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be graciously pleased to give directions | government, he was not sent out of this that there be laid before this House, copies country on that account. of all correspondence which may have Sir Samuel Ronilly thought, that as passed between his Majesty's principal abuse had been impured, there was a dis. Secretary of State for the Home Departo tinction between this and the other cases ment, John Reeves, esq. of the Alien- under the Alien Act. The powers given office, and his excellency the Portuguese by the Act were so extensive, that they minister resident at the court of London, required some interference of the House. touching Don Anselmo Correia, a Portu. In the case of De Berenger papers had guese, some time since sent out of this king- been seized, for which there was no authodom under the provisions of the Alien Act, riy either in the Alien Act, or the comthen in force, together with copies of all letters or remonstrances addressed by the The motion was then negatived without said Don Anselmo Correia to the Secretary a division. of State or the Alien-office, and the answers thereto, if any, together with the CONGRESS AT VIENNA.] Mr. Ponsonby date of bis departure from this country.wished to know, from the noble lord oppo.

Mr. Addington contended, that the hon. site, who, he understood, intended to move, member had not made out any primâ facie to-morrow, that the House should adjourn case whatever, to induce the House to till Monday se'nnight, whether the papers agree to his motion. With respect to the relative to the Congress at Vienna, which sending Correia out of the country, he he intimated his intention of laying before appeared to know little more than that the House, would be ready for the use of such a circumstance had taken place, and members before the recess; and whether he was quite incorrect in his statement of it was his intention to lay before the House the grounds which occasioned that pro- the instructions given to lord William ceeding.

Bentinck? Mr. Whitbread.-What were the grounds? Lord Castlereagh said, he had learned,

Mr. Addington.— They were sufficient on inquiry, that the papers would not be to authorize the Secretary of State to act ready so soon: they should, however, be as he had done.

Jaid on the table as early as possible. Sir J. Newport.-Does the right hon. With respect to the instructions given to gentleman mean to say, that because the lord W. Bentinck, they would be proSecretary of State thought there were duced; and, if the information thus afsufficient grounds to justify this proceed forded, was not sufficient, gentlemen were ing, there was, therefore, no necessity for at liberty to call for any other documents the House being acquainted with them? they pleased.

Mr. Addington.-t is evident that the Mr. Ponsonby said, it was then impossible Secretary of State acted on the presump- that he could fix a precise day for a motion, that something improper had been tion which he intended to bring forward done by Correia; and, in such a case, I respecting those papers. He should, am sure the House will not consent to in therefore, give notice generally, that after terfere.

the recess he should bring forward a moMr. Goulburn said, the hon. gentleman tion on that subject. bad made a charge, founded on informa- Mr. Whitbread said, a declaration had tion he had received; the truth of that in- been published, in the newspapers of that formation was denied; and, he conceived, day, purporting to be a Declaration of the the denial on the one side would be con- Congress, by which the proceedings of sidered as fully equivalent to the assertion that body were stated to bave terminated. on the other. If it were necessary for He wished to know whether that paper the House to examine all the cases of was authentic, and whether the ministers aliens who had been sent out of the coun- and sovereigns assembled were now protry, then certainly this instance ought to ceeding to their respective homes to govern be investigated along with the rest; but under the principles there determined on. he saw nothing in the case now brought Lord Casilereagh said, that the present before them which called for any marked was a specimen of the extent to which the distinction. He certainly would not go hon, member's system of questions was into the particulars of the transaction; carried, He (lord C.) had recently de. but he would state, that, though Correia clared that the proceedings of the Con. kad written a libel agaiost the Portuguese gress bad not yet terminated, and the state in which they then were, and now the armed force surreptitiously ; since the hon. member wished to know whether King could call on every knight to furnish that Congress had issued another declara him with a specific quota. He hoped the tion. The Declaration in question alluded papers be should move for would be to a state of things which did not exist, granted, because they would enable him the breaking-up of the Congress.

to show how much at variance the recent Mr. Whitbread wished to understand whe- extension of the Order was with the printher or no the declaration was authentic?ciples on which the institution was origi

Lord Castlereagh said, if the hon. member nally established. He condemned, in wished to know whether it had emanated strong terms, the almost utter exclusion of from the Congress at Vienna~it certainly the civil classes of society, under the new had not.

