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PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIRST SESSION OF THE IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT.

HOUSE OF LORDS.

meath, Viscount Limerick, Lord LoughWednesday, April 15.

borough, Lord Grenville, Lord MulLORD HOBART moved the first read- grave, Lord Hobart.

ing of the Habeas Corpus Suspen- . THANKS TO SIR HYDE PARKER, LORD fion Bill, which was opposed by Earl

NELSON, &c. Moira, Lord Holland, and Earl Thanet, The Earl of St Vincent moved the and supported by Lord Hobart, the Thanks of the House to the above menDuke of Montrose, and the Earl of tioned gallant and meritorious Officers, Kinnoul, which was read a first time as well as to the Officers serving under without a division, and Thursday and them, and to the Seamen and Marines Friday it was read a second and third on board the fleet. The Noble Earl time and passed.

prefaced his motion with a very few geThursday, April 16.

neral obfervations, upon the important The House ballotted for a Committee, nature and the great professional merit for the purpose of investigating certain displayed in obtaining the recent Naval papers and documents, respecting the Victory near Copenhagen. He said he proceedings of certain Seditious" Per- had no hesitation to say, that, in his fons, &c. in Great Britain and Ireland. opinion, the recent victory atchieved

The following are the names of the by the gallant Officers to whom he Peers ballotted for: The Earl of Cha. should have the honour of moving their tham L.P.S. Earl of Westmoreland, Lordships Thanks, surpassed any exploit L.P.S. Duke of Portland, Duke of ever performed by the Naval Forces of Montrose, Earl of Clare, Earl of West. this country: His Lordship then moved

Ed. Mag. April 1801.

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to this effect, “ That the Thanks of the ed, in the instances of Sir Hyde Parker, House be given to Admiral Sir Hyde and Lord Nelson, the former having Parker, for the very able and judicious signalized himself upon a particular ocdisposition made by him of the naval casion in America, which his Royal force under his command, for the at- Highness described to be a kind of fertack, &c. of the Danish ships formed in vice, in a great degree similar to the a line of defence, and by means of which passage of the Sound. He then adverted the Danish Naval Force, in the harbour to the share which his Noble Friend, of Copenhagen, was either taken or des- Lord Nelson, had in the action, whom troyed on the 2d day of April, 1801,- he stiled the illustrious Hero of Aboukir, also to Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson, K.B. and praised the judicious arrangement to Rear-Admiral Graves, and to Lieu. of the Commander in Chief, in selecting tenant-Colonel Stewart, of the 49th re- that able and gallant Officer for the giment, and to the Officers, &c. serving performance of that part of the service. under their command, for their very He praised the intrepid conduct of Col. able and gallant couduct, &c.—likewise Stewart. As an Englishman, he had to to the Seamen and Marines, &c. ferving congratulate the House and the counon board the Fleet, commanded by the try, on the brilliant successes in question, above Officers,"

and which, he trusted, would produce Lord Grenville said, the short but the most beneficial consequences, and comprehensive eulogium pronounced on tend to the recovery of a country, to the action by the Noble Earl, who was whsch he, and the Family of which he not only an ornament to that House, had the high honour to be a member, but to the profeflion to which he be- were attached by peculiar ties, as well longed, was infinitely beyond any thing as those of affection ; his private and which an individual like himself could personal obligations to the gallant Compossibly offer : when he heard him state, manders, and those acting under them, that in his conception it exceeded any who performed such a signal service, thing ever yet performed by the British were of course added to those confideraNavy, he felt satisfied that every thing tions in their behalf which he had alreawas included which could possibly be dy adverted to. said upon the subject; those few em- Lord Hood made an eulogium on Adphatic words expressed more than the miral Sir Hyde Parker, Vice-Admiral greatest efforts of oratory from other Lord Nelson, and all under their com.. perfons; he principally rose to express mand. his own personal fatisfaction at thefe The motions were agreed to unaniglorious events, and his hope that their moully. advantageous tendency would prove

