IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. In the House of Lords on Thursday, the Royal asseat was, given by commission to several hi la. Lord Redesdale moved that all the Standing Orders of the House relating to private bills should be dispensed witn lor the remainder of the Session. The motion was agreed to. Several bills were advanced a stage, and their lordships 'SHouse of Commons having resolved itself into a com- mittee iinon t^e E&sfc Xndisi Sevenue Acoonnts. Sir C? Wood gave his statement Of the Indian fiances, showing that the net revenue of the year 1863-64 showed a surplus of E78,000, the surplus of the preceding year being ll,827,000, a falling off of £ 1,749,000. He then showed the prospects, according to estimate, of the. years 1864-65 and 1865-66, explaining the circumstances which would influence the amounts of income and expenditure, favourably or un- favourably, especially the Budget estimate of the former year, which had promised a surplus of £ 823,090, likely to prove illusive. At the conclusion of his financial statement he moved a serie s of resolutions containing a statement of revenue and expenditure for the year ending April, 1S64. Mr H Seymour, in a House of less than twenty members, entered upon a rather extensive criticism upon the Indian accounts and various branches of expenditure, which were, he observed, constantly increasing, especially in. the estobKsbment. ^olonel gyjceSi ur_ Kinnaird, and Mr. "W. Ewart continued the discussion in a House varying from six to eight members, including themselves. Sir C. Wood replied, and the resolutions were then agreed t0The Admiralty, &c., Acts Repeal Bill, the Dockyard Ports Regulation Bill, and the Admiralty Powers, &c., Bill, passed the committee. The remaining business having been disposed of, the House adjourned at nine o'clock. In the House of Lords, on Friday, the Colonial Governors Retiring Pension Bill was read a second time. Several other bills passed through committee, and a number were read a third time and passed, amongst them the Prisons Bill and the Government Hospital Bill.. Lord Chelmsford called attention to the claims of captains on the reserved half-pay of the Royal navy under the Order in Council of June, 1851, and January, 1856. The Duke of Somerset urged that the operation oi tne orders had in reality caused no injustice to the officers III question. The House then adjourned. In the House of Commons, on the motion for adjourn- ment to Monday, Sir H. Cairns called attention to the imprisonment of Consul Cameron and other British sub- jects in Abyssinia for a period of eighteen or nineteen months, that is, since February, 1864; they had been put in chains, and some of them had been put to a kind of ^Mr^ayard, having stated the antecedent history of the King of Abyssinia, proceeded to say that her Majesty's Government had declined to receive a mission from the King, on the ground that it might be misconstrued by the Viceroy of Egypt, to whom the King of Abyssinia was entirely hostile; but communications had been entered into with him in reference to making him some acknowledg- ment for his conduct with regard to the death of a British consuls, Mr. Plowden; and Mr. Cameron was ap- pointed to take letters and presents to the king, after which he was to return to his consulate at Massowlah, on the Red Sea, in the terri-tory of the Sultan. He was well received at first, but in a short time he received hints to leave the capital; but he opened negotiations with the King, in which he intimated that assistance might be given by England to the King in his contest with the Turks, and he proposed that an embassy should be sent to this country—all which was directly contrary to his instructions. Upon this the King wrote the letter to her Majeftv which had been alluded to. The King directed Mr. Cameron to leave his capital, but he remained and in- terfered in the affairs of Abyssinia. After all that had oc- curredpreviously between the Foreign-office and the Kingthe letter in question was clearly one which required no answer. It was a mistake to say that this was the cause of Mr. Cameron's imprisonment, for it arose out of a quarrel between the King and some missionaries, who were first imprisoned, which ended in the incarceration of all the Europeans in the capital. Her Majesty's Government, having advised with Sir W. Coghlan, thought it the best course to entrust the affair to Mr. Rassam, a British agent, who had done excellent service at Aden, where he "Wn«j lieutenant-governor. Ke had been sent to Massowab. With a letter from the Qneen to King Theodore, but owing ffT+liP disturbed state oi the country he had not been able Jz. ph the capital. Everything which with prudence could hZ done would be done by her Majesty s Government. Mr. H. Seymour said that his friend Mr. Cameron had long been in the consular Eervice, and. was experienced in dealing with semi-civilised nations. He protested against the manner in which Mr. Layard had spoken of the conduct of that gentleman, whose proceedings he defended. The adjournment was agreed to. r)- /) The orders were disposed of, and the House adjourned. In the House of Lords, on Monday, Lord Ebury moved a resolution to the effect that, In the opinion of this House, the evils arising from the compulsory and indiscriminate use of the burial service of the Church of England demand the early attention cf the legislature." His lordship sup- ported his motion in a speech of considerable length, and was followed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Earl Gran- ville, the Bishop of London, and Earl Grey. The House then divided, and the numbers were:—Con- tents, 20; non-oontents, 43—23. Earl Cowper moved for a list of those lords who have served on private bill committees during the present session of Parliament, and the number of times that each lord has served, and called the attention of the House to the question whether it was not desirable tt at it should be compulsory unon etch meinber of the House, with certain exceptions, to serve, if required, on a private bill committee during each 86Tdiscussfon'rasued, in the course of which Lord Redes- dale suggested that the number of days which each peer served should be given The motion as amended was agreed to, and, after some further business, their lordships adjourned at four o'clock. In the House of Commons the Lords' amendments to certain bills were considered. The Naval Discipline Act Amendment Bill was read a second-time and committed. The Foreign Jurisdiction Act Amendment Bill and the Rochdale Vicarage Bill passed the committee. Mr. Hunt moved the following resolution:- That the evidence taken before the committee of this House on the Leeds Bankruptcy Court discloses that a great facility exists for obtaining public appointments by Is corrupt means that such evidence, and also that taken before a committee of the House of Lords in the case of Leonard Edmunds, and laid before this