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HOUSE OF LORDS, THURSDAY,…
HOUSE OF LORDS, THURSDAY, JUNE 22. After a few words in opposition from the Duke of Buccleuch, the Earl of Cardigan, and Lord Beaumont, the Killing of litres Bill was read a second time.
COPYHOLD BILL. The Lord Chancellor moved the second reading of the Copy- hold Enfranchisement Extension Bill, and after some discussku. tin House divided— Contents. 31 Non-contents Id—15 The bill was then read a sscond time.
EVICfED POOR (IRELAND) BILL.
EVICfED POOR (IRELAND) BILL. The consideration of this bill occupied the remainder of the .sitting. Clause 1, after some conversation, was agreed to. On clause 2 Lord Monteagla proposed an amendment requiring notice of the names of evicted persons to be relieved to be given to the relieving officer of the union instead of to the board of guardians. Their lordships divided on the amendment- Contents 23 Nou-Contents 23 The numbers being equal, the amendment was oarried, and the clause as amended was agreed to. The remaining clauses were also agreed to, and on the House resuming, the bill was reported with the amendments. Their lordships adjourned at ten minutes to twelve.
HOUSE OF COMMONS, THURSDAY,…
HOUSE OF COMMONS, THURSDAY, Junb 22. WINDSOR RAILWAYS. Upon the motion for the third reading of the Great Western Jl .til way (Branch from Slough to Windsor) Bill, Mr. D'lsraeli moved that the bill be read a third time that day six months, and said he did so on the part of Eton College, whose interests were essentially public interests. Whatever might be the organisation of the powerful interests he had to encomter in opposing the bill, he trusted that the sense and justice of the House would prevent its passing. Col. lleid complained that the noble lord (Morpeth) had promised to give his support to a project of the South-Western, but instead of doing so he*had favoured one brought forward br the rival company. 'Lord Morpeth felt it necessary to mention that, in the high q urter to which, allusion had already been made there was no wish for increased railway accommodation between London and Windsor. During the/period of railway excitement, the in- habitants of Windsor felt that it would be greatly to their benefit if they had a direct railway communication with Lon- non, and the Crown conceding to their wishes, felt itsell at liberty t,) its opposition to a scheme of that nature upon the pro- moters undertaking to put the Crown in a position to make certain improvements at Windsor without imposing additional burdens up on the people. After-, some further conversation, the House divided— Por the third reading • • • 221 Against it 97—-127
"REFORM.—ADJOUllNRD DEBATE. Mr. Cobiien, in the absence of Mr. Hume, postponed the ak, oil the motion for a reform in the House of Commons' to Friday (30th inst.), which day the Government had to give up for that purpose.
.WRIT FOR IIORSHAM.
WRIT FOR IIORSHAM. Mr. Goring moved that a writ be issued for this borough for the election of a member in the room of John Jervis, Esq. whose ekction has botll determined to be void. Tiie House divided. For the motion 04 lt;1, -4 Against it 50—4 The, vdit was accordingly ordered to be issued.
HOUSE OF COMMONS, FRIDAY,…
HOUSE OF COMMONS, FRIDAY, June 23. Sir Lucius O'Brien repeated the question put by him to Ministers on Thursday, in reference to the differential duty on rum. • The Chancellor of the Exchequer replied that fhe represen- tations of the Irish members had not appeared either to himself or to his colleagues sufficiently cogent to induce them to swerve from the proposition of a differential duty of 4d. Those mem- bers, consequently, will vote against the Government.
DERBY "SWEEPS."—IMPORTANT STATEMENTS. Sir Robert Harry Inglis said, about ten weeks ago he called the attention of the right hon. baronet to certain advertisements which had been inserted in the papers, for the purpose of rais- ing sweeps for the Derby. He wished now to ask the right hon. baronet, .believing hardly any proceedings cause more de- moralisation and mischief, first—^whether such advertisements or practices were illegal, according to his view of the law, and the law officers of the Crown; secondly, if they were illegal, whether the Government was prepared to take any measures to prevent or punish such practices in the future ? Sir G. Grey said that in consequence of the attention that had lately been given to the subject, he had made inquiry in the state of the law, and he believed that by a decision of the Court of Queen's Bench, in 1845, it had been held that a lottery for the Derby was an illegal lottery, and it appeared clear that such ad- vertisements as had been alluded to by the hon. baronet were pro- hibited, under the statutes of the 42nd of George II., and the 6th and 7th of Win. IV.j chap. 56. In consequence of these circum- stances, some communications had taken place between himself and the Board of Stamps and Taxes, in which it had been stated by the Board that it was their intention to submit certain advertise- ments to the consideration of the Home-office. Those advertise- ments had not yet been received by him when they were, he could assure the hon, baronet he should give his best attention to them..
