838 | To Thomas Hutchinson

    Pall Mall March 21st. 1770.

    No 23

    My Dear Sir

    I have not sent you Accounts of every Division in the two Houses since the 5th Inst[:] it has neither been worth my while nor had I time for it. But I cant pass by a Proceeding in the House of Lords which made a great Noise. In a Debate upon a Motion to address the King for an Account of the Civil List Lord Ch – said “that the late Lord Chanr was turnd out for voting against the Ministry”. Lord Marchmont1 called to Order and moved that the Words might be taken down by the Clerk, which was done. L Ch – was ordered to set down,2 which he refused to do, & continued Speaking. This produced a great Clamour in which the Words “to the Tower” were frequently used. He was at last obliged to submit: and the Censure was moderated by putting a Question that there was no foundation for the Words, which was carried by 83 to 36. The main Question was afterwards rejected 86 to 38.3

    I have never troubled you with the Proceedings in the City; but have left you to the Newspapers for them: but now they are brought into Parliament. This day sevenight March 14th the Lord Mayor and Sherriffs presented the Remonstrance to the King: He received them upon his Throne in a very full Court and gave them an Answer which for the Propriety & force of its Terms and the Spirit & Elegance of its Delivery surprised all present & gave great Pleasure to all the Friends of Government. The next day it was moved in the House of Commons that the King be addressed for a Copy of the Remonstrance and the Answer. This produced a Debate at the Close of which the Numbers were 271 pro, 108 con, Majy 163.4

    On Monday the Consideration of these Papers came on in the House of Commons. I will say nothing of the Debate only that it lasted till three o clock in the Morning, & then the further Consideration of it was adjourned to the next day. There were but two Resolves past that day the one condemning the Assertions of the Remonstrance concerning the Invalidity of the Parliament; the other that the Remonstrance was an Abuse of the Subjects right to Petition the King. It is remarkable that these Questions were moved by Sir Edward Blacket & Sir Thomas Clavering, both of them Knights of Shires and hitherto acting with the Opposition.5 These in their taking Part with the Ministry were accompanied by above 30 more independent Country Gentlemen who had before voted with the Opposition, but now said they could not go such Lengths as these. And among those who spoke on the Side of the Opposition not one offered to justify the Remonstrance. The Division was only on the previous Question upon putting the first Question, when the Numbers were 284 pro, 127 con, Majy 157.6 The next day (Yesterday) an Address to the King was proposed and brought in: this was opposed; there were but few Speakers, & at 11 the Numbers were 298 pro, 94 con, Majy 204.7 The Lords are to join in this Address & it is to be presented to the King upon his Throne.

    What will be done further does not as yet appear, many think that this will be enough, as it will tend to disgrace the most violent Part of the Opposition, and disconcert the whole, as it will probably open the Eyes of those who act upon Principle, and afford a Pretence to those who act upon Interest to pursue it by changing their Side. It may also prevent this insolent Treatment of the King being practised by other Communities as it has been allready proposed both to the City of Westminster & the County of Middlesex.8

    As the subject & the paper are at an end together, I will conclude this by assuring that I am &c.9

    the honble Lt Govr Hutchinson

    P. S. March 22nd. This day upon the Opposition to the Address in the House of Lords the Numbers were 95 to 35.10

    P. S. to No 23

    March 23rd.

    Yesterday the Lord Mayor gave a grand Dinner to the Minority in the Egyptian Hall at the Mansion house: It was proposed to have a grand Procession from the thatched House at St James’s to the Mansion house: but it did not take Place if it was really intended. But it afforded Opportunity for the Mob to order an Illumination in the Streets thro which they were to pass, & to break the Windows of about 90 Houses who did not obey. This day I was present when the two Houses presented their joint Address to the King sitting upon his Throne. The Attendance was very great, & the Procession of Coaches was more than reached from the Parliament House to the King’s Palace. You will see it with its Answer in Print: but it [is] impossible to express the engaging Manner of the King’s Delivery of his Answer, which upon these Occasions captivates all Hearers, both Friends & Foes. We cant judge of the Numbers which attended; but it was voted by Majorities of 60 among the Lords & of 154 among the Commons.11

    L, LbC      BP, 8: 76–79, 81.