House, shows a laxity of practice and want of caution on the part of the Lord Chancellor, in sanctioning the grant of retiring pen- sions to public officers over whose beads grave charges are impending, and in filling up the vacancies made by the re- tirement of such officers, whereby great encouragement has been given to corrupt practices; and that such laxity and want of caution, even in the absence of any improper mo- tive, are in the opinion of this House, highly reprehensible, and calculated to throw discredit on the administration of the high offics of State." He proceeded to establish the propositions upon which his resolution was founded, by reading the evidence relating to tHe transactions between Mr. Welch and the Hon. R. Bethell and the case of Mr. Wilde. He then examined the evidence as to the Lord Chancellor's "laxity of prac- tice and want of caution," observing that he ought to have known that Mr. Miller was in his son's interest, and that his knowledge should have "roused his suspicions. The Lord Advocate moved an amendment to the effect that the House, having considered the report of the Select Committee on the Leeds Bankruptcy Court, and the evidence up~ch it was founded, agree with the committee in acqStting the Lord Chancellor of all charge, except haste and want of cauti on in and is of opinion that f^^her ste^^ould bo taken by law Mr^Hennessy* observed that only one of the cases; it said V it appearcd case, which was by far the w ^tee that other mem- evidence taken by the Lords Con m chancellor were bers of the Government besides were cognisant of certain matters relaangt vitoce through, Mr. Denman said, that having xead the un_ he was of opinion that the heads of estim0nials pro- Just and untrue He contended that the tesu duced by Mr. Welch were sufficient to jusUfy h PP Blent; and as to Mr. Wilde's case, he thought the strongest Evidence was contained in the candid statement ot tn Chancellor himself, that he did not read the certificate. Nvllich, if a grave offence, was one committed by Judges every day. The suggestion that there had been a plot to Place Mr. Richard Bethell. in the Leeds Court was utterly groundless as far as the Lord Chancellor was concerned. Mr. Bouverie avowed a want of confidence in the Lord Chancellor in the administration of his office. He concurred ,With the committee in putting aside all questions of cor- ruption on his part; but there were corrupt practices going On in offices connected with him, though he was not cog- Iliftnt of them, which the House was bound to notice and condemn There had been gross malpractices on the part of officers in the Court of Bankruptcy, and he considered that the Lord Chancellor had been guilty of a dereliction of duty In granting retiring pensions without inquiry Mr. Hunt offered to allow his resolution to be negatived in order to let in a resolution of which Mr- BoUverie had given notice, more distinctly exculpating the Lord Chan- cellor from any charge of corruption.. After a few remarks by Mr. Howes and Mr Vivian, The Attorney-General contended that there was no ground for a vote of want of confidence m the Lord Chan- cellor to drive him from his office, and reminded the House ot the abuses which had been ferretted out by the vigilance of the Lord Chancellor, of the odium he had incurred by these services rendered to the country, and of the manner which he had exercised his high J«d'^l P^^ge. ?hese considerations should weigh with the House,^ which, »»looking at the slight offences charged against tne Lord Chancellor, would refuse to concur in this unworthy motion. After a few words from Mr. E. Egerton, Mr. Henley, and Colonel Pennant, the original resolution was negatived. The amendment of the Lord Advocate beiag put aa a sub- stantive motion, Lord Palmers ton, observing tisat. the House had negatived any charge of corruption against the Lord Chancellor, re- commended and moved that the debate be adjourned till to- morrow. Mr. Disraeli opposed this motion,, which was negatived, upon a division, by 177 to 162, The Lord Advocated motion having been negatived, Mr. Bouverie's resolution, to the following effect,— "That this House, having considered the report of the Com- mittee on the Leeds Bankruptcy Court, and the evidence taken before them, are of opinion that, while the evidence discloses the existence of corrupt practices with reference to the appointment of Patrick Robert Welch to the office of Registrar of the Leeds Brankruptcy Court, they are satisfied that no imputation can be fairly made against the Lord Chancellor with regard to that appointment; and that such evidence, and also that taken before a Committee of the Lords, to inquire into the circumstances connected with the resignation of Mr. Edmunds of the offices held by him and laid before this House, shows a laxity of practice and a want of caution with regard to the public interests on the part of the Lord Chancellor, in sanctioning the grant of retiring pensions to public officers against wl om grave charges were pending which, in the opinion of this House, are calculated to discredit the administration of his great office,was carried without a division, when the cheering I was again renewed. The house adjourned at a quarter past twelve o'clock. In the House of Lords, on Tuesday, Lord Redesdale sat as Speaker, Earl Granville stated that m consequence of the resolu- tion which had been passed by the House of Commons on ) the previous night, the Lord Chancellor had tendered his resignation. It would be satisfactory to the House to know that for the last five months the Lord Chancellor had placed his resignation at the disposal of Lord Palmerston in consequence of the charges which had been made against him • but he had consented to withhold it until after a Parliamentary investigation had taken place. Although the resolution of the other House did not impute unworthy the resolution of the other House did not impute unworthy or corrupt motives to the Lord Chancellor, the Prime Minister had thought it right to advise her Majesty to accept his resignation, but, in order not to interfere with public business, he would retain the Great Seal until after the prorogation. Earl Russell laid on the table dispatches from the Ame- rican Government, announcing the cessation of the civil I war, and expressing gratification at the withdrawal of belli- gerent rights from the South by this country. The Harwich Harbour Bill and the Colonial Governors' Pension Bill were read a third time and passed; and after some further business the House adjourned. I In the House of Commons, Lord Palmerston informed the House that the Lord Chancellor, in deference to the I vote which had been come to, had tendered his resignation. As early as the beginning of the session, and often since, the noble and learned lord had pressed on him (Lord Pal- merston) his resignation; but, on public grounds, he had urged on the noble and learned lord to withhold his