New Zealand Gazette and Wellington Spectator, Volume I, Issue 20, 22 August 1840, Page 4
We have English intelligence to the 2nd of April, and -present our readers with a few extracts. ' [PROM THE "AUSTRALASIAN CHRONICIE."]
The "Globe (the organ of the Ministry) ■ isports thatthe Queen is encbijw&s*.--,. . -. %*' The Whigs were in office, but on the 26tli "March they were defeated in the House of Commons for the fourth time this season. As-a'set off to the fresh Municipal Corporation Bill, Lord Stanley introduced a Bill, in order to assimilate the registration of Voters in Ireland with that in practice in England. This was opposed by the Ministry, and the O'Connellites with great ferocity; but on the division, there were in favour of the Bill, 250, against it, 234, majority against the Ministry 16. As soon as this division was declared, Colonel Sibthorpe addressed the Speaker, and said that, after that, he hoped the noble lord (John Russell), would continue to humbug the country no longer. But it would appear, the Ministry continued to hold on.
The principle measures before Parliament were, a bill to re-unite the provinces of Upper and Lower Canada, and a bill introduced by Lord Stanley to regulate the registration of voters in Ireland. The Canada bill provides for the election of thirty-nine representatives from each of the provinces, to meet in one house of assembly; for the appointment by the Crown of the members of the legislative council, not fewer in number than twenty, who -will retain office for life; the resumption by the Crown of the duties surrendered to the house of assembly by Lord .Ripon ; and the grant of a permanent civiriist of £27,000 per annum, out of which fund the governor, the judges, and other functionaries of the government are to be paid ; and from the same source the crown will be empowered to grant pensions to the amount of £5,000 or £6jOOO a year. The debt of Upper Canada is to become the debt of the United Proviuces. Municipal institutions are to be extended in Upper Canada, and planted in Lower Canada ; waste lands to be sold, and the pro.ppeds to be applied to promote emigration, on the principles established by Mr. Wakefield. ' A separate bill had been previously- introduced, by which the lands reserved for the Protestant clergy are to be sold for- the endowment of all sects of Christians in- the colony. It passed in the Commons with some opposition, but when presented in the House of Lords there was a disposition expressed to ' muster the Bishops and their adherents against it.
Rumoured Changes in the Cabinet. — j There seems, an absolute certainty of a i change-^ the construction of the cabinet. I One -report is, and it is from high quarters, I that Lord Brougham is to come in as Lord Privy Seal, in lieu of Lord Lansdowne, and to lead in the Lords-for ministers. Another is that Lord Howick and Charles Wood are to return to office on the retirement of Lord . Melbourne^ but at, any rate it seems to be avowed that material changes are to take place, and are now in progress, with a view j to the retirement of the Juste Milieu party, , and the infusion of fresh forces from the J «xtreme Liberals. * '• On the 24th March Sir W. Molesworth gave notice of a. motion for Tuesday, 7th April, to call the attention of the House to : -the report of the Transportation Committee. ! The University of Oxford has dubbed Prince Albert a Doctor of Civil Law. A "Protestant" meeting was held on the 26th March, at the Freemasons' Tavern, at which resolutions were passed in opposition to the Irish Municipal Bill," which was described as a measure, calculated to promote Popery and overthrow, Protestantism. j The death of Mr. Roderick O'Connor, a master in the Irish Court of "Chancery, has set the lawyers of Dublin on the Qur vive. The place is said to be worth from £3,000 to £4,000 a year. A strong controversy is-going on between the ministerial and opposition journals respecting the policy of the war with China. The questions of " Cash and Corn" also occupy much of the public attention. " The practical results of the Penny Postage, so far as they have been ascertained, are said to be highly satisfactory. The accouchement of the Duchess de Berri took place on the 12th March. The sex" of the royal infant is not mentioned. Prince Albert — Friday night's "Gazette" announces that the Queen has invested Prince Albert with the insignia *of "a Knight -Grand Cross of the Bath. It is also announced to be" Her Majesty's pleasure, trat the Eleventh- Regiment of Light Dragoons should be armed, clothed, and equipped as Hussars, and be called Prince Albert's own. His Royal Highness Prince Albert has signified to Lord Burgherst his intention of "becoming a patron of the Royal Academy of Music, also an annual contributor to a very literal amount.
