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PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS. I kitlioul-b the House of Lords met on Mon- day, Tuesday, and Wednesday, no business Morthy of notice was agitated.] HOtYSE OF COMMONS.—Monday, Feb. 5.— The thanks of the house were delivered to General Stewart, by the Speaker, in a neat complimentary speech.—Mr. Fuller moved that an instruction be given to the finance committee, to enquire and report on the number and extent of sinecure places, and to point out such, as in their opinion, ought to be abolished.—;Mr. Bankes objected to the motion, as it would fetter and occupy too much of the time of the Committee.—Mr. Fuller then declared, that he would hereafter bring forward a bill, in which he would name all the sinecure places to which he bad alluded, leaving it to the house to retain or abolish those they thought fit.-Lord Porchester moved For the appointment of a secret committee, to whom should be referred the inspection and selection of certain secret ilo- formation and confidential communications laid before his Majesty's Ministers, with re peel to the expedition to the Scheldt, and of a nature improper to be made ptibi I c.Af ter considerable altercation, the following gentlemen were appointed to constitute the committee Lord Porchcster, Mr. F-.Ro- binson, Admiral Markham, Mr. iiathurst, General Ferguson, Mr. Wiiberforce, Mr. S targes Bounte, Mr. Yorke, Capt, Beresford. Mr. Davies Giddy. and General Craufurd. The house then resolved itself-into a Commit- tee of the whole house, when, on the motion of Mr. Yorke, strangers were, excluded. Tuesday.—Gen. Mathews presented a peti- tion signed by 10,000 persons of the counLy of Tiperary, of the. Roman Catholic persua- sion, praying for the repeal of the penal laws against the petitioners. The petition was read, and ordered to lie on the table-Mr. Sheridan, adverting to the evil consequences likely to result from enforceing the standing order of thehollse, for the exclusion of stran- gers, by creating surmises and jealousies in the country, moved, "That this standing or- der he referred to a committee of privileges, to meet in the Speaker's Chamber to-morrow, to consider tliereof.-Lord Staniev seconded the motion.—Mr. Windham opposed the mo- tion, in a speech of opprobrium and invec- tive, against the proprietors of tlie.Loiiduii newspapers, whom he denominated as bank- rupts, lottery-office keepers, decayed trades. men, and men of desperate or hroken for- tunes. He inveighed against the practice of having the proceedings of the house circula- led through the country by this medium, and appeared to. W lsh, THAT THE PRACTICE WAS ALTOGETHER ABOLisrtKo. He was particularly severe upon Mr". She-iidan, whom he consi- dered asanadvocale retained by the public, to support the liberty of ilie press, and carry a popular object. Mr. Yorke followed on the same side..—Lord Folkslone, Mr. Tierney, Mr. Peter Moore, and Sir Francis Burdett strongly COlltcntied for the adoption of the motion.—Mr. Sheridan rose in rcply.-Our limits willllot permit us to give even the out- lines of ona of the most luminous, energetic, and constitutional speeches that ever was pronounced in parliament. We can only just touch upon that part of it in which he com- bated the attack -Mr.Wm&ham made upmi- the liberty of the press.—-fie said, his right ho- nourable friend >(Mr. W.) was plettsed to.com- pliment bins, as » friend to the liberty ot the press; a frimd.to it be certainly was, and he was proud to be so considered. As to the re- lation of patron or client, he should only say that if indeed he was the patron of the press, he was a disiri Lcrested one rile acted without fee, for even the reward of its flattery did not attend hin1.( h.ear! hear I) But his right hnnonrabte friend, with all his apprehensions of a free pr.ess, with ail the disadvantages he attributed to it, seemed will in g enough to come in with him for a share in the credit of be- friending its liberty if such was the fraternal embrace he proposed, he (Mr. Sheridan) must beg to be excused. He claimed no participa- tion in the sentiments of his Hight Honoura- ble friend upon that suhject.-( A ltmgh.)- But it had been asked what advantages result- ed from -it ? and whether the country, some forty or fifty years ago was not as well or better off than at this moment i He would not go into the enumeration of all the advantages that resulted, but he would say, undervalue it as they might, give him the liberty of the press alonej and he would give Ministers all the means of oppression they could wish for, he would also allow ihcm the possession of a venal house of peers, a corrupt house of com- mons, and all the.corrupt application of which those instruments are susceptible, yet he, with that liberty of the press, would shake down all their superstructures and establish the true principles of the constitution, and the rights and privileges of the people.— loud and general burst of applause, j The house .then divided, when there ap- peared for Mr Sheridan's motion 80; against it 166.