House in Committee on the Bill

Edward Watts Called In


The Order of the Day being read;

The House resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, upon the Bill.

Mr˙ Mansfield, counsel for the Merchants of London, petitioners against the Bill, was called in, who, after a long speech, setting forth the dangerous tendency of the Bill, desired leave to call in Edward Watts.

He being accordingly called in, was asked a number of questions by Lord Barrington, Lord North, Lord Clare, Lord Carmarthen, Colonel Barré, Capt˙ Phipps, Mr˙ W˙ Burke, Mr˙ Mackworth, Gov˙ Johnstone, Mr˙ Hopkins, &c˙, as to the French and English laws in Canada, and to which the inhabitants gave the preference.

Mr. Samuel Morin Called In

After he withdrew, Mr˙ Samuel Morin was called in.

They both spoke in favour of the English laws being exercised in Canada, and mentioned that the English residents there highly approved of the trial by Jury, and seemed to think that an annihilation of that right would greatly hurt the Colony. The former of the witnesses had been nine years resident in Canada, the latter eleven.


The Committee then rose, reported progress, and asked leave to sit again.

Resolved, That this House will, upon Thursday morning next, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of the said Bill.

Ordered, That the several persons, who were ordered to attend the said Committee this day, do attend the said Committee upon Thursday morning next.