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   Courier (Newspaper) - May 22, 1806, London, Middlesex                                Mir 22, 1806. ARMY CONTRACT.. .  ..     Commissary Cieneral's Office, Vrent George-sUeet, London,"May 2f, 1806. Notice U hereby givett^ that the Commisiafy. Gexefai is^e^dy to receive Pi-ofiidhfir supplyhtg such cf Us Majesty^ Troops as may be,itncampeainthe course of the ireseiitytiiTi In Southern U'stt'iS, camprhi/tg tha Counties 0/Kent and!; Sussex, tviib BREAH, FORAGE StltAW, and FUE.L, such fmposait to.le seniin en or he-Jore iBe 7,ii1> iastdiii fobserving that none ^uill he feee'ved after Ttvel-ve'o'ClaCkin that day), and ij sent l>y Bott, tte postage miisi iepaid.; � The Fropasals musi contain-tic names oj two good Suretiel, 'with their places ofi esidente, and no Tender tulll be noticed \un~ less the prices ^ha/lSeiexpressed in words at length, and l6t Party^ nrjlKir Agent, shall attend this Office 01 the Jolloviing day, toinow the decision tbtieon,' '     .. Particulars of ike Cdhtraet may be had tlpnn application at this Office,, betfutentbejiours of Ten and Four. rrN nMOUSANI) PQUNDS.   - �xS f(\vLtx\v 15*yQt' l-VawiftK^ wlipn the tirit Ticket drawn cftitof the Wheel will ^ccive >io,oool.   The fiiSt dfiwa on  the R)r�8\Wn^'day, Hie hifth,'i�iatbe entitlea fo ao.oaJl the li(tr- so -� IS- L.ij.ono 40,0.00 10,000 io;ooo 4>ooi> 1,800 nesic^es ^he fiiil'Piroportion of trteair. IVJ^-fs. re- k iCHARE>SQN, GOODLUGiC and Co. L sbiatHlly acquaint the Public, that the FOURTH �AY oY'nr^wihB will comnence o MONDAY MORN-riif: MfeOtT ai Ten o'clock, and that the pjrst Drawn -meroKtWlvilf be entitled to TEN THOUSAND "POUNDS -Ticfe4 e. eported.      :v,*; . The Irish Uuittr iJill, aiid. sctfi'fe others''wfi'e broujjht up fiom the Commonsy and read a first tijrie.-Adjourned. . �� i- i .HOUSE OF, COMMONS. ' �         - t     ' On theni'oiiortof Mr. O RAHAK'l, a nsw Wrift was ordered for tfrt eledlion o^f a Member ior \yes�mofel.;�d, in the toom of SirM. Flemitigi deceased. " . '  Mr. InviNd, from theottice of the Inspeaor General of Tniporvs and ExjVortSi presented an Account oi" the quantity ol sugar irtiport'-d from the VirRin Isl.wds, and tl>e amount j^ft,he tonnvge of shipping employej in tliat trade mth these Islands. . �� '� , �        . ' '   ' ' '. Ths Irish Butter Paelcrn'R;�'ill was read a third time and passed i aiso.the Irish DistiUiiiR Bill.   � :. 'I he Irish Reveniie Ke^iilalion iiill was read a second time, and cciTimitied lor tj-i^orrriw.     � .  .    "   � The Irisht Malt Out) Bill went thrqugh a Committee. The, Report toibeiece.ved to viorto V. V On the motion of  Sir J ;)HN>N EWPORT, the House went into a Ctinimitteepf vya�s>n.i Mean.s, in wnich several fiewStajhp iJuties for. ^tlanu wera vo( d. The report to be received to-inoirow' '.   j ' ' /The'commitment of the Irish''Customs OiityHJl! was postponed till to-inoVr w, at the dssire of MrrF^S f ER, who insistfti that withcut prosier gua'ds; by means of dr>w. fcaclts.jhe iHi^h Iron Manufatlure would be destroyed by the provisionsoTVe Bilk'.        -    '      ' � CJn the motion; ftvr the second readine of the Bill for the amendmeiitofthfc General �rurnpikc Acl,.Mr. Giles madiS some c^ijettions to the prijpo. d the width of the wtrscls. aiitl also th^ tncife of recoverJnR the perialties.-i-Mr.' M/TTirEWs def:iirled the Bill, which iiad no means for its object but to encourage the use of naf-|6w wbrelsJ He reprobated prosecutlt>n� for penalties by ineans of information;'wliich led to various unjust ex-i�ilions. �r-Mr. Fellows opposed the- Bill, aiitl was (tetertniiied to laket.he sense ofthe Hoitsie as to the propriety of proceed'iig furthcron the liitl.  '        '  V"   ' The Hptise divided-for 06 secopd reading>�, at;ainst_it 22-niajoiitys. 'Ihe Bill^v/as then read a secbiid tiine, arid ' ordered to be comtnltttd. ^"      �     '              POOR LAWS. -   \ 'Mr. AVHITBREAD called the attention of the House'to the state of tbe Poor Laws. It Viad benn proposed tb,Teduce the 5v'"f'.?'\s.^tl^e rate,-�nd to simplify tho laws in existei ce.