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W. REYNOLDS; SIMPKIN AND MARSHALL; AND J.
THOUGH there was nothing of extraordinary interest or importance among the subjects brought under the consideration of the British Parliament this year, our accounts of its proceedings have run to an unusual, and, we fear it may be justly thought, an excessive length. The expedition to Walcheren was a dull and irksome topic; and the result of the tedious inquiries and discussions to which this gave birth, unsatisfactory and vexatious. But, in the course of proceedings on this subject, a question arose relative to the privileges of the House of Commons, and the liberty of the press, particularly that of reporting parliamentary debates : and this again to a train of incidents, which it seemed natural to notice in connection with the cause from whence they sprung: and that question, with the consequent commotions, in the cities of London and Westminster, and the vicinity, excited by Sir Francis Burdett, forms the most distinguishing feature in the parliamentary history of 1810.
It may also be necessary to offer an apology for the order observed in our narrative of all these occurrences, not interrupted by many intervening subjects of attention and discussion in Parliament, from first to last : from the first of February, when the hon. Mr. Yorke gave notice of his motion for enforcing the standing order