ROMAN CATHOLIC RELIEF BILL.
ROMAN CATHOLIC RELIEF BILL. On the motion that the House should resolve itself into commit- tee on the Roman Catholic Relief Bill, Mr. Goring opposed the motion. If the bill were passed, it would be viewed as an insult upon the loyal Protestants of Ire- land, from whom they could look for assistance during the periods of disturbance and rebellion, which he must say had been encou- raged in that country by the truckling legislation of the noble lord (Lord John Russell). On these grounds he moved that the committee on the bill be postponed until that day fortnight. Sir H. Willoughby supported the anfendmen". ° Sir George Grey said, when they should go into committee he would readily state the course Government intended to take in re- ference to this clause. Mr, Forbes said he was opposed to the bill altogether, and lie eertaii.ly should vote,for the amendment. Mr. Sergeant Talfourd said the topi a* which we e ur..ed against the Speaker leaving the chair had already been lTlost fuirJy dis- cussed and decided upon, and it was really too bad to raise another discussion upon the principle of the bill. Mr. Newdegate contended than the principle of the measure had not been efficiently discussed, while no member of her Majesty's Government had ever yet given an explicit explanation of their views in reference to many clauses of the bill, and he insisted that those with whom he acted were perfectly justified in retarding the progress of the measure by every means in their power. Col. Conolly opposed the going into committee. The House then divided, when there appeared— -fcor going into committee 102 Agains.t it 76—26 The House then went into committee. The Attorney-General proposed a verbal amendment in one of the early clauses of the bill. Mr. Napier objected to the amendment, contending that if it was adopted, it would encourage the issuing of bulls from the Papal see, and not, as had been stated by the learned Attorney-General, act more stringently in preventing their being used. Sir G. Grey aid the amendment would have the effect of li- miting the introduction of bulls, as it was originally proposed by his learned friend the Attorney-General. Alter a fe\y .words from Mr. C. Atx&tey, Mr. Henley, Sir G. Grey, Mr. Anstey, Sir M. Willoughby, Mr. Walpole, and -Miv Newdegate, Mr. Henley moved that the Chairman do report progress and ask leave to sit again. Sir George Grey having deprecated the waste of tinie that had already taken place, The House then divided on the motion, when there appeared— tor reporting progress 106 Asainstit. 110-4 On our re-admission in the gallery, we found nd The Chairman putting the question on the amendment proposed by the Attorney-General, which, after a short discussion, the House divided upon, when there appeared— For the amendment 113 Against it 113 Mr. Bernal gave his casting vote in favour of the amendment, and the words proposed by the Attorney-General were Consequently added tö the clause. Sir R: H. Inglis put it to the House, after what had taken place, whether they would proceed further with the bi)lth;Jtday. He would move that the Chairman should report progress,, and ask leave to sit again. A short divcusiion then took place, in which the of tire Exchequer, Mr, Newdegate, and-Mr. Henley took part, after I whien tlie, I I here appeared— 01' For repoitwg 1;1 11 For repoitwg pi >gress 110 J..Asmml y. HI—I The clause was tnen agreed to. ..v.Sir li. H. Inglis again urged upon tlie committee the expedi- ency of reporting progress in the existing 'st",te"of things.. Sir. John Stuart supported the suggestion.■ Af'ter.some further discuision, It was agreed that the Chairman should report progress, and ask leave to sit again, The House having resumed, the clause was reported accord- ingiy. The remaining orders of the day were then disposed of, and tue House adjourned at six o'clock.
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HOME AND ABROAD.