-�^ . VthershW proposed an entire-new svbtein, with a view to � prevent     increase of t he present burt liens /In gi*inf lioiice.' . of his intention to. brinj; forward af motion on the subjecl, he dtd not pledge himself to eithier of �theiei courses ; but if he 3itfed tiUiie.xt year, he wcttlij submit Soiiie motion for the I improvement, of the ,present s.ystem.. ., V   <     " Mr. R.OS'p stated,- thiit in conssqtieniieiof sotnc resolutions adorptetl.bn hissusKesfioh, the fiilleit iiiformationore the sub-jetVoClhe poor had been on fh� Wble these two'yeai"*.. The most material ponit inconsiderati'm, was. the eniployment of the poor. The I^oiv, Gen;lpmaii.hadnof,fitated, whither he Jiadahy.thihginviewwijhfsspeil'Yfothat.  M         i    � MT!NT�f l.oaDMEliVll,l�e. General ?VTZPATR1,CK ,give-notioe, that he shnuldon Triday, as vy4 usual io'Such cases, jnove a'Vote ot,Thanks to the Mfinams of the Impeaclirhent of Lord Melville. '    -'%ARlU(iK jSepartment.        , ; Lord.lf.' petty; bcfdr^ hashou^^^ call th.e atten tion bf the Hotlse to the svibjeft of wfiich he- h^id given liotice," woaM subinit'certavn motions, *Jm.Uar to thiJ!8ebf0ught forward , by ari Hon. Get\tkmaii (Mn Rob^Sfi)^ the <�hay, of Brayding,' tor building; a bartacks at Bray ding. Mr.:ROBSON rose to express som? astonishment at rhc'cotjdiift of the Noble Lord thraughout the whole of this business. Feeling it to b? his privilege and right as a Member of Parliament to call forcertairt documents respefling the extravagant expenditure of. public money, he'had given four days notice of his intention to move for those documents, that there might be no. intention imputed to him of wishing tp take the House by surprise. He accordingly made, his mction, which he preiaced by such observations as he thought could leave no doubt lipon the mind of any gentleman'who heard hint, as to the objeft of his mo-tion, and the intention with which he meant to follow it up. The Noble Lord thought juroper to resist his motion, and tp vote for tlie previous question | but novv, when the extravagance of the Barrack Department, and the extraordinary opposition ofthe' Noble Lord to his motion for papersto prove that ex-, travagance, were in the moiith of every man who A\alked the streets, the Noble Lord himself trio ved for a list df those very documents whitsh Ke vetily believed was a copy of the identical motions which had been refused upon a former night. Really he thought it but reaJonaiile to expeftj that the, Noble Lprds*s motion this dajr would have been accompanied by soine apology for a conduct sO nnaccountablK.   ; Lord HENRY PETTV answered, that for the House he should certainly offer rio apology for refusing, on such grounds as it thought fit, to comply with the motiori alludtd to:. and for himself he thOgght i,t su^icient to state, thai he was not, on the former night, made acqiiaioted with the Honi Gei>tleman's objects, to justify hirb in assenting to his ihotion. He.now.v/as acquainted with the purposes of his motion, and therefore moved to produce the papers in question. .       - Mr. ROBSON rose to explain, and was proceeding to some-length, upoiv which the SPEAKER remind.' ed the Hon. Member of the Order of the House, and he sat dpwn, ,\-     " ; Lord HENRY FETTY's motion was then agreed to. ',     - � :PUnLIC ACCOtlNTS, , Lord H. PETTY.-ThO' the immediate objea of the motion he had to snbmitvvaS' the repeal of the Commi.ssipn of Inquiry, into the Piiolic ' Expenditiire in the Wsst Indies, he believed it.would be agreeabls to state generally the measures which the state ofthe public accounts ac large rendered it advisable for his Miljesty's Minisiers to have recourse to. He would make no .apology for calling the attention of the House thus. largely to one of its most important du. ties,- Evefy-thing that could facilitate a S'triift and accurate iaccQunt of thcexpenditure of the public money, would frona its own nature sutiiciently recqm^ . mend, itself to the whotS attention pfthe House. The important trust of aiiditing the. public accpunts was very early committed to t\\fohigli officers, who,.from; leavitigf-the diities to. the-subordinate persons of the establishmerit, without ha v.ingsufficieritcontroul;Over, thcm� failed to make the check as useful as from its constitution it ought to ii^ve been. The noble per-sons vvho were at tlie head of the department always remembered to take their salaries,, but unfortiinately they^^fyrgot the" duties, and left thein to the chance of jbfeing done by others.-f''.