modification, from participating in the

honours of this Order-pointed out the MOTION RESPECTING THE Order of the many inconveniences that must result Bath.] Sir Charles Monck, in rising to from the alteration of rank which it submit to the House his promised motion created in this country-and concluded relative to the late extension of the Order by moving, “ That an humble Address of the Bath, regretted that a subject of so be presented to his royal highness the serious and inportant a nature, had not Prince Regent, that he will be graciously been taken up by some more learned and pleased to give directions that there be experienced member than himself. Fully laid before this House, copies of all letters impressed, however, with the necessity of patent issued by his late majesty King calling the attention of the House to the George the 1st, whereby the Order of late modification of the Order of the Bath, Knighthood of the Bath was restored and he had determined, as no other gentleman erected into a regular military order, and seemed inclined to notice it, rather to of all letters patent affecting the same bring it forward himself, under every risk, / since issued by his said late Majesty, and than to run the chance of its not being at his successors, kings of these realms, unto all submitted to their consideration. In the present time, and also of the letters the first place, he wished to guard against patent, or other instrument, by which the any misapprehension to which his obser- said Order was lately modified and ex. vations, either with reference to the pretended." rogatives of the Crown, or to the rewards Lord Castlereagh argued, that it was that ought to be conferred on military and most advantageous for the public service naval officers, might give rise. For the that the honours objected to by the hon. prerogatives of the Crown he entertained baronet, should be conferred on our milithe highest veneration ; and no man was tary and naval officers; the events of the less disposed than he was, to envy those late war created, he said, an absolute generous persons who had so gallantly necessity that some distinguishing marks fought the battles of their country, the of approbation should be appropriated to rewards which were so justly bestowed on them. All the inconveniences the hon. them. The hon. baronet then entered baronet had stated, as arising, with respect into a history of the Order of the Bath, to precedence, from the new modification, from its origin, in the reign of Henry the would have been equally felt if the expe4th, down to the time of George 1, when dient of creating our meritorious officers, it was restored, and made a completely either knights or baronets, bad been remilitary order-a measure of which he sorled to-while the honour would not be expressed his disapprobation. At that so distinctly military as it now was.

It period, as appeared from Clarke's His was wished, that the persons who pertory of Knighthood,' the knights compa- formed great military services for the pions were only thirty-six, though they country, should be distinctly pointed out had been afterwards greatly increased to their fellow-citizens; and no mode The House, he conceived, ought to look appeared so proper for that purpose, as with great jealousy at the recent extension, that which had been pursued. The idea which only, opened the way for a still was by no means new. It was an object greater enlargement. By the Charter of to which Mr. Pitt's mind had been earthe Order each knight was bound to main. nestly directed ; and towards the close of tain a certain number of efficient men; his life, a very extensive arrangement was and, by this means, a power was placed contemplated, to hold out to the country in the hands of the Crown to raise an those officers who had signalized them

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selves. A good guard against the too dering himself popular to the army, by great extension of the Order was, that if the creation of military orders; but how those honours were too profusely granted, deplorable were the consequences of his they would lose their value. But on the so doing likely to be! This measure, he other hand, if they were too few, his Ma- said, might ultimately be attended with jesty would not bave the means of reward. most dangerous consequences to our libering services. Every precaution had been ties. It was the first attempt to establish adopted to guard against any abuse of the exclusive military honours.

He comOrder. Every state of Europe had some plained of the inequality with which they Order particularly devoted to the military. bad been distributed between the two Every person knew how eagerly in Austria services. Out of 180 knights, only 49 the Order of Maria Theresa, and in Russia belonged to the navy. He instanced the Order of St. George, were desired by captain Phillimore as a person who ought the armies of those countries.

not to have been overlooked on such an nothing in the manner in which the Crown occasion. had exercised its prerogative on the pre- Mr. Bragge Bathurst said, that there sent occasion, to invite Parliament to con- should have been some better ground sider it as an abuse. As the other orders shown for objecting to the measure than of the day were disposed of, he should the circumstance that foreign nations bad conclude with moving, that the House do orders of a like nature. The order was a now adjourn.

reward for past services, and a stimulus to Mr. Gordon contended, that in time of future. Buonaparté had created a vast peace it was the duty of the Legislature of military power in a great measure by this country to repress rather than to means of orders of a like nature. Would encourage any attempt to give too great a it not be necessary to meet and counteract military character to this country. They him by means similar to his own? had at present an instance in a neighbour- Mr. Whitbread said, that these new ing country of a military despotism honours had dissatisfied every body and trampling on the wishes of the people of pleased nobody; they bad disgusted those that country.