HOME AND ABROAD. DURING last week we have not done much at home. Our legislators have been engaged for three mortal nights in dis- cussing a charge of suppressing a West Indian dispatch, brought against Mr. Hawes, the Under Colonial Secretary, by the stable-minded statesman, Lord George Bentinck. Through some mistake or other, the dispatch was not laid before the committee which inquired into the causes of West Indian distress. Lord George thought it important, and accused the Colonial officers of a design in withholding it. This incident led to a lengthened debate on three successive nights, and which ended as might be expected in all parties losing their temper. The ministerial plan for relief to the West Indies is more likely to succeed than it was last week. To be sure it is a. wretchedly absurd scheme, but absurd as it is who is pre- pared to propose a more feasible plan ? And, moreover, the state of public opinion is such in England just now that the aristocracy cannot afford to drive tlil- Wlligs to the Opposi- tion benches. In office they are fully devoted to the inte- rests of the aristocracy—in opposition they make a show of grumbling against them, and of defending popular liberty. But as matters now stand the Tories are spared the trouble of fighting their own battles, and escape the odium that otherwise would be cast upon them. Thus the affair rests at present, and the chances of the Whig measure are con- siderably increased. Our legislators have not been overworked during the past week. The debate on Mr. Hume's motion will take place to-night. The motion, we presume, will be rejected by a. large majority, and the people will have to carry on an agi- tation for Parliamentary Reform for some time, though not till the year 1900or 1950 as the Times supposes. During the week .a vast number of petitions have been presented. D. The news from Ireland continue to- be of an alarming: nature. The organisation of clubs is proceeding- with great rapidity; and there is now every prospect of the country being armed before the harvest is in. We believe Govern- ment is actively engaged in taking precautionary measures: Well it were if they displayed similar activity in providing remedial schemes. Ireland requires social and moral remedies for her restoration, but thus far no such remedies have been offered. The Emerald Isle will not be governed by bribing its priests or transporting its agitators, but by making the people happy and prosperous, and thus rendering agitation impossible. The eventful scenes of Paris have cast every other conti- nental transaction to tho shade this week. The Insurrection in Paris has been suppressed, and all the provincial towns, with the exception of Marseilles, continue tranquil. In that town the insurrection, after continuing for a day, was sup- pressed. It remains to be seen what policy General Ca- vaignae will pursue. He has had a lengthened inter- view with M. Thiers, but it is not supposed that any union of policy call be effected between them. The present Minis- ters, however, are not likely to keep their places. The affairs of Spain/arc very unsettled, and almost every nation in Europe is more or less convulsed.
SPAIN. Lord Stanley said h understood that within a very few hours after the departure of Senor Isturiz, consequent upon the last communication that minister had received from the Foreign-oftbe, a messenger arrived .from Madrid with dis- patches, authorising Senor Isturiz to give those explanations which he had declined taking upon himself to make. He (Lord Stanley) wished to know whether her Majesty's. Government had received any communication on the subject in addition to the correspondence published. The Marquis of Lansdowne replied that no further commu- nication had been received. The Earl of Aberdeen said the result appeared to be that their lordships must wait until the Spanish Government took the means of communicating to the world that information which had been declined to be received by her Majesty's Government. On the motion of Lord Brougham the Criminal Law Con- solidation Bill was referred to a select committee.
GREAT WESTERN. The third reading of the bill for conferring on the Great Western Railway Company the power to purchase the Birming- ham and Oxford Junction Line, &c., was then moved. Air. Labouchere desired the postponement of the measure, a" bein"- likely in the opinion of the Railway Board to operate injuriously upon the general railway interest of the country, if prematurely assented to. The House divided. For the third reading 147 Por postponing the bill 72—75 :E or I the, 1l! i) The bill was then reall a tniru time ana passed.
' WEST INDIES.—ADJOURNED DEBATE.
