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PIEDMONT. Private letters from Turin of the 7th inst. state that much agitation existed the previous night in consequence of the refusal of the clergy to administer the last sacrament to M. Santa Rosa, Minister of Commerce, on his death-bed. The National Guard was under arms, and prevented any act of violence from taking place. The funeral cortege was most numerous on the next day. The National Guaid, the troops, the Deputies now in Turin, the Corps Diplomatique, including the ærench Minister, M. Ferdinand Barrot, attended. The Cure of San Carlos and a few of the clergy Z!1 attended, but they were hissed by the crowd as they passed alod „
ROME. A letter from Rome, of the 29th ult., in the Risorghnento of Turin, states that, in consequence of the duel lately fought between a French officer and a noble guard of the Pope's retinue, because the former had neglected to salute the Pope on his passage, General Gemeau has issued an order of the day, commanding all the officers of the French army to salute the Pope wherever they may meet with him in public. ————
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—THURSDAY,…
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—THURSDAY, AUGUST, 8. At the morning sitting, the Consolidation Fund Appropria- tion Bill was read a third time and passed. The second reading of the Crime and Oatrage Act Continu- ance Bill was warmly opposed by Mr. S. CRAWFORD, who moved that it be read a second time that day three months. Mr. R. M. Fox, Mr. ANSTEY, Mr. HUME, and Mr. ROCHE, sup- ported this amendment, to which Sir G. GREY offered a few words in opposition. On a division, however, the amendment was negatived by a majority of 63, the numbers being 89 to 26. The bill was then read a second time. At the evening sitting the Savings Banks (No. 2) Bill was witdrawn after a short conversation, in which Mr. P. ScnoPE and Mr. REYNOLDS impressed on the Government the necessity of turning their attention to the subject early next session. The Copyright of Designs Act Amendment Bill was com- mitted pro forma for the introduction of certain amendments. The Landlord and Tenant (Ireland) Bill was withdrawn. The General Board of Health Bill passed through committee. The committai of the Coal Mines Inspection Bill led to some remonstrances from Mr. ARICWRIGHT, on the ground that Mr. Disraeli and other members who intended to oppose the measure were absent, not expecting that the bill would come on that night, After some explanation from Sir G, GREY the clauses were passed. On resuming the House adjourned at half-past ten o'clock.
HOUSE OF LORDS.—FRIDAY, AUGUST…
HOUSE OF LORDS.—FRIDAY, AUGUST 9. The Marlborough House Bill and the Duke of Cambridge's Annuity Bill, were respectively read a second time the Poor Relief Bill was read a third time and passed, as was the County Courts Extension Bill; the Fisheries and Grand Jury Cess Bills were committed the Consolidated Fund Appropria- tion Bill passed the second reading. In calling attention, pursuant to notice, to the report of the Criminal Law Com- missioners, Lord BROUGHAM referred to the report just pre- sented by the Commission, on Official Salaries, to the House of Commons, and deprecated any compliance with the suggestions contained in that paper for the reduction of judicial salaries. Their lordships adjourned at a quarter to seven to one o'clock on Saturday,
FRANCE. The sittings of the Assembly have been brought prema- turely to a termination. The 11th was the day fixed for the proration; but in consequence of the flight o tne mem- bers v sufficient number for the transaction of business d el not remain, and the President therefore on Friday wibely adjoumecL 0- permanence was presided over on Saturday by Dupin. Mole and Changarmer were among the Members present. The Committ^nU constt- tute itself on Monday. Dupm sets out on luesday ioi the Nievre, where ho will stay a month. The banquet given on'Wednesday, by the President of the Republic, to the omecrs of the Republican Guard, and the seditious cries permitted in the very presence of Louis Napoleon, have created great scandal; anifortunate for the partisans of the Elysee that the Assembly has ad- journed, as the subject would certainly have given r e to interpellations. Another similar banque was o Saturday, at which it was probable that some further de, monstrations in favour of the Empire would be made. A Cabinet Council was held on Saturday, at which it was resolved that three ministers at least should remain in Pans in case of emergency.. p f M. Guizot arrived on Friday morning in Pans from M. Thiel's has arrived at Cologne on his way to Berlin. M. and Madame de Lamartine have arrived at Maiseillps, by the Mentor, from Smyrna.. „ -p A duel with swords took place in the Bens do Bouloene on Saturday between two representatives of the people, MM. Brissette and Perrinon. The former being wounded, the combat was stopped by the seconds.