pur- pose; knowing that his motives had been pure and incor- rupt, he was certain that any inquiry which might be made would result, as it had resulted, in his complete ac- quittal. The Lord Chancellor would continue to hold the Great Seal until after the prorogation. Sir L. Paik called attention to the verdict of a jury at an inquest on the bodies of Thomas Sweter, George Kent, and William Anderton, who had been killed by a railway accident on the Great Western, and which pointed out the necessity of a communication between guard and driver; and pressed the subject generally of the improvement of railway signals as a duty of the Board of Trade. Mr. M. Gibson said that he had never laid it down that Parliament ought not to interfere with the management of railways for the safety of the public, but he had only pointed out the difficulty of legitimate interference. The powers of inspection and examination given by law to the Board of Trade were scrupulously and regularly exercised. The Naval Discipline Act Amendment Bill, the Foreign Jurisdiction Act Amendment Bill, and the Rochdale Vicarage Bill, were read a third time and passed. The House then adjourned. In the House of Lords, on Wednesday, the Lord Chan- cellor said that out of the deep respect he owed to the House he felt it his duty personally to announce the resig- nation of his office, a step which he should have taken many months ago had be followed the dictates of his own judg- ment. He had not felt at liberty to do so, as a member of the Government, without the sanction of his colleagues. He felt that he was safe if he followed the. opinion of the Prime Minister rather than his own; but he also felt that the holder of the Great Seal ought never to be in the position of an accused person; and that, he being unfortunately in that position, it was due to his great office that he should retire from it, and meet any ac- cusation in his private capacity. His noble friend the Prime Minister objected to that course, and said, with great justice, that it was not right to admit as a principle of political con- dacfcthat whenever an accusation was made against a member of the Government he was at once to be driven from office. With regard to the opinion expressed by the House of Commons he would not presume to say a word; he bowed to the decision; but, at the same time, he hoped he might be allowed to express a hope that, after an interval, calmer thought would prevail, and a feeling more favourable to- wards him be entertained. He had but to thank their lord- ships for the kindness he had uniformly received, and if by possibility, by some word or some inadvertence, he might have given pain or exposed himself to unfavourable com- ment, he begged their lordships to accept his expression of regret, and he trusted that they would allow it to be erased from their memories. t The Consolidated Fund Appropriation Bill was read a third time and passed. The Commons' amendments to certain bills were con- sidered and agreed to, and the House adjourned. In the House of Commons, in answer to Mr. Hennessy, Sir G. Grey said that he had had no formal communication with aaiy Roman catholic prelates on the subject of the incor- poration of the Roman Catholic University with the; Queen's University in Ireland, although he had been in communication with the Lord Lieutenant; and the Govern- ment was prepared to carry out that object. The House then adjourned.
THE REDDITCH HORSEWHIPPING CASE, At the Birmingham Public-office, on Saturday, Henry HoweM, accountant, of Waterloo. street, ap peared for a second time on remand charged with having intimidated Miss J uliaeinagle Cecil, other- wise Mrs. Cecil Thomas, with a view to prevent her giving evidence on behalf of Mr. Thomas, needle manu. facturer, of Redditoh, who was indicted at Worcester Sessions for an assault on Henry Howell. Long before theihour fixed for the hearing of the case the precincts of the court were crowded' by numbers of persons anxious to obtain admission, and the police on duty to prevent overcrowding were so over-zealous in their duty that many persons whose business demanded their attendance had some difficulty in satisfying some of these over- officious guardians of the peace as to their right to enter the court. 1 Some delay was caused by the absence of the defen- dant's counsel, Mr. Motteram: Serjeant Ballantine j opened the proceedings by the following examination of Miss Cecil, otherwise Mrs. Cecil Thomas: In one of the interviews of which you have spoken did the defendant tell you he was going anywhere P He said he was going out of town.—Where did he say he was going ? To Torquay. — Which interview was that ? The third interview. Was that in Calthorpe-park ? No; in Spring-street.—Do you recollect the time he left you that day ? About ten minutes past one.—Now, will you be good enough to look at these letters, commencing "My Darling"? [Letters handed to witness.] Hame you looked at them all? Yes.-In whose handwriting are they? Mr. Howell's. Thirteen letters of the usual endearing kmd that pass between lovers were then read, of which the fol- lowing two are specimens: My Da,rling,-How very kind of you to manifest and ex- press so much anxiety about my health. I did indeed feel very unwell on Saturday; but donotthink, my darling, that the cause arose from anything that took place on Friday. I am better to day; the weather has always a great effect on me when I am at all indisposed. The thought of your love does much to cheer and console me, and though I cannot see you for so long a time I shall not cease to think of you. I shall write you as promised. Good 7aight, and with my fondest love, believe me ever your own Friday. ?ar^n^>—I have been encaged very closely the whole of the day and have now only a few minutes that 1 can spare you, for the post closes very early at this place. In the first place, efc me set you at. rest asregards myself. I am happy to assure you that I am decidedly better; for the first week I was anything but well, but really the weather has been so delightful and the air so delicious that I should have been ungratef ul indeed if I had not profited by it. I am now working in a room overlooking the sea; the window is thrown up to the top, so that 1 have an. uninterrupted view of the lovely bay the sky is without a cloud, of the most brilliant blue scarcely a ripple disturbs the face of the water, for there is scarce wind^ enough to flap the sails of vonder yacht as she glides gently along: the full tide is breaking gently upon the beach within a hundred yards of where I am sitting, with a melody and music pecuharly its own and all nature seems joyous in the brilliance f most glorious of suns. How I drink in the soft south-west breezes, and how I revel in the freshness and beauty t!his lovely spot. But, my darling, one charm at least is wan ing Last night I strolled for nearly three hours along the downs, the full moon throwing her silver light right