WEST INDIES.—ADJOURNED DEBATE. The subject of the differential 'duties on rum, in connexion with a deputation of Irisli members that had waited on the Chancellor of the Exchequer, led to a discussion, at the in- stance of Br: L., O'Brien, who moved, but subsequently with- drew his' motion, for the adjournment of the House Lord G. Ucntinck alleging that something like a bargain had been trans- acted out of doors between the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the -Irish members,, to the effect that if the resolution for the redaction of the differential duty between rum and corn spirits Were withdrawn, they, would support., ministers on the sufur question. The Chancellor of the Exchequer,. however, nnlcili.d, t*he charge, stating that at the .interview in question1 lie'told the deputation he would represent their views to t Oil the subject of the differential duty, but as their votes he could not make any terms, and they must fako the course which seemed to them most fitting with respect to them. The adjourned debate was then resumed by Mr. Moffatt, who said that the proposed loan would be a heavy charge Upon the people of this country—but a charge, which, although heavy, they would ungrudgingly bear, if there was any liope that it would benefit the West India colonies. In his opinion there w,d no such hope. So far as he could j there was nothing in what had transpired before the committee which •■justiiie'd this nu.a-aire, Mr. Gladstone held that the West Indians had a claim of the most distinct nature, altogether apart from that which protected !gt32 lTiight ordinarily make, when deprived of protection —a claim not only on thd humanity and equity, but also upon the iut-et, of the-House. The West India interests had a claim for iVecuniary relief which was irresistible. They might with '•' reat 'ih'ojniety ask tlie Government to, sacrifice in their behalf, wh7> had-' suffered at the hunds of this country, a portion of the public money. The apprenticeship system, was as much it part of the given to the West Indians as were the £ 23,O;O,>¡,.QQ9., An apprenticeship of twelve years'was what was deeded upon'by Lord Grey's government, but it had after- wards been reduced to six. After four years of the six had expirt-d,,a. sudden agitation arose in this country, which com- nelJ. the West Indians to abandon one-third part. of the com- ')n voted to them by the, IPuise in the shape of labour. 01 ,the point-of immigration also the West Indians had a good case* against the .Ovvrniiioiit; The claim, then, of the West fediaiis, on the score of direct injury inflicted, upon them: by t'heilegislature, was vel N- different from that of interests, claim- iiig.pa'o.tection to native industry. Wilson said that taking Into account the interests of the CQu.siimer .on the one hand, and those of the-revenue on the other, .tlie phm. proposed by the Government would, ill all its features, be found to be that which was most beneficial to the one, Whilst it would be-least disadvantageous to the other. He ilisposed,to attach, every weight to the recommendation 61 But he was not prepared to sanction its..pro- position for a return to a protective duty of 10s. He bad .always- iven in favour of every unnecessary restriction from the-çolonies, and there was no c-alm in this respect which the W"t Indians had made, except for increased protection, which j, iio't recency been satisfied,, or was in .process .of, iH'iiig sa- 4 flid;- Too'muclu then., had been said in the 'edu^# of the «'o^te' of the restrictioiw.to wliich the West .India body had. BeenOubj acted. The great question which'the H^-use likd,-to- how relief cquid be administered' with tlie;gr.eat- 'it to l.'O coliJnist; and the least disadvantage to,tin, ptifjpl'" ol" -2,is cru itiy. He had-no hesitation in saying ..that. t'le nbm'Vjraposed byLSrd-Jcdift.-Russell; umthat which woul- aire the ramrod relief to the greatest extent, and in .the least exc-p i u iha\ i?n the motion of Mr. W. Miles, the debate was adjourned uvitil the fvllowinj; evening.
BREACH OF PRIVILEGE.
BREACH OF PRIVILEGE. Mr. Wawn, who had risen several times while Mr. Wilson was addrQssing the House, and who appeared much excited, complained, amid cries of question," that one of the hon. members for Berwick had just addressed the most offensive lan- guage to him, and had, in fact, threatened to strike him within the walls of the House (laughter, and cries of "question"). He thought it his duty to call attention to the matter. No notice being taken of the hon. member's observations, he immediately left the House. The House adjourned at half- past one.
WRIT FOR DERBY. >,..
WRIT FOR DERBY. >, Sir John Pakington then moved for the issue of a new writ for Derbv. On a division there were, For issuing the writ 97 Against it. 112—15 The result of the division was received with loud cheering.
