House of Lords Journal Volume 63
10 February 1831

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'House of Lords Journal Volume 63: 10 February 1831', Journal of the House of Lords: volume 63: 1830-1831, pp. 214-217. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=16966 Date accessed: 28 July 2014.


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Die Jovis, 10° Februarii 1831.

DOMINI tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:

Dux Cumberland.
Archiep. Cantuar.
Ds. Brougham &
Vaux,
Cancellarius.
Epus. Bath. et Well.
Epus. Lich. et Cov.
Epus. Lincoln.
Epus. Landaven.
Epus. Cestrien.
Epus. Exon.
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Ds. Melbourne, Unus Primariorum Secretariorum.
Ds. Dacre.
Ds. Stourton.
Ds. Stafford.
Ds. Colville of Culross.
Ds. Belhaven & Stenton.
Ds. King.
Ds. Boston.
Ds. Holland.
Ds. Sundridge & Hamilton.
Ds. Suffield.
Ds. Kenyon.
Ds. Auckland.
Ds. Mendip.
Ds. Calthorpe.
Ds. De Dunstanville & Bassett.
Ds. Farnham.
Ds. Ellenborough.
Ds. Hill.
Ds. Ker.
Ds. Penshurst.
Ds. Somerhill.
Ds. Wharncliffe.
Ds. Melros.
Ds. Clanwilliam.
Ds. Wynford.
March. Lansdowne,
Præses.
Ds. Durham.
C.P.S.
Dux Norfolk,
Marescallus.
Dux Devonshire, Camerarius.
Dux Richmond.
Dux Grafton.
Dux Buckingham & Chandos.
March. Salisbury.
March. Bute.
Comes Westmorland.
Comes Winchilsea & Nottingham.
Comes Essex.
Comes Carlisle.
Comes Shaftesbury.
Comes Albemarle.
Comes Northesk.
Comes Ferrers.
Comes Tankerville.
Comes Cowper.
Comes Stanhope.
Comes Radnor.
Comes Clarendon.
Comes Carnarvon.
Comes Charlemont.
Comes Wicklow.
Comes Rosslyn.
Comes Grey.
Comes Vane.
Vicecom. Duncan.
Vicecom. Goderich.

PRAYERS.

Baird v. Ross.

The Answer of Robert Ross, Respondent to the Petition and Appeal of William Baird Appellant, was this Day brought in.

Thomson v. Dr. Williamson et al. et e con.

After hearing Counsel fully in the Cause wherein James Thomson Esquire is Appellant, and Doctor James Williamson, and others, are Respondents, et e contra:

It is Ordered, That the further Consideration of the said Cause be put off sine Die.

Sir G. Noel v. Rochfort et al.

After hearing Counsel, in Part, in the Cause wherein Sir Gerard Noel Noel Baronet is Appellant, and Gustavus Rochfort, and others, are Respondents:

It is Ordered, That the further Hearing of the said Cause be put off to Thursday next.

Com ee on the Poor Laws, D. of Richmond sworn to give Evidence.

The Duke of Richmond was sworn, at the Table, by The Lord Chancellor, in order to give Evidence before the Select Committee appointed to consider of the Poor Laws.

Ewing v. Wallace.

Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of William Ewing, residing in Melville Street, Edinburgh; complaining of an Interlocutor of the Lord Ordinary in Scotland, of the 3d Day of April 1829; and also of an Interlocutor of the Lords of Session there, of the First Division, of the 3d and signed the 5th Day of February 1831; and praying, "That the same may be reversed, varied or altered, or that the Appellant may have such Relief in the Premises as to this House, in their Lordships great Wisdom, shall seem meet; and that William Wallace, Writer to the Signet, may be required to answer the said Appeal:"

It is Ordered, That the said William Wallace may have a Copy of the said Appeal, and do put in his Answer thereunto, in Writing, on or before Thursday the 9th Day of March next; and Service of this Order upon the said Respondent, or upon any One of his known Agents in the Court of Session in Scotland, shall be deemed good Service.

Bp. Chester takes the Oaths.

This Day John Bird Lord Bishop of Chester, took the Oaths, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.

Slavery, Petitions for Abolition of: (Penryn:)

Upon reading the Petition of The Mayor, Aldermen, Portreeve and other Inhabitants of the Borough of Penryn, and the Inhabitants of its Vicinity, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to take such immediate and effectual Measures for the Deliverance of this Kingdom from its great Reproach, the System of Slavery in the British Colonies, as to their Lordships shall seem most expedient:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Gimingham:

Upon reading the Petition of the Minister and principal Inhabitants of the small Parish of Gimingham, in the County of Norfolk, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to enact immediately such Measures as shall appear to them best adapted for accomplishing, with the least possible Delay, the total and final Abolition of that most unrighteous and dangerous System, British Colonial Slavery:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Cromer:

Upon reading the Petition of the Clergy and Inhabitants of Cromer and the Neighbourhood, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will relieve the Slaves from their cruel Bondage, and the Petitioners from the Burden of a Million and a Half:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Kilrea & Tamlaght O'Crilly:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parishes of Kilrea and Tamlaght O'Crilly, in the County of Derry, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships, "That a Law may be passed for the total Abolition of Slavery throughout all the Dependencies of the British Empire, as speedily as may be consistent with the Peace of the Slave Population in the respective Colonies where such Law may operate:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Clavering.

