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THE

EDINBURGH

ANNUAL REGISTER,

FOR 1816.

VOL. NINTH.--PARTS I. AND II.

EDINBURGH :

Printed by James Ballantyne and co.

FOR ARCHIBALD CONSTABLE AND CO. EDINBURGH ;

LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN; AND

HURST, ROBINSON, AND CO. LONDON.

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CONTENTS.

CHAP. I.

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Opening of the Session of Parliament. Debates on the Address, and on the Treaties concluded with Foreign Powers in 1815. Motion for the production of the “ Christian Treaty." Financial Exposition by the Chancellor of the Exchequer,

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OHAP. II.

Debates on the Army Estimates. Petitions against the Property-Tax. Vote against

its continuance. The War Malt Tax is abandoned by the Minister. The Budget,

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CHAP. III.

Bill for the Regulation of the Civil List. Motion for abolishing the Office of one

of the Secretaries of State. Motion respecting the Augmentation of the Salaries of the Secretaries of the Admiralty. Motion concerning Salaries and Emoluments in Public Offices. Mr Grenfell's Motion concerning the Transactions with the Bank. Bank Restriction Act extended till 1818. Consolidation of the English and Irish Exchequers. 'New Silver Coinage,

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CHAP. IV.

Sir John Newport's Motion on the State of Ireland. Various Proceedings of Parliament connected with the Question of Catholic Emancipation,

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CHAP. V.

Report of the Committees on the Mendicity and Vagrancy, and on the Police of

the Metropolis. State of Manners as ilustrated in the Evidence led before these Committees,

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CHAP. VI.

Committee and Debates on the Purchase of the Elgin Marbles. Vote of a Monu

ment in Memory of the Battle of Trafalgar,

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CHAP. VII.

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Distresses of the Country. Debates on this Subject in the House of Commons.

Change produced in the Public Feeling by Reason of the Bad Harvest. Riots in the Counties of Suffolk, Cambridge, and Stafford. Meetings at Spafields, and Disturbances in the Metropolis. Orator Hunt. Marriages of the Princess Char. lotte of Wales and Prince Leopold of Saxe Cobourg Saalfield, and of the Princess Mary and the Duke of Gloucester. Death of Mr Sheridan,

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CHAP. VIII.

Causes of the British Expedition to Algiers. Nature of the Barbary Governments,

and of the l'iratical Expeditions which they authorise. Sir Sidney Smith's Proposal to the Congress of Vienna. Negociations of Sir Thomas Maitland and Lord Exmouth in the early part of this year. Massacre of Bona. Expedition under Lord Exmouth and Admiral Van de Capellen. Bombardment of Algiers. Terms of the Treaty with the Dey. Reflections,

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State of Affairs in France at the Meeting of the Chambers. Interesting Nature of

the Discussions commenced in these Assemblies. Bill for the Suspension of the Law securing Personal Liberty. Debate on this Occasion. Some Remarks on the Manner of Procedure in the French C rs, as contrasted with that of our Parliament. Bill respecting the Servi he Duke of Angouleme. Bill respecting Seditious Cries. Temporary Fun of Prevotal Tribunals, for the sake of summary procedure against Persons guilty of Seditious Practices. Trial of Count Lavalette. Account of his preceding Life--His Behaviour on the Morning of the 20th of MarchHis Condemnation and Appeal-He effects his Escape from Prison on the Night previous to the Day appointed

his Execution, disguised in his Wife's Clothes. He is assisted in his ulterior Escape by three English Gentlemen, Sir Robert Wilson, Captain Hutcheson, and Mr Bruce. Detection of this, and Trial and Condemnation of his Deliverers. Notice taken of this Transaction by the Prince Regent of England. Reflections,

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CHAP. X.

Debates on the Law of Amnesty. Necessity for a Law of this kind. Projet of M.

de la Bourdonnaye. Royal Projet. Amendments proposed in the Chamber of Deputies respecting the Regicides. Speech of M. Betizy. The Bill is carried, with the Amendments, in both Houses, by a great majority. Reflections. Celebration of the Anniversary of the Death of Louis XVI. Last Letter of Marie Antoinette is read to the Chambers, Speech of M. de Chateaubriand delivered upon this Occasion,

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CHAP. XI.

Debates concerning the Law of Election. Formation of the present Chamber of

Deputies. Misrepresentations of its Character. Increasing Coldness of the Majority towards the Ministry. Causes of this. Disturbances and Seditious Movements at Tarascon--at Lyons-in the Neighbourhood of Grenoblemand in Paris itself. Frustration of all these Plots. Declaration of the Principles of the Majority of the Chambers of Deputies. Prorogation of the Chambers—their sud. den Dissolution. Character of the Persons returned to serve in the Lower Chamber. The Viscount Chateaubriand is suspended from his functions as a Peer. Shipwreck of the Medusa frigate. Affairs of Germany-and of Spain,

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