I THE ADJOURNED DEBATE
THE ADJOURNED DEBATE On the Sugar Duties was then resumed by Mr. P. Miles, who, with Lord George Bentinck, opposed the Government plan; which was defended by Mr. Hawes in an able, if not a con- vincing speech, at the dose of which lie stated, as the result of personal acquaintance with Mr. Clarkson and Dr. Lushing- ton, that the doctrine of the elder Abolitionists, always was, that free labour was cheaper than slave-labour, and that slavery could only be put down by giving every possible oncourage- ment to free labour. To increase protection, however, would be to put a great bar in the way of free labour, by effectually preventing competition. They might depend upon it, that the only way to put down slavery was to trast itofrthe eterhail and just principle of Free-trade (hear, hear). Lord George Bentinck repeated the charge of suppression against Mr. Hawes, in relation to the withholding of Sir Charles Grey's dispatch. This called up Lord John Russell, who, in vindicating his ncftle colleague and his honourable friend, made some biting allusions to Lord George's connexion with." the Turf." These allusions were in some respects so unguarded, that Mr. D'ls- raeli, who flew to the rescue, was able to found upon them one of his most effective assaults. Mr. Labouchere showed that it was the habit of Lord George Bentinck to advance serious charges on light grounds. Sir E. N. Buxton, as a member of the committee, expressed his conviction that the charge was utterly and entirely without foundation; but the hon. under-secretary, stung.to the quick, could not restrain himself from an indignant declaration that the charge was "false," leaving Lord George Bentinck to apply the epithet to himself, or not, as he chose. Lord Palmerston attempted calmly to show, by reference to documents, that the accusation originated in misapprehension. It was sneeringly observed by Mr. Henley, that the rioble lord had made a very ingenious spech; but it was a matter of fact, and he hoped it might be cleared up. Mr. Hawes complained bitterly, that a calumny should be set afloat on Friday, which he could not refute before Monday and, at the end of the scene, on the motion of Mr. G. Thomp- son, the debate on the main question was adjourned to Monday, the House not rising till half-past two.
HOUSE OF LORDS, MONDAY, JGKE…
HOUSE OF LORDS, MONDAY, JGKE 26. The Evicted Destitute Poor Ireland Bill was read a third time and passed after a division. Their lordships also disposed of some other business, after which they adjourned.
iHOUSE OF COMMONS, MONDAY,…
HOUSE OF COMMONS, MONDAY, June 26. THE COLONIAL OFFICE. The discussion of the charges brought by Lord G. Bentinck against the Colonial-office was resumed by Mr. Ilawes, who explained all the circumstances under which the mistake as to the despatch of Governor Grey, which he was accused of having suppressed, had occurred. He concluded by challeng- ing Lord G. Bentinck either to withdraw the offensive impu- tations he had made on Friday night, or to consent to an investigation into his conduct. Lord G. Bentinck, in his reply, admitted his conviction that Mr. Hawes's statement as to the despatch was entirely cqrwct, but repeated his assertion that in the late committee the West Indies had not had fair play from the Colonial-office that neither Mr. Labouchere nor Mr. Hawes had dealt frankly with the committee, and that Lord Grey had withheld important information which it was his duty to communicate. Lord J; Russell did not think that- Lord G. Bentinck had done justice to Mr. Hawes, and required a more explicit expression of his opinion as to that gentleman's explanation but Mr. Disraeli maintained the sufficiency of the retraction, considering the admissions which the Government had been compelled to make. Mr. V. Smith and Sir J. Pakington fol- lowed on different sides Sir G. Grey, after insisting that Lord G. Bentinck was bound more explicitly to withdraw his impu- tations, denied, on the part of Lord Grey, so much of the charges as applied to him. He concluded by regretting that there was not at the head of the present Opposition a man of honour capable of tempering the irregular zeal and ardent excesses of his indiscreet supporters, and of preventing them from damaging the character of the House and the reputation of public men. Lord G. Bentinck replied, that if he had not risen to reply to the challenge of Lord J. Russell, it was because he still retained his z., opinion that Mr. Hawes had been guilty of a very short memory." He again charged the Government with a guilty suppression and perversion of public despatches, and could not find words strong enough to express his condemna- tion of the conduct of Earl Grey, in holding back the evidence which he ought to have produced, both in. the; House of Lords and in the West India committee. After a few words from Mr. Charteris and Mr. Newdegate, the subject then dropped, and the adjourned debate on. the Sugar Duties was resumed by Mr. G. Thompson, who- considered that the immigration system of the Government must be a failure, and contended t that if it were not, it must be a restoration of the old slave trade, under a new name, and be deeply injurious to the colonies in their social relations. He entered into an elaborate refutation of the speech of Mr. Gladstone, contending that we had not violated the contract which we had made with the TV est Indians in 1831 on the passing of the Emancipation Act. He could not respond to the call which had been made upon him by the abolitionists to vote for a discriminating duty, in order to put down slavery and the slave trade. Neither could he accede to the proposition of the Government, for it was a devia- tion from the great principles of free-trade which the country had of late years wisely adopted. Mr. Bernal declared his preference of the sliding scale of duties proposed by the Government to that uniform rate of duties which Mr. Gladstone had shadowed out, though rather indistinctly. He did not object tv the loan of half a million t to the West Indian interest, but he was of opinion that it ought to be applied to other purposes than those -f immigration. Sir .T. Graham took a review of the legislation of this coim- try with regard to the West Indies, and its productions from the time of the Emancipation Act down to the Act of 1846. He had given an un willing support to that act out of deference to tl" opinion ef Sir R. Peel, and from an Unwillingness to overthrow,thc Government which had just succeeded that to a, which he had himself belonged, and which had pladged its existence on the success of the act which it had introduced. He should give his most decided opposition to the amendment, as lie considered it to be the first step in the path of reaction, on which he refused to tread. Mr. Callaghan supported the plan of the Government so far as regarded the sugar duties, but reserved his opinion with respect to those on rum. On the motion of Sir R. Inglig, the debate was then adjourned till Thursday. The other orders were then disposed of, and tlie ,IJo.Us6 adjourned.