DENMARK. A telegraphic despatch from Hamburg states, that _th mail from that city had not been able to reach Frederick- stadt, but does not say why. There were rumours of an advance of the Danes. A terrible explosion had taken place in the town of Kendsburg, killing and wounding 200 men. C)
GERMANY. A telegraphic despatch in the Cologne Gazette, dated Frankfort, August 9, announces that the plennm had dis- solved itself.
SPAIN, Letters from Madrid of the 3rd state that Lord Howden was received at six o'clock that evening in private audience by Her Majesty. He was presented by the Minister for Foreign Affairs. His Lordship had been visited by the whole of the aristocracy and the most distinguished persons of Madrid. Prince Carini still maintained his ground at Madrid, and showed no intention of leaving. It was stated that the King opposed the nomination of General Serrano to the post of Inspector of Cavalry, in place of General Concha.
THE TENANT-RIGHT CO-NFERENCE--From the string of r, resolutions already agreed to we select the most strongly characteristic:— 0 That a fair valuation of rent between landlord and tenant in Ireland is indispensable." That an equitable valuation of land for rent should divide between the landlord and tenant the nett profits of cultivation, in the same way as profits would be divided between the partners in any other business where one of them is a dormant partner, and the other the working capitalist who takes upon him the whole risk." That the valuation, when once made, shall be perpetual, subject to such re-adjustment as is mentioned in the next re- solution j" which was in these words: "That every seven years there may, on the demand of either landlord or tenant, be a re-adjustment of the rent payable under the valuation, according to the rise or fall of the prices of agricultural pro- duce." 0 0 That, where the rent has been fixed by valuation, no rent beyond the valued rent shall be recoverable by any process of law." That the tenant shall not be disturbed in his posses- sion so long as he pays the rent fixed by the proposed law." That the tenant should have a right to sell his interest, with all its incidents, at the highest market value." That if the landlord shall at any time have made im- provements, either when the land is in his own occupation or with the consent of the tenant in occupation, or if the landlord shall have the right, on letting the same to a new tenant, or Gn giving notice to the tenant in possession, to have such improvements valued for the purpose of adding to the rent." That wherever, in Ulster or elsewhere, tenant right custom has prevailed, the value of such right, according to the local custom, shall be considered in all respects as an im- provement made by the tenant, and be allowed for accord- ingly in valuing the rent." "That it be an instruction to the League to take into consideration, at the earliest possible period, the condition of farm-labourers, and suggest some measure for their per- manent protection and improvement, in connexion with the arrangement of the question between landlord and tenant." The Conference closed its sittings on Thursday, after passing resolutions, including two which we add to the foregoing:— 0 t That the valuation shall be made by tribunals, which shall unite, as far as possible, the advantages of impartiality between landlord and tenant, cheapness, accessibility, and nomination by the parties interested." "That these advantages may be secured to a reasonable degree—first, by local tribunals, consisting of two valuators, one appointed by the landed proprietors, and the other by the tenant-farmers of the Poor-law union; secondly, by having these valuators bound to value according to instruc- tions embodied in the law and thirdly, by having attached to each local tribunal a registrar or secretary, whose duty it shall be to register all the proceedings of the valuators, and to keep them informed and reminded of the require- ments of the instructions under which they act," It was also resolved to form an association, to be named the Irish Tenant League, with the sole objects" of pro- tecting the tenant by the legal co-operation ot persons o all classes and of all opinions on other subjects.' Every c_1 person holding the tenant principles of the League, and subscribing one shilling, to be a member; and its Council to consist of ten elected members from Dublin, and ten each from the four Irish provinces at large. It was announced that £10,000 at least would be indispensable to carry on the operations of the League,"
EXECUTION FOR MURDER.
