House of Lords Journal Volume 39
February 1792 11-20

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'House of Lords Journal Volume 39: February 1792 11-20', Journal of the House of Lords volume 39: 1790-1793 (1767-1830), pp. 275-285. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=116910 Date accessed: 24 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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February 1792 11-20

DIE Lunæ, 13o Februarii 1792.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Epus. Sarum.
Epus. Bangor.
Epus. Litch. & Cov.
Epus. Carliol.
Dux Norfolk, Marescallus.
Dux Bridgewater.
Comes Eglintoun.
Comes Kellie.
Comes Lauderdale.
Comes Hardwicke.
Comes Uxbridge.
Ds. Willoughby Br.
Ds. Middleton.
Ds. Chedworth.
Ds. Sandys.
Ds. Walpole.
Ds. Cardiff.
Ds. Amherst.
Ds. Kenyon.
Ds. Fife.

PRAYERS.

The Lord Kenyon sat Speaker, by virtue of a former Commission.

Pulteney's against E. Darlington et al. Appeal referred to Committee.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of William Pulteney Esquire, and Henrietta Laura Pulteney; complaining of certain Parts of two Orders of the Court of Chancery, of the 17th of June 1775, and 24th of March 1783, and praying, "That the same may be reversed, varied, or amended:"

It is Ordered, That the said Appeal be referred to a Committee to consider whether the same be properly brought according to the Standing Orders relative to Appeals; and to report their Opinion thereupon to the House.

Their Lordships, or any Five of them, to meet on Wednesday next, at the usual Time and Place; and to adjourn as they please.

Ordered, That all the Lords who have been present this Session, be of the said Committee.

Elections Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act to extend the Provisions of certain Acts of Parliament made to regulate the Trials of controverted Elections or Returns of Members to serve in Parliament."

The Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Message to H. C. that the Lords have agreed to it.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Leeds and Mr. Pepys:

To acquaint them, That the Lords have agreed to the said Bill, without any Amendment.

Ibbetson et al. Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of Carr Ibbetson Esquire, Ralph Carr the Younger Esquire, the Reverend Ralph Carr the Elder, Clerk, on behalf of his Infant Son Henry Thomas Carr, and Sir James Ibbetson Baronet, praying Leave to bring in a Bill for the Purposes in the said Petition mentioned:

It is Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be, and is hereby referred to Mr. Justice Gould and Mr. Justice Grose, who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill, and after hearing them, are to report to the House the State of the Case, with their Opinion thereupon, under their Hands, and whether all Parties, who may be concerned in the Consequences of the Bill, have signed the Peti tion; and also that the Judges, having perused the Bill, do sign the same.

Ld Daer against Johnstone and Stewart:

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Basil William Douglas Esquire, commonly called Lord Daer, Eldest Son of the Right Honourable Dunbar Earl of Selkirk, complaining of an Interlocutor of the Lords of Session in Scotland, of the 24th of January 1792: and praying, "That the same may be reversed, varied, or altered, or that the Appellant may have such other Relief in the Premises, as to this House, in Their Lordships' great Wisdom shall seem proper; and that Peter Johnstone of Camsalloch, and the Honourable Keith Stewart of Corsewell, Freeholders of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, may be required to answer the said Appeal:"

It is Ordered, That the said Peter Johnstone and the Honourable Keith Stewart, may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in their Answer or respective Answers thereunto in Writing, on or before Monday the 12th Day of March next; and Service of this Order upon the said Respondents, or upon any of their known Counsel or Agents in the Court of Session in Scotland, shall be deemed good Service.

Chalmer to enter into Recognizance on said Appeal.

The House being moved, "That James Chalmer of Abingdon Street Westminster, Gentleman, may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for Basil William Douglas Esquire, commonly called Lord Daer, on account of his Appeal depending in this House, he being in Scotland:"

It is Ordered, That the said James Chalmer may enter into a Recognizance for the said Appellant, as desired.

Sir G. Douglas against Sibbald.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Sir George Douglas of Springwood Park Baronet, one of the Freeholders of the County of Roxburgh, complaining of two Interlocutors of the Lords of Session in Scotland, of the 18th of December 1790, and 25th of January 1791: and praying, "That the same may be reversed, varied, or amended, or that the Appellant may have such other Relief in the Premises, as to this House, in Their Lordships' great Wisdom shall seem proper; and that William Sibbald of Pinnacle Esquire, may be required to answer the said Appeal:"

It is Ordered, That the said William Sibbald may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in his Answer thereunto in Writing, on or before Monday the 12th Day of March next; and Service of this Order upon the said Respondent, or upon any of his known Counsel or Agents in the Court of Session in Scotland, shall be deemed good Service.

Bp. Salisbury takes the Oaths.

This Day John Lord Bishop of Salisbury took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration; and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.

Davallon's Naturalization Bill.

The Lord Bishop of Carlisle reported from the Lords Committees, to whom the Bill, intituled, "An Act for Naturalizing John Baptist Davallon," was committed: "That they had considered the said Bill, and examined the Allegations thereof, which were found to be true, and that the Committee had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same to the House without any Amendment."

Ordered, That the said Bill be engrossed.

Murray's Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of William Murray Esquire, praying Leave to bring in a Bill for the Purposes in the said Petition mentioned:

It is Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be and is hereby referred to Mr. Justice Ashhurst and Mr. Justice Wilson, who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill, and after hearing them are to report to the House the state of the Case with their Opinion thereupon under their Hands, and whether all Parties, who may be concerned in the Consequences of the Bill, have signed the Petition; and also that the Judges, having perused the Bill, do sign the same.

Adjourn.

Dominus Kenyon Capitalis Justiciarius Banci Regis declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Martis, decimum quartum diem instantis Februarii, horâ decimâ Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Martis, 14o Februarii 1792.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Georgius Princeps Walliæ.

Archiep. Ebor.
Epus. Londin.
Epus. Duresm.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Sarum.
Epus. Bangor.
Epus. Landaven.
Epus. Meneven.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Carliol.
Dux Gloucester.
Ds. Thurlow, Cancellarius.
March. Stafford, C. P. S.
Dux Norfolk, Marescallus.
Dux Leeds.
Dux Portland.
Dux Bridgewater.
March. Salisbury, Camerarius.
March. Townshend.
Comes Derby.
Comes Chesterfield.
Comes Carlisle.
Comes Scarbrough.
Comes Coventry.
Comes Lauderdale.
Comes Elgin.
Comes Ferrers.
Comes Tankerville.
Comes Stanhope.
Comes Macclesfield.
Comes Brooke & Warwick.
Comes Fitzwilliam.
Comes Hardwicke.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Chatham.
Comes Leicester.
Comes Strange.
Comes Mount Edgcumbe & Valletort.
Comes Fortescue.
Viscount Stormont.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Sydney.
Ds. Grenville, Unus Primariorum Secretariorum.
Ds. Audley.
Ds. Dacre.
Ds. Willoughby Br.
Ds. Cathcart.
Ds. Torphichen.
Ds. Hay.
Ds. Middleton.
Ds. King.
Ds. Chedworth.
Ds. Sandys.
Ds. Walpole.
Ds. Ducie.
Ds. Hawke.
Ds. Amherst.
Ds. Brownlow.
Ds. Loughborough.
Ds. Gage.
Ds. Walsingham.
Ds. Sommers.
Ds. Dorchester.
Ds. Heathfield.
Ds. Kenyon.
Ds. Fife.
Ds. Verulam.
Ds. Douglas of Lochleven.

