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HOUSE OF LORDS, Tuesday, Oct.…


HOUSE OF LORDS, Tuesday, Oct. 18. The Lord Chancellor presented petitions from various parts of Scotland, in favour of Reform. His Lordship took tiiat occasion to express his regret at the delay that had bee,, thrown in the way of the progress of a Bill to abolish the useless Exchequer Court in Scotland, and to render the Judges therein, if they retained their offices and salaries, of strne service to the public. The Commons referred it to a select Committee, and thereby defeated the Bill, though the r.selessness of the Court %i a-i as evident as is (lie light of tite s,,i!i at o(i,)ndty.-Ilis Loi-(ihil) itidui,!ecl in the following happv vein of Iroo) I find there is nothing so disa- greeable as to succeed another in place, except that of being succeeded by him —(hear, and laughter.) It is, my Lords, most painful to us to see our successors take our places, and it must be admitted that there is a great deal to make a man angry with himself, with the world, and, most oF tll, with the person who succeeds him, when he beholds another settled in his seat, and no prospect in view of displacing him and of succeeding his stiecessor-(heir, Hnd laughter.) For my own part, I cannot help feeling much compassion, and of making every allowance for those who are left in 'hat comfortless situation, without any con- solation from present enjoyment or from future hope to cheer their bleak and mournful seclusion.—(hear, and laughing.) My noble friend near me, and 1 who have spent long years removed from office, had so many projects of Reform, so many plans of benefit, not only for all classes of his Majesty's subjects, but for all the world, to console us in our ietreat, that our spirits never flagged, and Hope still warmed UJ with her riys-(Iieir) but those arf-- in- (ifed to be pitied who have no other warmth than the agita- tion of their own angry feelings, who have no other light than the narrow gleam which cheats them from afar, and gU-ps them a glimmer of doubtful futurity—(Hear, hear.) The Vestry Bill, in its amended, or altered form, worked its way through the Committee, was reported to the House, and it is to be read a third time this day.—After which a message ftom the Commons returned to their Lordships the Bankruptcy Court Bill, which had just been read a third time and pa-sed, after renewed denunciations in the Com- mons from Sir C. Wetlierell, as to the false. deceptive, and unju t character" of the said Bill, and "every part thereof." nevertheless and notwithstanding all that might --be said 1,) iie coi)trtry.- Adjourned. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19. On the motion of the Duke of Richmond, the standing orders were suspended, and the churchwardens and over- seers of the poor bill was read a third time and passed. Lord Wharncliffc, with reference to what had been said by the Ouke of Wellington on a previous evening, respect- ing the public not deriving any benefit from the repeal of the duty on coals, stated that the coal owners had made no profit through the duty being taken off, but had in tact lost money in consequence of a strike made by the workmen, and their succeeding in obtaining an advance of wages. The Vestry Bill was read a third time and passed. On the motion of the Lord Chancellor, the amendments made in the Bankruptcy Court Bill were agreed to-his Lordship observing, that if the motion of the retiring pen- sion clause should be found to have the effect of preventing the country from obtaining the services, as Judges in this Court, of men of sufficient respectability and of competent ability, it would become necessary again to introduce such an c n a c t in ? n r, On a motion made by the Diike of Bticcleugh for a return relative to the Court of Exchequer in Scotland, which was agreed to, The Lord Chancellor took the opportunity of stating his intention of devoting a great portion of the time which wUllldshortly he at his command to the consideration of further improvements in the law of debtor and creditor. In reply to the Earl of Hardwicke, who hoped that some provision "ould be made to affect those persons who reo mained out of the country in possession of property which belonged to their creditors, The Lord Chancellor said the subject was of great im- portance, and it should have his best consideration. THURSDAY, OCT. 20. The doors were opened soon after twelve o'clock, for the admission of Peeresses, who on this occasion sat in the body of the House. The additional galleries were also oc- cupied by ladies in splendid costume. At half-past two o'clock the King entered the House, attended by the Offi- cers of State, and took his seat on the Throne. The Usher of the Black Rod having requested the attend- ance of the Commons, the Speaker, accompanied by Lord Alfhwp-. appealrtthe Bar. The Speaker, holding the Appropriation Bill in his hand, then addressed his Majesty as