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HOUSE OF LORDS. THURSDAy..) ,¡,>; The Bishop of Hereford presented several petitions from places in Shropshire against the uniou of the sees of St. Asaph and Bangor; also a petition from some place in the diocese of Worcester for church extension. The Lord Chancellor presented a petition from the Law Institution of London, complaining of the courts of law being held at Westminster, and praying that they might be removed to a more central situation. Lord Brougham said, that this subject occupied a great deal of attention in the profession, and no doubt there was a convenience in the plans suggested by the petition but he must confess that he had a very strong prejudice in the con- tinuance of the courts of law at Wesniinster, where they had been time out of mind. There was this reason too in favour of their present position—the very great convenience to both Houses of Parliament being in the immediate vicinity of Westminster-hall, professional men, and the judges. Lord Langdale hoped, that at a proper time their lordships would consider whether this was not a proper subject for inquiry. Lord Brougham had no objection to an inquiry. He had no fear of tbe result. The Lord Chancellor said, the great advantage of the courts sitting at Westminster was, that the bar attended re- gularly in court, and became acquainted with business. From his own experience, he found that when tbe courts sat at Lincoln's-inn those men who were engaged in their busi- ness only attended in court, but when they came down to Westminster-hall they remained there studying the law. That was a great argument with him against the removal of the courts. Lord Campbell had a very strong feeling on the subject. He had always opposed, and should continue to oppose, leaving Westminster-hall, not only on account of the prestige, to which he attached no little importance (hear, hear), but because he thought that, upon the whole, suitors would not derive any benefit from such alteration. It was urged, that if the courts were at Lincoln's-inn many would be constantly working in chambers, ready to be called in when their business in court came on. He thought that was a great evil; his opinion was, that in the profession of the law they worked too hard. (A laugh.) "All work, and no play, made Jack a dull boy." (Laughter.) He thought it ex- tremely injuriou (a laugh), and that considerable benefit was derived by a little relaxation from severe application, a little criticism on the judges, and the circulation of a few jokes, (A laugb.) He would therefore be very sorry to see any al- teration made which would render it more like a mill in which a horse was to torn round and round from one year's end to another, as long as he could continue in harness. The subject then dropped. The Marquis of Clanricarde presented a petition from Protestant Dissenters at Leeds against Lord Ellenborough's proclamation. On the motion of Lord WharnclifFe, the Punishment of Death Bill was read a second time.

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