House of Commons, March 12.— 1n reply to a question from Mr. Acland, Lord John Russell said the papers relative to the grant of £30,000 for the purposes of national education would be .printed forthwith. Mr. Goulburu repeated a -question he ljad asked on a former night,' relative to an exclusive tsystemwof v educa*ion. J in New South " Wales. Lord Jolmjlussell- said he* had received no further information b,n the subject.
Expedition to GftiNA. — We are enabled to lay before our readers this week a correct; statement of the particulars of the vessels which have already sailed, and are yet to sail, for the purpose of vindicating British honour on the coast of China. The Blenherm, 74 guns, sailed direct for. China from- Portsmouth, 17th February;. Melville, 74 guns, from the Cape f Wellesley, 74 guns, from" the. Indian station ;' Blonde, '46, direct from Plymouth, 26th February ; Druid, 48; from the Cape, via Sydney, sth November;.' Plyades, 18, direct from Plymouth, 23rd February; Nirarod, 20, from Plymouth, 24th February, with duplicate instructions for Admiral Elliot ; Modeste, 18, from the Cape, sth November; Wanderer, 18, sailed for the Cape of Good Hope on the 12th of February, from Plymouth, with orders to Admiral Elliot to, proceed with all his corvettes and take the' command in China. Besides these- ship's, another seventy-four has been dispatched. At Portsmouth there are now' waiting orders, the Pique, 38 ; Andromache, 28 ; ,ten vessels •from the Indian station, from 18 to 28 guns each, part of the Indian navy ; two vessels frdm^the Cape - station, 18* guns ,each ; two from the South American station, 18 and 28 guns each ; two from the New South Wales station, 18 aud 28 guns each; and two large steamers, supposed to be the Sesostris and Queen.
It is said that the • Duke of Wellington, in compliance with the advice of his medical attendents, has determined to retire from active life, at the close of the present session.
Mr. Villiers has ."postponed his motion on tlie corn laws from Thursday^ the 26th to Tuesday, the 31st March. At the levee, on Friday, Sir Moses Montefiore was presented to her Majesty by his Grace the Duke of Norfolk, on his return from a tour in .the Holy Land. Sir Moses presented an address of congratulation from the British Jews.
The Leicester petition for the repeal of the corn laws has received 14,000 signatures.
At.-.the Salisbury assizes, three. Chartists, W. P. Roberts', an attorney at Bath, Win: Carrier, and Wm. Potts, were convicted ; *bf treasonable and seditious language at a meeti 1 ing held at Devizes on the. Ist of April, and sentenced to two years' imprisonment.
The New French Ambassador, M. Guizot, is a Protestant, being the first on record.' His Excellency rises eve*ry morning at six o'clock, and at seven his secretary is in attendance.
Falmouth, in Jamaica, and Port Melbourne, in New South Wales, have been declared freeand warehousing ports. Count Esterhazy, chamberlain of the Emperor of Austria, died in. March. Temperance, — It is impossible to shut one's eye to the great moral revolution now in course of being effe'eted throughout the southern parts of Ireland, through the agency of the Rev. Theobald Mathew. It is stated that nearly a million of individualshave taken the temperance pledge at his hands, and that a case of relapse is rarely, if ever, met with., — Globe. Stonyhurst. — The Jesuits of Stonyhurst College, in the county-of Lancaster, applied^, in December, 1838, to liorji^o^^Rjjs^ell j for the privilege of being incorporated vlthj the University of London, and,issuing "certi-; ficates to such of their students as were desirous of becoming candidates for degrees in that uuiversity, We are happy to learn- that her Majesty has been graciously pleased to confer on them this privilege by warrant,, dated February 24, 1840;" " ' " '"* We regret to state that the late overland despatch from India brings intelligence from South Australia of the death of that distinguished and indefatigable officer, • Colonel William Light, which took place at Adelaide on the 16th October last, and we cannot but fear from his last letters to his friends in England, that it has been hastened by. the* ungrateful treatment he had experienced! which eventually broke his gallant hear,t and) spirit. * ' " j It is spoken of as a ,certainty Jhat Charles' Kemble will perform for /twelve nights previous to his final secession .from the 'stkge, he having accepted the tempting offers of Madame Vestris. Since the arrival of the 79 Highlanders in Manchester, twenty of the soldiers'- have" been bought off by respectable young women. The Neapolitan official " Gazette" contains a royal ordinance, restoring the order of St. John of Jerusalem, and restoring the eighty Commanderies to the Knights of Malta.