Friday, April 17. equal to the brilliancy of their atchievement, and that the event would show Mr M'Leod, the Proprietor, Printer, that the Northern War was terminated and Publisher of the Albion, who is now as soon as it had begun. His Lordship a prisoner in Newgate, under a sentence then particularly adverted to the great of the Court of King's Bench, was share which Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson brought up for a Breach of Privilege by had in the atchievement in question, a Publication in that Paper. Their and expatiated upon his fingular felicity Lordships fentenced Mr M‘Leod to fix in being chiefly instrumental, upon two months imprisonment, in Addition to great and important occafions, not only his present imprisonment, and to pay a in adding to the luftre of the British fine of 100l. character by so gallant a naval exploit, HOUSE OF COMMONS. bat effentially contributing to benefit the political circumstances of his coun

Tuesday, April 14. try.

The First Report of the Committee His Royal Highness the Duke of Cla- of Secrecy was presented; it stated, renu entered into a detail of the late that the disaffected persons in England, glorious victory. He particularly praised · taking advantage of the scarcity of protot felection which liad been made of visions, and the Repeal of the acts for the Officers to conduct the expedition Sufpending the Habeas Corpus, and for to the Baltic; better could not possibly Preventing Seditious Meetings, had tahave been made, particularly, he obferv. ken the paths of the United Iriilimen,

and

BREACH OF PRIVILEGE.

and had raised tumults in many parts of (Colonel Stewart,) who commanded a England, and that it would be necessary military force. Sir, this armament, thus immediately to renew these Acts, provided with knowledge, ikill and va

The bill for renewing the Suspension lour, proceeded to the mouth of the of the Habeas Corpus Act, was brought Sound, where they arrived on the 30th in, read a first, fecond, and third time, of the last month, after encountering and passed, after some opposition from considerable difficulties. Sir, I will not Sir Francis Burdett, Mr Tierney, Mr enter into the particulars at all; I can Sheridan, and Mr Nicholls. The House only say that they are only so many divided-For the second reading 1904 proofs of gallantry, skill and vigour, in Against it 34-Majority 156.

the commanders, discipline and courage Thursday, April 16.

in the men.

From the Sound the fleet THANKS TO SIR HYDE PARKER, LORD advanced to the inner road of CopenNELSON, &c.

hagen. It was impoflible for all the feet The Chancellor of the Exchequer.-"I to come into action, but the same courise, Sir, to move the Thanks of this rage animated all. Sir Hyde Parker, House to those distinguished Officers and with that skill and judgment, for which gallant Men to whom we are indebted he is so juftly eminent, selected those for that success which, as far as it could who were most fit for these different itabe detailed by official communication, tions, for the purpose of carrying on the is now universally known, through the attack on the line of battery at the enmedium of authentic publication. Sir, trance of the harbour. In that selection I' have the satisfaction to feel, and ex- it would naturally occur to him, as it press, that no atchievement of the pre- did occur, to consider that the splendour fent war, coupled with all its circum- and renown of Lord Nelson pointed him Itances, has contributed more to the ad- out as the fittest officer to take the acvancement of our interests, to the glory tive conduct of the attack, which, aof our efforts, or which has contributed greeably to his known fpirit, he had bemore towards fustaining the contest in fore offered, and I am happy to add, that which we are engaged, and bringing it the Conqueror of Aboukir did not show to a glorious termination, than that to more skill and bravery than the Victor which I am now calling the attention of of Draco at the harbour of Copenhagen ; the House-I mean the late brilliant but the merit of Lord Nelson did not victory over the Danish Fleet. Sir, the rest there. After having destroyed the plan, which has been so successfully car- whole line of battery, and obtained an ried into execution, was a plan devised entire triumph; anxious to prevent the by those who were in his Majesty's effusion of human blood, still recurring Councils at an early period of the pre- to, and retaining what he knew to be fent year. Preparations for carrying the principle on which he was instructthat plan into effect, were made foon af- ed to act, and which was indeed most

