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their submitting to him, they had house would recollect, that it was made him their master. He meant not one offence only. The house “ the insignificant little fellow in had, in the first place, been insulted the wig." The speaker directed by the most improper and unparlia. the serjeant-at-arms should collect mentary language: and when it exthe

persons under his command, to pressed its sense of such conduct, remove Mr. Fuller by force from Mr. Fuller had burst out of the the house. It was with difficulty custody of the serjeant-at-arms; that the serjeant and four messen- had rushed into the body of the

, after a severe struggle, were house, and committed the most vin able to take him into custody, olent outrage. After such conduct

March 1, Mr. Perceval rose and as this, it was proposed to discharge stated, that he had been authorized the offender at the first sitting of by Mr. Fuller, now in the custody the house. There was no preceof the serjeant-at-arms, to express dent of any case similar to this ; the deepest regret for the outrage but even where members had been of which he had been guilty, and committed for improper language, to request, in Mr. Fuller's name, the house had direcied that they that he might be discharged. As should be reprimanded. But if this Mr. Fuller had thus expressed his motion was carried, the entry on regret forhis conduct, therefore, and the journals would be, that, after had thus apologized, he trusted the this unprecedented outrage, Mr. house would think that it expressed Fuller was discharged at the next its sense of the impropriety of such sitting of the house, cor.duct in a manner sufficiently Mr. Whitbread said, that he had strong, and that enough had been sat for twenty years in the house, done to support their dignity and and never witnessed such a gross authority. He concluded by mov- . Outrage as had been committed the ing, “ That Mr. Fuller be now dis- other night. He was present; he charged out of custowy."

saw it all; he heard ail; but would Lord Temple was sure that the not quote the language used. Those bouse must be aware how unplea- who were present would recollect sant it was to rise to speak in oppo- that it was only by an accidental sition to the most lenient proposal circumstance that the outrage had upon a personal question. But he been prevented from proceeding to could not, consistently with his sense the utmost excess of violence, After of what was due to the house this Mr. Fuller sent the house a sort and to the speaker, suffer such of an apology directed to the chanoutrageous conduct to pass with so cellor of the exchequer. slight a mark of the resentment of [Mr. Perceval here interrupted the house.

Mr. Whitbread, and said, that he Mr. Charles Wynne felt exactly understood the apology to be di. as his noble friend (Temple) had rected to the house, though it had described, in rising to speak on a been inclosed in a letter to him. ] personal question of this nature, Mr. Whitbread, in continuation, But he was convinced that the insised that it was directed to the house would not discharge its duty chancellor of the exchequer, and to itself, if it agrced to the motion taking up a paper from the table, now proposed. It was said that read, " I beg you will inform the wis was the first offence; but the house that I am sorry for what i

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have done, and beg leave 'to apo- But if he should be challenged
logize for my conduct.” This was to quote the words,, he thought
directed to the chancellor of the they were such as would leave no
exchequer. The paper itself showed doubt of the correciness of his con-
that such was the fact, and it was clusion. He must therefore oppose
impossible they could deny it. Of the motion,
the letter inclosing this apology the Sir R. Williams thought he
house knew nothing, as it was not might move, as an amendment,
on the table ; but after all, the “ that Mr. Fuller be brought to
apology was far from being couch the bar to apologize to the house ;
ed in very strong terms. Gentle, and that if the apology should be
men had talked a great deal lately deemed sufficient, he might be dis-
about their privileges. One man charged."
for a violation of them had lately Mr. secretary Ryder did not rise
been reprimanded at their bar, (see, with a view to diminish the sense
next chapter,] and another had been which the house appeared to enter-
sent to Newgate; and was the house tain of the insult offered to it.
to suffer an outrage within its walls, With a view to example, however,
the greatest outrage that had been he would propose an amendment
ever committed, to pass with this to the motion of his right honour.
slight mark of its sense of such con. able friend, viz. “ that Mr. Fuller
duct? When an honourable. ba- be called to the bar to be repri-
ronet, who was present at the time, manded by the speaker, and then
thought that he who committed this discharged.”
outraze ought to be sent to the The speaker said, that he thought
Tower, it would not perhaps be it right to state to the house, in jus-
considered as harsh, that he (Mr. tice to the individual whose con.
Whitbread) exnected a much more duct was now under discussion, that
ample apology; and even suppos- he had received a letter from Mr.
ing an ample apology to be made, Fuller, withen apology for expres.
he could not have thought it pos- sions which he had not heard ; and
sible that the offending person if he had heard them, the house
should be dismis-ed without a re- would give him credit, when he
primand from the chair. When said that they would not have
gentlemen who saw the outrage cperated in the least on his mind,
doubted, if it would be consistent except as connected with the dig,
with the dignity of the house to al. nity and authority of the house.
low the man who had so insultingly The ques in was ihen put, and
violated its privileges and rules the amendment carried ; when the
ever to sit there again, it was pro- speaker ordered the serjeant-al-arms
posed to dismiss the matter with to bring Mr. Fuller to the bar.
this meagre apology and slight con- Mr. Fuller was accerdin, ly brought
finement. Many gentlemen present in the course of a few minu es, when
had seen the outrage; all of them the speaker addressed him in sub-
had heard of it; the whole public stance as follows:
rang with it.