,OF LORDS, TUESDAY, Juki,…
OF LORDS, TUESDAY, Juki, 27. COLONIAL OFli'iCE. Earl (jrey began' the discussion by; moving an.to the Crown for copies of the despatches la question. fn deuig- sosb,c referred to what had been reported to have. bee.il-said i House. of (,,oiiii-noii. aiiufliifii-i, to a charge tfrat-he, in concert with Mr. Hawes, bad enHEavoured ÚJn¡b1t'C\lI'ihe CHn'H'.)itte of I^q^jry into the subject of West'India distress by deliberately tflthoidiilgj paper's which favoured the opinions of those who.attributed that, ilitrfts JO the act of 1846. This charge, he .'observed, .involved linpu'tatidnS 80 disgraceful, that, if it wel-e- he unworthy of holding the omje he rilled. A mistake had. how- ever, occurred, and the noble earl explained very minutely the cause*of it, which partly arose from tie vast pressure of busihess. He pledged his honour that it was a mistake. With regard to the despatch of Governor Light, his lordship freely avowed that it was by his direction that the extract was sent to the committee, and the despatch kept back, tor reasons which he stated. Having disposed of all the specific matters cf charge, he appealed to Lis own character, and to the justice of the country, which would not convict him of sullying the name he bore by a mean and dishonour- able act. Lord Stanley, though he was not surprised that the noble earl should desire to vindicate himself and his department from charges made against them in their official, not their personal, ca- pacity, regretted the statement he had made, because it obliged him, in vindicating a noble frigtid, to appear to be an accuser of the Colonial Department, and of the noble earl, to whose personal honour he bora testimony. After an allusion to the remark of Lord J. Russell upon Lord G. Bentinck's connexion with the Jockey Club, Lord Stanley proceeded to justify the examination which had been pressed in the other House into the public acts of the Colonial-office. Lord Brougham, whilst he justified the conduct of Lord G. Bentinck in a constitutional point of view, understood from Lord Stanley that whatever was most offensive in the charge had been retracted and in a great degree apologised for, without any com- promise of the right to bring such a matter forward. Earl Urey, in reply to Lord Stanley, whilst he admitted the right and duty of members of Parliament to scrutinize the con- duct of Ministers of the Crown, protested against the imputation of motives. Lord G. Bentinck seemed to think that he (Earl Grey) was influenced by a desire to oppress and discourage the West India colonies. Lord Stanley, in an explanation, the length of which induced the Earl of Minto to interpose, observed that he had not volun- teered his share in this discussion, and had followed in it strictly the course pursued by Earl Grey, not with the view of showing that the noble earl had been guilty of wilful suppression of docu- ments, but that there were fair and reasonable grounds for believ- ing that improper delay and neglect had taken place in the Co- lonial-office. The Marquis of Lansdowne defended -Earl Grey, observing that no man who knew his noble friend could believe that he was ca- pable of anything like an intention to mislead the committee of the House of Commons. Lord Redesdale considered the answer of Earl Grey as very un- satisfactory, and protested against the noble earl's declaration— that he attended to the facts, and not to the opinions communicated by officers locally acquainted with the colonies. This was not a position in which a Minister of such a department ought to stand before the public. The discussion then terminated, and their lordships adjourned.
HOUSE OF COMMONS, TUESDAY,…
HOUSE OF COMMONS, TUESDAY, JUNE 27. There being only thirty-two members present at Four o'clock the House was adjourned until Wednesday.
HOUSE OF COMMONS, WEDNESDAY,…
HOUSE OF COMMONS, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28. The Speaker took the chair at twelve o'clock.