across the bay. How I wished for a companion-need I say for whom x especially sighed or how much happier I should have been had you been near me. I could only think of you, and anticipate the el a hour, not far distant now, when I might see your dear face agAnd now as to my return it is most uncertain whether I can get away to-morrow or not. I shall, if possible; but I cannot, in any case, reach Birmingham in time enough to see you. Will you drop me a line about Tuesday or Wednesday, saying how you expect to be situate next week ? I long to see you, and you must not keep me long in suspense.. The boy has come for post, so good night, aarung. Ever yours, The following two were then put in to prove the gradual dropping of affeetion and regard On my return to business, after nearly a week's absence, I found another proof of your affectionate solicitude. I know and feel'how little I deserve it. Consequently you will un- derstand that your kindness much embarrasses me. I can only thank you, and assure you that I appreciate it far more than I can express. I must, however, entreat you not to send again. I do not know whom you employ as your mes- senger, and apart from every other consideration, you must admit the indiscretion of allowing- any third party being aware of any intercourse between us. My indisposition has prevented me having any oppor- tunity of being invited to pay you a visit, but do not sup- pose that you are any the less remembered. I do not think ingratitude is one of my sins, though I know I have many to answer for. With repeated assurances of my thanks, and earnest wishes for your happiness and health, I bid you Adieu. I will not lose a post in replying to yours, this moment to hand. Believe me that it was not "anger" or any other feeling with regard to yourself that kept me away on Monday. I explained fully 'why I could not accompany Mr. T. I had made two special appointments before leaving home, neither of which could I have set aside. Had not this been the case I should have accepted with avidity the invitation I received, and here repeat my promise not to let the next opportunity escape. And now just a word as to your last letter but one, which you appear to think made me angry." I assure you such was not the case; it was far more in sorrow than in anger that I read the letter, because it told me plainly enough that you were under the influence of excitement when you wrote it, and I should like to feel that that period had passed over, and that you were becoming able to regard my conduct calmly and dispassionately. The sooner you arrive at this state of mind the happier you will be. You will then see the error of the opinion yonhaveformed, viz., that you have been" sought, won, and discarded." I have repudiated this judgment. I do so again, emphatically. I noted your confession that you had deceived me as respects my letters. I submit that you should at once redeem this breach of faith by doing that which you told me you had done. Surely you will admit that in every respect it is better that they should be de- stroyed. I have no fear for them either on your account or my own, so long as they are in your keeping, feeling that my honour is as safe in your hands as .yours is in mine; but accident might throw the letters into other hands. Again, then, I ask you to destroy them. In conclusion, be assured that I have ceased to remember a word or incident of an unpleasant nature that has ever passed between us, and remember only the happiness which our brief intercourse has aiforded me. We cannot, must not be "enemies." Why should there be either" open war" or a hollow truce ? Be sure of this, "I will never be party to either." Come weal, come woe, you will always find me as I now declare myself, Yours in honour, fidelity, and affection. The cross-examination of this witness lasted over four hours, the principal object being to prove that these letters were written by Howell. The final cross- examination of Miss Cecil by Serjeant Ballantine may be taken as a specimen of the whole Upon a former occasion I think you stated he had desired you to give him these letters? I did.—The letter you have produced to-day you declare to be in his hand- writing; at the interview on the 20th, did he mention these letters again? Yes, sir.—What did he say about them ? He said they were his, letters in point of honour, and I had no right to use them, or allow them to be produced against him.—Had you in point of fact given up these letters to Mr. Suckling the night before? I had.—Did you tell him that? I said, "What if I should tell you that Mr. Suckling has those letters?"—What did he say ? He said, If Mr. Suckling has them, you will never see them again; you will ruin me."—Did anything else take place about it? About the letters ? Yes—I don't remember.—You say, until you had received those letters signed" A Sister," you had no meeting with him ? None whatever.—You say you bad been, in point of fact, on friendly terms with him for a long period ? I had.—You say that at those meetings he had worked very much upon your feelings ? He did.—Did he tell you why he preferred this indictment ? He did.—What did he tell you ? He said his captain had told him he must either commence legal proceedings or resign his commission. In what other way did he work upon your feelings ? Did he say anything else? He said it was of the utmost importance to him that the letters should not be read; that he had a secretaryship worth .£180 a year, and another worth betweeia X50 and XGO a year, and that they were both waiting pending this inquiry. He also said that his friends had said to him, We can have nothing to do with you until this matter is cleared up."—Did he say anything about his family ? He mentioned his wife and boys. — What did he say about them ? He said fortunately his wife knew nothing about it, and said a good deal about his boy's prospects.—What did he say about it ? He told me of an incident that occurred when his son heard of the case. He also spoke of the injury it would do to his family, and said it was necessary it should be hushed up, and I was bound to save him all the exposure I could.-You said, in answer to my friend, that you were not otherwise unfriendly dis- posed towards Mr. Howell until the trial on Tuesday. Then you say it was in consequence of the statement he attributed to yoa in a letter. What was that P Don't ask me to repeat it.—Yes, I must, because it will give you an opportunity of saying if it is true or not ?—Well, Mr. Howell, at the close of his examina- tion, said that I said in one of my letters, What arr I to think of a man who, after exciting a passion which he refuses to gratify, now refuses even to visit me."—Is that absolutely false? The witness replied, with strong emphasis, That is entirely false." The case was again adjourned to the following Saturday, there being other evidence to be produced for the plaintiff before the defence could be entered upon.
