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pended, and he would not agree to a ther its interference might be necesmoment's delay till the constitution sary.-Mr. C. Wynne thought it inwas restored. The motion had a ten- cumbent on the House to see what its dency to bring the kingly office into real situation was, whether that of a contempt, to shew that the crown parliament or a convention. In what might be placed upon a cushion, and capacity they now were he knew not, every thing go on as well, and without and nothing but a paramount necesinterruption. The House was placed sity could justify them in doing any in an aukward predicament from its act. The first object was to establish neglect to do, in the first instance, its the necessity, and then they might duty a duty which it was not difficult take up the question of expediency, to discover. The act, passed by a very whether to proceed to business, or to powerful faction respecting the Prince adjourn.-Mr. Sheridan was for the of Wales, should never have had his adjournment, thinking that it would be sanction. If the same course were now most agreeable to the feelings of his attempted, he should resist it. He Majesty when he recovered; for though would not go back to the people, and this was the fourth attack of the disor tell them that, after the constitution der, it should be recollected that the had been suspended for a fortnight, preceding recoveries gave hopes of one he had voted that it should be sus in the present instance. pended for a fortnight longer. No effort should be lost on his part to restore to the people the government of the constitution.
Sir Samuel Romilly declared his intention of voting against the motion, as, if it did not pass, the House would meet on the next day, and so on from day to day; which, in the present crisis, he thought to be the proper line of conduct. He had heard no reason advanced, why the House should put it out of its power to meet for a fortnight; nor did he think that, when the people were deprived of the protecting care of his Majesty, it was fit to tell the people that they should also, for a fortnight, be without the assistance and care of their representatives.—Mr. Bathurst saw no advantage in the House being adjourned from day to day. But Mr. Elliot conceived the immediate assembling of the House indispensible in the present awful crisis, which ought not to separate without a real knowledge of the fact, nor satisfy itself with the imperfect evidence on which the motion was grounded.—Mr. Wilberforce objected to the meeting from day to day, and saw no harm in the adjournment; trusting, however, that they would be better prepared, at the end of a fortnight, to consider the evidence which might then be laid before them.'
On the division, there appeared for the motiont 343; and against it, 58.Sir Francis Burdett was, according to the custom of the House, teller for the minority: and the noble spirit of the worthy Baronet, on his first meeting the House after their conduct towards him, will be highly pleasing to every lover of his king and country.
Mr. Tierney did not think that the motion was founded upon sufficient, evidence, and contended that, when Providence had deprived them of a King, it was unbecoming to deprive themselves, by their own act, of a parliament.-Lord Archibald Hamilton was decidedly of opinion, that the House, in such a crisis, should adjourn only from day to day, and should therefore vote against the motion. Mr. Fuller saw no disadvantage in adjourning, as the enemy could not put a ship to sea, and the French were retreating, he hoped, from Lord Wellington. Mr. Ponsonby stated, that he should not have objected to the adjournment made on the first day, had he been present at the meeting. The conduct of the mover had, he said, placed him in a painful and delicate situation. He did not approve of taking a man's word upon such an occasion, yet, as the certificates of the physicians gave hopes of recovery, he could not oppose the motion. Mr. Canning conceived this to be a question in which there might be difference of sentiment without impeachment of motives. They could not proceed to any act except that of adjourning, without entering into any enquiry, which, for the present, might rather be dispensed with. He thought it no dereliction of duty in the House to pause for a short time to see whe
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roads in that direction and the Fort at Abrantes; but I conclude that the rains which have fallen within these few days will have swelled that river, and that these troops will have retired again. They are still reported to be at work upon materials for a bridge both at Santarem and Barquinha: but I have detached Major-General Fane with a body of cavalry and infantry to the left of the Tagus, from whom I hope to receive accurate accounts of what is passing opposite to him on this
