The question was then put on each of the resolutions moved by Mr. Whitbread, and carried in the affirmative. When strangers were re-admitted to the gallery, the house was debating on the 11th resolution. It appeared that Mr. Pitt had moved to leave out the concluding words, viz. "has been guilty of a gross violation of the law, and a high breach of duty," with the view of substituting these words—"has acted contrary to the intentions of the said act." After a long conversation Mr. Pitt obtained leave to 321 withdraw this amendment, in order that he might have an opportunity of proposing another in a preceding part of the same resolution. He proposed to insert after the words. "private interest or emolument," these words, "of Mr. Trotter." This amendment was warmly opposed. It was contended, on the one side, that the resolution ought to be left in its original ambiguous form, as it gave no opinion on the question of lord Melville's personal emolument; and that to throw the whole upon Mr. Trotter, would be pronouncing a decision, which the house, from the facts before them, were not competent to make.
§ Sir William Pulteney
suggested, that the words, "as acknowledged by lord Melville," in addition to those proposed by Mr. Pitt, would meet the ideas of both sides of the house.
§ Mr. Whitbread
said, he had no particular objection to this amendment. The words in his motion had been left general, because it was confessed that the sums were drawn out for private interest and emolument, but not specified directly whether for lord Melville as well as Mr. Trotter. In this way the motion was read by the chair. It then stood thus: "That the right hon. lord viscount Melville having been privy to, and connived at, the withdrawing from the bank of England, for the purpose, as stated by lord Melville of private emolument to Mr. Trotter, sums issued to lord Melville as treasure of the navy, and placed to his account in the bank according to the provisions of the 25 Geo. III. c. 31. has been guilty of a gross violation of the law, and a high breach of duty."
§ Mr. Windham
contended that after the clear elucidation of the case that the treasurer of the navy could answer whether he had not derived advantage from the public money, the words in the resolution ought to be left ambiguous.
§ Mr. Wilberforce
said, that not to brand the transaction by the epithets of gross violation of the law, and a high breach of duty, after the confession of lord Melville, would be ignominious to the house.
§ Mr. Sheridan
said, that the amendment made the motion almost nonsense. To say, in the first instance, that lord Melville con- 322 nived for 16 years, and then to fritter away the conclusion, was a most extraordinary way of acquitting his colleague.
persisting in his declaration that he would take the sense of the house, the gallery was cleared; but on the question being put on the motion as it originally stood, the speaker declared that the ayes had it, and Mr. Pitt did not push the house to a division. Before strangers were re-admitted, Mr. Whitbread had moved an address to his Majesty for removing lord Melville from his councils; and at the time the gallery was opened Mr. Pitt was proposing to postpone the consideration of this motion until Wednesday.
§ Mr. Fox
said, after the long debate which had already taken place, he should have no objection to the postponement of his hon. friend's motion provided it was understood that the house should not sit in the interval. He could not consent to a proposition which would leave to the house the chance of meeting again without having taken any step to remove a disgraced administration.
.—Certainly, in every view of the case, it is better that the house should adjourn to Wednesday next.
Adjourned at 5 o'clock on Tuesday morning to Wednesday.