THE tEEms SCANDAL CASE AND THE LORD CHANCELLOR, The evidence given before the select- committee on the Leeds Court of Bankruptcy has just been issued. The minutes of evidence, with appendix, extend to 242 pages. The first meeting of the committee took place on the 2nd of June, and the last sitting on the 16th. Mr. Howes was elected chairman. The other members were Mr. E. Egerton, Mr. Evans, Colonel Pennant, and Mr. Hussey Vivian. The Lord Advocate and Mr. Bovill served on the committee to examine witnesses, but without the power of voting. The wit- nesses examined during the inquiry were Mr. J. F. Miller (four times), Mr. H. S. Wilde (three times), Mr. E. Bond, the Rev. J. R. Harding (twice), Mr. P. R. Welch (twice), Mr. B. Cariss, Mr. H Fuller, Mr. J. North, the Hon. R. Bethell, Mr. D. Morley, Mr. C. F. Skirrow, Mr. G. Carew, Mr. F. C. New, Mr. C. N. Wilde, Mr. H. P. Roche, the Lord Chancellor, Mr. D. Stewart, and Mr. A. P. Abraham. Mr. Miller's ex- aminatiou occupied two sittings of the committee, the 8th and 9th of June; on the second examination Mr. MSler produced the following letter from the Lord Chancellor in reference to Mr. Richard Bethell, written previous to his resignation of his appointment as registrar:— Saturday May 14,1864. Sir,—It has just come to my knowledge, in the most sudden and overwhelming manner, that my eldest son, lYfIr. Bethell, has been guilty of the most flagrant misconduct. He is stated to me (and the fact admits of no doubt) to have lost during the last twelvemonth very large sums of money by betting at races, and to have raised money to pay these debts by bills of exchange and loans in every quarter; he is also stated to have been for some time in the habit of neg- lecting personal attendance at his office, and to have had his official duties discharged by deputy. I feel it my duty instantly to remove him from his office. I beg you to prepare an order without a moment's delay, stating it has been proved to my satisfaction that Mr. Richard Augustus Bethell has neglected the duties of his office, and is unfit to be continued therein," and that I therefore remove him from the office of one of the registrars of the court as from this day. It would be idle to speak to you of the state of mind I am in; but I am determined that he shall be instantly removed, and that in the manner which justice requires.- Your faithful servant. Westbuky. To the Chief Registrar. The following reply to the letter of the Lord Chan- cellor was forwarded by Mr. Miller: 26, St. Stephen's-square, Saturday, May 14, 1864. My Lord,—I feel deeply grieved to hear what you tell me, but I must entreat of your lordship to do nothing rashly; to delay for a few days, or, at all events, to allow me an opportunity of seeing Mr. B. There is one portion of the information which has reached you which I believe to be incorrect, viz., that "he has for some time been in the habit of neglecting personal attendance at his office, and had his duties discharged by deputy." I do not believe this; I know he was absent for a week at Easter, and that Mr. Keene then attended for him, but he was fairly en- titled to this. I pray of your lordship to suffer this matter to rest in my hands for forty-eight hours; if I can get my foot to the ground I shall be with your lordship to-morrow at eleven. The subjoined letters from Lord Westbury, in an- swer to Mr. Miller, were produced during his exami- nation Dear Mr. Miller,—I am much obliged to you foryour kind, feeling letter. You knew I could not show my face m court it I did not do in this case strict impartial justice. It has n early broken my heart. I will wait until Monday. Do not think of coming out, as I am so ill that I must go to the country.—Yours sincerely, Westbury. May 18. Dear Sir,-—I am much obliged by your kind and feeling letter respecting my son, But it is due to the public that he should resign, and therefore I shall accept and act upon his resignation as from to-morrow. I had no suspicion of his misconduct until the day on which I wrote to you my first letter, last Saturday. It has been to me an over- whelming affliction.—Yours faithfully, WESTBURY. Mr. Miller, in reply to a question from Mr. Egerton, says he investigated the charge of the neglect of duty by Mr. Richard Bethell, and found it to be all a piece of moonshine, as I suspected "—there was, salis Mr. Miller, "DO ground for it whatever:" and he sub- sequently addressed another letter to the Lord Chan- cellor on his behalf, to which the labt, above given, was the reply. In the examination of Mr. Skirrow. the following letter, referring to the misconduct and resignation of Mr. Bethell, is given 1, Upper Hyde.park-gardens, W., Thursday. My dear ebarles,-After a sleepless night, I can think of nothing better than the conclusions I mentioned yesterday. It is useless to attempt to make any arrangement founded on his retaining his office. It would be discredit- able to me his being allowed to remain. He must leave the country immediately. Germany will be the best place of residence, but care must be taken to fix it in a country where the foreign holder of one of his acceptances could not sue him. All that he can do is to devote himself to the education of his children abroad. It will be greatly for the future benefit of his sons if they become good German and French scholars. I shall not listen to any proposal for his return to this country for some years. His childish vanity and weakness are such that he is always the prey of some rascal or other. I am sure he must be indebted to you; I will repay you. But do not lend any more money to him, for it is a direct encouragement to evil. If his wife and six little children, affection for his father and brothers and sisters, and regard for his own character alld posi- tion, have not been sufficient to keep him from plunging a fourth time into these mad and evil courses, nothing wilL In the course of the examination of the Lord Chan- cellor, in reference to the charge that he appointed or desired to appoint his eldest son to the office of Regis- trar at Leeds, his lordship said I think I had better tell you the whole at the circumstances, painful as they are. In the month of May, 1864,1 received from one of my daughters-in-law a letter, in which she enclosed a letter from my son to his brother, and it stated that he had lost a very large sum of money indeed on the turf. That came upon me in an over- whelming manner, and I wrote immediately to Mr. Miller, because I felt that it was impossible that he could do his duty; and it was also stated to me that he had neglected his duty, and I wrote to Mr. Miller a letter, in which I insisted that he should be immediately compelled to resign; I required the resignation to be sent to me the next day. Mr. Miller was at that time, if I recollect rightly, confined