Pero Negro, Nov. 3, 1810. MY LORD, I have not observed any alteration in the enemy's position or numbers since I addressed you on side; and he will endeavour to destroy the 27th ult. They have a consider- these materials, if it should be prac able body of troops principally ca- ticable. It is reported by all the devalry, on the Tagus, between Pun- serters that the enemy's troops conhete and Santarem; and I have reason tinue to suffer great distress from the to believe that Loison's division of in- want of provisions. It is impossible fantry had not marched in that direc- to form an estimate of the quantity of tion, as I reported to your lordship provisions which they found in the they had in my last dispatch; some villages on the ground which they ocof the corps composing that division cupy; but it is certain that they can have certainly remained in the camps draw none from any other part of the in front of this army. The enemy country, the whole being in the poshave pushed some troops across the session of our troops. The garrison Zezere above Punhete, principally of Peniche, and the garrison of Obidos, cavalry, apparently to reconnoitre the which place Captain Fenwick, of the
Portuguese service, has lately occupied, under the direction of BrigadierGeneral Blunt, and the British cavalry, continue to carry on a destructive warfare in the rear of the enemy's right, while the high road from Coimbra by Leyria is in the possession of Colonel Wilson's detachment. I enclose a letter from Marshal Beres
ford, on the effects of the operations of Brigadier-General Blunt and Captain Fenwick. I have received no letter from General Silveira of a later date than the 19th of October. He had not at that time heard of the march of any of the enemy's troops in Castile. He occupied with his detachment the roads from Almeida to Trancoso, Celerico, and Guarda. He had heard that General Bonnet had evacuated the Asturias; and, it is supposed, had moved into Biscay. I have letters from Estremadura and Castromarin of as late a date as the 27th of October, stating that Mortier's corps was still at Seville, in a very inefficient state, and having many sick. My last accounts from Cadiz are of the 22d ult.
Downing-street, November 24.
A dispatch, of which the following is an extract, was last night received at Lord Liverpool's office, addressed to his lordship by Lieut.-General Viscount Wellington, dated Pero Negro, Nov. 10, 1810.
which Marshal Massena had reported to the emperor as having voluntarily entered the French service) had driven in the out-posts of the present garrison at Almedia.
LONDON GAZETTE, NOV. 20.
Transmitted by Sir R. Curtis, Bart.
Diana, off La Hogue, Nov. 10. SIR,I have the honour to inform you, that though the wind was strong from N. E. and N. E. by N. on Monday evening the 12th inst. with a very heavy sea, I thought it probable that the enemy's frigates might endeavour to push out, I therefore placed the ships in the best position I could suppose, and at half-past twelve on Tuesday morning we found ourselves in shore of them; the wind having backed to N. by E. threw them considerably to windward of us, but prevented their getting round Barfleur; we were so near as to fire two broadsides at them before they got under the batteries of Marcou. At that time Capt. Loring, in the Niobe, had pushed in shore, in hopes of cutting off the sternmost ship, which he had nearly effected, but the wind blowing fresh from the N. and E. with a heavy sea, and the flood tide about to make, we could not prevent their getting through the narrow passage on the west end of Marcou. On Tuesday forenoon they weighed, and remained under sail, close under the batteries of Marcou for several hours, and in the evening got into La Hogue Roads, we having been driven to the N. of Barfleur by the ebb tide, the wind easterly. On the Wednesday morning I sent Captain Loring in the Niobe to give Capt. Malcolm, in the Donegal, information of the situation of the enemy's ships, and made all sail in this ship to the anchorage off La Hogue, and, on my approaching it, had the satisfaction to see one of the enemy's frigates run on shore. I anchored at one P. M. and continued so until morning, when I perceived that the other of the enemy's frigates seemed to be in a position where she might be attacked; I weighed on the first of the flood and made sail for her,
Nothing of any importance has occurred since I addressed you on the Sd instant. The enemy reconnoitred Abrantes on the 5th inst. and under cover of that operation, moved a small body of cavalry and infantry through Beira Basa towards Villa Velha, evidently with an intention of obtaining possession of the bridge on the Tagus at that place. They found it, however, destroyed, and this detachment returned to Sobriera Formosa. I have a letter from Gen. Silviera, of the 3d inst. from Francoso. He had his detachment on the Coa, and one of them (consisting of a battalion of the 24th regiment, which had been in garrison at Almeida during the siege, and