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and which, indeed, it would not be proper to communicate. He readily admitted that some such, treaty was called for by the claims which his Sicilian majesty had upon the generosity an't honour of this country. At the same time, however, there were circumstances connected with the state of Sicily which affordeel ground for much anxiety, and lit was glad to find that precautionary provisions were inserted in the treaty ; but he regretted that in addition to the two fortresses which our troops were to occupy, that of Valazzo was not also directed to be
gar. risoned by our troops, the latter fortress being of great strength and importance, and kept up at a trifling exPence.
The motion for the address was carried, and the address ordered to be presented to his majesty by the lords with white staves.
On the motion of Lord Hawkesbury, the local militia bill was ordered to be read a second time on Wednesday, and he lords to be summoned.
The Irish bank charter bill was also, on the motion of Lord Hawkesbury, ordered to be read a second time Monday, and the lords to be summoned. Adjourned,
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
MONDAY, JUNE 13. Lord Milton presented a petition from the clothiers of Yorkshire.
The oyster fishery bill was read a second time, and ordered to be committed on Friday next.
Mr. Huskisson obtained leave to bring in a bill for the better regulation of the warehousing duties on prize goods, &c.
A message from the lords acquainted the house that their lordships had agreed to the Dean forest bill, the Irish glebè house bill, and several private bills, without any amendments.
The order of the day having been read for taking into further consideration the pilots' bill, the bill was recome mitted. The house baving gone into a committee, Mr. Jackson opposed the clause that vested in the lord warden the power of nominating the sixty pilots, on the ground that such power would increase his influence to such a
degree that he could command two hundred votes, and would be thus enabled to send two members to bat house 'or Dover.
Sir William Curtis bore testim ny to the wge nec 'S sity for pist, Hom the great ad general loss of ships upon the coast.
Mr. Rose not being inclined to yield to the objections of Mr. Jackson, the coinmittee divided on the question, that the said clause stand part of the bill, whch there appeared : Ayes
(3 When strangers were re-admitted, the Speaker was reading a message from his majesty relating to the usual yote of credit at the end of the session.
EAST INDIA COMPANY. 'The Chancellor of the Exchequer then moved, that tlie house do resolve itself into a committee of supply, and that his majesty's most gracious message, together with the report of the committee on East Indian affairs, and also the petition of the East India company, be referred to the said committee. On the question being put,
Lord Folkstone rose, and opposed the referring the report of the committee on East Indian affairs to the committee of snpply. He did not think the report of the commiitre satisfactory or conclusive. He repeated his former objections to the state of the company's affairs.'
Mr. R. Dundas observed, that the objeciions of the noble lord would be better reserved for the commitee.
Mr. Creevey was of the same opinion as the noble Jurd; but would not object to the house going into tie committee.
The house having then gone into the committee,
Mr. R. Dundas sħortly explained the reasons which induced him to submit the resolution be intended to sub
mit to the committee, and which, he said, were amply ' and satisfactorily laid down in the report. He then moved the following resolution : that it is the opinion of this committee, that a sum not exceeding 1,500,0001. be granted to his majesty, to enable iim to pay the same to .. the united merchants trading to the East Indies, on ac
count' of expences incurred by them in the public service.
Lord Folkstone repeated the objections he harł urged before the house had gone into a committee, and then moved as an amendment. that instead of 1,500,0001. the sum of five pounds berinteil his majesty to enable him to pay the same to the East India company, &c.
Mr. Creevey said that he was raiher disposed to agree to the resolution, with the exception of one item, amounting to 160,0001. which he could not corsent to vote.
Mr. Tierney stated it as his decided opinion, that if the claims of the East India company had been referred to a master in chancery instead of a committee of that house, these claims would have been reported as amounting to four millions and upwards, instead of the sum now moved for. He thought that it was but fair the company
should be paid the debt according to the terins on which it hvas lent.
Lord Folkstone said, he had moved the grant of 5l. merely by way of matter of forin, for that he still thought that no money should be voted to the company whatever.
Sir John Anstruther said, that the money was borrowed in India, aud ought to be paid there ; if so, the company was enti led to interest till the bullion arrived in India.