to his bed with gout; he wrote me a letter in a very proper tone, and in a very kind spirit; he begged that he might be allowed to make arrange- ments, and that I would not carry into effect any de- termination with regard to my son. I was certainly under the impression that he could not by possibility have acted in the manner in which he had done, er carried on his proceedings without neglecting his duty, and a number of tales were brought to me about it; and I, therefore, was very firm in my determination that I would hear of nothing but his resignation. I probably should not have acted in the same manner with regard to a stranger. With regard to him I was determined so to act, because I thought it would be a reproach to me if I permitted him to continue. The con. sequence was that within a few days his resignation was sent, and from the time of my receiving this im. putation upon his conduct until now, I have never seen him, nor have I had any communication with him, except that on one occasion when he had a son born; when his wife was confined, he wrote me a very proper letter, announcing that event. He went to Paris, I think, and I had formed a firm deter- mination never to appoint him to any office. But in the month of February of the present year his friends surrounded me, and his wife wrote to me, and I ascertained that there was no reproach attaching to him on the ground that he had neglected his duty. I found that it was a false imputation. I was then entreated to give him some appointment, provided he got a release from all his creditors. What I said upon that occasion was this, that I would make no promise, but that I would consider the matter when the release was obtained. Some suggestion was made to me at the time (I think it was by my son's wife, my daughter-in-law) that he might have an appointment to a registrarship in the country. I made no promise, neither did I give any en- couragement to it. This was some time, it I recollect rightly, in the month of February in the present year. Information then reached me that there was so little hope of his being weaned from these courses, that I found be had pursued the same thing at Paris. I then sent for Mr. Skirrow, and begged him never to men- tion the subject to me again, for that I had determined never to appoint him. I am now told, but of that I had no knowledge, that in consequence of the manner in which I had received his wife, or his wife's letters, his wife gave him some encouragement to hope that, if an arrangement was made with his creditors, I might appoint him to Leeds, The consequence was that he was induced, I believe, to go down to Leeds upon that encourgem nt, and to act in the manner that you have heard. All that was unknown to me, a.nd when I found from information I received, that there was no hope of his getting rid of these tempta- tations to go upon the turf again I made the communi- cations that I have stated to you to Mr. Skirrow. Mr. Bovill asked Did your lordship ever give any directions for any order, or draft order, to be made out for the purpose of appointing Mr. Bethell to the London registrarship, which had become vacant by the resignation of Mr. Slingsby Bethell?—Certainly not; never. Did your lordship hear from Mr. Miller of his having drawn out such an appointment, and having had it engrossed ?—I heard of it since this inquiry has taken place, never before; I was astonished when I did hear of it. But Mr. Miller has, from no other motive, I believe than a kind motive, on various occasions solicited me to consider the propriety of appointing my son, pressing upon me that I had treated my son with more severity than I should have done another person. I am ashamed to have ex- hibited any emotion or weakness, but it is hardly possible for me to speak of these things without doing so. The Lord Chancellor further said he had no doubt that his son was led to do and say many things in the hope of producing a state of circumstances that would almost compel his father to make the appoint- ment. The Chairman asked the Lord Chancellor if the ap- pointment of Mr. Welch to the registrarship of Leeds was made by his lordship simply-from his own exami- nation of the names, and knowing who had applied, and what were their recommendations, or whether it was on the application of any other person. The Lord Chancellor replied: It must have been upon my own recollection and knowledge. You see I knew that there must be a vacancy at Leeds, because of the circumstances affecting Mr. Payne; at least I thought it probable that there would be a vacancy at Leec-ls, and I had been desirous of appointing a bar- rister from the northern circuit; consequently, when Mr. Miller brought me the resignation of Mr. Wilde, and told me (which was a very unusual thing) that it was necessary to fill up the office immediately, from the circumstances that I have mentioned to you, I had present to my mind the fact that the gentleman who had been most strongly recommended to me was Mr. Welch; he was on the northern circuit, and at once from my antecedent knowledge, I either wrote the name myself in the appointment that I signed or directed Mr. Miller to fill in the name and give it to him immediately. The resignation came to me by surprise. I had no reason to expect it, and therefore it was done immediately. Mr. Miller, in his last examination, said that to the best-of his recollection he considered he was carrying out the intention of his lordship in the terms of the letter of the 6th of Juiy to Mr. Wilde. In the ease of Mr. Payne, which, was almost, if not altogether, on all fours with this, the Lord Chancellor, Mr. Miller said, never objected to allowing Mr. Payne to retire upon a pension. iw aPpTfed from tte Rev. Mr. Harding's evidence Sr -rari e1^ whom he sent to communicate with Mr. Welch with regard to the share of the money which he (Mr. Harding) considered was due to him, was a clergyman, the Rev. Josiah Bart- lett. The Lord Advocate said: Who is this clergyman you sent down to Leeds ?—The Rev. Mr. Harding: Mr. Bartlett, the Rev. Josiah Bartlett. Why did you choose a clergyman to go and ask for payment of this money ?—Because I thought that we were all acting as gentlemen, and a clergyman would be a proper person to act between us. You thought that he was the most appropriate person to send down upon the subject?—The fact is this, I fead con- sulted him. Among the various documents printed in the ap. pendix, comprising returns, &c., illustrating the mode of conducting basisiess in the Leeds Bankruptcy Court, is the following letter from Mr. R. BetifdS to j Mr. Welch: i My dear Welch-I have not replied to your former l because I am really annoyed at your troubling me ia i5se way you do. Nobody knows better than you do my pmwsafe circumstances—hojv impossible it is for me to make anj- re- payments, as I do not know from one day to another ¥T, course my creditors may take. I am sorry that the oppo- sition to the bill is such. a costly affair, but I cannot aasisfe you. There can be no possible dispute between us as to t&e amount ef liability; but to relieve your mind (wakii. m xnUrirn more punctilious than it used to be), I owe .jost £ l,0o0 money advanced, a:;d some day or other I will either pay it, or at all events give you some sort of security fesS at present I do expect you not to bother me. I ass«x«< I am harassed to death!—Yours, &c., (Signed) R, Bethks^