The plan itself was adopted by sincerely the wish of his Majesty's Gothose who are now the confidential ser- vernment, Lord Nelson renewed, by a vants of the crown, and executed under Message to the Crown Prince, those pathe direction of that knowledge, that cific offers which had been repeatedly skill, and general ability, which all who made, and to the failure of which alone, are acquainted with the promptitude, he said, must be attributed the disasters, the vigour, the dispatch, which have which might befal Copenhagen.. After marked all the efforts, and the glorious having destroyed the line of defence, effects of many of the actions of that under one of the heaviest fires which, character which now presides over the an experienced Officer declared, he ever Admiralty, will be most ready to ad- felt, Lord Nelson retired to his cabin, mire. For the execution, however, of and wrote a letter to the Prince Royal that plan, the great and eminent talents of Denmark, expressing his desire that a of Sir Hyde Parker, of the renowned flag of truce might be sent on shore; Lord Nelson, and the justly admired stating, that if such permission was deniAdmiral Graves, were employed; to ed, he would destroy the vessels and the which was added, the ability of a gal- floating baiteries; and if so, he could not lant and justly eíteemed officer, whom be anliverable for the lives of the brave we have the honour and happiness of re- Danes, by whom they were defended. cognizing as a Member of our own Body These were his words.-In reply, the Prince Royal desired to know, why a greater than it is (if that were pofil

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1 proposition for a truce came from him or if, in the course of human affairs, such who had been so successful.-Lord Nel- an event could happen to this or any nason replied, that the object of his mission tion upon earth,) such fuccess would not was noi the destruction of a brave peo- diminish the the linçere and most earnest ple, but to maintain the rights of his disposition on our part, to accomplish King and Country. His motives were the main object for which this war was humanity; he wished to spare the effu- undertaken, that of obtaining Peace on fion of human blood; and that no vic- fafe and honourable terins. I shall now tory would be so gratifying to him, as move you, Sir, that which united the dispositions of his “ That the Tharks of this House be gracious Sovereign and those of a Prince given to Admiral Şir Hyde Parker, for with whom he was desirous to continue his able and judicious difpofition of the in that harmony which had so long sub- force under his command, by which the fisted between them. Struck with the Danish Fleet and batteries, compofing magnanimity and singular generosity of the defence of the harbour of Copenhasuch a message from a Conqueror, the gen, were taken or deftroyed on the ad Prince instantly acceded to the proposal. of April 1801." In consequence of this, Lord Nelson

Lord Hawkesbury rose to join his triwent on shore. He was received on bute of applaufe to our gallant Officers Thoré by a brave and generous people, and Sailors, for their incomparable con(for such they proved themselves to be, duct upon this occasion.

His Right who had loft fight of their recent disas- Hon. Friend had stated the particulars ter) with the loudest acclamations of of this action fo fully and so clearly, that admiration. He was received by the he should not say any thing upon that Prince of Denmark also in a manner part of the subject. He should only obwhich does honour to that Prince. I serve, that it was with sincere fatisfacam not at liberty to detail the particu- tion his Majesty's Ministers could relars as I have received them from my flect, that none of the blood whieh had Noble Friend, ftating what passed on been shed could be attributed to them, that occasion, but I can affure the House that no effort had been spared by thern he displayed the politics of an able states.. to avert the consequences which ensued, man as eminently as he had formerly and that propositions of the most pacific those of a gallant and victorious naval nature had been made to the last day, officer.-He was received by Prince and nay, almost to the last hour, and, which People in a manner which did honour to he was sorry to say had been met with them, and to himself.--I should not, principles of a very opposite nature. It however, do justice to the feelings ex- undoubtedly must be a great fatisfaction presled by Lord Nelson, if I did not in- to his Majesty's present Ministers, and troduce the name of Admiral Graves of those whom they fucceeded, that they whom he speaks in the terms of the had been driven by the enemy to the highest encornium ; but he makes no in- measures they had adopted, and that vidious distinction of any kind, although every effort had been used by them to some are prominent in his approbation. avoid proceeding to extremities. He He says, that all the Officers and all the begged to express his entire concurrence men, did their duty moft faithfully and in the sentiments which had fallen from ably. Sir, I will detain the House no his Right Hon. Friend in the latter part longer than to add, if-what I trust in of his speech; he trusted that his Ma. God will never happen-if, inftead of jesty's Government would not be led by victory, we should have met defeat-if, success to forget that system of moderainstead of complete success we should tion, conciliation, and Peace, which, for have met difafter the firmness of this the interest of this country and of all country would have remained unshaken Europe, they had thought proper to -It would not have led us to propose adopt. What might be the result of or accept terms inconsistent with our vi- their pacific efforts it was imposlible for tal interest or honour. If, therefore, we him to state, because it must, in a great feel that we should have continued firm degree, depend upon the enemy. It though difafter had befallen us, so shall was the duty of Ministers to support the we be moderate in the hour of triumph — honour and dignity of the country, and and although our success were tenfold with that view they should think the