follows:- ik May it please your MajeFt.v-We, your Majesty's faith- ful Commons, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, attend your Majesty at the close ofa Session unu- sually protracted; and, Sire, amid difficulties and anxiety, both within and without the walls of Parliament, and la- bonrsunprecedenterl in any former Session, we presume to hope thai we have discharged our duties as faithful Repre- sentatives of the Commons of the United Kingdom, and as loyal and devotedly attached subjects of your Majesty. •Sire, the Bill which I have now to present is entitled, An Act to apply the sum of £ 1,8CO,OCO out of the Consolidated ,Fund, to the service of tile year 1831, and to appropriate the supplies granted in this Session of Parliament.' to which, with all humility, we pray your Majesty's Royal Assent." The Royal Assent was then given to-the Act brought up .bv the Speaker, and to the following Acts :-The Duties on flops BiH, Distillation of Spirits (Ireland) Bill, Valuation of Lands (Ireland) Bill, Military Accounts (Ireland) Bill, Embankment (Ireland) Bill, Bankruptcy Court Bill, Ad. verse Claims in Courts of Law Bin, Select Vestry (England and Wales) Bill, and the lnclosure of Crown Lands Bill. His Majesty then read the following Speech in a firm tone, pronouncing the concluding paragraph with a very marked eropliasis My Lords and Genlumen, I am at length enabled to put an end to a Session of unexampled duration and labour, in which matters of the deepest interest have been brought under your conidera- "1 have felt sincere satisfaction in confirming by my Roy- al Assent the Bills for the amendment of the Game Laws, aal1 for the reduction of taxes which pressed heavily on the inlerests nf my people; and I have observed with no less pleasure, the commencement of important improvements in the law of Bankruptcy, from which the most beneficial ef- fects may be expected. "I continue to receive the most gratifying proofs of the friendly disposition of Foreign Powers. The Conference assembled in London has at length ter- minated its difficult and laborious discussions by an atrange- ment unanimous!* agreed upon by the Plenipotentiaries of the Five Powers for the separation of the States of Holland and Belgium, oa tmns hy which the interests of both, toge- ther with the future security of other countries, have been carefully provided for. A treaty founded on this arrangement has been pre- sented to the Dutch and Belgian Plenipotentiaries, and, I trust, that its acceptance by the respective Courts, w hich 1 anxiously expect, will avert the dangers by which the peace of Europe was threatened whilst this question re- mained unsettled. Gt:ntlemen of the,lloti,qe ofCommon! I thank you foi the provision made for the future dig- nity and comfort of my Rnyil Consort, in the event of her surviving me; and for tie supplies you have granted for (heserviceofthe present year. You may he assured of my anxious care to have them administered with the strictest attention to a wel -considered economy. "Tlie slate iif Europe has made it necessary to incur in the various establishments of the public servicean increased expenditure, which il will he my earnest desire to reduce whenever it can be done with safety to the interests of the country. In the mean time I have the satisfaction of re. fleeting that these demands have been provided for without any material addition to the public burdens. Alg Lords and Gentlemen, "In the. interval of repose which may now be afforded to you, lam sure it is unnecessary for me to recommend to you the most careful attention to the preservation of Iran. quillity in your resl)ectiv(- cotinties, The iiixi.vty %viiic;; has been so generally manifested by t#v ppaple for the ac- complishment of a constitutional reform in the Commons House of Parliament, will, I trust, be regulated by a due sense of the necessity of ol der and moderation in their pro- ceedings. "To the consideration of this important question the at- tention of Parliament must necessarily again be called at the opening of the ensuing session and you may be aured of my unaltered desire to promote its settlement by such improvements in the representations may be found neces- sary for securing to my people the full enjoyment of their rights, which in combination with those of the other orders of the State, are essential to the support of our free consti- tution." Then the Lord Chancellor, by his Majesty's command, said- lrly Lords and Gentlemen, It is his Majesty's Royal will and pleasure that this Parliament be prorogued to Tuesday the 22d dtv tif No. vember next, to be then here holden and this Parliament is accordingly prorogced to Tuesday the 22d day of No- vember next." His Majesty then left the House, and was accompanied on his return by the same enthusiastic cheering with which lie had been received on his passage dow n to the House o' Peers.







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