PRAYERS.

Land Revenues; Reports of Commissioners delivered.

The House being informed, "That Mr. Harrison, from the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the State and Condition of the Land Revenues of the Crown, attended:"

He was called in, and delivered at the Bar,

"The Eight Report of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the State and Condition of the Woods, Forests, and Land Revenues of the Crown, and to sell or alienate Fee Farm and other unimproveable Rents;" together with a Plan of Whittlewood Forest, referred to in the said Report.

"The Ninth Report of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the State and Condition of the Woods, Forests, and Land Revenues of the Crown, and to sell or alienate Fee Farm and other unimproveable Rents."

"The Tenth Report of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the State and Condition of the Woods, Forests, and Land Revenues of the Crown, and to sell or alienate Fee Farm and other unimproveable Rents;" together with a Plan of Whichwood Forest, referred to in the said Report.

"The Eleventh Report of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the State and Condition of the Woods, Forests, and Land Revenues of the Crown, and to sell or alienate Fee Farm and other unimproveable Rents."

And then he withdrew.

And the Titles thereof being read by the Clerk:

Ordered, That the said Reports do lie on the Table.

Ordered, That the said Reports be printed.

Davallon's Naturalization Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for Naturalizing John Baptist Davallon."

The Question was put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"

It was resolved in the Affirmative.

Message to H. C. with it.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Leeds and Mr. Pepys:

To carry down the said Bill, and desire their Concurrence thereto.

Christie against The Attorney General.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of James Christie, complaining of certain Parts of a Decree of the Court of Exchequer of the 5th of July 1791; and praying, "That the same may be varied, in so far as complained of or that the Appellant may have such other Relief in the Premises as to this House, in Their Lordships' great Wisdom, shall seem meet; and that Sir Archibald Macdonald, His Majesty's Attorney General, may be required to answer the said Appeal:"

It is Ordered, That His Majesty's said Attorney General may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in his Answer thereunto, in Writing, on or before Tuesday the 28th Day of this Instant February.

York Buildings Company against Martin et al.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of the Governor and Company of Undertakers, for raising Thames Water in York Buildings, complaining of an Interlocutor of the Lord Ordinary in Scotland, of the 19th of February 1790; also of Six Interlocutors of the Lords of Session there, of the 17th of November 1791, the 31st of January 1792, the 15th of November 1791, and 17th of January 1792, the 22d of December 1791, and 26th of January 1792; also of Two other Interlocutors of the said Lord Ordinary, of the 26th of February and 29th of July 1788; and also of Six other Interlocutors of the said Lords, of the 14th of January 1790, the 17th of November 1791, and 31st of January 1792, the 24th of December 1791, and 31st of January 1792; and praying, "That the same may be reversed, varied, or altered, or that the Appellants may have such other Relief in the Premises as to this House, in Their Lordships' great Wisdom, shall seem meet; and that Messieurs Martin, Stone and Foote, James Roperhead, and the whole other Persons Creditors, or claiming as Creditors of the Petitioners, and John Taylor and James Bremner, may be required to answer the said Appeal:"

It is Ordered, That the said Messieurs Martin, Stone and Foote, and the said several other Persons last named, may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in their Answer or respective Answers thereunto, in Writing, on or before Tuesday the 13th Day of March next; and Service of this Order upon the said Respondents, or upon their respective Counsel, Agents, or Solicitors in the Court of Session in Scotland, shall be deemed good Service.

Larking for a Divorce Bill:

Upon reading the Petition of John Larking, of East Malling, in the County of Kent, Esquire, praying Leave to bring in a Bill to dissolve his Marriage with Elizabeth Marcon, his now Wife, and to enable him to marry again:

It is Ordered, That Leave be given to bring a Bill according to the Prayer of the said Petition.

Bill presented.

Accordingly, the Lord Dacre presented to the House a Bill, intituled, "An Act to dissolve the Marriage of John Larking Esquire with Elizabeth Marcon, his now Wife, and to enable him to marry again; and for other Purposes therein mentioned."

The said Bill was read the First Time.

Ordered, That the said Bill be read a Second Time on Wednesday the 29th Day of this instant February, and that Notice thereof be affixed on the Doors of this House, and the Lords summoned; and that the said John Larking may be heard by his Counsel at the said Second Reading to make out the Truth of the Allegations of the Bill, and that the said Elizabeth Marcon may have a Copy of the Bill, and that Notice be given her of the said Second Reading, and that she be at Liberty to be heard by her Counsel what she may have to offer against the said Bill at the same Time.

Gairdner against Middleton et al:

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Ebenezer Gairdner, Linen Manufacturer and Merchant in Edinburgh; complaining of two Interlocutors of the Lords of Session in Scotland of the 22d of February and 8th of March 1791; and praying, "That the same may be reversed, varied, or amended, or that the Appellant may have such other Relief in the Premises, as to this House, in Their Lordships' great Wisdom, shall seem meet; and that George Middleton Esquire, Collector of the Customs at Leith, and John Lindesay his Depute, George Primrose, and the Representatives of George Fullerton Esquire, deceased, may be required to answer the said Appeal:"

It is Ordered, That the said George Middleton, and the said several other Persons last named, may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in their Answer or respective Answers thereunto in Writing, on or before Tuesday the 13th Day of March next; and Service of this Order upon the said Respondents, or upon any of their known Counsel or Agents, in the Court of Session in Scotland, shall be deemed good Service.

Spottiswoode to enter into Recognizance on said Appeal.

The House being moved, "That John Spottiswoode, of Sackville Street, Gentlemen, may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for Ebenezer Gairdner, on account of his Appeal depending in this House, he residing in Scotland:"

It is Ordered, That the said John Spottiswoode may enter into a Recognizance for the said Appellant, as desired.