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molt fortunate result that could attend which I am impelled by every feeling this Victory, would be its leading to the of affection and gratitude; it is to move, General Pacification of Europe. that a tribute of respect and gratitude

Mr Pitt said, he only rose to detain on the part of the Public, be paid to the the House one moment, to declare his memory of two distinguished Officers fincere concurrence in every sentiment who fell in the late glorious actionwhich had fallen from his Right Hon. Sir, I will not dwell on that topic: Friend.

These Officers served their country most Mr Grey said, he was anxious to ex. ably and faithfully; and in the glorious press his gratitude to our gallant Com. contest they fell : Sir, I move, manders and Sailors; indeed upon this “ That an humble Address be prefubject he was sure there could not be sented to his Majesty, praying he will one diffenting voice. But he was not be graciously pleased to give directions only ready to give his thanks to the for a Monunient to be erected in St Officers and Sailors, but he thought Paul's Cathedral, in London, to the himself bound in candour and justice to Memory of the late Captains Mosfe and give credit to Government for the Riou who fell in the late glorious enpromptitude they had shewn upon this gagement, off the harbour of Copenhaoccasion. He was not only disposed to gen, and to assure his Majesty that this give every praise to the Noble Lord House will make good the expence atnow at the head of the Naval Depart- tending the same,

&c." ment, but to his Noble Predeceffor. I am sure the House may repose full He rofe with great satisfaction upon the confidence that the relatives of these present occasion, because he heard Mi- Officers will receive every consolation nifters profess sentiments of moderation they can derive from the paternal kindin the hour of Victory, he was therefore ness of their Sovereign, as well as the led to hope that this great success would respect and gratitude of the country.” lead to fincere Negociation and Peace. The motion was then put and carried His fatisfaction upon this occasion was Unanimously. increased, because he had not only to

Friday, April 17. applaud the gallant exertions of our The Seditious meetings bill was reNavy, but he had also to praise that ported and ordered to be read a third which was always the concomitant of time on Monday next.-[It is to be in true courage, viz. Humanity. He be- force for fix weeks after the next meetlieved this was the first Notification the ing of Parliament.] House of Commons had of the Country In a Committee on the bank note forbeing engaged in Hoftilities, was a Mo- gery bill, tion of Thanks for a Victory.

The Lord Advocate objected to the Mr Sheridan said, he concurred en- clause which related to Scotland, as the tirely in the sentiments of his Hon. bill would be particularly injurious to Friend (Mr Grey.) With respect to the banks in that country, and particuthe Maritime Rights of this country, larly that of Aberdeen, by obliging it to his opinion upon that point remained alter all its bills, and change the spiral unaltered; as to the question before the lines now used to fuch as were prefcribHouse, if the language with which they ed by this bill. He therefore hoped exprefled their gratitude was too weak, that the measure would not be precipiit was only because no language was tated. strong enough to express our feelings. The Attorney General said there was

The motion was then agreed to Una- no other bank in Scotland, but that of nimously, as also were separate motions Aberdeen, to which the objection was to the following purport :

applicable; and that it would not be “ That the Thanks of this House be right to interrupt a measure of so much given to Vice-Admiral Nelson, to Rear- public importance, and impeding the Admiral Graves, and to Lieut-Colonel immenfe circulation of the Bank of EngStewart, and to all the Officers under land notes, for a particular inconvenience the command of Admiral Sir Hyde Par. which may not cost more than 5l. for a ker, and to the Seamen, Marines, and new plate, and consume a few additional Soldiers, on board the Fleet.

quires of paper. In order, however, to The Chancellor of the Exchequer“I give time for offering any stronger objechave now, Sir, to perform a duty to tions, he should not objedito a fhort delay.

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