^ laugh. J..Vltncc the negleft and abuses grew in time to such a height, tha'tthey forced themselves into notice, and rendered th? application of a remedy indispensible; 7 his good office vas rendered by the: American war; for the public accounts became then so complicated and confused, that jt. was evidently imposiible to keep th?m in order, y-ithput some nevy x^gulations'; Tji? Ittentioh of the three sliort Adrtiinistratioris that immediately foUov^eJ that war, was turned to that objcft; and the Right. Hon-'Gentjemaii w,hp was nc^w do-more (Mr, I'iti), on his first coming into ofS^ei bent his mind to the correiflipn of the e*JU ihat had growri up -in it; The AusUtors of.Im,-prest bad .no power to call the Public Accountants before th'etri,. and these Accountants were af liberty to chusetlie Auditors by; whpm they. woLild haye .tlieir'.acpounis examined.' The fees of the officer de||Verided upon the-num'iJr of ac-cppnts passiid V those who posscd them with the greatest facility, that i^, \yith the greatest negligence ,ahd carelcs'^nesii, \vere iripst. spught, and had\^he highest proftt. .Hence the Right Hon. Gentlfiiian, to whom he alluded, found it necessary to m:ike a very re. had of Lord Godolphin, when he presided over the Government., in the time of Queen A^it^c.^The instruct tidns given to them were .so useful,-that he vjrould make no apology for stating the nature- of tbem shortly. Their first duty was.to keep rati, account of'all monies issued from the Elxchequer to the Pay;, master of the Army, and to requite, from that ofKcer a strict account of the application of those monio.s; they were to inspcift all cuntraits, musters, and regi^ mental accounts, and to report to the I'reasury,. and to the Commandar in Chief, all neglefls and abuses they may di.scover in any pa.rt. of this reviervv; arid they had the same general powers with rcspeifl to the army, which any other Comptroller-had with respect to arty other branch of the public service. Even at the time when that commtssich.flf credit issued, its objefts were of the highesf .iiiiportancci It was, therefore, ra'tiier:a hasty measure to includrin this lioafd of final revision, two comptrollers whose own duties made a material part of the subjefl of thaP re-visi-DPj and. vv,ht) ought, to be considered as sufficiently occupifd by thoscduties if they were attemive to them. But .the Comptrollers of the Arm/ had long ceased to aft up to their instruflions; ptlnci-pally perhaps, from the di��ike all g^eat public of-� ficers had to aifl when,they were not suffici.;ntly at.^ tended to. Tliey had ceased altogether to report abuses in the -manner in which they were direfled. It would appear that very lar^e iss^ics of the pviblic mbncyj which ought to have been submitted to them, were not made known to theni at aU. Those of the Hospital Department, Stores, and Field Works, in particular, were neither submitted to the Comptrol-jers of the Army for their approbation, nor to the Autlito.rs of Accounts- for their examination. No less than 700,000!. had been issued imnuaily for years   to one  individual, Mr. Trotter, who SIX stood tn thevariouS relations of tnanufaduicr of articles of piiblic stores, cf purveyor of these stores, of store kee^r, and of coinptrolicr and auditor of his own accounts. Standiiig in all' these relations, he had thought it proper to make .in additional charge of ib; per cent, oh all-the articles he furnished, in con.; sideration of.;the extraordinary trouble these various Vfhcn theCommisiiioners themselves pouldnot aft. But so clogged were the Commissioners with the mass of business.kefore them,^that it was not till lygf, that they were able to attend either to these accounts, or those of the sub-acGounfantsof the army ; and even at this moment none of the accounts of theinsuper accountants wece exiauined. Even now wheir this matter v/as uiider the cwr^.sideration of the Trca'iu* ry, and they were, callc^^j; >n merely to stale the number of accountants, a^d the mere heads of the Recounts, three; monthi ;l.ad elapsed with�ut their compliance with tlie tci^uisitianV The state of the acccnnts was at present i (^7,000,ooaof old accounts, audited and ready to be passed; 58,ooo,6q>> not attended to,; twenty.one y.ears^ pay accounts, amounting to 150,000,000, ntit j et delivered ip ; 8o,qoo of navy accounts in the same state, making a total of 490,006,000, a sum 'Iwiyond the whole amount ol the National Debt yet unaccounted for. He should have stated, that the 15 7,000,000 und,ec examination, and the 58,000,000 not yet attended to, were taken from the account as it stood ist