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1ntperíal parliament PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS. In the House of Lords on Monday- Several Petitions were presented. Among them were a Petition from the City of Exeter, against accediny to the demands of the Roman Catholics I and a similar Petition from the Clergy of the Diocese of Ely. Lord SufReld relinquished Ws proposed Bill to constitute stealing ia waited gardens a larceny^ and the Lfrrd ChnrrceUor introduced a bill to effect that change in the law. In the House of Commons- After much iriset-lianeous business of inferior interest had been disposed of, the House went in- to a Committee of Supply. Mr. Herries moved a grant of .flGO.OOO. under the head of civil contingencies. Mr. Hume repeated those objections to the ex- pensive scale of our Diplomatic establishment, which he is accustomed to offer annually; he rated the cost of our European diplomacy at X300,000. per annum, and the expense of our missions to the New World at ifl00,000. making a total of < £ "400,000. which he asserted was greatly beyond what could be necessary in the present circumstances of the world. Mr. Canning, upon whom his late indisposition has made serious ravages, replied in a feeble voice. He explained that there were but two ways in which the expenditure of the diplomatic department could be retrenched, the one was, by diminishing the number of Ministers, so as to hold diplomatic relations with the greater power: only, which, he observed, was utterly repugnant to what had always been the foreign policy of Great Britain, that policy having always been directed to rally round her, as their common pro- tectress, the smaller states of Europe. The other, by so reducing the appointments of ambassadors, as to render it impossible for any but men 0 f large private fortunes to undertake the office; a course which, he said, would be as much at variance with the domestic policy of England, one of the cardinal principles of which had always been, that every office should be accessible to every member of the state, without any other considerations than those of character mid talent. The Right Hon. Secretary concluded by saying that he would have th,6 boise prepared to receive a proposal to increase, instead of diminishing, the expenditure of the diplomatic department. Mr. Hume then objected successively to several other items of expenditure, but without urging his objections to a division' and generally with- out elicitiug an answer. Upon the proposition of a grant of £ 1,034. to the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, Mr. Hume animadverted upon the sordid practice of exacting admission fees still pursued at the Cathedral, and at Westminster Abbey. The Chancellor confessed that he could not say much in favour of the respecti.e deans and chap- ters and exculpated thd Government from the charge of countenancing their paltry exactions upon the ground that Ministers had no power to interfere. hIr. W. Smith, Sir J. Seb, &c. concurred in censuring the conduct of the collegiate clergy of St. Paul's and the Abbey. The House having resolved itself into a Com- mittee upon the American and West India trade- Mr. Huskisson rose to move certain resolutions declaratory of a most import and change which he wou»d propose to be made in our Colonial trade. The Right Hon. Gent, commenced by a re- ference to the alarms which had been ex- cited amongst the commercial classes by the first agitation of the question of unshackling the trade of Ireland, and by the secession of the United States, and then appealed to experience to show how unfounded were these alarms. He deprecat- ed all innovation, except where innovation was enforced by the change of circumstances, and then procecbed to show that, in the present.. re- relations of the world every principle of policy dictated the emancipation of our Colonies from all commercial restrictions, except such as exist for the common benefit of* bolh lia)-ties--sucli as now govern the trade of ElIgland with Ireland, Jersey, and the other British islands. It is im- possible to abridge the masterly exposition of the Right lIon. Gentleman, without infinitely diminishing the force of his conclusions, much of which depended upon the nectary connexion and consequence of a great number of minute propositions. Mr. Huskisson concluded by mov- ing several resolutions, embodying the leading principles of his speech. Mr Baring, Mr. Bright, and Sir Francis Burdett approved of the proposed arrangement. Dr. Lushington animadverted, with some as- perity, upon the conduct of the greatbody of West India proprietors and was replied to with cor- responding warmth by Mr. Gordon, Mr. R. Ellis Mr. Cust Grant, &c. The Resolutions were unanimously agreed to. Tbe House then went into a Committee on the Police Bill. Mr. Peel, moved to raise the salaries of the Stipendiary Magistrates of the metropolis to JSOO. per annum. Sir John Seby-ight supported tire motion. jlfr. Hobhouse opposed i., as a dangerous inin- ferejicewith the independence of the bar.