Gillespie and Reid against Hussey and Bogle:

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of William Gillespie Linen Printer in Anderston, and Matthew Reid Hosier in Leicester; complaining of seven Interlocutors of the Lord Ordinary in Scotland of the 3d of June, the 24th of November, and 10th and 24th of December 1790, and 28th January, the 12th of February, and 8th of December 1791; and also of an Interlocutor of the Lords of Session there, of the 28th of June 1791; and praying, "That the same may be reversed, varied, or altered, or that the Appellants may have such other Relief in the Premises, as to this House, in Their Lordships' great Wisdom, shall seem proper; and that Adeliza Hussey Wife of Charles Bogle, late of Tobago, now residing at Hamilton, and the said Charles Bogle for his Interest, may be required to answer the said Appeal:"

It is Ordered, That the said Adeliza Hussey and Charles Bogle may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in their Answer or respective Answers thereunto in Writing, on or before Tuesday the 13th Day of March next; and Service of this Order upon the said Respondents, or upon any of their known Counsel or Agents in the Court of Session in Scotland, shall be deemed good Service.

Chalmer to enter into Recognizance on said Appeal:

The House being moved, "That James Chalmer, of Abingdon Street, Westminster, Gentleman, may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for William Gillespie and Matthew Reid, on account of their Appeal depending in this House, they living in the Country:"

It is Ordered, That the said James Chalmer may enter into a Recognizance for the said Appellants, as desired.

Ogilvie against Gordon.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Mrs. Ann Ogilvie, Spouse to Mr. Robert Barclay, Son of James Barclay Esquire, of Balmakewan, Advocate; complaining of two Interlocutors of the Lord Ordinary in Scotland, of the 22nd of June, and 5th of July 1791, and also of an Interlocutor of the Lords of Session there, of the 9th of July 1791; and praying, "That the same may be reversed, varied, or amended, or the Appellant may have such other Relief in the Premises, as to this House, in their Lordships' great Wisdom, shall seem meet; and that Miss Mary Gordon of Buthlaw, may be required to answer the said Appeal:"

It is Ordered, That the said Miss Mary Gordon may have a Copy of the said Appeal and do put in her Answer thereunto in Writing, on or before Tuesday the 13th Day of March next; and Service of this Order upon the said Respondent, or upon her known Counsel or Agent in the Court of Session in Scotland, shall be deemed good Service.

Libel Juries Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Fox and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act to remove Doubts, respecting the Functions of Juries in Cases of Libel;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Hastings' Trial proceeded in.

The Order of the Day being read for the proceeding further in the Trial of Warren Hastings Esquire, upon the Articles of Impeachment brought up against him by the Commons, for High Crimes and Misdemeanors:

The House was adjourned into Westminster Hall, whither the Lords and others went in the same Order as in the last Session of Parliament.

And the Lords being there seated; and the House resumed:

Leave was asked for the Judges to be covered, which was granted.

Then Proclamation was made for Silence; also, Proclamation for the Defendant's Appearance:

Who, coming to the Bar, kneeled till he was bid by the Lord Chancellor to rise.

Then the other Proclamation, for all Persons concerned to come forth, was made.

Then the Lord Chancellor said,

"Gentlemen, you who are of Counsel for Mr. Hastings may now proceed in his Defence; and the Lords will be pleased to give Attention."

Then Mr. Law, of Counsel for the Defendant, proceeded to open the Defence of the said Warren Hastings, generally to the several Articles of Charge and Matters relied on by the Managers for the Commons on behalf of the Prosecution; and being heard in Part thereupon:

The House adjourned to the Chamber of Parliament; and being returned:

The House was resumed.

Ordered, That this House do proceed further in the Trial of Warren Hastings Esquire, on Friday Morning next, at Ten o'Clock, in Westminster Hall.

Message to H. C. that this House will proceed in the Trial. Elliot against Pringle.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons by Mr Leeds and Mr. Pepys, to acquaint them therewith.

Ordered, That the Hearing of the Cause wherein William Elliot, of Wells, Esquire, is Appellant, and Lieutenant Colonel Robert Pringle is Respondent, which stands appointed for To-morrow, be put off to Monday next.

McMath against McKellars.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Donald McMath, Merchant in Inverary, complaining of an Interlocutor of the Lords of Session in Scotland, of the 30th of November 1790, and also of another Interlocutor of the said Lords adhering thereto; and praying, "That the same may be reversed, varied, or amended, or that the Appellant may have such other Relief in the Premises, as to this House, in Their Lordships' great Wisdom, shall seem meet; and that John and Neill McKellars, Sons of the deceased Colonel Patrick McKellar, may be required to answer the said Appeal:"

It is Ordered, That the said John and Neill McKellars may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in their Answer or respective Answers thereunto in Writing, on or before Tuesday the 13th Day of March next; and Service of this Order upon the said Respondents, or upon any of their known Counsel or Agents in the Court of Session in Scotland, shall be deemed good Service.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii, decimum quintum diem instantis Februarii, horâ undecimâ Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Mercurii, 15o Februarii 1792.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Cantuar.
Epus. Meneven.
Epus. Carliol.
Ds. Thurlow, Cancellarius.
Comes Lauderdale.
Comes Elgin.
Comes Graham.
Ds. Grenville. Unus Primariorum Secretariorum.
Ds. Cathcart.
Ds. Sandys.
Ds. Rawdon.

PRAYERS.

Gordon against Gilchrist, Petition to receive Appeal:

A Petition of John Gordon Esquire, Appellant in an Appeal to which Dougald Gilchrist Esquire is Respondent, was presented and read; setting forth, "That the Petitioner having been advised to Appeal to Their Lordships from certain Interlocutors of the Court of Session in Scotland, the Petitioner sent his Appeal to his Agent to be presented to Their Lordships for that Purpose; that the Petitioner's said Agent attended Yesterday at Their Lordships' House with his said Appeal, in order to present the same, but Their Lordships having just then adjourned, his said Appeal could not be received, in respect that Yesterday was the last Day for receiving such Appeals;" and therefore praying, "That Their Lordships will be pleased to receive his said Appeal."

And thereupon, the Agent for the Petitioner was called in and heard at the Bar; and being withdrawn:

Ordered, That the Petitioner be at Liberty to present his said Appeal, as desired.

Appeal presented.

Accordingly, upon reading the Petition and Appeal of John Gordon, of Swinzie, Esquire, late Lieutenant in the Thirty-ninth Regiment of Foot; complaining of three Interlocutors of the Lords of Session in Scotland, of the 3d of February, and 8th and 10th of March 1791; and praying, "That the same may be reversed, varied, or altered, or that the Appellant may have such other Relief in the Premises as to this House, in Their Lordships' great Wisdom, shall seem meet; and that Dugald Gilchrist, of Hospisdale, Esquire, may be required to answer the said Appeal:"

It is Ordered, That the said Dugald Gilchrist may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in his Answer thereunto in Writing, on or before Wednesday the 14th Day of March next; and service of this Order upon the said Respondent, or upon any of his Counsel or Agents in the Court of Session in Scotland, shall be deemed good service.

