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The bill for building a new jail in the city of Waterford, was read a fecond time, and committed for the 8th day of March.

The bill for regulating the qualification of electors, read a fecond time, and committed for Monday.

The bill for procuring a provision for the widows and children of deceased clergy, read a second time, and committed for Tuesday next.

The bill for regulating the inland fifheries of Ireland, was read a second time, and committed for Tuesday next.

The bill for the more effectual registering of freeholders, and the explanatory election bill, were read a second time, and committed for Tuesday next.

The bill for the relief of insolvent debtors under a certain defcription, different from the bill now pending in the House for the relief of debtors in custody, was read a second time, and committed for Wednesday.

A committee was struck to take into consideration the state of the fisheries in Ireland, and to call for persons and papers, and to fit on Monday next.

Monday, MARCH 1, 1784. The Right Hon. Mr. Gardiner reported to the House, that his Grace the Lord Lieutenant had been attended with the congratulatory address of this House to his Grace, and that thereupon his Grace was pleased to return the answer following:

“ I sincerely thank the Houfe of Commons for their congratulations, and for the just opinion they entertain of my earnest desire to promote the prosperity and happiness of Ireland.”

Ordered, That his Grace the Lord Lieutenant's answer be entered on the journals of this House.

Mr. Chatterton said, that actuated by humanity alone he begged leave to press one word in favour of the insolvents, a set of men who called aloud on the feelings, and he trusted would therefore excite the humane attention of the House. He said, that his humble motion was, that the committee of the whole House, appointed to take into consideration a bill for the relief of insolvent debtors, be impowered to receive a clause, that any person applying for the benefit of the act for the relief of infolvent debtors in actual custody, shall not be obliged to pay any fee or fees to the officer of any court, or to any person, either for his discharge in pursuance of this act, or for any petition, affidavit or other proceeding to be had preparatory thereto; nor that such discharge or such petition, affidavit or other proceeding, be required to be stamped, or be liable to any duty payable to the crown.

The Provost seconded the motion.

And the question being put, it was carried in the affirmative, unanimously.

It was also ordered, that the said committee be impowered to receive a clause to compel all persons who are prisoners for debt, and who chuse to continue in prison, to deliver up to their creditors their estates and effects upon oath, in order to fatisfy their juft debts.

Mr. Chatterton presented a petition from Felix Pritchard. This unfortunate gentleman's case was verified by affidavit, he had been a prisoner for debt only, in the gaol of Philipstown, for three years past, where he had suffered many hardlhips, for a considerable time past, loaded with irons of at least eleven pounds weight, often deprived of the use and benefit of fire ; and when in the late inclement season he procured firing for his victuals, it was at the peril of his life a fire could be lighted up in the place of his confinement for want of ventilation, by which he was in great danger of suffocation. Mr. Chatterton pathetically appealed to the feelings of every gentleman, and called on their fensibility in favour of this unhappy object of their pity and commiseration.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee of the whole House, appointed to take into further consideration a bill for the relief of insolvent debtors.

He then moved, That the gaoler of Philipstown do attend this House, on Monday morning next.- Ordered accordingly.

Mr. Chatterton, according to order, presented to the House a bill for the better regulating elections of members to serve in parliament, for counties, cities and towns corporate, where the right of voting is in freeholders only, or in freeholders and freemen; and for afcertaining the qualifications of persons to vote at such elections, and to direct the proceedings of theriffs and other officers in the electing and returning luch members; which was received and read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Saturday next.

Right Honourable William Brownlow presented a petition of the gentlemen, clergy, freeholders and inhabitants of the county of Armagh, praying a reform in the present state of the representation of the people in the parliament of this kingdom. · Ordered, That the said petition dò lie on the table for the perusal of the members.

Sir Richard Johnston wished to be informed by the Right Honourable Member (Mr. Brownlow) whether the Armagh petition

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had been signed by the freeholders exclusively, or also by those who were not freeholders, and by what number? As he was in. formed the freeholders of tbe county of Armagh did not far exceed the number of 2000; this would throw fome light on the matter. However, if others as well as freeholders had signed it, he thought the country much obliged to them for this instance of their care to the constitution.

Mr. Brownlow informed the Honourable Member, that the freeholders were 2500 in number ; of these 1440 had signed the petition. It had been figned by near 5000 others, who were perfons of character and property, sufficient to be freeholders, and who therefore ought to have votes.

Right Honourable Hercules Langford Rowley, presented a petiţion of the gentlemen, clergy, and freeholders of the county of Meath, praying a reform in the present state of the representation of the people in the parliament of this kingdom.

And the question being put, that the said petition be read. It was carried in the affirmative.

And the fame was read accordingly.

Ordered, That the faid petition do lie on the table for the perufal of the members,

Right Honourable Edward Cary, presented a petition of the freeholders of the county of Londonderry, praying a reform in the present state of the representation of the people in the parliament of this kingdom.