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Parish of Clavering and its Vicinity, in the County of Essex, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "forthwith to pass a Law for the speedy and utter Extinction of Slavery in the British Colonies:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

The King's Answer to Addresses.

The Lord Chamberlain reported, "That the Lords with White Staves had (according to Order) waited on His Majesty with their Lordships Addresses of the 23d Day of December last; and that His Majesty was pleased to receive the same very graciously, and to say, He would give Directions accordingly."

Galway Elective Franchise, Petitions for Extension of: (Grand Jury of Galway:)

A Petition of the Grand Jury of the County of the Town of Galway was presented and read; praying, "That their Lordships will be pleased to place the Roman Catholic Mercantile and Trading Classes upon an equal Footing with Protestants, in regard to the Elective Franchise as at present exercised by them in Galway."

Ordered, That the said Petition be received as the Petition of Charles Costello, Foreman of the Grand Jury, who only has signed it.

Freeholders of Galway:

Upon reading the Petition of the Freeholders of Galway, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

Rahoon.

And also, Upon reading the Petition of the Protestant Inhabitants of the Parish of Rahoon, in the County of the Town of Galway, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; severally praying, "That their Lordships will be pleased to equalize Civil Rights in Galway, by extending to the Roman Catholic Mercantile and Trading Classes the Elective Franchise in as full and ample a Manner as the same is now enjoyed by Protestants:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petitions do lie on the Table.

Slavery, Petition from Dublin for Provision in case of Abolition of.

Upon reading the Petition of the Bankers, Merchants, Traders and other Inhabitants of the City of Dublin and its Vicinity, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to withhold their Sanction from any Measures relative to Slavery in the West Indian Colonies that are not preceded by a deliberate Investigation of the Subject in all its Bearings, and which do not comprehend an equitable Provision for the Interests of all Parties concerned therein:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

The King v. Winstanley, Plaintiff's Petition for an early Day, referred to Appeal Com ee.

Upon reading the Petition of His Majesty's Attorney General, on Behalf of The King, Plaintiff in a Writ of Error depending in this House, wherein Thomas Winstanley is Defendant; praying their Lordships "to appoint an early Day for hearing Counsel in the said Cause:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee appointed to consider of the Causes in which Prints of the Appellants and Respondents Cases, now depending in this House in Matters of Appeals and Writs of Error, have not been delivered, pursuant to the Standing Orders of this House.

Sir C. Cockerell et al. v. Cholmeley, Petition to revive, referred to Appeal Com ee.

Upon reading the Petition of William Seymour Blackstone of Castle Priory, near Wallingford, in the County of Berkshire, Esquire; praying, "That their Lordships will be pleased to order that the Cause wherein Sir Charles Cockerell Baronet, and others, are Appellants, and Francis Cholmeley is Respondent, may stand revived in the Petitioner's Name, in the Place and Stead of James Blackstone his late Father, One of the Appellants in the said Cause; and that the Petitioner may have the same Benefit of the said Appeal as his said Father might have had if living:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the last-mentioned Committee.

Bedfont Road Bill:

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for more effectally repairing the Road from the Powder Mills on Hounslow Heath, in the County of Middlesex, to the Twenty Milestone on Egham Hill, in the County of Surrey."

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. Harvey and Mr. Cox;

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

Reform of Parliament, Petitions in favor of: (Heaton:)

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Township of Heaton, in the County of York, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships, "That the Elective Franchise be extended to every Man who is in any Way called upon to contribute to either National or Local Taxation: That, in order to prevent those Evils with which Elections for Members of the House of Commons are now generally attended, Annual Parliaments be established, and that all Electors do give their Votes by Ballot; and to adopt such Measures as are calculated to restore Peace and Prosperity to the Nation:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Sutton Vallence:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of Sutton Vallence, in the County of Kent, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "for an immediate, efficient and real Reform in the House of Commons; and that the Continuance of this Reform be guaranteed by the Electors giving their Vote by Ballot; that all Sinecure Offices be forthwith abolished, and that the Salaries of all Statesmen and Public Officers be reduced; that those Taxes bearing chiefly upon the Labouring Classes be repealed, one of which, the Tax upon Malt, they would especially recommend for immediate Repeal; and lastly, that the present Mode of remunerating the Clergymen of the Established Church by means of Tithes be substituted by one less vexatious and oppressive to the Agriculturist, and more suited to the Ability of a suffering and impoverished Nation:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Summer Vale:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of Summer Vale, in the Township of Crumpsall, in the Parish of Manchester, in the County Palatine of Lancaster, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "to do Justice to a long-oppressed People, by repealing without Delay the Septennial Act, establishing Annual Parliaments, Universal Suffrage, and that insurmountable Bulwark of Freedom, the Vote by Ballot; and also by rendering intelligent Men in humble Circumstances eligible to serve in Parliament; thus giving to the People their proper Influence in the State, their Lordships will avert the Dangers which threaten this Empire, and merit the Blessings of a grateful Nation:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Rattray & Blairgowrie:

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Towns and Parishes of Rattray and Blairgowrie, County of Perth, Scotland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships, "That the Elective System of Scotland be wholly revised, and the Franchise so extended as fully and fairly to represent the Property and Intelligence of the Country; and that instead of the present Manner of voting, a System of voting by Ballot should be introduced at all Elections, as the only Means calculated to protect the Electors and insure their Independence, and to prevent all disorderly Meetings and Proceedings:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Bath.

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the City of Bath, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying, "That their Lordships will support a general Extension of the Elective Franchise, and short Durations of Parliament; and in legislating on this great Measure of National Salvation, to consult the Spirit and Intelligence of the Age, and not, by delusive or palliative Enactments, to disappoint the just Expectations of the Country; and that the voting be by Ballot, without which Arrangement the Petitioners are convinced that all Attempts at Reform will tend only to embroil the Country in increasing Riot and Expence, and prove nugatory:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Union with Ireland, Petitions from Tobacco Pipe Makers, Dublin, & Ballinakill, for Repeal of.

Upon reading the Petition of the Tobacco Pipe Makers of the City of Dublin, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "for a Repeal of the Legislative Union between Great Britain and Ireland, as it would be the only Means of alleviating the Misery that prevails in Ireland:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Upon reading the Petition of the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Parish of Ballinakill, Queen's County, Ireland, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "for an immediate Repeal of the Legislative Union between Great Britain and Ireland; and that His Majesty may be advised again to assemble the Irish Parliament to sit in Dublin:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Coals carried Coastwise, Petitions from Selby & New Romney for Repeal of Duty on.

Upon reading the Petition of the Ship Owners, Merchants and Inhabitants of Selby, in the County of York, whose Names are thereunto subscribed:

And also, Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town and Port of New Romney, in the County of Kent, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; severally praying their Lordships "to adopt such Measures for the Repeal of the Duty on Coals carried Coastwise, as in their Wisdom may seem meet:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petitions do lie on the Table.

Assessed Taxes, Petition from Slaithwaite cum Lingards for Repeal of, & for Retrenchment.

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Townships of Slaithwaite cum Lingards, in the West Riding of the County of York, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "for the immediate Repeal of the whole of the Assessed Taxes, as a Measure calculated to give great and lasting Relief to the Country, and which the Petitioners represent to their Lordships may be adopted without Injury to the Honor and Safety of the British Empire, if His Majesty's Ministers (imitating the Example of their Sovereign) make a Sacrifice of a Portion of their Official Incomes to the Public Exigencies, introduce a rigid Economy, and abolish all useless and sinecure Offices in the State:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Assessed Taxes & Tithes, Petition from Tyd St. Giles for Abolition of.

Upon reading the Petition of the Owners and Occupiers of Land in Tyd Saint Giles, in the Isle of Ely and County of Cambridge, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "forthwith to pass an Act for the Abolition of the present System of exacting Tithes, and for providing in such other Manner for the just Claims of the Clergy, as their Lordships shall judge wise and salutary; and also praying their Lordships for the Abolition of the Assessed Taxes:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Order for Lords to be summoned discharged.

It was moved, "That the Order made on the 3d Day of this instant February, "That all the Lords be summoned to attend the Service of the House on Thursday the 17th of this instant February," be now read."

The same was accordingly read by the Clerk.

Ordered, That the said Order be discharged.

Lords summoned.

Ordered, That all the Lords be summoned to attend the Service of the House on Tuesday the 22d of this instant February.

Taxation, Petition from Wetherby for Relief.

Upon reading the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town and Neighbourhood of Wetherby, in the County of York, whose Names are thereunto subscribed; praying their Lordships "for the immediate Repeal of the whole of the Window, House, Soap and Candle Duties, as well as the Tax upon Trade Horses, as a Measure calculated to give great and lasting Relief to the Country, and which the Petitioners represent to their Lordships may be adopted without Injury to the State, if His Majesty's Ministers introduce a rigid Economy, and abolish all useless and sinecure Offices:"

It is Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table.

Frauds on Creditors Bill.

The Order of the Day being read for the Second Reading of the Bill, intituled, "An Act to prevent Debtors from defrauding their Creditors, by lying in Prison or absconding from England;" and for the Lords to be summoned;

The said Bill was accordingly read a Second Time.

Ordered, That the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

Ordered, That the House be put into a Committee upon the said Bill on Tuesday next; and that the Lords be summoned.

Adjourn.

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