§ Earl Pomfret took the Oaths and his Seat. Earl BATHURST laid on the Table the Report of the Committee appointed to search for Precedents respecting a Substitute for the Sign Manual. The Masters in Chancery, the Register of Chancery, and the Criminal Returns' Bills, were read a second time.
§ Petitions presented. Against Slavery, by Lord CALTHORPE, from certain Dissenters in Yorkshire:—And by the Marquis of LANSDOWN, from Camborne, Cornwall. By Viscount MELBOURNE, from Leeds, against the Punishment of Death for Forgery. By the Duke of GORDON, from Elgin, against the increased Duty on British Spirits. By Lord FARNBOROUGH, from the Miners of Allendale and Alston (Northumberland), complaining of Distress, and praying for an additional Duty on the importation of Foreign Lead. By Lord HOLLAND, against a Clause of the Birmingham Free Grammar School Bill, from the Dissenters of that Town; and from Dublin, against the increased Duty on Stamps in Ireland. By Lord KING, against the Window Tax, from the Parish of St. Luke, Middlesex. By the Marquis of LANSDOWN, from the County of Dublin, against the increased Duty on British Spirits.