Ordered, That the said petition do lie on the table for the perufal of the members.

Mr. Travers Hariley, presented a petition of the freemen and freeholders of the city of Dublin, praying a reform in the prefent state of the representation of the people in the parliament of this kingdom,

Ordered, That the said petition do lie on the table for the perufal of the members,

Sir Hercules Langrishe faid; on Mr. Hartley's presenting the Dublin petition, that doubtless the citizens were actuated by the most friendly mutives to their neighbours, when they made such heavy complaints of their grievances. They could have no intete i Chemielves in redrelling hardships they did not feel. That they did not feel them was manifest from the proper choice they had made of their present members. However, as he was a friend to the rights of the subject to petition, he would give his consent to receiving the petition, though he was convinced, it would be found on rigorous examination, subversive of the constitution and government.

Mr. iuriley thought the citizens of Dublin had abundant reason to complain of the present state of'representation. The elec: tors of Dublin, among whom were many of the first and most respectable characters in the kingdom, amounted to 4000, and had but two representatives, when the most insignificant and depopulated borough returned the fame number.

Sir Richard Butler presented a petition of the gentlemen, clergy, and freeholders of the county of Carlow, praying a reform in the present state of the representation of the people in the parliament of this kingdom.

Ordered, That the said petition do lie on the table for the peru. sal of the members.

Right Honourable John Foster, presented a petition of the gentlemen, clergy, and freeholders of the county of Louth, praying a reform in the present state of the representation of the people in the parliament of this kingdom.

Sir Edward Newenham faid, he could not help noticing the manner in which the petition of the relpectable electors of the county of Louth was delivered ; until it was read, he did not think it was more than an insolvent petition, for the manner it was thrown on the table appeared to him very ungraci

ous.

Mr. Foster said, he had been informed that some member had made observations on his manner of delivering the petition; he might not deliver a petition with that degree of elegance the Honourable Knight did, but no man could accuse him of want of respect to the electors, as those of the county of Louth; and that they were entitled to respect, equally with those of any other county.

Sir Edward Newenham replied. Mr. Speaker, I am the member alluded to, therefore, I repeat my words ; that the manner of delivering the petition was ungracious.—1 resented it on behalf of those respectable electors who signed the petition, and I maintain it was indecently offered to the HouseI am as much the friend of that respectable county as the Right Hon. Member. I stood up for their character and consequence.

Ordered, That the said petition do lie on the table for the perusal of the members.

Sir Edward Newenham presented a petition of the sheriff and freeholders of county of Dublin, praying a reform in the present state of the representation of the people in the parliament of this kingdom; he added, he never made a motion or tendered a resolution with more zeal or warmth, than he did this unanimous desire of his constituents-it was penned with moderation, and founded in justice.

Ordered, That the said peti.ion do lie on the table for the perufal of the members.

• The Right Honourable the Provost presented a petition of the freemen and freeholders of the county of the city of Cork, praying a reform in the present state of the representation of the people in the parliament of this kingdom.

Ordered, That the faid petition do lie on the table for the perufal of the members.

Mr. Sackville Hamilton being chosen a burgess for the city of Clogher, in the county of Tyrone, and also a burgess for the borough of Rathcormuck, in the county of Cork, made his election to serve for the said city of Clogher.

Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do issue his warrant to the Elerk of the Crown to make out a new writ for electing a burgess to serve in this present parliament, for the borough of Rathcormuck, in the county of Cork.

Mr. William Ogle presented a petition of the gentlemen, clergy, freemen, and freeholders of the county of the town of Drogheda, praying a reform in the present state of the representation of the people in the parliament of this kingdom.

Ordered, That the said petition do lie on the table for the pefusal of the members.

Colonel Gore presented a petition of the gentlemen, clergy, and freeholders of the county of Longford, praying a reform in the present state of the representation of the people in the parliament of this kingdom.

Ordered, That the said petition do lie on the table for the peTusal of the members.

Mr. Peter Latouche presented a petition of the freeholders of the county of Leitrim, praying a reform in the present state of the reprelentation of the people in the parliament of this kingdom.

Ordered, That the said petition do lie on the table for the perufal of the members.

Right Honourable Owen Wynne presented a petition of the gentlemen, clergy, and freeholders of the county of Sligo, praying a reform in the present state of the representation of the people in the parliament of this kingdom.

Ordered, That the faid petition do lie on the table for the perufal of the members.

A petition of the inhabitants of the corporation of Newtownardes, praying a reform in the present state of the representation of the people in the parliament of this kingdom, was presented to the House.

Ordered, That the said petition do lie on the table for the perusal of the members.

Mr. O'Hara presented a petition from the county of Sligo.—He faid, it was conveyed in language the most respectful to parlia.

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