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Another subject which will naturally occupy you is the state of the tithe in England and Wales; and a measure will be submitted to you, having for its end the rendering this mode of providing for the clergy more fixed and certain, and calculated to relieve it from that fluctuation and those objections to which it has hitherto been subject. The principles of toleration by which I have been invariably guided, must render Me desirous of removing any cause of offence or trouble to the consciences of any portion of My subjects; and I am therefore anxious that you should consider whether measures may not be framed which, whilst they remedy any grievances which affect those who dissent from the doctrine or discipline of the Established Church, will also be of general advantage to the whole body of the community. The speedy and satisfactory administration of justice is the first and most sacred duty of a Sovereign; and I earnestly recommend you to consider whether better provision may not be made for this great purpose in some of the departments of the law ; and more particularly in the Court of Chancery. I trust that you will be able to effect a just settlement of the question of tithe in Ireland, upon such principles as will tend at length to establish harmony and peace in that country. You are already in possession of the report of the Commission appointed to inqure into the state of the municipal corporations in Ireland; and I entertain a hope that it will be in your power to apply to any defects and evils, which may have been shown to exist in those institutions, a remedy founded upon the same principles as those of the Acts which have already passed for England and Scotland. A further report of the Commission of Iaquiry into the condition of the poorer classes of My subjects in Ireland will speedily be laid before you. You
will approach this subject with the caution due to its
importance and difficulty; and the experience of the salutary effects already produced by the Act for the amendment of the laws relating to the poor in England and Wales may, in many respects, assist your deliberations. Irely upon your prudence and wisdom, and upon your determination to maintain, as well as to amend, the laws and institutions of the country; and I commit these questions of domestic policy, to which I have deemed it My duty to direct your attention, into your hands, persuaded that you will so treat them as to increase the happiness and prosperity, by promoting the religion and morality, of My people.
At the Court at St. James's, the 3d day of February 1836,
PRESENT, The KING's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.
WHEREAS there was this day read at the Board, a Memorial from the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the twenty-eighth January one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six, in the words following, viz.
“ May it please your Majesty,
“WHEREAS by your Majesty's Order in Council, dated nineteenth March one thousand eight hundred and thirty-four, your Majesty was graciously pleased to annul yonr Majesty's Royal Proclamation of the twenty-ninth of June one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, for granting the distribution of the net proceeds of prizes captured from the enemy, and also your Majesty's Order in Council of thirtieth June one thousand eight hundred and twenty-seven, for the distribution of the net proceeds of captures and seizures made
by by your Majesty's ships and vessels of war, under the several Acts passed for the prevention of smuggling, and other Acts relating to your Majesty's revenue of customs, and to trade and navigation, for the abolition of the slave trade, and for the capture and destruction of piratical vessels, and of the rewards which have been conferred for the same ; and whereas by your Majesty's Royal Proclamation, dated nineteenth of March one thousand eight hundred and thirty-four, your Majesty was further graciously pleased to direct, that distributions should be made of the net proceeds of prizes captured from the enemy, of captures and seizures under the several Acts passed relating to the revenue of customs and to trade and navigation, for the abolition of the slave trade, and for the capture and destruction of piratical vessels, according to the scheme therein set forth; and whereas it has been represented to us that the said scheme, which was submitted to your Majesty in our humble Memorial of thirty-first January one thousand eight hundred and thirty-four, has not in its application produced the full benefit and effect contemplated in our said Memorial, we beg leave, therefore, with all humility, to submit to your Majesty the following scheme of distribution of the net proceeds of prizes captured from the enemy, of captures and seizures made by your Majesty's ships and vessels of war, under the several Acts passed for the prevention of smuggling, and the Acts relating to your Majesty's revenue of customs and to trade and navigation, for the abolition of the slave trade, and for the capture and destruction of piratical vessels, and of the rewards which have been conferred for the same ; and we humbly pray, that your Majesty will be graciously pleased, by your Order in Council, to annul your Majesty's said Proclamation of the nineteenth March one thousand eight hundred and thirty-four, and, by your Royal Proclamation, to order and direct that the said distribution of prote: o
of rewards shall in future be made in the manner,
following, viz. “That the flag-officer or officers shall have one sixteenth part of the whole net proceeds arising from prizes captured from the enemy, and from all other captures and seizures as aforesaid, made by the ships and vessels under his or their command, and of the rewards conferred for the same, save and except as hereinafter provided and directed: “ That the captain or captains or commanders of any of your Majesty's ships or sloops of war, who shall have been actually on board at the time of any such capture or seizure, shall have one eighth part of the remainder divided equally among them, and where there is no flag-officer, one eighth part of the whole: “ That the remainder shall be distributed into shares according to the following scale, viz. “ To the sea lieutenants, field-officers of marines (when embarked), captains of marines and land forces, master of the fleet, physician of the fleet (provided such physician of the fleet be actually on board at the time of such capture or seizure), and masters—ten shares each : “ To the lieutenants and quartermasters of marines, and lieutenants, ensigns, and quartermasters of land forces, secretaries to admirals, chaplains, surgeons, pursers, mates, second masters, gunners, boatswains,carpenters, and first engineers—six shares each : “To the assistant-surgeons, midshipmen, masters' assistants, schoolmasters, junior engineers, clerks, masters at arms, admirals' and captains' coxswains, quartermasters, gunners' mates, boatswains mates,
captains of forecastle, captains of the hold, coxswain
of the launch, sail-maker, rope-maker, carpenters' mates, caulkers, armourers, captains of the main top, captains of the fore top, pilots, serjeants of marines
* To the ships' cooks and ships' corporal, captains of the mast, captains of the after-guard, yeoman of signals, coxswains of the pinnace, sail-makers' mates, coopers, caulkers' mates, armourers' mates, corporals of marines—two shares each : “To the gunners' crew, seamen gunners, carpenters' crew, sail-makers' crew, coopers' crew, able and ordinary seamen, yeomen of store rooms, stokers in steam vessels, privates and fifers of . marines, above seven years service—one share each : * To the cooks' mate, barber, pursers' steward, captains' steward, ward or gun-room stewards, ward or gun-room cook, stewards' mate, landsmen and boys of first class, young gentlemen's steward, young gentlemen's cook, privates and fifers of marines, under seven years service—two thirds of a share each : “ Volunteers of the second class and boys of the second class—one third of a share each : “ That when land forces are embarked to serve as marines, they shall share, according to their respective ranks, as marines: “That when captains and commanders share together, the captains shall receive double the amount of the commanders : “That commanders doing the duty of first lieutenants, shall share like other commanders: “That lieutenants commanding small vessels, when not in company with any captain or commander, shall share as captains: “That the clerk in charge in small vessels shall share as a purser, unless a ship or vessel bearing a purser be present, when he is to share only as clerk : “That in all cases in which supernumeraries, whether officers or men, shall be borne by order of: the Lord High Admiral, or Commissioners for executing the office of Lord High Admiral, or by 1836. F other