HC Deb 08 February 1804 vol 1 cc423-4

Before the gallery was opened, we understand that Sir John William Anderson presented a petition from Messrs. Boydells, which he prefaced by observing, that the exertions of those gentlemen had tended, in the greatest degree, to encourage the arts in this country. Before they undertook an extensive and liberal specula ion connected with that subject, scarcely any other prints worth looking at were to be seen but French prints, imported here; but through the means of their efforts, the graphic productions of this country had obtained an extensive circulation upon the Continent, as well as they had deservedly attained a decided superiority at home. Unfortunately, however, the French revolution, that curse upon the human race, had in a great measure put a stop lo the circulation upon the Continent of those productions. The Messrs. Boydells it was almost needless to state, were highly honourable men. Mr. John Boydell was a member of the court of aldermen, and had served the offices of sheriff and lord mayor of the city of London; he was now at the advanced age of S5, and wished to be enabled to lay his head upon his pillow with the conscious satisfaction of having discharged all the demands of his creditors. The prayer of the petition was, that leave might be given to bring in a bill to enable Messrs. Boydells to dispose of their magnificent collection of prints by way of lottery. The petition was received without opposition, and ordered to be referred to a Committee to report their opinion thereon to the House. —The House proceeded to ballot for two Committees, to try the merits of the petitions complaining of undue elections at Southwark and Durham, when the following members were chosen to try the Southwark petition: Wm. Burroughs, Esq.; R. Holt Lee, Esq.; James Buller, of West Loot, Esq.; G. P. Moore, Esq.; Sir Wm. Paxton; James Porter, Esq.; John Palmer, Esq.; C. Chaplin, Esq.; James Traile, Esq.; James Farqnhar, Esq.; D. North, Esq.; Hon. G. Lowry Cole; John Baker, Esq.—The Speaker then stated that the petitioner having waved his right of appointing a nominee out of the members present at the time of the ballot, he observed that the Act of Parliament made no provision for the case of two Committees being appointed for the same day, for there was no clause forbidding the members, in causing a nominee, to fix upon a member who might be drawn upon the other Committee, which would certainly be productive of great inconvenience.—The members then withdrew and chose D. P. Coke, Esq. The nominee for the silting member is T. B. Bernard, Esq.—The members chosen to form the Durham Committee were: T. D. Lambe, Esq.; C. Mills Esq.; Right Hon. Thomas Steele; Right Hon. Lord G. Thynne; Theophilus Metcalfe, Esq.; W. S. Stanhope, Esq.; R. Archdale, Esq. Sir M. Le Fleming; J. Langham, Esq.; H. Sibthorpe, Esq. Geo. Anth. Le Keck, Esq.; John Dent, Esq.; honourable George Cranfield Berkeley, &c.—Nominees. J. Raine, Esq.; Lord Dunlow.—The commissioners for the reduction of the national debt, brought up their annual account for the year ending the 31st January, 1604. Ordered to lie on the table. Mr. Secretary Yorke moved, that there be laid before (he House, an account of the different sub-division muster rolls throughout the kingdom. Ordered.—Petitions were presented from the prisoners confined for debt in the gaols of Maidstone and Ayles bury, praying for relief. Ordered to he on the table.—The Sheriffs of London appeared at the bar, with petitions from die aldermen, &c. of the city of London, praying, that the powers granted by former acts be enlarged, for raising a further sum of money for improving the port of London, and for widening the entrance into the city by Temple Bar. The petitions were referred to a Committee.—The Duke of York's Estate Bill, and the Portugal Corn Indemnity Bill, were read a second time, and committed for tomorrow.—The Secretary at War brought up the estimate of the barrack department for 1804. Ordered to be printed.