Gordon et al. against Gordon, Petition to receive Appeal:

A Petition of Robert Home Gordon Esquire, and others, Appellants in an Appeal to which John Gordon Esquire is Respondent, was presented and read; setting forth, "That the Petitioners having been advised to Appeal to Their Lordships from certain Interlocutors of the Court of Session in Scotland, the Petitioners sent their Appeal to their Agent to be presented to Their Lordships for that Purpose; that the Petitioners said Agent attended Yesterday at Their Lordships House with their said Appeal, in order to present the same, but Their Lordships having then just adjourned, their said Appeal could not be received, in respect that Yesterday was the last Day for receiving such Appeals;" and therefore praying, "That Their Lordships will be pleased to receive their said Appeal."

And thereupon, the Agent for the Petitioners was called in and heard at the Bar; and being withdrawn:

Ordered, That the Petitioners be at Liberty to present their said Appeal, as desired.

Appeal presented.

Accordingly, upon reading the Petition and Appeal of Robert Home Gordon Esquire, of Embo, George McKay, of Bighouse, Esquire, and others, real Freeholders of the County of Sutherland; complaining of two Interlocutors of the Lords of Session in Scotland, of the 10th of March and 28th of May 1791; and praying, "That the same may be reversed, varied, or altered, or that the Appellants may have such other Relief in the Premises, as to this House, in Their Lordships' great Wisdom, shall seem meet; and that John Gordon of Carrott Esquire, may be required to answer the said Appeal:"

It is Ordered, That the said John Gordon may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in his Answer thereunto in Writing, on or before Wedesday the 14th Day of March next; and service of this Order upon the said Respondent, or upon any of his Counsel or Agents in the Court of Session in Scotland, shall be deemed good service.

Ross to enter into Recognizance on said Appeal:

The House being moved, "That William Ross, of Boswell Court, Gentleman, may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for Robert Home Gordon and others, on Account of their Appeal depending in this House, they living in Scotland:"

It is Ordered, That the said William Ross may enter into a Recognizance for the said Appellants, as desired.

And on Gordon's Appeal.

The House being moved, "That William Ross of Boswell Court Gentleman, may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for John Gordon Esquire, on Account of his Appeal depending in this House, he living in Scotland:"

It is Ordered, That the said William Ross may enter into a Recognizance for the said Appellant, as desired.

Elections Bill passed by Commission.

The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House, "That His Majesty had been pleased to issue a Commission to several Lords therein named, for declaring His Royal Assent to an Act agreed upon by both Houses of Parliament."

The House was adjourned during Pleasure.

The House was resumed.

Then Three of the Lords Commissioners, being in their Robes, and seated on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolsack, the Lord Chancellor in the Middle, with the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury on his Right Hand, and the Earl Graham on his Left, commanded the Yeoman Usher of the Black Rod to signify to the Commons, "The Lords Commissioners desire their immediate Attendance in this House, to hear the Commission read."

Who being come, with their Speaker;

The Lord Chancellor said,

"My Lords, and Gentlemen of the House of Commons,

"His Majesty, not thinking fit to be personally present here at this Time, has been pleased to cause a Commission to be issued under the Great Seal, and thereby given His Royal Assent to an Act which has been agreed upon by both Houses of Parliament, the Title whereof is particularly mentioned; and by the said Commission hath commanded Us to declare and notify His Royal Assent to the said Act, in the Presence of you the Lords and Commons assembled for that Purpose; which Commission you will now hear read."

Then the said Commission was read by the Clerk, as follows; (videlicet)

"GEORGE R.

"George the Third, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth: To our right trusty and and right well-beloved the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and to Our trusty and well-beloved the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, and the Commissioners for Shires and Burghs of the House of Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, Greeting: Whereas We have seen and perfectly understood an Act agreed and accorded on by you Our loving Subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and the Commons in this Our present Parliament assembled, and endorsed by you as hath been accustomed, the Title and Name of which Act hereafter doth particularly ensue, (that is to say) "An Act to extend the Provisions of certain Acts of Parliament, made to regulate the Trials of controverted Elections, or Returns of Members to serve in Parliament;" And albeit the said Act by you Our said Subjects the Lords and Commons in this Our present Parliament assembled, is fully agreed and consented unto, yet nevertheless the same is not of Force and Effect in the Law without Our Royal Assent given and put to the said Act; and forasmuch as for divers Causes and Considerations, We cannot conveniently at this Time be present in Our Royal Person, in the Higher House of Our said Parliament, being the Place accustomed to give our Royal Assent to such Acts as have been agreed upon by you Our said Subjects the Lords and Commons, We have therefore caused these Our Letters Patent to be made, and have signed the same; and by the same do give and put Our Royal Assent to the said Act, and to all Articles, Clauses, and Provisions therein contained, and have fully agreed and assented to the said Act; Willing that the said Act, and every Article, Clause, Sentence, and Provision therein contained, from henceforth shall be of the same Strength, Force, and Effect, as if We had been personally present in the said Higher House, and had openly and publicly in the Presence of you all assented to the same: And We do by these Presents declare and notify the same Our Royal Assent as well to you the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons aforesaid, as to all others whom it may concern: Commanding also, by these Presents, Our right trusty and well-beloved Counsellor Edward Lord Thurlow, Our Chancellor of Great Britain, to seal these our Letters Patent with Our Great Seal of Great Britain; and also, commanding Our most dear and entirely beloved Son and most faithful Counsellor George Prince of Wales; Our most dear Sons and faithful Counsellors Frederick Duke of York, William Duke of Clarence; Our most dear Brother and faithful Counsellor William Duke of Gloucester; the Most Reverend Father in God Our right trusty and well-beloved Counsellor John Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate and Metropolitan of all England; Our said Chancellor of Great Britain; Our right trusty and right well-beloved Cousin and Counsellor Charles Earl Camden, President of Our Council; Our right trusty and entirely beloved Cousin and Counselsellor Granville Marquis of Stafford, Keeper of Our Privy Seal; Our right trusty and right entirely beloved Cousins and Counsellors John Frederick Duke of Dorset, Steward of Our Household; Charles Duke of Richmond; James Duke of Montrose, Master of Our Horse; Our right trusty and entirely beloved Cousins and Counsellors James Marquis of Salisbury, Chamberlain of Our Household; Thomas Marquis of Bath, Groom of Our Stole; Our right trusty and right well-beloved Cousin and Counsellor John Earl of Chatham, First Commissioner of Our Admiralty; and Our right trusty and well-beloved Counsellors William Wyndham Lord Grenville, One of Our Principal Secretaries of State; Charles Lord Hawkesbury, and Lloyd Lord Kenyon Our Chief Justice assigned to hold Pleas before Us, or any Three or more of them, to declare and notify this Our Royal Assent in Our Absence in the said Higher House, in the Presence of you, the said Lords and the Commons of Our Parliament, there to be assembled for that Purpose, and the Clerk of Our Parliaments to endorse the said Act, with such Terms and Words in Our Name, as is requisite, and hath been accustomed for the same; and also to enroll these Our Letters Patent, and the said Act in the Parliament Roll, and these Our Letters Patent shall be to every of them a sufficient Warrant in that Behalf: And finally, We do declare and will, that after this Our Royal Assent given and passed by these Presents, and declared and notified as is aforesaid, then and immediately the said Act shall be taken, accepted, and admitted a good, sufficient, and perfect Act of Parliament and Law to all Intents, Constructions, and Purposes, and to be put in due Execution accordingly; the Continuance or Dissolution of this Our Parliament, or any other Use, Custom, Thing, or Things to the contrary thereof notwithstanding: In Witness whereof, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent.