Mr. Creevey replied to sir J. Anstruther,
Mr. Wilberforce avowed it as his opinion, that the claims of the company had been unanswerably made out, and were founded in justice.
Lord Morpeth said a few words, but in so low a tone that he was not audible in the gallery.
The amendment was thien negatived, and the original resolution carried.
SICILIAN TREATY. The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved a resolution, that 300,0.01. be granted to his majesty, to enable him to fulfil his engagements with the king of Sicily.
Mr. Whitbread desired some explanation as to the lateness of the time at which this treaty was laid before the house; and how this sum came to be paid so long by government without any former communication to parliament. Policy required, that when we gave away such large sums we should know wherefore. He also observed, that returns ought to have been laid before the house, of the proper application of this money. He observed in the treaty that a particular number of men was men'ioned, as that which it would be nices ary to provi le for its defence. He did not approve of this. i was cer ainly enough for us to say that we would defend it, leaving the number to our discretion.'
Mr. Canning entered into a detail of the circumstances by which Naples had been drawn into the war witte Frauce, and stated that it had been done by a Russian commander who had landed troops there. But the 'king of Naples being drawn in o the war, Britain was bound hy every consideration to assist him in his defence. The engagement to pay 25,6001. a month, or 300.000l. a year, had been entered into by the government before the late one', and part of the money had been paid. In 1806, when the change took place, the Sicilia"ı ambassador applied to the ministers, ind it was resolveol that a regular agreement should be drawn up, but in the mean time, the payments were made. The regular engagement was not Drawn up till the close of that administration. The instrument arrived here in July or August last ; but froin some mistake of Mr. Drummond, there was an article in it to which we could not agree, It was therefore necessary to send it back, and be hoped it would appear that they had laid it before the house as soon as possible.' With regard to the returns mentioned by the honourable gentleman, these could not very easily have been maile provi. ous to this period; but Mr. Drummond had declared, that the greatest exertions were making in Sicily ; and he might be the more readily depended upon, as he went out with an inclination to think ibat they would scarcely act with all the requisite energy. As to the number of troops, it was judged necessary ti fix the minimum, which was ten thousand men, but there was nothing to prevent us from sending more if that should be judged proper, and more there actually were at this moment.
Lord Henry Petly thought the answers satisfactory. He was of opinion, however, that the specific provisions for the defence of the island, ought to have appeared on the face of the treaty, in a manner more full than they actually didi.
Wr. Whitbread admitted that the answer to the first question was satisfactory, and he was glad that a Russian
and not a British commander had been guilty of that most in politic, absurd, and pernicious act, the forcing of Naples into the war at the time she had concluded a 'reaty of neutrality with France. He, however, s'iw nó reison why we were to have the controul of two forts in the island and not of the third and most important He thought we hould have had an option of putting our garrisous in whichever of them we pleased, or in all.
Wr. Canning stated that we had, and should have, the controul over ihe third; but that the provision respecting the two wis adopted with a view to the number' of troops we could furnish. He also ob erveil, that the duties paid by our soldiers on certain articles of provision in Sicily were to be drawn back in the payments to be made under the treaty
Mr. Il'indham had heard a great deal more importance attached to the third -fortress than to those of Messina and Augusta, as being more directly in the line of the place where an enemy from the opposite coast could soonest reach. He certainly thought, therefore, that the stipulation ought to have been express for our occupying this fortress.
Mr. Wilberforce said there was a provision in the treaty that appeared to bind us to restore Naples to the king of Sicily at a peace. He was sorry for this: because, as we wished always to perform our engagements, we ought rather to promise less than more than we could do. This was not, perhaps, the meaning intended; but it might bear that construction.
Mr. Canning stated that there could be no doubt as to the construction of this article, as it was the amendment of that one which had last year been objected to, precisely on the ground mentioned, that it might bind us to more than we could perform. Still, if we could restore Naples to the king of Sicily, we should be glad to do it, although we could not enter into any engagement to do it.
Mr. Whitbread understood it so. He thought that this country might issue a mandate that might restore the inhabitants of Sicily to that state of happiness which they once enjoyed, instead of the misery under which they at present groaned.
Mr: Canning said that there were many things which one might wish to correct in the continental governments;