He asfiriced, that" “ Mr. Fuller, You stand at that not the house alone, but the speaker bar, in the presence of the conhad been insulted; he had heard he mons of the united kingdom in parlanguage used. He w uld not quote liament assembled, to receive the it, unless he was challenged to do declaration of their higli displed.

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sure. During the progress of the made,, from the early contrition business of a committee of the you evinced, on the very night in whole house, engaged in a most which the outrage was committed, important and solemn inquiry, your that you have a proper sense of offensive language and disorderly your error. The moderation with conduct required an immediate ap- which the house has acted in your peal to the house. When called case deserves your best acknowledge upon by the house to apologize for ment. But let not that moderayour error, you aggravated your tion mislead you, as to the motives offence by insuling its dignity; you by which it has been actuated : for disr garded the custodyto which you if in future you should fall into the were bound, by every consideration same or any similar offence, there of propriety and duty, to have sub- will remain for the house only one mitted, and broke into the body of measure to rescue its authority the house with clamour and out- from disgrace; one which must rage unparalleled. This is the head render it impossible for you ever to and front of your offending. As renew so presumptuous a contest. for myself, I feel no sentiment to. I am directed by the house to or. wards you, except that of regret, der you to be now discharged, and that any member of this house you are discharged accordingly, should stand where you now stand, paying your fees." under such circumstances. But we Mr. Fuller was then taken from hope from the apology you have the bar, and discharged.

CHAPTER III.

Sir Francis Burdert's Notice of a Motion respecting Captain Lake-Debate on

the Embezzlement Bil-Debate in the House of Lords on His Majesty's Mos. sage rispecting Poringal--Mr. Porke's Motion with respect to Gale Jones Examination and Commitment of Jahn Dran-Examination and Commitment of Gale JonesDean admonished and discharged-Sir Francis Burdett's Motion to discharge Gole Jones from Newga'sMr. Brougham's Motion on the Slave Trade Debate on the Marine Pay-Office Bill-Debate on the Ordnance Estimates.

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EB. 15. Sir Francis Burdett in the fact than the statement he had

the house of commons rose to seen in the public newspapers, in call the attention of the house to a which it was alleged, that a sea subject which he thought demand- captain, in the British service, had ed their serious consideration. He been lately brought to trial by a had no other authority relative to court-martial, for a most inhuman

act more.

was

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act of wanton and deliberate bar. by the court-martial to dismissal barity towards a British seaman on

from the service. That sentence board his own vessel. It was sta- had been carried into effect, and ted, that he had put this seaman the admiralty had no power to do ashere upon a barren rock in the Western Ocean without provisions,

Sir Francis Burdett thought, and exposed him to perish by fa- that a mere dismissal from the mine ; a circumstance which acci- service was not a punishment that dentally reached the knowledge of could give

could give satisfaction to the government through the American country for an act so atrocious, newspapers. This officer The honourable baronet was probrought to trial by court-martial; ceeding ; but and on being proved guilty of the The speaker rose to remind him, fact, he was merely sentenced to be that unless he had some specific dismissed the service. What the motion to offer, it was contrary to honourable baronet wished the established order of proceeding know was, whether the govern