JOHN MITCHEL—1THE SHEARWATER.
JOHN MITCHEL—1THE SHEARWATER. Sir G. Grey—I am anxious to make a brief statement to the House in justice to the officers of her Majesty's ship the Shear- water. The House will recollect that a question was put to me some time since by the member for Armagh, founded on a state- ment in the newspapers, that the prisoner Mitchel, who was conveyed in that ship to Spike Island, had been invited to breakfast by the officers of that ship. The steward was di- rected to furnish the prisoner ahdihepolice-eoiistables with their meals in the chart-room, and this was done, with the exception of their breakfast, on the very morning they came on board; in- consequence of the chart-room being occupied by the bed of the police-officers, the breakfast was provided in the gun-room, but not until after the officers of the ship had themselves break- fasted.
TO CORRESPONDENTS. It is our invariable rule not to insert any communication without possessing in confidence the real name of the writer. John Thomas." We believe your letter was not written at Merthyr Tydfil. If you can convince us that it was, perhaps we may be disposed to consider your recommendations. "Morgan Morganwg." The editor did not see your letter in time last week. The paper was sent. The greater part of the Varieties are general news. We have many complaints against the length of our "Foreign News. We,much admire your taste and prudence, and heartily thank you tor your kind interest. The advertisements of the Lord Beresford and County of Pem- broke steamers will appear in our next, as also the steamer Talbot, from Port Talbot to Bristol. W. G., Cirellcèster. We thank you. When newspapers are sent it would be a great kindness if the parties sending them would state to what articles they wish to call our attention. Several subscribers have applied for their accounts. They will be forwarded at an early date. Several sheets of signatures for the Memorial have been re- ceived from Brecon, Pantycelyn, Beulah, Abercarn, Llysfaen, Waentrodau, and other places. Let the whole be returned be- fore the 10th of July. Books RBCEIVED.—Llawlyfr i Athrawon. TheRitual of Pre-e Masonry. The Cottager's Garden Assistant.
'TION THE FRENCH INSURRECTION.;;
'TION THE FRENCH INSURRECTION. Ouit,colnmns of this week contain a full account of ilit, fearful insurrection which has deluged Paris with blood. The grievous error of the Provisional Government in adopt- ing the doctrines of Communism has at last developed its fearful results in a carnage almost unparalleled for its atro- city. We are assured that the scenes enacted in Paris ou Saturday and Sunday last have but fewparallds in the an- nals of modern history. The desperate and obstinate cou- rage with which the insurgents maintained the contest, compelled the War ofiiocrs. of the Republic to adopt the must murderous system of warfare in order to gain the victory. Whole houses were literally battered down into utter ruins before the people surrendered. The roar of cannon and the thunder of artillery incessantly shook the devoted city' whilst the sword and bayonets destroyed their victims with fearftkf nxpiditv. Mass "after mass was inbweQ down, umii those'jbarts of 'the city in which the insurgents had seated themselves were literally flowmgwlth blood. Boiling oil t nl water were poured on the soldiers; women professing., to"selT .spirits supplied them with poisoned brandy and water, and every sort of missiles were continually hurled at them.' Liberty, Fraternity, and Equality seemed to have made their departure; whilst cruelty, bloodshed, and. death assumed a triumphant reign, and the king of terrors sent, out a summons for a banquet of his own inhovermg over o the maddening rout. In one hospital of which the rioters had tak<?n possession, the sick died through very fear. Con- sternation filled every street, thoughts of blood moved every heart, and anxious forebodings reigned in every bosom .-i The National Assembly declared its sittings permanently r" the Executive Commission resigned its trust, arid General. Cavaignac has been vested with supreme power. France is now under a military dictator. Holding as we do the unlawfulness of war, it will not be expected that We should join in the throng of;Journalists c c ia who will hasten to sing the praise and _p,roelcum; the glory victorious party. Much less will it be; exi>eet^d Jrorii us to declare, any sympathy with the" Keeping the destruction of human life sight, both parties "diaulaved extraordinary courage; and- 'unbendir% firmness. General Cavaignac has done all, we "believe, that could bp done. But after all the carnage has been fearfui The Republic has indeed stood its ground thus fai-, though, it has had to wade its wav through a deluge of hjood. What will be the fate of France during the nextTew,.ninths it ia impossible to conjecture. •. We; mast therefore cp curiosity' dnd patiently wait -for■ the result.