"Witness Ourself at Westminster the Fifteenth Day of February, in the Thirty-second Year of Our Reign.

"By the King Himself, signed with His own Hand.

"Yorke."

Then the Lord Chancellor said,

"In Obedience to His Majesty's Commands, and by Virtue of the Commission which has been now read, We do declare and notify to you the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That His Majesty hath given His Royal Assent to the said Act in the Commission mentioned; and the Clerks are required to pass the same in the usual Form and Words."

1. "An Act to extend the Provisions of certain Acts of Parliament, made to regulate the Trials of controverted Elections, or Returns of Members to serve in Parliament."

To this Bill the Royal Assent was pronounced by the Clerk Assistant in these Words; (videlicet)

"Le Roy le veult."

Then the Commons withdrew.

The House was adjourned during Pleasure.

The House was resumed.

D. Norfolk's Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of Charles Duke of Norfolk, praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for the Purposes in the said Petition mentioned:

It is Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition, be, and is hereby referred to Mr. Baron Hotham and Mr. Justice Heath, who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill, and after hearing them are to report to the House the State of the Case, with their Opinion thereupon under their Hands; and whether all Parties who may be concerned in the Consequences of the Bill have signed the Petition; and also that the Judges, having perused the said Bill, do sign the same.

National Debt, Account of reduction, delivered.

The House being informed, "That Mr. Farhill, Secretary to the Commissioners appointed for the Reduction of the National Debt, attended:"

He was called in, and delivered at the Bar, pursuant to the Directions of an Act of Parliament,

"The Accompt of the Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt."

And then he withdrew.

And the Title thereof being read by the Clerk:

Ordered, That the said Account do lie on the Table.

Land Revenues, Reports to be printed.

Ordered, That such Reports of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the State and Condition of the Woods, Forests, and Land Revenues of the Crown, and to sell or alienate Fee-Farm and other unimproveable Rents, as have been delivered to this House, and not already printed, or ordered to be printed, be printed.

Russia, Papers respecting &c. delivered.

The Lord Grenville (by His Majesty's Command) presented to the House,

No. 1. "Extract of a Dispatch from the King of Prussia to Count Goltze, dated Reichenbach August 7th 1790;" and Translation."

2. "Extract of a Letter from the Duke of Leeds to Mr. Whitworth, dated Whitehall November 14th. 1790."

3. "Extract of a Letter from the Duke of Leeds to Mr. Whitworth, dated December 24th 1790."

4. "Extract of a Letter from Mr. Whitworth to the Duke of Leeds, dated St. Petersburg January 10th 1791."

5. "Extract of the Report of a Conference between the Vice Chancellor Count d'Osterman and the British Minister, held the 22d January, Old Stile, 1791;" and Translation.

6. "Extract of a Letter from Mr. Whitworth to His Grace the Duke of Leeds, dated St. Petersburgh February 5th 1791;" together with a List thereof.

Which being read by the Clerk:

Ordered, That the said Extracts do lie on the Table.

Ordered, That the same be printed.

Manley's Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of John Manley, of Bloomsbury Square in the County of Middlesex, Esquire, and Mary Shute his Wife, on behalf of themselves and their infant Children; and also William Manley, of Newman Street in the said County, Esquire, and Catherine his Wife, on behalf of himself and their infant Children, praying Leave to bring in a Bill for the Purposes in the said Petition mentioned:

It is Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be and is hereby referred to Mr. Baron Perryn and Mr. Justice Buller, who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill, and, after hearing them, are to report to the House the State of the Case with their Opinion thereupon under their Hands, and whether all Parties, who may be concerned in the Consequences of the Bill, have signed the Petition; and also that the Judges, having perused the Bill, do sign the same.

Pulteneys against E. Darlington et al., Report from Committee.

The Lord Cathcart reported from the Lords Committees, to whom was referred to consider whether the Appeal, wherein William Pulteney Esquire, and Henrietta Laura Pulteney, are Appellants, and Henry Earl of Darlington, and others, are Respondents, be properly brought according to the Standing Orders, relative to Appeals:

"That having examined the Orders complained of in the said Appeal, the last of which was made on the 24th of March 1783, and it appearing by the Date of the Docket for the Enrolment thereof, that the same was not signed by the Lord High Chancellor until the 3d Day of August 1786, and having considered the Standing Order No. 118, relative to the Time limited for bringing in Appeals, it appears to the Committee, That the said Appeal is properly brought."

Ordered, That the said Report do lie on the Table.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis, decimum sextum diem instantis Februarii, horâ undecimâ Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Jovis, 16o Februarii 1792.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Epus. Carliol. Ds. Thurlow, Cancellarius.
Comes Lauderdale.
Comes Radnor.
Viscount Stormont.
Ds. Grenville, Unus Primariorum Secretariorum.
Ds. Torphichen.

PRAYERS.

Blackburne et al., Petition referred to Judges.

Upon reading the Petition of John Blackburne, of Orford within Warrington, in the County of Lancaster, Esquire, on behalf of himself, and on behalf of John Ireland and Thomas, his infant Sons, and the Reverend Thomas Blackburne, of Thellwell in the County of Chester, Clerk, Isaac Blackburne Esquire, and John Blackburne, of Liverpool in the said County of Lancaster, Esquire, Thomas Blackburne, of Lynn Regis in the County of Norfolk, Merchant, Mary Blackburne Widow, John Blackburne, of Manchester in the said County of Lancaster, Merchant, Catharine Blackburne Spinster, Ann Blackburne, Spinster, Anna Blackburne Spinster, Thomas Patten Esquire, and the Reverend Geoffrey Hornby Clerk, praying Leave to bring in a Bill for the Purposes in the said Petition mentioned:

It is Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be and is hereby referred to the Lord Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer and Mr. Baron Thomson, who are forthwith to summon all Parties concerned in the Bill, and, after hearing them, are to report to the House the State of the Case with their Opinion thereupon under their Hands, and whether all Parties, who may be concerned in the Consequences of the Bill, have signed the Petition; and also that the Judges, having perused the Bill, do sign the same.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, decimum septimum diem instantis Februarii, horâ decimâ Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Veneris, 17o Februarii 1792.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Ebor.
Epus. Landaven.
Epus. Carliol.
Dux Gloucester.
Ds. Thurlow, Cancellarius.
Dux Norfolk, Marescallus.
Dux Leeds.
Dux Portland.
Dux Bridgewater.
Comes Suffolk & Berkshire.
Comes Winchelsea & Nottingham.
Comes Abingdon.
Comes Scarbrough.
Comes Coventry.
Comes Kellie.
Comes Lauderdale.
Comes Elgin.
Comes Graham.
Comes Brooke & Warwick.
Comes Fitzwilliam.
Comes Hardwicke.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Strange.
Viscount Stormont.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Courtenay.
Viscount Sydney.
Ds. Grenville, Unus Primariorum Secretariorum.
Ds. Clifford.
Ds. Dacre.
Ds. Torphichen.
Ds. Hay.
Ds. Middleton.
Ds. King.
Ds. Chedworth.
Ds. Sandys.
Ds. Walpole.
Ds. Milton.
Ds. Hawke.
Ds. Amherst.
Ds. Brownlow.
Ds. Loughborough.
Ds. Gage.
Ds. Walsingham.
Ds. Porchester.
Ds. Rawdon.
Ds. Dorchester.
Ds. Heathfield.
Ds. Fife.
Ds. Douglas.

PRAYERS.

York Buildings Company's Agent's Petition to withdraw Appeal and present another:

Upon reading the Petition of Richard Troward, Agent for the Governor and Company of Undertakers for raising Thames Water in York Buildings; setting forth, "That the Petitioner having received a Petition of Appeal from the Governor of the said Company, complaining of certain Interlocutors pronounced by the Lord Ordinary, and the Lords of Council and Session in Scotland, in certain Suits between several Creditors of the said Company and the said Governor and Company, the Petitioner on Tuesday last presented the said Petition to this House, when Their Lordships were pleased to make the usual Order upon the Parties for answering the same, but which Order the Petitioner has not served on any of the Parties, or taken it from the Officer of this House: that the Petitioner a few Hours after presenting the said Appeal, received from the Governor of the said Company another Appeal, complaining of the Interlocutors mentioned in the said former Appeal, and also of a certain other Interlocutor of the said Lords of Council and Session, bearing Date the 8th Day of February instant, with Directions to present such last Appeal instead of the former one;" and therefore praying Their Lordships, "That he may be permitted to withdraw the Appeal so presented as aforesaid, and to have Leave to present the last mentioned Appeal in the stead thereof:"

It is Ordered, That the Petitioner be at Liberty to withdraw his said former Appeal, and present the lastmentioned Appeal instead thereof, as desired.

Appeal presented:

Accordingly, upon reading the Petition and Appeal of the Governor and Company of Undertakers for raising Thames Waterin York Buildings; complaining of an Interlocutor of the Lord Ordinary in Scotland, of the 19th of February 1790; also of six Interlocutors of the Lords of Session there, of the 17th of November 1791, the 31st of January 1792, the 15th of November 1791, and 17th of January 1792, the 22d of December 1791, and 26th of January 1792; also of two other Interlocutors of the said Lord Ordinary, of the 26th of February and 29th of July 1788; and also of six other Interlocutors of the said Lords, of the 14th of January 1790, the 17th of November 1791, and 31st January 1792, the 24th of December 1791, and 31st January 1792, and 8th of February 1792; and praying, "That the same may be reversed, varied, or altered, or that the Appellants may have such other Relief in the Premises as to this House, in Their Lordships' great Wisdom, shall seem meet; and that Messieurs Martin, Stone, and Foote, James Roperhead and the whole other Persons Creditors, or claiming as Creditors of the Petitioners, and John Taylor and James Bremner, may be required to answer the said Appeal:"

It is Ordered, That the said Messieurs Martin, Stone, and Foote, and the said several other Persons last-named, may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in their Answer or respective Answers thereunto in Writing, on or before Tuesday the 13th Day of March next; and service of this Order upon the said Respondents, or upon their respective Counsel, Agents, or Solicitors, in the Court of Session in Scotland, shall be deemed good service.

Petrie to enter into Recognizance on said Appeal.

The House being moved, "That Martin Petrie Esquire, may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for the Governor and Company of Undertakers for raising Thames Water in York Buildings, on Account of their Appeal depending in this House:"

It is Ordered, That the said Martin Petrie may enter into a Recognizance for the said Appellants, as desired.

Writs of Mandamus, &c. Bill respecting.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons by Mr. Fox and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act to explain and amend an Act made in the Ninth Year of the Reign of Queen Anne, intituled, "An Act for rendering the Proceedings upon Writs of Mandamus and Informations in the Nature of a Quo Warranto, more speedy and effectual, and for the more easy trying and determining the Rights of Offices and Franchises in Corporations and Boroughs;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Hasting's Trial:

The Order of the Day being read for the proceeding further in the Trial of Warren Hastings Esquire, upon the Articles of Impeachment brought up against him by the Commons for High Crimes and Misdemeanors:

The House was adjourned into Westminster Hall, whither the Lords and others went in the same Order as on Tuesday last.

And the Lords being there seated; and the House resumed:

Leave was asked for the Judges to be covered, which was granted.

Then Proclamation was made for Silence; also, Proclamation for the Defendant's Appearance:

Who, coming to the Bar, kneeled till he was bid by the Lord Chancellor to rise.

Then the other Proclamation, for all Persons concerned to come forth, was made.

Then the Lord Chancellor said,

"Gentlemen, you who are of Counsel for Mr. Hastings may now proceed in his Defence; and the Lords will be pleased to give Attention."

Then Mr. Law, of Counsel for the Defendant, proceeded further to open the Defence of the said Warren Hastings generally, to the several Articles of Charge and Matters relied on by the Managers for the Commons on behalf of the Prosecution; and being further heard thereupon:

The House adjourned to the Chamber of Parliament; and being returned:

The House was resumed.

Ordered, That this House do proceed further in the Trial of Warren Hastings Esquire, on Tuesday Morning next, at Ten o'Clock in Westminster Hall.

Message to H. C. that this House will proceed in the Trial.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Mr. Leeds and Mr. Pepys, to acquaint them therewith.

Ships of War put in Commission, and when paid off, &c. Accounts ordered.

Ordered, That the proper Officer do lay before this House, "An Account of all Ships of War, and their respective Rates, in Commission on the 6th November 1790, and the Date when any of the said Ships were directed to be paid off, between that Date and the 28th March 1791."

Also, "An Account of all Ships of War and their respective Rates, put into Commission since the 28th March 1791, and likewise an Account of the Date when any of the said Ships have been since paid off." And also, "An Account of the Date when Press Warrants were issued, subsequent to the 28th March 1791, and likewise the Date when the same were countermanded."

Lords summoned.

Ordered, That all the Lords be summoned to attend the Service of the House on Monday next.

Elliot against Pringle.