He complained of the who before belonged to the Order of the attempt to separate the citizen from the Bath, and those who had since entered soldier; and objected to the measure as were ashamed to shew their honours. an imitation of foreign manners, of foreign The measure had revived the jealousy frippery and frivolity. It was only such between the two services. Government a constitution of mind as had contrived bad been more than just to the army, and the late exhibitions in the Parks, that could done less than justice to the navy. He imagine this piece of frivolity:

participated in the feeling of jealousy at Mr. W. Bathurst defended the extension ihe attempt to make this a military coun. of the Order as the only fit mode of honour- try. Was the duke of Wellington bred ing men who must otherwise have been at a military college? or lord Lynedoch, unrewarded, and whose only object in or sir John Moore? There was not one life, and consolation in death, was honour. who had received medals who would not It was this which had made the late ruler rather continue to wear them, than be of France so popular with his army. If adorned with this distinction, which bad other nations had found out that soldiers been diluted almost to nothing. Before were pleased with these honours, why the French Revolution, the Cross of St. should we refuse to avail ourselves of such Louis, being at every button-hole, was not a mode of rewarding an army merely on worth 2s. 6d.; and in Portugal the same that account. He should certainly oppose distinction was worn by upper servants. the motion.

When we talked of the splendid services Mr. Wynn said, that this country was of our army, we ought not to forget those differently circumstanced from those fo. men who had swept the seas to make room reign states, where military orders had for that army. The navy was now con. been found beneficial. Wherever a nation genial to the constitution of this country. was a military nation, there ought to be The army were contented with their military orders; but England was not a medals, and discontented with their badges, military nation. In Russia, maids of and rather ashamed of them. honour ranked as major-generals, and the Mr. Goulburn observed, that it was not chancellor himself was a field-marshal. the fact that ihe army bad been honoured Buonaparté had been alluded t9, as ren. more than the navy; the distribution to


the two services had been made with strict

HOUSE OF COMMONS. reference to their respective numerical strengths; and on this principle the army

Thursday, March 23. had only twenty knights more than the REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE OF PREnavy.

RESPECTING Lord COCHRANE.) Nir. Ponsonby wished to know how this Mr. Rose made the following Report from modification of the old Order of tlie Bath the Committee of Privileges : had been created. Was it in virtue of a notification in the Gazeite? In looking at

“ The Committee of Privileges, to whom

the Letter of William Jones, esquire, the history of the country; he could see

Marshal of the Kings-bench prison, that no change had been effected in that Order, except through the instrumentality

staling, that he had taken lord Cochof the Great Seal. Then he wished to

rane (who had made his escape from ascertain in what manner the pleasure of

out of the King's.bench prison) into

custody, in the House of Commons,' the Crown bad in the present, instance been executed. Was the duke of Wel.

was reserred ; and who were to exa

mine the matter thereof, and to report lington's opinion, he would ask, taken in the selection of the officers for this distinc

the same, together with their opinion tion i-Were navy authorities consulted

thereupon ;for their quota? He thought not; for if “ Having read the Letter from the Marthey had, the omissions which had oc- shal of the King's-bench to Mr. Speaker, curred would never have taken place. The giving an account of his baving arrested whole formation and arrangement was, he lord Cochrane within the walls of this believed, the work of ministers themselves. House, on the 21st instant, proceeded to (Hear.) In his opinion, for some time past inquire into the circumstances of the subihere existed a marked partiality to the ject matter referred to their consideration : military service, in preference to the navy. And they find, (No, no.) In his opinion there had, and “ That lord Cochrane having been inthe public thought so. Nothing was more dicted and convicted for a conspiracy, dangerous than this distinction. For the was committed by the court of King'sarmy he entertained the highest respect. bench on the 21st day of June, 1814, to He believed them the best in the world. the prison of that court, to remain as a (Hear, hear.) But he also felt that they prisoner there for the space of twelve could not be maintained in their station, calendar months; which period will not except by the proper and firm support of terminate till the 21st day of June, 1815: the naval character. The right hon. gen. " That from the date of the said com. ileman concluded by adverting to the mitment no pardon, nor any remission of illiberal manner in which the new honours the confinement of lord Cochrane bad had been distributed between the two ser- been granted : vices.