January Ibappoini fivp Commissiohers, .with power tp call alt Publiu A(icountan,t8 before,fhem, andcxamini; them, sblhat a perfeft knowledge of the matter of the account be ^ttainedi before it was decided" upon. : But the two Comptrollers o{ the Army were ttffaa two 6f these Comtni�sioners. � These Cpmptrollera hiid been otiginallyapppintctl for very uijeful pur-pcaes. We pwcdlh�rt afpoititnient to the goo.l aeiise to the Gprilptrollers ofthe Array Accounts, but also the I,; ire important one of Barracks, as the expenditure for which had been, the first ohjeft, df the atten. tioii of the Commission of Military Enquiry, established byParliament histyear. Above 9,000,006'. issued for barracks iir the last w.ir,had never bfeen s ib. mitted to theComptroUers of Army Accounts. Thus while the expenditure on hospitals and field Work.vS were never submltied to theComptrdl:ers or Auditor^, the fexp::B�:liture in ba'.rack.i at least may Ve said to be brought to audit by the Commissioners of Mrli. tary Enquiry, but so clogged was that Commission . with, the mass of business before it, that very Ijttle pr.')gresft had yet been nude by it in this p.nn Of i:s task.   Ii was a matter of immediate importance to put a stop to a manner of issuing the public money, so wholly incon.5istcnrAvith the just care and attention to the security so particuUrly called f)r in the present critical eonjunfture.   The Commission of public accounts^as deteftive from the inahility of the Comprrollers of tlie army 10 give any attention to its duties; and the inattention of these was perhaps one reason why the other 'Gommis'jioncrs were le-ss attentive.   Another evil ar se from the internal organize lion of the othce. - All the accpunts were rfefcrred to the itUerior officers, and the Coi'nmission-ei-s saw nothing of theni till they had undergone the in.5peftion of those beld'w then.   So' that the nvist important nhatiers, sych.as required the most material care of the heads of .the Cpmmissio:i, obtained no more tha.h a secondary revision from them.    From the increased cpnsumptfan   of store*, and the in. creased expenditure in every branch of the milita. ry department, the accumulation of the public ac. counts,becaine so great in- the last; war, that some new measure was loudly called for.   Several attempts were mndi to increase the power of the commissioners, and- the nuirilier of clerks was inc^^�W'ed ' at different times to 35' ; but as no attention has. b-en paid-:t-o tlie correctioi) -of the defeftive principles ,of the cstabiishincpt, no cfTeftual remedy was derived from this.  .Partial remedies were accumuV latcd in propprtiOn to the;accumulation;, but without any considerable  benpfit.     Thie commission ap-pointed'in j8oi, to inquiie into rthe expenditure in the We,st Indies, liad brought to light.g greatdeal ofuifeful  matter,- but was\unable,ta bring op the accounts in such a mahner as to diminish the general press of business.   From the impossibility of bring-ing up thp accounts',. sp /th^at they -may ]iz audited; nothing V/as done towai^ds the correftion or punishment of itV abuses.    Last year a new romiT^i-ssion had been appointed, ,'w{|(i;h bJidin a groat miasure ansvvered all the purpc??- jiropp^sed; at thi same, time, it cpuld not, from its constitution, be  so effiijliial,  as that  which h: now was , about to propcise.- The Commissioners .were..already. loaded with  a  tt'eight  of accountsj, deeply in  arrear, and while the mass of old accounts was left upon the old Contrnissioncr^, they were as-deeply involved as ever.   The last pay-ofiiceaccpunt thAt.had been audited , AVas of so olvl a date as 17 81. Not one had been auditpd .since, 'lihe Navy accounts were also in ?r. rear i The accouhtsof stores^ which had been a large department, ' ever since       .American war,' was j^quaijy backward: so wa the,b8rV^<;k'ac^oltr\t; thi accpuivts , of our foreign subsidt<^s,k\ the accounts of our lpi:cign ,cxpeditions,: tne afcpuHts of the ex. |iedltions to Egypt and the Helder, and all,^ the accounts, of the present war, -were all fn, the same . state.   One objeft of the Commissioaof 1785', was toi-all in the accqurits of ap the^insupct accountaiits ; by iniuper accouniants wai meant, those cihployel this important business on a s'.itiifaftory footing.