Ordered, That the Counsel in the Cause, wherein William Elliot, of Wells, Esquire, is Appellant, and Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Pringle is Respondent, which stands appointed for Monday next, be called in at Twelve o'Clock.

Treaty with the King of Prussia on the Marriage of D. of York delivered.

The Lord Grenville (by His Majesty's Command) presented to the House,

"Copy of a Treaty between His Majesty and the King of Prussia, on the Marriage of His Royal Highness the Duke of York with Her Royal Highness the Princess Frederica Charlotte Ulric Catherine of Prussia, signed at Berlin 26th January 1792." and Translation; together with a List thereof.

Which being read by the Clerk:

Ordered, That the said Copy do lie on the Table.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Lunæ, vicesimum diem instantis Februarii, horâ undecimâ Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.

DIE Lunæ, 20o Februarii 1792.

Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Archiep. Cantuar.
Epus. Londin.
Epus. Duresm.
Epus. Bath. & Wells.
Epus. Sarum.
Epus. Petriburg.
Epus. Exon.
Epus. Bangor.
Epus. Landaven.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Meneven.
Epus. Glocestr.
Epus. Carliol.
Ds. Thurlow, Cancellarius.
Comes Camden, Præses.
March. Stafford, C. P. S.
Dux Dorset, Senescallus.
Dux Leeds.
Dux Devonshire.
Dux Portland.
March. Buckingham.
March. Townshend.
March. Abercorn.
Comes Derby.
Comes Winchelsea & Nottingham.
Comes Chesterfield.
Comes Essex.
Comes Carlisle.
Comes Berkeley.
Comes Scarbrough.
Comes Coventry.
Comes Poulet.
Comes Kellie.
Comes Lauderdale.
Comes Elgin.
Comes Balcarras.
Comes Glasgow.
Comes Macclesfield.
Comes Graham.
Comes Essingham.
Comes Harrington.
Comes Brooke & Warwick.
Comes Fitzwilliam.
Comes Hertford.
Comes Guilford.
Comes Hardwicke.
Comes Fauconberg.
Comes De la Warr.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Chatham.
Comes Ailesbury.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Leicester.
Comes Uxbridge.
Comes Strange.
Comes Mount Edgcumbe.
Comes Fortescue.
Comes Digby.
Viscount Hereford.
Viscount Stormont.
Viscount Falmouth.
Viscount Sydney.
Ds. Grenville, Unus Primariorum Secretariorum.
Ds. Dacre.
Ds. Willoughby, Br.
Ds. Howard de Walden.
Ds. Clifton.
Ds. Cathcart.
Ds. Torphichen.
Ds. Hay.
Ds. Middleton.
Ds. Sandys.
Ds. Walpole.
Ds. Scarsdale.
Ds. Boston.
Ds. Amherst.
Ds. Rivers.
Ds. Loughborough.
Ds. Gage.
Ds. Walsingham.
Ds. Porchester.
Ds. Grantley.
Ds. Rawdon.
Ds. Carteret.
Ds. Eliot.
Ds. Grey de Wilton.
Ds. Sommers.
Ds. Hawkesbury.
Ds. Dorchester.
Ds. Heathfield.
Ds. Kenyon.
Ds. Fisherwick.
Ds. Fife.
Ds. Verulam.
Ds. Mulgrave.
Ds. Douglas of Douglas.
Ds. Harewood.
Ds. Douglas of Lochleven.

PRAYERS.

Elliot against Pringle.

After hearing Counsel in Part in the Cause wherein William Elliot, of Wells, Esquire, is Appellant, and Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Pringle is Respondent:

It is Ordered, That the further Consideration of the said Cause be put off to Monday the 5th Day of March next.

East Indies, List of Officers in, delivered.

The House being informed, "That Mr. Morton, from the Directors of the East India Company, attended:"

He was called in, and delivered at the Bar, pursuant to an Act of the Twenty-fourth Year of His present Majesty,

"A List of all Offices, Places, and Employments, in the Civil and Military Establishments of the United East India Company in the East Indies, with the Salaries or Pay and Emoluments belonging thereto, or allowed or paid by the said Company in respect thereof."

And then he withdrew.

And the Title thereof being read by the Clerk:

Ordered, That the said List do lie on the Table.

East India Company's Annual Revenue Accounts delivered.

Mr. Morton also delivered at the Bar, pursuant to the Directions of an Act of Parliament,

No. 1. "An Account (made up according to the latest Advices) of the Annual Produce of the Revenues of Bengal, and of the Annual Charges at the said Presidency, distinguishing the same under the several Heads thereof."

2. "An Account (made up according to the latest Advices) of the Annual Produce of the Revenues of Fort Saint George, and of the Annual Charges at the said Presidency, distinguishing the same under the several Heads thereof."

3. "An Account (made up according to the latest Advices) of the Annual Produce of the Revenues of Bombay, and of the Annual Charges at the said Presidency, distinguishing the same under the several Heads thereof."

4. "An Account of the Expences of the Presidency of Fort Marlbro' and its Dependencies, according to the latest Advices."

5. "Amount of the Bond and other Debts owing by the East India Company at their several Presidencies in the East Indies, according to the latest Advices, the Rates of Interest which such Debts respectively carry, and the Annual Amount of such Interest;" together with a List thereof.

And then he withdrew.

And the said List being read by the Clerk;

Ordered, That the said Accounts do lie on the Table.

Westminster Bridge, Accounts delivered.

The House being informed, "That Mr. Smythe, from the Commissioners of Westminster Bridge, attended:"

He was called in, and delivered at the Bar, pursuant to the Directions of several Acts of Parliament,

"A State of the Proceedings of the Honourable Commissioners of Westminster Bridge, from the 29th Day of May 1781, to the 24th Day of May 1791:" Also, "Yearly Accounts of the Treasurer to the Honourable the Commissioners of Westminster Bridge, commencing from the 10th Day of October 1780, and ending the 10th Day of October 1791; together with Yearly Rentals and Accounts of Bridge Rents received within the same Period."

And then he withdrew.

And the Titles thereof being read by the Clerk:

Ordered, That the said Accounts do lie on the Table.

James against Jordan:

Upon reading the Petition of Sarah Jordan, Defendant in a Writ of Error depending in this House, wherein Thomas James, Gentleman, is Plaintiff; setting forth, "That the Plaintiff hath not assigned Errors within the Time limited by Their Lordships' Standing Order;" and therefore praying, "That the said Writ of Error may be Non-pros d, with such Costs as to Their Lordships shall seem meet:"

Writ of Error non-pros'd with Costs.

It is Ordered, That the Petitioner do forthwith enter a Non-pros on the said Writ of Error as desired, and that the Record be remitted to the Court of King's Bench, to the end Execution may be had upon the Judgement given by that Court as if no such Writ of Error had been brought into this House; and further, That the Plaintiff in Error do pay, or cause to be paid, to the Defendant in Error the Sum of Forty Pounds for her Costs, by reason of the Delay of the Execution of the said Judgement.