EXECUTION FOR MURDER. BOSTON, JULY 26TH, )850. -About one hundred persona witnessed the execution of Pearson, this morning. A large crowd was collected about the gaol some of whom clambered on the roof of the adjoining house and disturbed the last funeral exercises by their demoniacal shouts. Two well- dressed young ladies, before the prisoner left his cell, entered the gaol yard, ascended the gallows, and inspected, with looks of curiosity, the implements of execution. Several other females were admitted to the gaol yard to witness the execu- tion. While upon the scaffold, Pearson read his Bible with great apparent devotion, and when the cap was drawn over his face, he appeared to be engaged in prayer. He ascended the steps of the gallows with firmness, and, as he walked upon the drop, gave a last look at the sun and scene around him. He was hung at half-past ten o'clock, and made a full con- fession of his guilt. He died almost without a struggle. The following is the speech made by Pearson on the gal- lows :—" I should like to say a few words. Be prepared to die, my friends—seek salvation. This is the happiest death of any, if only prepared to die. I hope and trust in God, and that I am going to be with Him in heaven. I recommend you all to the Holy Word of God, and pray that we may all meet in heaven." The following is his own confession :_11 I wish to unburden my soul and free my conscience of whatever I ought, with all my heart, and under the eye of my Maker, who will judge me soon, I declare as follows :—Truly, of the death of my wife, Martha B. Pearson, and my two twin children, Sarah and Lydia, I confess that I myself alone took their lives, on the morning of the 11th of April, 1849, between the hours of two and four o'clock. This is the time, as nearly as I can recollect, and these are the :principal eircuiiistances:-On the 10th of April I drank ale to excess I went to my brother Henry's, in Brookfield-street, took an umbrella, kissed my daughter Melissa, told her I was going to Providence, and then parted. I went down Tremont-street and Temple-place, to a club- house, and got a pack of cards then I struck over to Provi- dence depot, and left them. I went to Boyleston-street, and obtained a shoe and knife at a shoemaker's, then obtained a vial of laudanum at an apothecary's, then I went to Merryman- street and got a bottle of gin. I then went to the Lowell depot, and left in the cars for Wilmington, I think about six o'clock. When arriving at Wilmington, I asked when the cars left for Boston in the morning. Some one Caiiswered and handed me a I Pathfinder.' I then left for my house, where my wife and two children were living. I went over through the Nooods, and, stupified with liquor, got lost. It was a kind pro- vidence to hold me back, not knowing where I was. When I got through I looked round for some time and saw my barn. I saw a light in my house. I tapped on the window. Martha came and said. Who's there ?' 'Daniel,' I answered. She came to the door and let me in. I sat down and she got me a cup of tea, and I took supper. Shortly after she retired. I sat up a little while by the stove, and then went to bed with my wife, I got up, went out, and returned again to bed between two and four o'clock. I did the fatal deed after the first thrust, which I think did not wound her. Martha got the knife away from me, I know not how, and held it by th? handle. It was hard to get it again, and, in the dark, I seized the blade in my hands, and, in wrenching it, split the handle and took the blade away from her. If the handle had not been broken, the daed might not have been accomplished, In doing the deed I cut my hands badly. I then overcame her, and in the struggle she cried out, 'Oh Daniel, don't murder me—murder mur- der I pierced her in the neek she then got on the floor from the bed. She then cried, 'Oh, my God!' fell on the floor and died. I do not know how the pillow came under her. Sarah slept on the bed with my wife; she awoke and cried. I pierced her also in the neck, and she died. Lydia awoke and crawled on the bed, saying something, and laughing I think. I put my hand on her head and pierced her in the neck. After this lamentable deed was finished, I said how could I have done it?' Now I acknowledge, as I have often and repeatedly, that Martha gave me no cause, neither in any manner nor at any time to do this deed, I was not jealous of my wife. All her children, without doubt, were mine. She was a good woman, and deserved well of me. I cannot tell why I did the deed, except that I was led away. Before leaving the house I kindled a light to dress by. I left my wife on the floor, having put the knife in her hands, the children on the bed, the lauda- num by her on the table, with the cards and notes, one of which I signed, intending to make the impression that Martha after destroying the children, had committed suicide. When going out the back door, I crossed the woods to a brook, and there washed my person of my wife's and children's blood, I then changed my shirt, which was torn in the struggle and bloody. The blood on my clean shirt sleeve was my own blood. After wiping myself with the shirt which I took off, I rolled it up, carried it to Boston, and sunk it in the water just below the Providence depot." His body was taken to his native place, Wilmington, the scene ol the murder, for burial. He lost all hope of a reprieve after he heard the result in the case of Professor Webster.