List of the Majority Abbot, Right Hon. C. (Speaker.) Adair, R. Bouverie, Hon. E. Althorpe, Lord Brogden, James Adams, Charles Brodke, Charles Anderson, Sir J. W. Bart. Browne, F. John Andover, Viscount Browne, Isac H. Annesley, Francis Buller, James Anson, Thomas Bonbury, Sir C. Antonie, Wm Lee Byng, George Astley, Sir J. H. Bart. Calciaft, J. (Teller) Atkins, John Calvert, Nicholson Aubrey, Sir J. Bart. Cavendish, Lord G. Bradshaw, C. Cavendish, W. Babington, Thomas Cavendish, W. Bagenal, Walter Chapman, Charles Baker, John Coke, Thomas Baker, Wm. Coke, Edward Baker, Peter W. Cooinbe, H. C. Bamfylde, Sir C. Coolte, Bryan Bankes, Henry Coote, Sir Eyre Barclay, George Cornewall, Sir G. A. Barelay, George Courtenay, John Barelay, Sir Robert Cowper, Hon. S. Barham, Jos. Foster Croevey, Thomas Barlow, F. W. Curtis, Sir William Bastard, J. Pollexfen Curwen, J. C. Best, W. Draper Cumming,— Bligh, Hon. Thomas Daley, D. Bowes
Dennison, John Marsham, Lord Duncannon, Lord Martin, R. Daniel, F. Mathews, J Dickins, F. M'Mahon,. Douglas, Marquis Mellish, Wm. Dugdale, S. D. Metcalfe, Sir Theo. Dundas, Hon. L. Middleton, Sir W. Dundas, Hon. C. L. Milbanke, Sir. R. Dundas, Hon. G. H. L. Mills, C. Durand, J. H. Milner, Sir W. M. Ebrington, Lord Moore, G. P. Elliot, William Mordaunt, C. Erskine, Hon. Thomas Morpeth, Lord Fellowes, Robert Morris, Edward Foley, Hon. Andrew Mostyn, Sir T. Foley, Thomas Moore, P. Foljambe, F. Ferrand Newport, Sir John Fitzgerald, Rt. Hon. J. Noel, G. Noel Fitzpatrick, Rt. Hon. R. Neville,— Folkes, Sir M. B. North, Dudley Folkestone, Viscount Northey, Wm., Fonblanque, J. O'Brien, Sir Edward Fox, Hon. C. J. Ord, William Francis, Philip Osborne, Lord F. G. Frankland, William Ossulston, Lord Fuller, John Palk, Sir Lawrence Geary, Sir William Palmer, John Giles, Daniel Paxton, Sir William Godfrey, Thomas Pedley, J. Golding, Edward Peel, Sir Robert Gregor, Francis Pierse, H. Grenfell, Pascoe Pelham, Hon. C. A. Grenville, Rt. Hon. T. Petty, Lord Henry Grey, Hon. Charles Pierpoint, Hon. C. H. Grimston, Hon. J. W. Plumer, William Hamilton, Lord A. Ponsonby, Right Hon.W.B. Harrison, John Ponsonby, George Holland, Henry Portman, Ed. Berk. Holland, Sir Nathan, Poyntz, William S. Howard Henry Praed, William Huddlestone, John Price, Sir Charles Hughes, Wm. Lewis Prinsep, John Hulkes, James Pulteney, Sir W. Hurst, Robert Pytches, John Hussey, William Ridley, Sir M. W. Hutchinson, Hon. C. H. Robarts, Abram Jeffrey, John Russel, Lord Win. Jekyll, Joseph St. John, Hon. St. A. Jervoise, J. Clarke Salisbury, Sir Robert Johnstone, George Scott, Joseph Kensington, Lord Scudamore, John King, Sir J. Dashwood Shaftoe, Robert E. D. Kinnaird, Hon. C Shakespeare, Arthur Knight, R. Payne Shelley, Timothy Ladbroke, Robert Shelley, John Lambton, Ralph Sheridan, R. B. Langton, W. Gore Simpson. Hon. John Lascelles, Hon. Edward Smith, Wm. Lascelles, Hon. Henry Smith, Charles Latouche, John Somerville, Sir M. Latouche, Robert Spencer, Lord R Lawrence, French Stanley, Lord Lawley, Sir Robert Stanley,, Thomas Lemon, John Stewart Hon. Mont. Lemon, Sir W. Stewart, James Lefevre, Charles Shaw Symonds, Thomas P. Loveden, E. L. Tarleton, Banastre Lubbock, J. Taylor, C. W. Maddocks, W. A. Thornton, Henry Markham, J Thornton, Robert Manners, John Thornton, Samuel
Tierney, Right Hon. G. Whitbread, S (Tellery) Townshend, Lord J. Willoughby, Hon. H. Tyrwhitt, Thomas Wilberforce, Wm. Vansittart, George Williams, H. Walpole, Hon. G. Williams, Owen Walpole, Hon. H. Walsh, Sir B. Ward, Hon. J. W. Windham, Right Hon. W. Watson, Hon. George Wrottesley, Sir John Western, C. Callis Wynn, C. W. W. Wharton, John Young, Sir W. Wright, JohnAtkins