for members to enter into discus, ment of the country meant to stopsions, when no question was before here with such a fact in proof-be- the house. fore them, and brought to light by Sir Francis Burdett bowed to the the merest accident? or, whether authority of the chair, but said, he they meant to take any further did hape that on a matter so ex, steps upon a subject so disgracelul traordinary, of so much importance to the service, so materially inter to the liberty of the subject, the esting to the life and security of spirit of the constitution, and the every seaman in his majesty's fleet; well-being of the navy, he might a circumstance which, if so slightly be indulged in a few observations, passed over, might have the most without being restricted under the serious effects in the nayal service. usual order of the house. (Here As no further steps were taken, there was a call of Chair, chair, nor seemed to be intended, by go

chair!) vernment, he felt it his duty, in The speaker again rose, and said, his place as a member of par- he felt it his imperative duty to liament, to call the attention of the remind the honourable baronet of house to this subject. He hoped, the established order of proceeding however, that government would in that house; and he must now not allow it to pass over without call upon the house for their suptaking some further steps ; fit, if port and assistance. (Chair, chair, such wanton and tyrannical occur. chair ! on every side.) rences were once suffered to ob- Sir Francis Burdett begged tain with impunity, there would leave just to remark, that he merebe an end of all order and good ly had risen to mention the matter government in our feets.

for the notice of his majesty's Mr. Ward said, he knew no. ministers, in hopes they would take thing more of the transaction than it up, and found on it some pro. that the captain, to whom he sup: ceeding. It was hard to throw posed the honourable baronet had 'the onus upon his shoulders, as it alluded, was bronght to a court- was no duty that belonged pecu. martial for the fact stated, had liarly to him. However, he thought been found guilty, and sentenced the subject so extraordinary, and

of so much, importance, that he convenience and embarrassment to should be prepared to give notice the public service. Gentlemen of of a motion on it in a day or iwo. respectability would not feel de.

And on the 16th, sir Francis sirous of engaging in the public Burdett rose to move, “that there service in places of great trust in be laid before the house the minutes the collection of the rever ue, with of the court-martial upon the ho- the penalty of transportation hangnourable Warwick Lake, late cap- ing over ihem, as would be the tain of his niajesty's ship Ulysses." case if this bill were to pass, and He did not know whether any ob- upon a charge so difficuli to be dejection would be made to the mo. fined, and so easy to be misrepretion; but if there should, he should sented and misconceived, as emturn his motion into a notice for bezzlement. Monday next.

Sir John Newport expressed After a short conversation be. some surprise at this delicate sentween Mr. Ward, Mr. Charles sibility on the subject of penalties Adams, sir Francis Burdett, and when they approached a public the chancellor of the exchequer, the office, where the son or the brother motion was agreed to, on its being of a great man might be affected. understood that the paper was He had stated the circumstance of called for by sir Francis Burdett,' a collector, who had abscónded with a view to make it the founda- with 27,0001. of the public money tion of some ulterior proceeding in in his hands, and had afterwards that house. See Chap. IV. been taken with seven thousand

Owing to some serious defalca. pounds of it in his possession, as tions among persons of high conse- the ground of this bill. In that quence in certain public offices, case, if the clerk of that collector noticed in other partsof this volume, had been guilty, he would have a bill was brought in, entitled The suffered death; but as the law at Embezzlenient Bill, to prevent the present stands, no adequate punishrecurrence of such evils.

It went ment could be inflicted upon the through several of its stages, and principal, and therefore the law on the 15th of February,

oflicers had not thought it advisable Sir John Newport moved that it to proceed against him. It was be reconimitted. The house having to remedy this glaring defect in the resolved itself into the committee, law that he had brought forward Mr. Lushington in the chair, the this bill. When he considered that committee was proceeding with the the right honourable gentleman bill, when

must have been a party to the passMr. Rose thought that some case irg of a bill imposing the penalty should have been laid before the of death on the clerk or cashier of a house by the honourable baronet, as bank for embezzlement; and also the ground upon which he had to the act rendering it a transportthought it right o bring forward alle offence to shoot, en snare, or this measure. He did not feel it kill, deer in a close, park, or padnecessary to augment the list of dock; he could not help admiring felories, i wi hout cause ; and he his tender sensibility on the present was apprehensive, that if the bil occa'ion. But whatever might be were to pass in its present forin, ie the tender sensibility of gentlemen, would be productive of great in- he would contend, that it was the

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