GENERAL WILLISEN. General Willisen, commander-in-chief of the Schleswig- Holstein army, is about 60 years of age. Descended from a noble Prussian family, he was early destined for a military career, and in the campaign of 1806 served as cadet in an in- fantry regiment. After the disasters of Jena and Auerstadt, he returned to the University of Halle, where he spent the next few years in the retirement of study. When the circle of the Saal was added to the kingdom of Westphalia, Willisen became liable to the military conscription, which was estab- lished in the new monarchy after the French model. His attempt to withdraw from the operation of this measure mis- earried. He was carried to Cassel, and for a short time im- prisoned there. This event took place in 1809, just as Aus- tria was about to turn for the fourth time her arms against France. The occasion was favourable to Willisen's flight however otherwise ventursome this may have been' He proceeded to Vienna, entered a free corps with which he fought in Italy and the Tyrol, and a few years later returned to the Prussion service. From 1813 to 1815 we fined him attached to the general staff of Field-Marshall Prince Blucher. He was then in a good school, Led at first by Scharnhorst, then by Gneisenau, and including such men as Generals Clausewitz, and Crolmann, this small corps of officers com- prise the rarest military talents. Willisen remained in this position for a certain time after the conclusion of peace, aud at the end of twenty year's experience, he was appointed to give instruction in military history in the General Military Shool of Berlin. The aim of his instructions was to lay down a clear and complete system of warfare, which in re- spect of method must of course be his own work, but as to its principles was nearly related to the system expounded in the writings of the Russian general, Jomini. Proceeding from the axiom that the object of the art of war is victory, and of victory the attainment of military ends, he regards the army, the instrument of attaining those ends, under two aspects- first and chiefly, according to its requirements and second, as to its capabilities. The supply of the first is the subject, then of the first part of military science—" The doctrine of condi- tions" or strategy to teach how the latter may be best brought out and applied is the object of the second part of the system —tacties. Willisen then considers victory as it may be at- tempted in one of two ways, either by aggiavating the enemy's difficulties, or by attacking him. It will be seen from the foregoing outline, that Willisen's instructions were at least systematic and logical. His views, however, met with various receptions and to confute certain objections urged against his principles, he ondertook in 1818, through the medium of the Military Weekly Gazette, to establish and illustrate them by the course of the then undecided Polish war of indepen- dence. In his articles he incidentally gave advice to the Polish heroes, and thus disclosed a political bias in no way calculated to win the favour of the court. Willisen at that time a major, fell into displeasure. His articles, however, made a great impression in all circles they were clear, de- fined by logic, and animated by political feeling but the issue of the war was unfortunate for their author, as it directly contradicted his predictions. Thus Willisen had rophesied that if the Russians below Modlin should cross tho Weichsel,. they would be lost. But they did so, and took Warsaw, and so shortly ended the war. Damaging as the exposure of this error was for Willisen, the death of his scientific rival and opponent was a more important event. General von Claudo- witz died November 16, 1831, and soon after his widow pub- liehed, from the copious literary remains of her husband, that work entitled -1 War," which has since become so celebrated. Many of Willisen'sviews werehere controverted and his theory generally denied. After long silence Willisen published in 1840 a reply in a formal exposition of his system he has had many opponents, but no rival to be compared to Claudowitz, i For several years before 1843 Willisen was stationed at Posen, with the office of chief of the general staff of the 5th army corps, and afterwards as commander of a brigade. The plenipotentiary powers in the duchy of Posen in 1848 are part of the history of the commotions of March. In the au- tumn of the same year he was present with Radetsky at the siege of Lolghera, and observed the progress of the Italian campaign, wnose history he has since written. In the promo- tions of the spring and summer of 1849 Willisen's name was omitted, and this circumstance may have induced hIm, to apply for the dismission which was granted him in the spring with the title of lieutenant-general.
