit for this substitution, but their measure had, in its ope- ration, proved most unfortunate. It was fraught with in- justice, it bad failed as a source of revenue, and it had pro- duced vice and immorality to a most alarming extent. The amount of duty had been increased, upon the plea of assimi- lating it with that paid by the English and Scotch distillers; but as the drawback duty which by the bill was taken from the Irish spirit was continued to that produced in Scotland, the latter possessed an advantage which had enabled it to supplant its rival in every foreign market. The Duke of Wellington regretted that Lord Wicklow should have brought the subject in its present shape before the House, instead of communicating privately with the Government his reason for supposing that the measure had operated injuriously. Lord Monteagle denied that the question as to drawbacks had been settled last session to the satisfaction of the dis- tillers; and proceeded to show that an increase of duty upon Irish spirits had been uniformly followed bv a I dling off of- revenue and general demoralization. He would prefer a tax upon property to a duty which augmented crime. After a few words from Lord AVicklow, his motion for papers was agreed to, and their Lordships adjourned. FRIDAY. Lord Campbell, in conformity with the notice he had given, moved a series of resolutions on the subject of the dissensions which now agitate the Church of Scotland, rather, as he ex- plained, for the purpose of eliciting a solemn opinion from their Lordships than with a view to legislation, which would n» he feared, be accepted ns satisfactory in the present tem >er of the dominant party in the House of Assembly, i'he Earl ol Aberdeen opposed the motion, not only on the ge leral ground that the practice of voting abstract resolutions was inconvenient, but because those at present proposed were eit'fr mere compliments to the Church of S otlaod, or so ra;ue!y expressed, that, without producing any possible auvantage, they might seriously embarrass the House when- ever it was called upon to legislate on the subject. He had been always one of those who were inclined to admit, in a great measure, the principle which was called Non-intrusion, and had framed his measure, some sessions since, on the maxim, that it was the office of the patron to present, of the people to object, and the Church to judge. Lord Brougham unsparingly condemned the members of the Scotch Church, who had presumed to hold out against the decisions, not only of the Supreme Court in Scotland, but of their Lordships' House, and denounced any endeavour to extricate them from the difficulties of their position until they had made the fullest submission. The Lord Chancellor defended the iie< i»ion in the Anchterarder cage and Lord Campbell declining to press his motion to a division, the amendment was declared to be carried, and their Lordships adjourned.


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