—Thv resolution was, however, carried. Th'e proceedings in tire houses of P»rlkim«!! Tuesday night were not very interesting. In the House of lord,3- Lord EUenborough presented a petition from IV, Solicitors and AltornVes of the metropolis agnus the Cterkship enrollment bill now hi proofs, though not yet. printed. TkeX cwnplame4 that tVv- trect of {he measure would be to increase the in flux of new members into a profession already greatly overstocked. The bill constituting garden robbery a l-azceuy was read the pecotid time. In the House of Commons— The earlier part of the evening was consu n tl in the consideration of private bills. The new Corn Exchange bill was rejected in consequence of a delusive use that had been made of the speaker's name in order to obtain a dis- pensation from tke standing order affecting vate bills. And the new North road (by Market) bill was lost in Consequence oftht-re- fusal of the Committe to dispense in its favour with the standing order. Mr. Estcourt requested Sir Francis Burdet t postpone the second reading of the Roman thoiic Emancipation bill frollllhe 14th to the 2 of April, in order to obtain a fuller attendniiet, the discussion than could be had on the 14-th, the day understood to be fixed for the subject, which day would fall in the middle of the Quarter S s- sions. Mr. Peel urged the convenience of comply with Mr. Estcourt's request, but Mr. Tienu v strongly dissuaded Sir Francis Burdett from any such acquiescence, and the Hon. Baronet •de- clined giving a pledge upon the subject uii,it after he should have consulted his friends. Mr. Grattan moved for leave to bring in a for the relief of the Irish poor. He explai (i that the object of his measure was to establish within each parish a vestry -,vlio should lian e power to enrol such destitute persons as were proper objects to relief. Mr. Goulburn abstained from any observation upon the proposed bill, but declared himself hos- tile to every attempt to introduce the English poor laws i nto Ireland. Sir Henry Parnell, Jllr, Sir J. Macintosh, Mr. Curwen, and Mr. Fitzgerald, all concurred in deprecating the English pa, laws. Alr. Carus Wilton and Mr. Bennett (of Wi defended the poor laws, and Mr. Monek candidly confessed himself a c in- vert to the opinion in favour of those laws which he had formerly opposed they were, he sai the peasants' only defence against the rapacity f employers. Leave was given to bring in a bill. Mr. S. Bour e moved for leave to bring i a bill to regulate the law of settlement; heshor explained, that the purport of his measure wi, to substitute the assessed value oftenementsre t- ed, for the arbitrary rate by which, as the llw stands, the titie to a settlementby renting is n ascertained, Mr. Humt moved for, and obtained returns all the arrangements completed under the Ir si; tithe composition act. The same gentleman then called the attention of the House to the hardships imposed upon mi- litary accountants, many of whom were unable to obtain a settlement of their accounts at the end of twenty-five or thirty years. He concluded with moving for returns of eleven thousand t hundred and seventy accounts remaining in th = War Office unsettled since IS 10. After a f words the returns were ordered. A conversation between Mr. IImne and the Chancellor of the Exchequer followed, upon the subject of the duty still retained upon Ca Wine, notwithstanding the of the dun- on Foreign wines. in the end, the Chancellor of I of the Exchequer consented to reduce the duty on Cape wines from 2s. GlI, t028, per gallon. — ORANGE INSTITUTION. —Yesterday the Orange- men of Ireland, in Grand Lodge assembled, camu to an unanimous resolution to dissolve their body. We hope and trust that the individuals of that body will exert themselves to promote bannonv and cordiality, and that they will never again render it necessary for us to revert to old times or ancient eiiiiiiiies.-Diit),in Fvenivg Post, March 19. BRIGHTON, MARCH 21.—Thegreateatsensation was produced on Saturday by the sale of one single acre of ground, divided into fifteen lots, situated on the west, cliff at Brighton, the perty of the Count and Countess St. Antonio. The sale took place oil the premises, under the direction of Mr. G. Robins, and such was the eagerness of the purchasers in this speculative age, that the moment the doors of the Count's house were open, the room, although very large, was literally crammed. The Jo lots produced eight thousand five hundred pounds The ct-ii- tre being reserved for the Count and Countess St. Antonio, who intend to build upon it a beautiful Grecian villa, from a purely classical design.— Three thousand pounds have been refused for this reserved lot. The whole of this land was pur- chased within these twenty years for the hun- dred and twelve pounds. The first and second lots were bought by Sir Edward Codringtoti.- It is on tins scite that the new squo'e, called Cavendish-square, is to be formed. and the houses ire to be of the first class.