Mcmej Marks: CITY, July 5.—The stock markets to-day are qmSii. There has been rather more demand, however, for Eagiiei Government stocks, in anticipation of the payment oi SM dividenas on Saturday, and Consols have experienced a fresh imp ovement of per cent. In the discount markat on- ar to-day the rate for choice bills is maintained at 3 per CÐJilt. although there is no activity, and a large amount of momsf is seeking enipovment. A considerable amount of aaoaey being repayable to the Bank, short loans are in request iatfco Stock Exchange, at 2 to 2 per cent. The eharge fbsafr vances on Consols to the next settlement is 2-J to 3 per eaEL Consols are now quoted 90l to f, ex div., both for and to-morrow's settlement, and 90| to f, ex div., for t new account (August 8). The official business report is an Iollows :-Three per Cent. Consols for money, 90tto dicta for account, 901; Three per Cents. Reduced, S9|, 1; £ 1; New Three per Cents., 89, l, New Two-and-a-HaS per Cents., 724; Bank Stock, 250, 248|; India Five per Cent. Stock, 104f, f; and Exchequer Bills, 3s, premian.— The railway market is inactive to-day, and the stocks are unchanged. London and North-Western stook is now quoted 1241 to £ Great Western, 6n, to 68; Mid- land, 135J to t; Lancashire and Yorkshire, 122l 00 i; Caledonian, 132* to 133-J; South Eastern, 85l tof; Gueafc Eastern, 49! to f, ex div.; London and South Western, 99 to 100; Metropolitan, 14 to Great Northern, to 131J; ditto A, 145 to W3,
thy) OorBs Trade MARK-LANE, July 3.—In consequence of there being only a limited supply of English Wheat at this day's market full prices were realised, but trade ruled quiets white at 43s to 49s; red, 37s to 44s; and Talavera at 45s to 54s per qr. A clearance not being made, although qualify generally good.—Few arrivals of foreign, and rates steady* 548 per qr. A clearance not being made, although qualify generally good.—Few arrivals of foreign, and rates steady* at 388 to 52s; but demand moderate.—Business limited ia American, still prices iirzi white at 43s to 45s, and red 40b to 42s; supply remains light.-A fair business in Floor: best town-made realises 33s to 40s per sack; seconds, 33s to 36s; country-made, 293 to 33s 5 French, 318 to 3313 and Amenct-a.218 to 25s per barrel.—There is firmness in the Barley_'&iarkei, with a fair demand for English distilling and grinding at 25s to 28s per quarter; a slow sale, how- ever, for foreign, and supply again large.—Market quiet fee Malt: pale at 54s to 61s and brown, 47s to 52s.—A plenti- ful supply of OatR, and there being less briskness in trade, prices not so firm, ranging for English and Irish potato at 22s to 25s; feed and blacir, 19s to 23s; Scotch, according to quality, 19s to 27s and foreign, 19s to 24s are many sellers of Eye at 26s to 27s.—The market is again firm for Beans Mazagan -selling at 34s to ;37. tick, 36s to 89s; harrow and pigeon, 39s to 44s; and Egyptian, 34s to 38s.—Peas still wanted, and prices stiff: white and maple, 36s to 40s, and grey at 34s to 3S&,—■ A large business in Linseed, and rates on the rise: Bl&efc stiff: white and maple, 36s to 40s, and grey at 34s to 35s. A large business in Linseed, and rates on the rise: Black Sea selling at 57s to 57s 6d, and East India, 57s to 59s fed; Itapeseed also much in request: Bombay brings 58s to 703; and Calcutta, 59s to 60s per quarter. MARK-LANE, JULY 5.—A very moderate supply of Eng. lish Wheat was received fresh up to our market to-day. Selected qualities moved off steadily, and prices ruled firm; otherwise the English Wheat trade was quiet, at about pre- vious rates. With foreign Wheat, market moderately sup- plied; trade slow, at Monday's quotations.—Barley, the supply of which on sale was limited, was firm in price.—A. fair business was transacted in Malt, at fully late rates.- Oats in good supply, at Monday's currency.—Beans and Peas fully supported late rates.—There was a fair demaa for Flour, at late rates. COTTON, Liverpool, July 3.—Market quiet at late F,A» tations. Sales probably 6,000 or 7,000 bales. TALLOW, JULY 5.—The market is quiet. Town tallow is quoted 40s 6d; Petersburg Y.C., on the spot, 41s 9d- Oct.ober to December, 42s Sd; December, 43s 3d January to March, 43s 6d. HOPS, Boeotoh, JULY 5.—Messrs. Pattenden and SroiSs report no alteration in the market since Monday last. The reports from the plantations continue favourable. HAY, SMITHFIELD, JULY 4.-M-r. Charles James Eaetoa reports trade at the following pricesPrime old cloves^ 120s to 140s; inferior ditto, 100s to 110s; new dii&v 100s ts 115s prime old hay, 110s to 120s; inferior ditto, 9ic to 100s; new ditto, 90s to 110s; straw, 28s to 32s. FRUIT AND VEGETABLES, Covent GABDEN, Juste 2C —Outdoor produce of excellent quality is now abundant. Of strawberries there is a good supply. Peas are also plentiful. Cherries are extensively imported; prices forthemrary from 4d to Is per lb. Grapes and pineapples are bow abundant. Cobnuts fetch from 50s to 60s per lOOlbs. Aspa- ragus is still well supplied, aB is also broccoli. Good new kidney potatoes fetch from 2& to 4s per dozen lbs. Flowssa eliieflj consist of orchids, heaths, azaleas, pelargonium*, mignonette, and roses. ±-ineapples, per lb., 6s to 10s; Gratjea. per lb, 5 s to 10s; Peaches per doz, 12s to 42s NectaiiaasL. 128t° 24sFigs, ditto, 8s to 12s; Strawberries, ib, Is to os; Baking I ears, per doz, 2s to 4s; Apples, £ » sieve, is to 2s; Oranges, per 100, 10s to 14s; Lemons, war 100, 5s to 10s: fcute, cor per 1001b, 50s to «0s; BraziL j £ e b-a,b el, 18s Alm one.,F clitto 18s to 20s; CabbageE, per Is 6d to 2s 6d; French Beans per 100, 2s; Pels, p*fsi^ ?s £ s; ^spa-ragus, Per 100 2s to 3s 6d; smaif, ditto, Sa to Is 6dj Potatoes,_>:ork Regents, par ton, 100s to 114s; Bocks, qcu, 60s to 8c>f Flukes, 130s to 150s; new, rcsui4» 8s.to 12s per cwt.; do. kidneys, 8s to 12s per doz; Csurctst p". bunch., 6d tcSdr ditto, new, is; Tuv-1, per bunchs 4d ;ü 6d; Cucumbers,, each, 6d to Is 6d; Beet, pei doz., isS4 to 2s; Shallots, per 8d; Garlic, per lb., 8d Lettucssa, per doz. Is to 1& 6d; Endive, per score, Is to 2s 6d t Arti- chokes, per doz. 4R to Horseradish, per bnndle, Is 53 4ssZ Mushrooms, per pott., la to Is 6d; Parsley, per Mf sieve, 3s to 4s; Herbs, per bunch, 6d.
