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HOUSE OF LORDS. IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. I THURSDAY, JULY 17. The Inclosure Bill, and the Uulawful Oaths (Ireland) Bill, were brought up from the Commons and read a first time.- Lord Brougham's Railway Recognisance Bill was read a second time.—Lord Campbell's Law of Defamation and Libel Amend- ment Bill was read a third time.—The Dog-stealing Bill, and the Constables Public Works (Ireland) Bill were read a third time.—The Earl of Aberdeen introduced a bill to facilitate the apprehension of offenders who shall escape to foreign countries. -It was read a first time.—Adjourned. FRIDAY, JULY 18. The Marquess of Clanricarde presented a petition from certain magistrates of the county of Leitrim, praying the Government to take some decisive steps to tranquillise that part of Ireland. Lord Brougham's Bill to provide recognisances in Railway Bills passed through committee. Lord Beaumont moved for papers relative to late events in Syria, and questioned the Foreign Secretary as to the exclusive protectorate reported to have been claimed by France in the Levant, and as to the intentions of the government in reference to that claim. The Earl of Aberdeen replied that he thought he might safely say that there was no sort of foundation for the statement that the French Government intended to withdraw itself from al- liance with the other Powers on the Eastern question. Lord Stanley moved the second reading of the Australian Waste Lands Bill, the objects of which were to enable the Gove- nor of South Australia to put limited allotments up to auction for terms restricted to twenty-one years, and to authorise the government to fix a regulated rate of payment, according to the number of cattle depastured on the land. With respect to Van Dieman's Land, the bill proposed to re-transfer the proceeds of the land sales to the management of the government in this country, and, at the same time, to relieve the colony of portions of the expenditure to which it was at present subject. The Marquess of Lansdowne and Lord Monteagle objected to some portions of the measure. The bill was read a second time. On the motion of Lord Stanley, the Foreign Lotteries Bill was read a third time, and the Noble Lord intimated that it was the intention of the Stamp-office rigidly to prosecute news- papers and periodicals for the publication of advertisements having reference to foreign lotteries. On the motion of the Duke of Richmond, the High Consta- bles Bill was read a third time, and the Field Gardens Bill passed its second reading.—Adjourned. MONDAY, JULY 21. The Royal Assent was given by commission to no fewer than ninety-three bills, among which were the Oaths Dispense tion Bill, the Dog-stealing Bill, the Banking (Ireland and Scotland) Bills, the North Wales Railway Bill, the North Wales Mineral ditto, and a large batch of other railway bills. The Duke of Richmond presented a petition from the veteran officers who served in the Peninsular campaign, requesting their lordships' recommendation cf them to their sovereign, that they may receive a decoration for the services they there performed. The Duke of Wellington fully admitted the merit of the petitioners, but opposed the request, as likely to lead to ondless otherti., The Irish Colleges Bill was read a second time without any division, but not without opposition from the Duke of New- castle and others. Adjourned. TUESDAY, JULY 22. The Art Unions Bill, the Waste Lauds (Australia) Bill, and the Unlawful Oaths (Ireland) Bill passed through committee. Messengers from the House of Commons with some Bills having been announced, Lord Brougham rose, and, claiming his light of precedence on a question of privitege, compelled them to wait at the bar whilst he delivered a passionate and thundering philippic upon Mr. Fitzstephen French for a speech attributed to him by the reporter for the Tim's newspaper. This tpeeeh, which, accord- ins to the report of the Times, was spoken by Mr. litzstephen French in the House of Commons on Monday, during the con- versation respecting Mr. Bonham and Captain Boldcro's resig- nation, Lord Brougham complained of as a gross and scandal ms libel on himself. The nobis and learned Lord went through every allegation contained in the speech thus attributed lo Mr. French, and triumphantly refuted every charge, and in- dignantly repelled every insinuation of unfairness set forth in it. He exposed the fraudulent manner in which the Dublin and Galway bill had been smuggled through the House of Com nions, and the damning facts that had come to his knowledge, as a member of the committee, respecting the formation of the pauper share list of this line. He disclosed the fawning solici- tations of a person calling himself Mr. Fitzstephen French, while intreating his forbearance, and also an abatement of his hostility towards this Railway Bill—a favouring that contrasted strongly with the outrageous language put into the mouth of that person by the journal in question. The House of Com- mons, continued his Lordship, if th»y heard these words, whether they were the result of passion, roused by the sordid feeling of disappointment, as to expected gains, or from passion, arising from the wrong-headed notion that the committee had impeached the character or conduct of him who spoke them, which was not the case, the House of Commons was bound, if it meant ever to talk again of privilege, to protect their Lord- ships, and the members of their Lordships' secret committee, from the foul abuse represented to' have been thus uttered in their presence. But according to the report of the Times, they had not done so. He, therefore, was forced to believe that the report was an entire fabrication, for he would not believe that the House of Commons heard these words in which this abuse was clothed. He believed that they were cither a fabrication, if they were not heard by the House, or that, if heard, they were so indistinctly heard that no one knew what they were, for it would be impossible for any man who entertained any respect for the House in which they:were uttered, to believe that these words, if heard there, could have passed without observation. He should leave the case in their Lordships' hands. The Earl of Wicklow suggested that the printer and reporter of the Times should be ordered to attend at the bar. The Duke of Wellington pointed out the inconvenience of that course, as they could only ask such questions of the prin- ter and reporter as would amount to asking them if they were guilty of a breach of privilege, by publishing anything that was spoken in Parliament. The Lord Chancellor said that the witnesses might be asked from what source they derived the words which had been printed The further consideration of the subject was postponed to Thursday, in order to give time to decide on the coursp most advisable to adopt. The messengers from the Commons were then permitted to deliver in the Bills they had brought up. On the motion of Lord Stanley, the Irish Colleges Bill passed through committee The Apprehension of Offenders bill, the Turnpike-roads bill, and the Bail in Error Bill, were read a third time and passed.



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