List of the Minority. Abercromby, Hon. G. Dundas, Rt. Hon. W. Adams, Wm. Dunlo, Lord Addington, Rt. Hon. Dupre, James Ainstic, R. S Elford, Sir W. Alexander, Boyd Eliot, Hon. W. Alexander, H. Ellison, R. Archdall, Richard Erskine, Sir W. Ashley, Hon. C Estcourt, T. Bagwell, William Everett, T. Bagwell, William Euston, Earl Baillie, Evan Fane, Francis Baldwyn, W. Fane, Henry Barne, Snowden Fane, John Bathurst, Rt. Hon. C. Fane, Hon T. Beaumont, T.R Farquhar, James Beresford, Lord G.T. Fellowes, W. H. Beresford, John Ferguson, James Binning, Lord Finch, Hon. E. Bloxham, Sir M. Fitzgerald, Rt. Hon. M. Bond, N. Fitzharris, Lord Brodie, James Fitzhugh, W. Brome, Lord Foster, Rt. Hon. J. Brooke, Lord Frederick, Sir .J. Bruce, Lord Fydell, Thomas Bruce, P.C Garland, George Buller, John Gibbs, V. Burrows, Sir W. Giddy, Davies Burton, N.C Glenbervie, Lord Calvert, J. Graham, T Campbell, J.A. Grant, F. W. Campbell, John Grant, Sir W. Campbell, Lord J. Greene, W. Canning, Rt. Hon. G. Greville, Hon. R. F. Cartwright, W.R. Gunning, R. Castlereagh, Visc. Hamilton, Sir H. Chuse, W. Hamilton,— Clephane, David Hamilton, H. Cline, W. Hamilton, Sir C. Clive. Hon. R. Hamond, Sir A. S. Cockerell, C. Hardman, Edward Colquhoun, James Harvey, E. Corry, Rt. Hon. I. Hawkins, Sir C. Cranley, Lord Hawthorne, C. S. Curzon, Hon. R. Heathcote, Sir W. Cust, Hon. J. Henderson, A. Dashwood, Sir H. Hill, Sir George Dent, John Hilliard, E. Devayiaes, W. Hobhouse, B. De Blacquire, Lord Hobson, A Dick, Quintin Holford, G.P. Dickenson, W. jun. Hope, Hon. Alex. Dickenson, W. sen. Hope, Hon. C. Dickson, W. Horrocks, J. Douglas, Sir Gee. Hunting field, Lord Duigenan, Patrick Huskisson, W. Dundas, Phillip Ioglis, Sir H. Dundas, Hon. R Jeffray, J.
Jepson, Denham, Scott, David Joddrell, H. Scott, Hon. J. Jolliffe, H. Scott, Sir W. Jones, Walter Scott, Claude Keane, Sir J. Scott, Samuel King Hon. E. Seymour, Lord R. Kingston, J. Sinclair, Sir John Lee, E. Sitwell, Francis Leigh, R. H. Sloane, Hans Leland, John Smith Sir W S. Loftus, W. Smith, J. A. Long, Rt. Hon. C. Smith, Spencer Longfield, M. Smyth, Rt. Hon. J. M'Kenzie, F. A. Sneyd, Nathaniel Louvaine, Lord Somerset, Lord C. Macnaughton, E. A. Somerset, Lord R. E. M'Dowall, W. Spencer, Lord F. M'Kenzie, F. A. St. John, Ambrose Manners, R. Stanhope, W S. May, Edward Staniforth, John Mildmay, Sir H. Steele, Rt. Hon T. Mtford, W. Steele, Robert Montgomery, P. Stephens Sir P. Moore, C. Stewart, Sir James Morgan, C. Steward, G T. Morland, W. Stopford, Lord Nepean, Sir E. Strachey, Sir H. Neville, Richard Strahan, A. Nicholl, Sir J. Strutt, J. H Norton, J. C. Stuarf Sir John Odell, W. Sturges, Bourne Osborne, J. Sudley, Lord Ormsby, C. M. Sullivan, Sir R. Paget, Hon. C. Spencer Smith Paget, Hon. E. Talbot, Sir G. Patten, Peter Thelluson, G. Patterson, J. Thelluson, P T. Pereival, Hon. S. Thynne, Lord G. Phipps, Hon. E. Thynne, Lord J. Pitt, Right Hon. W. Titchfield, Varquis Pitt, W. M. Townshend, Hon. W. Popham, Sir H. Trail, J. Pole, Hon. W. W. Turner, Edmund Porcher, T. D. Vanisittart, N. Preston, Sir R. Ward, Robert Pulteney, Sir J. Wallace, Rt. Hon. T. Rochfort, Gustavus Welby, Sir W. E. Rose, Right Hon. G. West, Hon. F. Rose, George H. White, M. Russel, M. Wigram, Robert Rutherford, J. Willet, T. W. Salusbury, Sir R. Wood, Mark Sargent, J. Wortley, J. S.