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IRISH DEPUTATIONS TO THE MINISTERS. RAILWAYS IX IRELAND.—A numerous deputation of noblemen, members of the House of Commons, and- gentle- men interested in the progress of railways in Ireland, had an interview with Lord J. Russell and the Chanse-Hor of the Exchequer on Saturday, in Downing-street, for the purr pose of inducing the Government to consent to the appoint- ment of a select committee of the House of Commons," with the view of inquiring into the present position of Irish rail- ways, and reporting, upon the best, means of securing the completion of such lines aa would be serviceable to the country in the development of her resources. After some discussion, Lord J. Russell stated that the application made by the deputation for the appointment of a select committee had somewhat taken him by surprise. He was-not, there- fore, prepared to state what course the Government might be disposed to adopt with reference to a subject which, he admitted, was of great importance but he assured the de- putation that the proposition would receive the fullest con- sideration of her Majesty's Government. THE LANDED INTEREST OF IRELAND.—On Saturday a deputation of members of Parliament, representing the landed interest of Ireland, had an interview with the Chan- cellor of the Exchequer, at his official residence in Downing- street, for the purpose of calling upon the Government to introduce a measure empowering the Bank of Ireland to make large advances to the landed proprietors ef that coun- try on the security of mortgages, following the example of the Directors of the Bank of England in the year 1823, prior to which the utmost inconvenience was by the English landed interest, from the difficulty, amounting almost to an impossibility, of obtaining loans on mortgage, however ample might be the security. The Chancellor of the Exchequer could not pledge him- self at once to meet the wishes of the deputation, but he would consider the subject with care proportionate to its great importance. THE RATE-IN-AID.—A deputation, appointed at a meeting of ratepayers of Ulster, convened at Belfast a few days ago, to oppose the rate-in-aid, waited upon Lord John Russell on Friday at his official residence in Downing-street. The deputation having been introduced, Mr. Johnson pre- sented to Lord John Russell copies of a series of resolutions passed at the recent meeting at Belfast. One of the deputation gave the Premier to understand, that if the Government were determined to collect the rate in. Ulster, the presence of 50,000 soldiers would he necessary to preserve the public peace. r Lord J. Russell admitted thut the feeling in Ulster against the rate was very strong, but the Government consi- dered it was their duty to adopt the course they had taken. Sir Robert Peel's plan for replanting Connaught and Munster with a new race of landlords is by no means so sudden a proposition on his part as people suppose, and the scheme is approved of by those members of the Irish bar who are most in confidence with Sir Robert Peel and his friends. "Connaught must be confiscated," has been fur some time a tenet with the Peelite lawyers in Ireland, and the eminent barrister who would be either Attorney or Solicitor-General under a Conservative Government would probably be found a very zealous supporter of the Peelite plantation of proprietors' scheme. There is a Lincoln party here amongst certain circles, who desire to see Lord Lincoln chief secretary. again, and in these quarters the plantation n 'scheme is well thought of; the only doubt is as to its practi- cability. Sir James Graham's autumnal visit, and the atten- tions he received and accepted from certain persons, is com- mented on in private circles here, and it is very evident that the only thing sudden about the Peel plantation plan is the mode.of its proposition to the House of Commons.Daily News Correspondent. CASE OF MR. I)UFFY.-SoMe of, the jurors who tried Mr. Duffy at the last Commission are getting up a memorial to the Government praying for his pardon and release from imprisonment. Five or six, including the. foreman, reputed to be a high Orangeman, have already appended iheir sig- natures, and the remainder are expected to sign in the pri- soner's favour. Mr. Duffy has refused his assent to the proposed subscript tion to defray the expenses of his many trials. The infant son of Smith O'Brien was christened last week in Richmond prison. Messrs. Meagher and 'M'Nlaiius were present at the ceremony. MR. MARTIN'S ESTATE.—The vast estate of Mr. Martin, son of the famous Dick Martin," in the county of Gaiway, alluded to in Friday's debate, by Sir Robert Peel, has just been sold to a London Assurance Company. The entrance to the private domain is about a day's journey from the mansion-house.—Liverpool Journal.


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