TERMINATIOX OF THE GORHEM CASE. — The costs of both parties in this case would have been sufficient to build and endow twenty churches of the size of Brampford Speke. Sir Fitzroy Kelly, M. P., alone, has had three separate retainers of 500 guineas each, besides consultation fees, which will bring up his share to nearly £ 2,000. It is stated in legal circles, that the whole costs are upwards of £ 80,000. It is, hpwever, pretty clear that the Bishop of Exeter and the Rev. Mr. Gorham are not the actual parties who are to bear the burnt of the battle. The money, it may be presumed, has been provided by the high and low church parties.
HOUSE OF LORDS.—THURSDAY,…
HOUSE OF LORDS.—THURSDAY, AUGUST, 8. The Grand Jury Cess (Ireland) Bills and the Summary Jurisdiction (Ireland) Bills were read a second time. The amendments of the Commons to the Ecclesiastical Commission Bill were agreed to. Several Bills were forwarded a stage, and their Lordships adjourned at a quarter to nine.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—FRIDAY,…
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—FRIDAY, AUGUST 9. The House sat at noon in the new chamber. On the motion for the committal of the Crime and Outrage (Ireland) Act Continuance Bill, Mr. REYNOLDS moved as an amendment that it be committed that day three months. He supported the motion by repeat- ing the arguments he had urged in previous stages against the measure, founded upon the changed condition of Ireland, which rendered coercion unnecessary, and therefore unjust. The amendment was supported by Mr. MOORE, Sir T. O'BRIEN, and Mr. C. ANSTEY. Sir G. GREY believed that the tranquillity of the country would be still insecure if this measure were withdrawn. Mr. A. STAFFORD, in supporting the measure, proceeded to censure the ministry for abandoning the Landlord and Tenant Bill. Mr. M. J. O'CONNELL, Sir B. HALL, Mr. M'CULLAGII, and other members, having taken part in a debate which was almost wholly confined to the speeches against the measure— The House divided For going into committee 82 For the amendment 34—43 The House having gone into committee, Mr. MOORE moved an amendment to the first clause, by which the operation of the act would be made to expire at the end of one year. Lord J. RUSSELL refused to allow the measure to be so re- stricted. He pledged himself, however, in reply to the remon- strances that had been urged by the Irish members, to bring in a bill next session to regulate the relationship of landlords and tenants. On a division the amendment was negatived by 75 votes against 84 majority, 41. The bill then went through Committee, and Saturday was fixed by Lord J. Russell for bringing up the report. The Medical Charities (Ireland) Bill was read a third time and passed. The Small Tenements Recovery Bill was withdrawn, on the motion of Mr. A. STAFFORD. On resuming at half-past seven, The committee of the Friendly Societies Bill was resumed, and the remaining clauses passed. The third reading was ordered for this day at twelve o'clock. In reply to a question of Mr. FOIISTER, Mr. LABOUCHERE stated that the report of the commissioners appointed to inquire into the Sunday labour in the Post-office was still under consideration, and would probably be laid be- fore the Treasury early next week. Mr. HUME moved an address to the Crown praying that a com- mission be issued to inquire upon the spot into the recent trans- actions in the Ionian islands, and the treatment of the inhabi- tants by the governor of that colony. The leading features of the case were, he urged, sufficiently notorious, and of them- selves justified investigation, which was more stringently re- quired because this country had taken possession of the islands under promises of protection that had never been kept, but the natives allowed to languish in a state of laisery until they were goaded into disaffection. After Mr. Ward had been defended by Lord J. RUSSELL, Mr. HAWES, Col. DUNNE, Lord HAMILTON, and attill kel by Messrs. BruGIu and G. THOMPSON, Mr. HUMB replied, and the House divided For the resolution. 13 Agaiiist 84-71 The House adjourned at two o'clock.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—SATURDAY,…