Spottiswoode to enter into Recognizance on McMath's Appeal.

The House being moved, "That John Spottiswoode, of Sackville Street, Gentleman, may be permitted to enter into a Recognizance for Donald McMath Merchant, on Account of his Appeal depending in this House, he residing in Scotland:"

It is Ordered, That the said John Spottiswoode may enter into a Recognizance for the said Appellant as desired.

Rumbold against Cole, in Error.

The Lord Kenyon, Lord Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench, in the usual Manner, delivered in at the Table a Writ of Error, wherein

George Rumbold Esquire is Plaintiff,
and

John Cole is Defendant.

The House was adjourned during Pleasure.

The House was resumed.

Norwich and Thetford Road Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Hobart and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for continuing and amending an Act of the Seventh Year of His present Majesty, for amending the Road from the End of the Town Close in the County of the City of Norwich, to the Chalk Pits near Thetford, in the County of Norfolk;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

Norwich and Swaffham Road Bill.

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Hobart and others:

With a Bill, intituled, "An Act for continuing and amending an Act of the Tenth Year of His present Majesty, for amending and widening the Road from Saint Benedict's Gate, in the County of the City of Norwich, to Swaffham in the County of Norfolk, and from Halfpenny Bridge, in Honingham, to the Bounds of Yaxham; and also a Lane called Hangman's Lane, near the Gates of the said City;" to which they desire the Concurrence of this House.

The said Two Bills were, severally, read the First Time.

Russia and the Porte, Motions respecting Interference between, negatived

The Order of the Day being read for the Lords to be summoned:

Moved to resolve, "That it appears to this House, That the Empress of Russia (whose uncontroverted Assertion to the Prussian and British Ministers at Petersburgh, that the Courts of Berlin and London had acknowledged and avowed that she had been unjustly attacked and provoked,) communicated to His Majesty's Ministers by her Minister at this Court, the Count de Woronzow, on the 26th May 1790, the following as the lowest Terms on which she was ready to make Peace with her Enemies:"

1st. "The Re-establishment of the Treaties subsisting at the Moment of the Rupture."

2dly. "The Cession of the arid and uncultivated Territory which extends as far as the Dniester, (containing nothing of Importance except the single Town of Oczakow,) so as this River may hereafter serve as a Frontier between Russia and Turkey."

Which being objected to; and a Question stated thereupon,

After long Debate,

The previous Question was put, "Whether the said Question shall be now put?"

It was resolved in the Negative.

Then it was moved to resolve, "That it appears to this House, That in Answer to this Communication, His Majesty's Ministers observed to the Russian Minister, Count Woronzow, that these Propositions appear little calculated to conciliate the Minds either of the King of Sweden or of the Porte; and with respect to the Porte, the Cession of Oczakow, with its Territory to Russia, might meet with the greatest Opposition on the Part of the Turks, and consequently serve rather to prolong than to terminate the Calamities of War."

Which being objected to; and a Question stated thereupon,

The previous Question was put, "Whether the said Question shall be now put?"

It was resolved in the Negative.

Then it was moved to resolve, "That it appears to this House, that in the Month of August 1790, the King of Sweden concluded a Peace with the Empress of Russia, without the Intervention of Great Britain."

Which being objected to; and a Question stated thereupon,

The previous Question was put, "Whether the said Question shall be now put?"

It was resolved in the Negative.

Then it was moved to resolve, "That it appears to this House, that after the Peace had been concluded with the King of Sweden, and during the Course of a successful Campaign, the same Propositions respecting Terms of Peace with the Porte, as had heretofore been offered by the Empress of Russia, were again repeated by His Majesty on different Occasions, and particularly so on the 31st October 1790, accompanied on that Occasion by a Declaration, that the Conditions of Peace will always consist of the same Terms on her Part."

Which being objected to; and a Question stated thereupon,

The previous Question was put, "Whether the said Question shall be now put?"

It was resolved in the Negative.

Then it was moved to resolve, "That it appears to this House, that these Propositions having been invariable on the Part of the Empress of Russia from the 26th May 1790, a Message was delivered on the 28th March last, by His Majesty's Ministers in his Name, to the Two Houses of Parliament to the Effect following: "His Majesty thinks it necessary to acquaint the House of Lords, that the Endeavours which His Majesty has used, in Conjunction with His Allies, to effect a Pacification between Russia and the Porte having hitherto been unsuccessful, and the Consequences which may arise from the further Progress of the War being highly important to the Interests of His Majesty and his Allies, and to those of Europe in general, His Majesty judges it requisite, in order to add Weight to his Representations, to make some further Augmentation of His Naval Force; and His Majesty relies on the Zeal and Affection of the House of Lords, that they will concur in enabling His Majesty to defray such additional Expences as may be incurred by these Preparations for the Purpose of supporting the Interests of His Majesty's Kingdoms, and of contributing to the Restoration of general Tranquillity on a secure and lasting Foundation."

Which being objected to; and a Question stated thereupon,

The previous Question was put, "Whether the said Question shall be now put?"

It was resolved in the Negative.

Then it was moved to resolve, "That it appears to this House, that a great Naval Armament was immediately ordered to be equipped; that subsequent to this Armament, the Negociation was resumed by His Majesty's Minister at Petersburgh on the 26th of May 1791, for the express Purpose of securing a defensive Frontier to the Turkish Empire, as a Point of the highest Importance to the Security and Independance of that Power, and essential to the Maintenance of the permanent Tranquillity of Europe; which Negociation was concluded by adopting the Propositions made by the Empress of Russia to His Majesty's Ministers on the 26th May 1790, and not only admitted as the Basis of an Accommodation, but it was further declared on the Part of His Majesty, that if the said Terms were not accepted by the Porte, within four Months, the Termination of the War should be left to the Course of Events."

Which being objected to; and a Question stated thereupon,

The previous Question was put, "Whether the said Question shall be now put?"

It was resolved in the Negative.

Then it was moved to resolve, "That it appears to this House, that the Negociations of the British Cabinet during a Period of fourteen Months from the 26th May 1790, backed and enforced by the Weight and formidable Authority of a great Naval Armament, equipped for the Purpose, had no Effect with respect to the Interests of the Ottoman Porte, unless that of retarding the Conclusion of Peace between that Power and Russia, and of extending the Calamities of War for two unnecessary and most destructive Campaigns to the Turks; nor any with respect to the Interests of Great Britain, but that of exposing the Honour, and hazarding the Tranquillity of the Kingdom, and of cramping the Extent and endangering the Safety of its Commerce, by an unnecessary and most expensive Display of Naval Equipment, which had no beneficial Object in View, and which obtained no National Advantage whatever."

Which being objected to;

The Question was put thereupon?

It was resolved in the Negative.

Adjourn.

Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Martis, vicesimum primum diem instantis Februarii, horâ decimâ Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.