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earliest and most ample encouragement for the importation of all descriptions of grain from abroad; being fully fenlible that such a supply, aided by a general and strict attention to economy and frugality in the consumption of corn, is most likely to contribute to a reduction in the present price, and to infure, at the same time, the means of meeting the demands, for the necessary consumption of the year. The present circumstances will undoubtedly render the Itate of the laws respecting the commerce in the various articles of provilion the object of our serious deliberation ; if, upon the result of that deliberation, it shall appear that the evil necessarily resulting from unfavourable seasons has been increased by any unJue combinations and fraudulent practices, for the sake of adding unfairly to the price, it will be our earnest desire to take the most effectual measures for suppressing such abuses ; but we are fully sensible of the importance of distinguishing practices of this nature from the regular course of long established trade, which experience has Thown to be indispensable for the supply of the markets, and for the subsistence of the people, in the present state of society,

We cannot have seen without the greatest concern those temporary disturbances which have taken place in fome parts of the kingdom ; nothing can exceed the malignity and cruelty of those who take advani , of the difficulties of the moment to delude any of your Majesty's subjects into acts of yrolence and outrage, which immediately tend to increase, in the higheit degree, the evil complained of, and are equally injurious to the well-being of the industrious classes of the community, and to the permanent tranquillity of the country. We join with your Majesty in applauding those zealous and voluntary exertions which have on this occasion been made for the immcdiate repreilion of those out. rages, and in support of the laws and of the public peace.

We thall proceed with the utmost readiness to grant such fupplies as may be necessary for carrying on the public service, till a period when the Parliament of the united kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland may be conveniently assembled.

We acknowledge your Majesty's goodness in having been pleased to direct copies to be laid before us of those communications which have recently passed between your Majelly and the French government, and in the expreslions of your Majesty's earnest desire to adopt every measure which could belt contribute to the re-establishment of general tranquillity. Concurring with your Majelty in the anxiety which your Majesty entertains for the speedy rettoration of peace, we shall see with the utmost satisfactiòn the adoption of all such measures as may best tend to promuie and accelerate that desirable end, consistently with the honour of this country and the true interests of your people; but, if the disposition of our enemies should continue to render it unattainable without the facrifice of these eficatial confiderations, we thall

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feel it our indispensable duty to persevere in affording your Mac jesty the most zealous and effectual support, and to omit no exertion, on our part, which can enable your Majesty, under the blessing of Providence, to conduct this important contest to a prosperous conclusion, and to maintain unimpaired the security and honour of these kingdoms.

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On Wednesday, the 12th of November, Mr. Tierney moved, in the

House of Commons, THAT the House should be called over on that day fortnight, to take into consideration the state of the nation.

[Ayes 24-Nues 104. Majority 80.]

On the 13th of November, in the House of Lords, LORD

English government and the French republic, relative to a negotiation for peace.

Same Day, in the House of Commons,
THE above correspondence was presented by Mr. Dundas.

On Friday, the 14th Day of November, in the House of Lords,

Lord Holland moved, THAT an humble address be presented to his Majesty, praying

that he would be pleased to order that such official communications between the French and Austrian governments as have taken place since the ilt of June 1800, and have been commu. nicated to his Majesty, should be laid before the House.

This motion was negatived without a division.

Same Day, in the House of Commons, MR. Speaker reported to the House, that the House attended his Majesty yesterday with their address; to which his Majesty was pleased to give this most gracious answer :

Gentlemen,
I thank you for this loyal and affectionate address.

The diligence and promptitude with which you propose to take the earliest and most effectual measures for alleviating the distresses of my subjects, by encouraging an ample importation of corn, VOL. X.

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and promoting economy and frugality in the consumption, cannot fail to produce a salutary effect; and the temper and moderation with which you are prepared to enter on the different points connected with the important objects which I have recommended to your deliberation, will, I trust, be attended with present and future benefit to the country.

I receive with great satisfaction the assurances of your concurrence in my wishes for the speedy restoration of peace on grounds consistent with the honour and true interests of my people ; and at the same time of your determination, if that object ihould be unattainable, to afford me that continued and decided support which may best enable me to maintain unimpaired the security and honour of these kingdoms.

On Tuesday, the 18th of November, in the House of Commons,

Mr. Jones moved, THAT an humble address be presented to his Majesty, praying

that he would be graciously pleased to order copies of all the papers which pated between Lord Keith and General Kleber, to be laid before the House.

[Ayes 12-Noes 80. Majority against the motion 68.]

