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HOUSE OF LORDS.âMONDAY, JUNE 24. The Duke of Rutland presented a petition from Northampton, in favour of an uniform Penny Postage fate. Viscount Melbourne presented three petitions (but we did not hear from whom) against the Beer Act, (in part) Repeal Bill. Lord Brougham postponed his notice for moving the second reading of his Education Bill from Monday next to Tuesday next (2nd July). BILLS OF EXCHANGE BILL. The Marquess of Lansdoicne, in moving the committal of this Bill, stated that the object of it was to render perpetual the temporary act which repealed a portion of the usury laws, and permitted a higher rate of interest than five per cent. upon the discount of bills.âThe House then went into Committee on the Bill; when, after a short discussion, The Duke of Wellington moved a clause to the effect that the operation of the Bill should be limited to the year 1842. The House having divided, the amendment was carried by a majority of 17.âThe Bill went through a Committee, and the House resumed. TUESDAY, JUNE 25. PENNY POSTAGE.âViscount Melbourne, in answer to a ques. tion by the Earl of Radnor, stated that it was the intention of the Government to carry out the plan of a Penny Postage with as little delay as possible. FURTHER REFORM. Earl StanJwpe presented several petitions, prayin" for Uni- versal Suffrage, Annual Parliaments, Vote by Ballot, and the other measures of extreme reform demanded by the Radical and took occasion to address the house at great length on the subject of further reform. With respect to the Suffrage, he thought it should not be enjoyed collectively by the people but by classes, and each class should have its representatives! The Ballot could only be beneficial with the largest extension of the suffrage. As to the property qualification, many of those who were chosen under it at present were inefficient; and if there were no qualificatIon-If the people should choose impro- per represenlatives,-the. hlame, as well as the injury, would be their own. As to paying members, it would be well enough if it were left to members to accept or refuse pay, as they pleased. Annual Parhaments he considered an absurdity. The country never could have peace or prosperity as long as the free-trade system continued or as long as they persevered in the Currency Bill of 1819. He concluded by warning the house of the tremendous revolution which was at their door but which might be averted, at even this twelfth hour, by the adop- tion of prudent measures. J r Lord Brougham followed, and entered into a vindication of the Reform Bill of 1832, but repudiated the idea of finality. Viscount Melbourne did not approve of discussions such as the present, which were mere exhibitions of oratory-occasions for declamation. He did not think the demands contained in the petitions were generally favoured even by the labouring clas- ses, and nothing afforded him more astonishment than the good sense of the country holding out against the flood of contagion which assailed it, and so little impression made upon it. His Lordship then proceeded, seriatim, to discuss the several de. .mands contained in the petitions, and opposed them all. The Duke of Wellington and other noble lords spoke, after which the house adjourned till Thursday.