“ That between the 5th day of March Mr. Wellesley Pole, in reply to the ques- and the 10th day of March last, lord tion of Mr. Ponsonby, as to the manner Cochrane escaped from the prison above in which the measure had been produced, mentioned, and remained at large until said, that the order had been regulated as the 21st of this month : usual, by patent, and therefore ihere had “ That on the day last mentioned, lord been no unjust exercise of the prerogative. Cochrane went between the hours of one The military officers had been selected and three to the clerk's room, in which from those whom lord Wellington had re members are usually sworn previously to commended for medals. The only regular taking the oaths at the table of the House ; way, on the part of the hon. gentleman and being informed it was necessary he opposite, would be, not to insinuate that should have the certificate of his return any thing improper had been done; but with him, sent for the same to the Crowne to charge and make a motion. He justi- office, and went into the House, where he fied the extent of the Order, on the ground sat down on the Priry Counsellors bench that it was found, even in Mr. Pitt's time, on the right hand of the Chair, at which ibat the rewards were not equal to the gra- time there was no member present, prayers tification of deserving claimants.

not having been read : The House then, without a division, i “ That soon after lord Cochrane had sat agreed to lord Castlereagh's amendment, down in the House, the Marshal of the and adjourned.

King's-bench entered it with two or three of his officers, and other assistants, and out of those events. The right hon. gena carried his lordship away to the prison tleman had had the second reading of the from which he had escaped; notwith. Assessed Tages Bill postponed to Monday standing a remonstrance from him, that next, but he had not told the House whe they had no right to lay their bands upon ther he then meant to move its second him there :

reading, or whether he proposed to move “ That by a Return in the Crown-office a farther postponement; nor had the right of the 16th day of July, 1814, it appears hon. gentleman stated whether, as rumour that lord Cochrane was returned to serve represented, it was his intention to abaná as a citizen for the city of Westminster on don this Bill altogether, and to resort the 16th day of July 1814.

again to the property tax. In such cire “ Having ascertained these facts, it be. cumstances some explanation was obcame the duty of your committee to con- viously necessary; but having stated thus sider whether the Marshal of the King's much, he would abstain from saying more Bench, in the execution of what he con. than merely to express a wish that miceired to be his duty, has been guilty of nisters would spontaneously come forward a breach of the privilege of this House. at this interesting crisis, and make such a

“ In deliberating on a matter of such communication as was due to that House high importance, your Committee have to and to the country. regret that they could find nothing in the The Chancellor of the Exchequer appreJournals of this House to guide them : the hended that if the House should continue case is entirely of a novel nature; they to sit for a short time, his noble friend the can therefore only report it as their opi. Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs might nion,

be expected; but lest he should not appear That, under the particular circum in his place, before the House adjourned, stances given in evidence, it does not ap. he thought it proper to state, in order to pear to your committee that the privi prevent any misapprehensions, that it was leges of parliament have been violated, so intended very shortly to make a commuas to call for the interposition of the nication to that House, from the Prince House by any proceedings against the Regent, of the steps which ministers were Marshal of the King's-bench.”

taking, and meant to take, at the present The Report was ordered to lie on the crisis, together with a statement of the table.

motives which had determined their conOn the motion of the Chancellor of duct. the Exchequer, the House then adjourned Mr.; Whitbread disclaimed any wish to till Monday se'nnight, the 3rd of April. hurry ministers, or to exact from ihem any

premature communication, but he could

not forbear to express his confident hope, HOUSE OF COMMONS.

that a certain declaration, purporting to Monday, April 3.

emanate from the Congress at Vienna, was

an infamous forgery, inasmuch as it went. CONGRESS AT VIENNA-DecLARATION OF to sanction the doctrine of assassination. The Allies.] The House met pursuant to He trusted, therefore, for the honour and adjournment. The Chancellor of the character of this country, that some, of Exchequer, in moving the postponement the names annexed to that paper were of the Committee of Supply until Wednes- never authorized to sign any such docu. day, took occasion to state, that on that ment. While the noble Secretary for day an important communication would Foreign Affairs was at the Congress, be -be made to the House, upon the subject of was understood to combine in bimself all existing circumstances.

the powers of the executive government; Mr. Whitbread said, he should be glad but it was quite impossible to suppose that to know whether any other minister was such powers were extended to lords Welexpected in the House in the course of lington, Clancarty, Cathcart, and Stewart, the evening, and whether the Secretary that they were authorized to put their - for Foreign Affairs was likely to attend? names to such an infamous paper, or that An expectation very naturally prevailed they were invested with a power to dethat some communication would be made clare war against any state. to the House respecting certain extraor. The Chancellor of the Exchequer maindinary events, and the prospects, as far tained that tbe paper alluded to, did not in as ministers could ascertain, likely to arise any point agthorize such an interpretation (VOL. XXX.)

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