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On Thursday, the 20th of November, in the House of Commons,

Mr. Sheridan moved, THAT an humble address be presented to his Majesty, pray.

ing that he would be gracioufly pleased to order that there be laid before the House, . ift, Copy of the articles which the Austrian officer Count St. Julien signed at Paris, and which are termed by M. Otto preliminaries of peace.

. 2d, Copy of any remonftrance or representation made on that subject by Lord Minto to the court of Vienna.

3d, Copy of the express declarations made by his Majesty the Emperor (allerted by Lord Grenville to have been transmitted) to the court of London, that the said articles were wholly unauthorized, and must be considered as absolutely null.

4th, Copy of any representation or application made to the court of Vienna, by Lord Minto, on the subject of negotiation for peace, after the correspondence had commenced between his Majesty the Emperor and the French government respecting the overtures for peace, and previous to his Lordship's letter, dated Vienna, August gth, 1800.

5th, Copy of all the communications made by the Emperor's directions to Lord Minto, by his Excellency Baron Thugut, relative to the correspondence which had taken place between his Majesty the Emperor and the French governinent respecting overa tures of peace, and transmitted by Lord Minto to the court of Great Britain.

6th, Copy of all communications received by his Majesty's minifters from the court of Vienna, after a correspondence had taken place between his Majesty the Emperor and the French government respecting overtures for peace; containing assurances that his Majesty the Emperor would on no account negotiate for peace with the French government but in conjunction with the King of Great Britain.

7th, Copies of the original powers and instructions given by his Majesty's ministers to Sir Sidney Smith, on his million to the Ottoman Porte, and his command on the coast of Egypt.

8th, Of all letters, or extracts thereof, from his Majesty's minister at Constantinople respecting any authority or instruction given by him to Sir Sidney Sinith, to treat for the evacuation of Egypt by the French.

gth, All letters, or extracts thereof, from the faid minister, or from Sir Sidney Smith, respecting any printed address to be cir. culated by Sir Sidney Smith among the French army.

Ioth, Copy of the said printed paper or address actually so circulated by Sir Sidney Smith.

uth, Copy of the dispatch sent to his Majesty's ministers from Sir Sidney Smith, by Sir John Douglas, containing an account of the battle of El-Arifch.

12th, Copy of any new powers given to Sir Sidney Smith upon his being authorized to engage the British faith to ratify or renew the negotiation.

13th, Copy of any letters, or extracts thereof, either from Sir Sidney Smith or Lord Elgin, respecting the failure of the said negotiation, and of Mr. Wright's subsequent appointment and failure on the same subject.

14th, Copy of the official engagement asserted by Lord Gren. ville to have been entered into by General Kleber in his letter to the Kaimakan, by which that general, then commanding in chief the French army, and consequently possessing full powers to bind his government in this refpect, formally undertook that the convention of. El-Arisch should be executed as soon as his Majesty's acquiescence in it should be notified to him.

[After a debate the motions were severally put, and negatived without a division.]

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Or Thursday, the 27th of November, in the House of Commons,

Mr. Tierney moved, THAT this House should resolve itself into a committee to inquire into the state of the nation.

[Ayes 37-Noes 157. Majority 1 20.]

On Friday, the 28th of November, in the House of Commons,

Mr. Robson moved, THAT an humble address be presented to his Majesty, entreat

ing that his Majesty would be graciously pleased to take into his royal consideration the many important benefits that would necessarily result from reducing the number of cavalry now maintained on the British establishment.

Humbly representing to his Majesty, that the fame establish. ment is altogether unprecedented in any preceding war; the number on any former occasion having never exceeded 10,866.

Whereas now the number which it is intended shall be maintained for the internal defence of this country alone, is 20,766, and the estimated expense thereof 1,497,1961. exclusive of cavalry in Ireland or on foreign service, flying artillery, horses kept by the staff, by field-officers, and other persons employed in the established military service, and without including either the yeomanry or volunteers.

That if the number of horses kept on the establifhment of this country was reduced to the greatest standard ever heard of during any former war, namely, 10,866, it would make a saving of 850,000l. per annum ; which fum, if it were employed in promoting the cultivation of the country at home, or encouraging the importation of corn from abroad, would greatly tend either to alleviate the pressure of the present scarcity, or to prevent the occurring of another.

That by reducing the number of cavalry to 10,866, a considerable saving would be made in the consumption of various articles, which either dire&tly or indirectly become the food of man; and that the price of such articles would thereby be considerably leffened; for, as the demands of the cavalry for any article they require must be supplied, whatever it costs, it necessarily tends to enhance their value in a most exorbitant manner, to the infinite prejudice of the public.

That his faithful Commons most earnestly submit it to his Majesty's royal confideration, as a subject entitled to his Majesty's most peculiar attention, whether, under these circumstances, so

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