- The House was not to be told ofthe dangers attending a delay of 20 years in the examination of large public accounts, when the failure on the death of the individual coiicerned may render the account inexplicable^ and involve the public in irretrievable l)sses.   Ic was rot to the Goverqment and the country alone that ah txpeditious audi; was importanf. It vvas often equally imljortant to the individual.,. Fur- tvhile the pre5,ent state of the �,iub'iic accounts was a veil and a shroud for the conce-iiment of fraud and iniquity, it also hung like ;t clou.' over the fjir fame of the hbriest and upright pjblic accouritant.. He would mention, for ex.imple, the-rase of a Kobl- a state inwhich it n a? cercainly not de.sirabje that anj-hdnest servant of the public shoidd b: .ufFered to remain.   Other horie   and upright public Accouiitant* were prevented fro.n alienating their estates, btcauie, from not being abie to pass th?ir accounts, they cpuld notobtain that dtsciiarge which was neceisjry to enable them,to .make a conveyance.   He came now to the means by.-which it was proposed to remedy the evik-he had described.    And first,  it   wa� proposed to repeal bo'ii the  Afts relating to the Commissioners'of Public A-jcounts, and then to pass an Aft apnoir.ti.'-.g ten Commissioners.   At present there were three Commissio:;ers under each of the Afts in- force.    It v.-.25  proposed to exclode -th^. CompiroUers ofthe Army from tlie commission, with a view to restore th-:m again to the duties Confided to chem on the fust institution of their ofHce by I,- T I Godolphin, comprehending every' [art- of  the tnilit;u).- exp->:n,'ifurc, barracks, stores, hospitals, ihe cr>m:!iiss.iriat, ic.   They were further to be the confidential ad-.'j-crs of ti-.c Lords of the Treasury on evtrTv thing toiiclun.^ the army. Their PfEce was to be a phiceofmilir.iryrecord.'"or.evcry thing conneftcd. with the ex-pen.lifure cf the iirmy, and the obligation to rep-jrt all ;ihi-.�ei-i:i the military department to the-Treasury vv:i3 ro be strictly enforced., For the more sati^faM(?ry perfor.T.ance of this duty,, he pro-losed that they should have the power of caliin* j-elbre them, :;nd ^examining on oath, such persons as they may. tiiink necessary.   He should propose that the commission for a.u'iiting tlie public accounts shou^ki ciinsist of personi-.nOt Members of P.^rli.V-ment.   It was iriteivled,' for the purpose of meeti:g the different exigencies of the puhlie -p.ccoui.vts, toi divide the   ten Commissioners into thrge .B-virds. Four Commissioners, w^ith eight iospeft'^rs n'uached to them, were to Ik; charged, with the exaninationof all accounts accruing since the ji.,t of Decemb.n last ;' another Bo.i rd. of three was to ha ve the care of bringii.g up the i6-7,ooo,Oi>o now under consi.iera-tior>, and a third was ;to in^esiig.ttc alt the arrears yet imexamincd.   He hoped that by this distrib.ii-, ; tion,. with a power of communicating together, the different boards may be enabled with greater U^e to get through the vast mass cf accpunts committed to their investigation.   It was tuuher proposed, that every alcount should be committed tp one of tW , Commissioners, who^ould individually be resppn-siblc for it.   Thus, the advantage pfindiviau-aV re-sponubibty would be cO:;'.b'i-:esl with the ficil'.ty of business derived from a. Board.   In .consequence of a suggestion of the Commissioners of Military Inquiry, the Barrack Accounts of General Delancey were to be brought up by two persons specially employed for that purpose, by which a great relief would be afforded to the Cpnimissioners. While the public wasl called upon to submit to an increase of expensive establishment, c'are should be taken not "to let the burtheri press longer than necessity required.   It was. intended witit this view to iritroduce a provision into the /kft, for the gradual reduitiin of the number pf Cotntnissioners ftpm ten to/is, according as the business' was done.   According as, the arrears were brought up, the v.-icancics arising in the Cpmmissien .were to merge, and to insure attetitiori to this, the Government,was npt tP be at liberty to fill up an)-\'acancy wiVhout coming to Parliament, till the n.umber shpuld be reduced to si*,   He   would how state the measures vvfiich were proposed for the more 'cfFeftu.iUy following up the great and alarm, ing abiiscs that had taken place in the West Indies. The late CJotnmis^ion was compelled to lepoit to   

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