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PAKLIAMETfTAM JOTTINGS. j of the great events of the closing Session the opposition in the House of Lords to the Catholic Oaths Bill. The second reading 0 aa brought forward by the Earl of Devon, and le whole House was crowded, the Episcopal | Riches were filled, and many lay peers who mate an appearance were also present, e orders to the Strangers' Gallery were pro- llsed long before the day, and on the evening in 1J.estion not a seat was to be obtained. The s j^se of this sensation was the notification Earl Derby was to make a speech 0 %>n the subject. The public love good ? '^tory, even though they may be of a con- opiiron to the speaker, and in the House Lords the leader of the Opposition is accorded c, pal ai in this art. His lordship moved that the in r*be read a second time that day three months Ú Wto epitomise his speech, said, "it was neither e ii,)r expedient to subvert one of the leading f Reifies of the Reman Catholic Emancipation ek> Wiich had been accepted as a full and satis- ^torr arrangement of all difficulties. He con- 0 ^erel the present moment to have been inju- y ^iotely chosen for raising the question, as the id h?n^y on the eve of a general election. he asked, were the petitions in favour of eS 5i]j an(j who were they who complained of v 'Pprssion and desired to be set free? Where el'Ethe Roundells, the Howards, the Stourtons, ÍJI )he lalbots, the Petres, the Cliffords, and others frho in times gone by, had made sacrifices for religious opinions ? Not one of them was 9j. Parliament now, and the reason was that "*<5 were content with the present position of tit no substantial grievance to complain off 1f. That portion of the oath which declared that ?Ji ^person taking it did so without equivocation )i> toaental reservation, and that also which related a! re settlement of property, he had no objection <fi reeP awaJ > f°r a man who was prepared to take w wathwitih a mental reservation would be equally J*iy to break it however he might be fenced round c, jjb additional oaths. He maintained that the 'I1 was a real protection to the Church, Ile its repeal would be a serious blow 'te Church, by leading to the impression that Miament was no longer ia favour of maintaining j.' In the course of the discussion in the Lower s, an M.P. said that the object of the bill was lfl i ^muzzle the senators," But to H unmuzzle" 61 tru. for what P Clearly that they might do the 1,4 |j y thing which it was desired to prevent them. v them because they were harmless ? No, v because they waited to bite (laughter). The I V fact that they ware asked to repeal this oath it a ground showed the necessity of retaining k readers know the result, viz., that the bill ■* Vac, ^rown out by a majority of twenty-one. It | that if the Opposition refused this bill, it foak lna^e them much more unpopular with the jjw~division than they were formerly,but I have <\&° hard words uttered since Lord Derby's 3 •. It has been thought that his lordship was kis tone than formerly; he made no per- t attack such as he occasionally indulges in, lp i toke with a sincerity that led persons to be- QeJ!M that he was uttering the sentiments of his Tli JT have been some very sharp debates upon 'ie iJQeds scandal case,- but I shall only notice 3e speech made by Mr. Longfield, an Irish bar- Nter, and one who has creditably distinguished lttlllgelf in the Irish Encumbered Estates Court. \^as stated that Mr. Longfield managed find into the committee-room, when the inves- was going on in Lord Westbury's case, tore l'd the evidence brought forward. There- to i^hen the report was laid upon the table of .^otise, be was enabled to epitomise the con- ftia r atl<^ ma^e out a very flagrant ease against Lord Chancellor, whose conduct he stigma- a remarkable manner. His speech was 6 a very skilful piece of special pleading, and severe were his remarks; all the points of kj^dvergary were pitilessly laid bare, and all ia his favour skilfully concealed. In his v^Ber of addressing the House Mr. Longfield St!? said to be an imitator of his countryman, X Whiteside; but he wants the lightning force 1L d sledge-hammer power of the ex-Irish Attorney- ^al, and his decided provincial accent gives i^tness rather than eleganee to his elocution. however, a gentleman of considerable and never speaks without commanding Mention of the House. Nevertheless there It u. eculiarity in his bringing this question be- ON the House so prematurely, because the report t d for the first time on the table would, in a I hours, be printed and put in