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20.-Tax on Cottons, Cotton Stuff, &c.....
MAY 9.-Tax on Female Servants
10.-Ways and Means......
FEB. 8.-Army Estimates ...
JULY 8.-Exportation of Materials for the Manufacture
10.-Estimate of the Expense of Erecting Fortifi-
16. Mr. Sheridan's Motion, that Mr. Joseph
MARCH 6.-Proceedings against Mr. Hastings
17.-Proceedings against Mr. Hastings ........
24.-Government of India
30. Mr. Marsham's Bill for Disfranchising all
Voters employed by the Navy and Ordnance
5.-Supply to be granted to His Majesty
6.-Report from the Committee of Supply...... 234
11.-Claims of American Loyalists.
26.-Proceedings against Mr. Hastings
28. Mr. Powys's motion for leave to bring in a
Bill to explain and amend the Act of 1776,
9.-Petition of the East India Company..
21.-Proceedings against Mr. Hastings
JAN. 24.-Proceedings against Mr. Hastings
FEB. 7.-Ditto Mr. Sheridan's celebrated Speech on
the fourth charge; viz. the Resumption of the
Jaghires and the Confiscation of the Treasures
12.-Petition from the Chamber of Commerce,
for further time to consider the tendency of
15.-Commercial Treaty with France
16.-Proceedings against Mr. Hastings ........
16.-Commercial Treaty with France.......
APRIL 2.-Proceedings against Mr. Hastings (Mr. She-
ridan's Speech upon the seventh charge) •.
19.-Papers relating to Public Accounts........
28.-Reform of the Royal Boroughs in Scotland 389
DEC. 11.-Proceedings against Mr. Hastings
RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN.
NOVEMBER 20, 1780.
In the General Election of 1780, Mr. Sheridan was returned for Stafford, upon which occasion a Petition was presented to the House, complaining of an undue Election, and containing a charge of Bribery and Corruption against the sitting Members for that Borough.
MR. SHERIDAN rose and complained, that it was in the power of any petitioner to bring a charge of crimes and misdemeanors against any members of that house with impunity. Where it is alleged that an election is undue on account of informalities, or upon certain points of law or custom, the character and feelings of the member against whom such a petition is brought, receive no hurt ; but the case is otherwise where an accusation is brought of bribery and corruption; crimes so high in the eye of the laws and constitution of this country. He therefore expressed a wish that some gentleman, of greater experience in parliament and consequence than himself, would devise some method of preventing frivolous and malicious petitions;