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—SATURDAY, AUGUST 10. The SPEAKER took the chair in the new chamber at a few minutes past twelve o'clock. The Crime and Outrage Act (Ireland) Continuance (No. 2) Bill, was amended, and ordered to be read a third time on Monday. The following public Bills were read a third time and passed .—The Inspection of Coal Mines Bill, the Transfer of Improvement Loans (Ireland) Bill, the General Board of Health (No. 3) Bill, the Law Fund Duties (Ireland) Bill, and the Friendly Societies Bill. The Savings-bank Act (Ireland) continuance Bill was suc- cessively read a second time, committed, and read a third time, and passed, the standing orders having been suspended for that purpo et On the motion for going into committee on the Copyright of Designs Act Amendment Bill. Colonel SlBTHOltP asked the Government to pledge them- selves not to sanction any advance of public money for the Exhibidon of 1851, without the authority of Parliament. [ of this subject, the gallant Colonel took he opportu- nity of heaping coals of fire upon the heads of t ny journalist* who may, during the past session, have compressed his some- what discursive philippics. He bore a most courteous testi- mony to the accuracy with which the proceedings of thn', House were reported, and expressed a hope that honourable members would show their appreciation of the labours of the gentlemen of the press by taking in, as he did, all the papers, from the daily perusal of which he leaped great pleasure and advantage. The gallant Colonel subsequently remarked, in reply to a hint from the Speaker, that he did not much care about his speech and demand, having nothing to do with the Bill before the House, as he had had his say." The Bill passed through committee. The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER hoped that no inference would be drawn from his not having answered Colonel Sib- thorp's question that any grant was contemplated for the pur- pose of the Exhibition; but, at the same time, he gave no pledge oh the subject. Lord J. RUSSELL obtained leave to bring in a Bill to amend the Church Building Act. The. purpose of the measure he stated to be to carry out certain recommendations of the Sub- division of Parishes Commission. The Bill was now proposed to be introduced that it might be considered by members and the public during the reeess.—Tthe bill was subsequently brought in, read a first time, ordered to be printed, and to be read a second time on Friday (a laugh). The House adjourned at half-past two o'clock.
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HOUSE OF LORDS.—MONDAY AUG. 12. The Duke of Cambridge's Annuity Bill, and the Marlborough House Bill were respectively read a third time and passed. The third reading of the Summary Jurisdiction (Ireland) Bill having been moved, The EARL of LUCAN proposed to add a clause, whereby the illegal removal of growing crops by a tenant should be included among the offences over which the magistrates were to exercise a summary power of conviction. The Marquis of LANSDOWNE opposed the introduction of the clause. Their lordships divided upon the clause, I Contents 6 j Non-contents 22—16 The bill was then read a third time ana passeu. The Poor Relief Bill was read a third time and passed. The Friendly Societies Bill was discussed for some time, but ultimately passed the second reading. The London-bridge Approaches Bill was read a first time. The Stamp Duties (No. 2) Bill, the Customs Bill, and the Assizes (Ireland) Bill, were committed, and the clauses agreed to. The Transfer of Improvement Loan Fund Bill was read a second time, after a statement from the IeRD CHANCELLOR that he entertained many objections to the details, which he should urge further in the committee. Some other bills were forwarded a stage, and their lordships adjourned at a quarter-past eight o'clock.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—MONDAY,…
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—MONDAY, AUG. 15. The House met at three o'clock in the new chamber. On the motion for the third reading of the Crime and Out- rage (Ireland) Act Continuance Bll, Mr. G. THOMPSON recapitulated the incidents that had at- tended or justified the enactment of previous coercive measures for Ireland. lIe contended that the present state of that country did not require a renewal of such measures, and en- larged upon the inconsistency manifested in the conduct of the whig administration, who when out of office, denounced the very policy to which they were now committing themselves. The hon, member concluded by moving that the bill be read a third time that day three months. This amendment was seconded by Mr, MOORE, and supported by Mr. M. J. O'CONNELL. Mr. W. WILLIAMS (the new member for Lambeth) recom- mended conciliation instead of coercion as the remedy for the social ills of Ireland. If the crime of assassination was still prevalent, it would be most effectually met by a bill for re- gulating on just principles the relationship between landloid and tenant. Sir A. ARMSTRONG was understood to support the amend- ment. The House divided— For