the hands of ^,ry*iaember of Parliament, when-each would be iWi6 judge of the condiict of the Lord Chan- |i. 0¥fpora ^st evidence that could be afforded *he Attorney-Q-eneral took this view of the v e> and his usually quiet and even tone of voice Raised to a higher pitch than I ever heard him jo He complained that no notice had been K of this intended attack, and said that it was ^ir to bring accusations against any man, more the Lord Chancellor, before the House of the evidence which WOHM e It to judge of their truth. The speech of W ,J|ongfie^' 8a^' was like that of a barrister aiftiug at the bar or oif an Old Bailey lawyer." "oh, oh's followed this expression, but the generally cheered. Of late years the cases L e -been very few when Lord Palmerston has j<wj excited during a ^debate; he generally; i,3ly banters his opponents, and, with, a soothing 8-n<3. manner, lessens his opponents' views and 'tg his own. I remember, however, some years I I,D G .ftt tbe time when he was ejected from. effice ;'a:J "ie Conspiracy to Murder Bill, that with loud '.kjrto °fty words he hurled, as it were, defiance at v ersaries. The attack upon the Lord Chaa- 0Ji Tuesday appeared to rouse all the old and he was as gallantly and as fiercely fant against Mr. Longfield as he had ever against those who questioned him about his j^eMing -under to French menaces. This time Spirit of the House went with him, for, after members of the British Parliament like fair and it was not the spirit of fair play to forward an accusation before anyone was ared with the means of defence. Thus the thought, and when the noble lord resumed "ee,t loud cheers greeted him on all sides. J .!£ tny readers have not read the report alluded kf. the Edmunds' scandal case, they should do gj'I think there would be few who, after fully jesting these letters of the Lord Chancellor in tjj 6re;ttce to the conduct his son, particularly in which he expresses mental agony, > a desire to do his duty, would not exclaim that lordship has been sinned against though sin- i I1g. IJ Palmerston spoke again the same evening lie, scandal case was introduced, and although I but few words they were weighty. He tile 2U:nced that the House would be dissolved on r1 °f July. At this there was a general burst of 4e\}G v11?. Like schoolboys the members appeared j 3- ted at the prospect of a holiday. There was "rush to the door, the 'House became ^y degrees, and beautifully less," until in of two minutes only four members re- ~~one of them being the Premier and Mio ^r* Sheridan, the member for Dudley, # SnpQi^3 bis legs—but the attention of the Vai being called to the empty benches, the "less was suspended at an early hour. It would be tedious to go through, the lengthened debate on Monday, when what may be termed a vote of censure was passed in the House of Com- mons against the Lord (Chancellor. Lord Palmer- ston, fearing such an event, wished to adjourn the debate, but Mr. Disraeli and the Opposition pressed the division. Sir George Grey tried to back his chief in the matter of the adjournment, but he was met with a fearful monotone expres- sive of disapproval; and the debate ended, as my readers are aware, with a majority of fourteen against the Government. The subject of my next communication will be the closing scene of the Session of 1865, and the ceremony of the dissolution. During the elections I intend to give you some of the squibs which are circulated so freely in London at the present moment. Some are witty, others are personal, but none are coarse or vulgar as was formerly the case. The following, issued against the Conser- vatives by a supposed West-end club, is amusing. It is set forward as a prospectus of a Joint Stock Company, to be called— "The British Government" (Limited); incorpo- rated pursuant to "Magna Charta," "the Catholic Emancipation Act," and "the last Reform Bill." Capital, £ 500,000,000 in Y,25,000,000 shares of 420 each, none of which are yet applied for. It names the directors, Derby, Disraeli, Malmesbury, Walpole, and Pakington. The company is formed for the purpose of purchasing the valuable business of Mr. John Ball, merchant. The directors believe that Messrs. Ball and Co. are dissatisfied with their present managers— Palmerston, Russell, and Gladstone-and tha.t Mr. Ball, sen., has made such arrangements as will enable him to hand over his business to this company in November next, and it is considered that the whole of the valuable machinery can be in good working order by the following i ebruary." 0





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