Cattle Market. METROPOLITAN, JULY 3.—We have a few more beasts than on Monday last, but best qualities are not very plenti- ful. Prices are rather better for choicest kinds, but trade is very dull for inferior. The number of sheep is lacctt smaller; trade, however, is not very brisk, yet prices ace rather better. Calves and lambs are selling about the sa as on Thursday. From Germany and Holland there as-a 3,640 beasts, 10,320 sheep, 276 calves, and 40 pirs Snuin m beasts; Scotland, 240; Ireland, 20; Norfolk and SnffAifi- 560; and 1,420 from the Northern and Midland Count^T Per stone of Slbs. s. d. s. d. Per stone of 81ba a h Best Scots, Hfd3.4 10 5 0 Best Long-wools n n 'n « Best Short-horns. 4 8 4 10 Do. do. shorn 5 ? ? t gSr"— III? 5 I i, I pfit:« 0 «2 "h°a-16 Best-Das M-Me 6.0 0 0 0 -9. 6 i- < <* 32?f p5S^ketA64°; Shee^^t>S,25,990; C^'vefj,
Produce Marks' MINCING-LANE Jtttv ■> « Hrvnc. wifh •* JULY —kugar: extensive transse- tius 'of brnmv rates, for all descriptions. Mauri- 32s fid tn to-day brought 27s to 32s; yellow, 30« n -1 >• grainy, 35s to 41s; clayed Manilla, 30s to -n.; in a as to quality, 29s to 34s Porto oJs '° <>'a native Madras and Jaggery, 24s 6d to 29st iwannab, brown, 30s to 32s; yellow, 32s 6d to 37s; fiorette. t, p-r and white, 41s to 43s. Business to a larger extent in Leiia.ed Sugar, and the market has a firm appearances brown lumps bring 42s 3d; common to fine grccery. £ -8 fid to 45s; tittlers, 42s 6d to 46s; and pieces, 32s gi to 37s .-Supply of Coffee not sufficient for demand and prices advancing: clean native Ceylon brings 69s to 75s • fine ord. to mid. Plantation, 81s to 17s good mid to fine* 88s to 106; Costa Rico, as to quality, 73a to 88s Rio, ord to good ord., 54s to 63s; fine ord. and washed, 64s to 788.- Cocoa in great demand: red Trinidad brings 67s to 104g grey, 60s to 66s; and Grenada, as to quality, 55s to 70-1 Prices full up for Tea, and many transactions in t^een with a fair business in common, good, and fine Congou bni- market remains in a dull state for medium sorts and range weak.—There are now few buyers of' Ric!e more desire to sell common to fine white Bensral at .-j 15s 6d: Bassien and Rangoon, 8s 6d to US' and 8s 3d to 10s 3d—Many orders for Spices and paid for Pimento are 2idto2|d; black Penner -ll L^ white, 5d to Is; Cassia Lignea, 78s to 4?BeniS ri.lV 24s to 24s 6d; and Jamaica, 56s Dried Fruit, offers at a further decline still ff>w >> s accounts favourable for the Eaisin and Curri-nt nyers' mand for Provisions has become moderate, the pricestTk^ for fine Friezland Butter, are 104k tn 1 PricesxfiKeH. f Bacou, 60, to 74,i»ther M?n tbe ^"d0f'' and only small parcels selling comm™ 24s 6d to 25s 6d; and English refined^S?to Soda is dull of sale at 13s to ISs 6d 29s.-Ni.iate of
\> A Burglar Repulsed by Women.-A courageo-aa attack on a bnrglar was made by three .°^,sfVra women the other night. Just after mid- 1 night the cottage of Mr. John Binns, of Norwood- sreen near Halafax, was entered through the window by man. The only inmates at the time were three women who, on hearing a noise in the room below, W8Et down- stairs and found a man in the house. They seized him. and he was thrown upon the floor. However a- scuffle ensued, in the course of which one of the women opened the door, and the other pushed him out Upon examination it was discovered that a ^5 note hs-d bees" stolen, the savings of a young woman, a ledger at the house. The burglar unfortunately escaped.