the third reading 75 For the amendment 21—54 -I- 1 ine Dili was men passed. The report of the Copyright of Designs Amendments Act being brought up, Colonel SIBTHORP censured the ministry, first, for abetting the unconstitutional step of encouraging foreigners at the ex- pense of British subjects, by the means of the proposed in- dustrial exhibition and, secondly, for general incompetence in transacting business. The House was now asked to sit m noon as well as at night, and on Saturday, no less than on the five previous days. He expected ere long to find Sundays made working days like the rest of the week. The report was then agreed to. The Lords' amendments to the Ecclesiastical Commission Bill were considered and agreed to. The London-bridge Approaches Fund Bill was read a third time and passed, after a brief protest from Mr. HUME. The Union of Liberties with Counties Bill was read afl.i.d time and passed. The Copyright of Designs Amendments Act, which had L- c c reported a few minutes previously, was read a third time and passed. Sir B. HALL called attention to the manner in which pubLe business had been transacted during the session, Referring to the general desire to get business done, which had been mani- fested by the greater brevity of speeches, the paucity of ad- journed debates, and the fact that there had been no instance of a no house," or (on Government nights) of a count out" throughout the whole session, he calculated that during 23 working weeks the House had sat 1,041 hours, and held 14;; sittings, making, with a fair allowance for Wednesdays, an average of 10 hours per day, four days in every week. This heavy work, combined with the enormous amount of committee services, left members no time or energy to attend to any other duties either for themselves or their constituents. Notwith- standing these protracted sittings, only fifty-eight public bill. had been as yet carried, being 31 less than last year After brieSy sketching the histories of the many celebrated bills that had occupied many nights of debate and been finally withdrawn, he assigned a chief share in the evil of which he complained to the time allowed to be wasted in the discussion of abortive measures; and further assigned to the lack of energy in the Government the circumstance that these measures had proved abortive. Wherever the Minister had shown determination, as with the Marlborough House and the Duke of Cambridge's Annuity Bills, they had found no difficulty in getting the acts passed. He recommended a mature consideration of the sub- ject during the recess, and added a few practical suggestions adoption next session. Lord J. RUSSELL denied that the British legislature deserve:! the accusation of unfruitfulness, believing that it got through more work than any other assembly in the world. He re- minded the House that the vast amount of annual business necessarily occupied many weeks of discussion, and limited the time that could be devoted to new bills. Even when measures were ultimately withdrawn, the debates they pro- voked could not be called barren, as they ripened the subject for future legislation, and such a result was inevitable, unless a Government could be found possessing the gift of prophesy. The noble lord then alluded to several bills mentioned by Sir B. Hall, and defended his conduct at first in introducing and afterwards in abandoning them. Some of these measures had been. sacrificed for reasons of policy, others to necessity, others because they were susceptible of improvement, and others because of the persistency of their opponents. Atter speeches from Messrs. BJUGln and STAFFORD tIll. subject dropped. Mr. HUME, after alluding to the extraordinary nature of the transactions in Ceylon, which had occupied a committee of inquiry for two years, moved that the evidence taken before that committee should be printed. This led to a discussion. Mr. IIUSIE briefly replied to some of the observations offered during the discussion, but withdrew his 'motion, promising to recur to the subject early next session, when he should, if necessary, tollow it up with a motion for the prosecution of Lord Torrington. Tne House adjourned at half-past eight o'clock, to Wednes- day.
HOUSE OF LORDS.—WEDNESDAY,…
HOUSE OF LORDS.—WEDNESDAY, AUG. 14. The General Board of Health (No. 3) Bill passed through committee. The House then considered the forged signatures attached to the petition against the LiverpoolCorporatiun Works Bill, and it was resolved that Messrs. Green and Gage I be committed to Newgate. The Crime and Outrage Act (Ireland) Continuance Bill, and the Friendly Societies Bill were passed, and the House ad- journed.