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POLITICAL GOSSIP. AT the council held, by the Qaeen at Osborne on Friday, Parliament was ordered to be further pro- togaed to Tuesday, the 5th of February next, then to baoet for the dispatch of business. LOBD TALBOT DE MALAHIDS has publicly stated that at no distant time, »ud, wi*b a settled state of affairs in the oonatry, a royal sojourn m Ireland will Ii> ?a currently reported that Lord Craaborno has Offered the bishopric of Calcutta to upwards of twenty gentlemen, and t&at it is still vacant. MIDNIGHT on Saturday was the latest time for receiving private hills to be brsught before Parlia- ment during the text Session; 316 only were de- posited in the propel office. Private bills lodged last year were 633 in number. ,r IT is stated that Professor Fawcett, the blind M.P. for Brighton, is about to be marrie to Miss Garrett, ob sister of the well-known doctresa, Miss Garrett, of Upper Berkeley-street. ACCORDING to private letters from Rome, Mr. Gladstone has been suffering from a severe attack of ulcsrated sore throat, which had confined him to the house for upwards of a week. The right bon. gentle- tpn-n has now regained his accustomed health, and will shortly leave Rome upon his homeward journey. The Dake and Duchess of Argyll and Mr. and Mrs. Cariwell are still in Rome. THE Lords of the Admiralty, says the Army and Navy Gazette, have exhibited a WiiOO discretion in ordering the Vulcan and two other almost useless vessels to be broken up. The Vulcan in an iron ship of 1,764 tons, and has engines of 400 horse power. She waa constructed by contract by Mr. O. J. Mare, and her prima cost to the public was £ 66,01)0. She is now about 27 years old, and therefore haa worn tolerably well considering that the mode of manufac- turing iron was IiOb so good when she was built as it is at the present day. THE Covjrt Journal eays:The Chancellor of the Exchequer is, it is said, Yet, in favour of any scheme bearing 0- the large proposal of paying off the National Do-t, and whatever fanos schemes he may have to flOmt-Irid dozens are credited to him—this one will not be aiw,ng f,he lot The public may pay it off if they like, and <n.ake a vigorous pull altogether to do so. Indeed, one ^ividual— a Mr. Booth, of Aber- deen—has generously »0me forward and made a beginning. It only wanteilthis, perhaps. The Chan- cellor of the Exchequer acknowledges the gift, which is 7s. 6d. THE Manchester Gtiai,gi,an P"OlishAs a jetter, dated July last, addressed by Lord Soa Vsbury to Mr. Philip Grant, of Manchester, which disoKg0a f.j3e fa()4; Df a seat having been offered to th9 wnv ia tke pj.6sent have do,ilined cabinet. Lord Shaftesbury says: 1 have declined office with a sea.t in the cabinet, as 1 "jsh to be un- fettered, and give the residue of my nM given already some 33 years) to the social wei "m-H Df the working classes. Lord Derby's GoveTyimellb is very friendly to your cause; you map publish it e,,or,.v ""here on my authority, but I desired leisure for the £ oib, and freedom, which I could not enjoy when bound. t» a cabinet." j ME. ARTHUR KAVANAGH, the new member fortol1 £ C"*vty of Wexford, who defeated Mr. Joha Pope HecMaaey, a low weeks since, baa taken a house at the West-end of tab metropolis, and means to devote his attention for the Season to his political duties. The hon. gentleman canjerk himself into a seat with- out difficulty, and can even cover the ground of 10 or 2Q yards &9 quickly as most people furnished with orflinary limbs. He will be able to sign-, the Parlia- ment roll, &3 he caa write with a pen fixed in a mechanical arm, using his month to guide the plume, but how he is to shake hands with Mr. Speaker when iatrodnce&tothat distinguished. fanationary remains to be seen. APROPOS W-. the difficulties of the new Irish M.P. ia taking bis Seat and rising from it to address the Honee, it may le mentioned that on more than one occasion have members addressed the Honee seated. Lord Orrorey ths spoke in December, 1669 On a memorable oocaB-m, when he came to denounce the Peace made by Lord Bate in 1762 with Spain '■ V 'V x .tOf( f and France, the Great Commoner Pitt, as I historians call him, did the same. Mr. Jesse thus describes the scene: The doors of the I house were thnwn open, and the striking figure of the Great Commoner, supported by his attendants, and pale almost to ghastlinees, presented itself before the astonished assembly. He was dressed in a suit of black velvet; his legs and thighs were wrapped in flannel; his feet were covered with buskins of black cloth. His servants having sat him down within the bar, several of his friends hurried to his assistance, with whose aid, and that of his crutch, he reached his accustomed seat. He had the appearance, writes Walpole, of a man determined to die in that cause, and at that hour." In later times other M.P.'s havo spoken, owing to the courtesy of the House, seated. From Hataell'a Precedents of Proceedings in the Honse of Commons we learn that Mr. Wickham did so in July 1805, and Mr. T. Wyndham in 1811. AT the recent Guildford election Mr. Gafth took several opportunities of animadverting upon Mr. Bright, charging him with being a ba.d master, stating that" hs had never dared to stand for Rochdale," that "he had been hooted away from his own premises," tiat," own people distrusted him," that "janch men; e rather a curse to the country than otherwise," i se on. The papeis containing these reports been forwarded to Mr. Mills, the manager of Mr. Bright's works at Rochdale, have elioited the following reply" Roohdale, Ded. 25th, 1866. Dear Sir,—Pardon me for not sooner replyiBg to your note of the 20th. I have the papers you sent. Mr. Garth does not seem a gentleman on whom many words may be expended with profit. I have not the smallest hesitation in any in? that his reference to the business relations of Mr. Bright was a wilful, malig. nant, and premeditated falsehood I hope the legal knowledge of the hon. member for Gaildford will be able to comprehend the meaning of this. I am, dear Sir, faithfully yours, ROBERT MILLS. Mr. D. M. Stevens." THE Spectator says" The House of Representa- tives in Congress has often had orators who have amused us, but they have now got one so wonderful that he amuses themselves almost as much as Mr. Whalleyamusee the House of Commons. Mr. Rogers, democrat, of New Jersey, who spoke of the Dred-Scott case (just eight years old) as decided' in the early history of this country,' believed that the President would go down to posterity one of the brightest jewels which ever illumined this ooantry,' and, not content with sending down poor Mr. Johnson to posterity as a luminiferous jewel, he answered for it that the Almighty God would at least have his (Mr. Johnson's) name written in letters of gold on the altar of Chris- tianity;' bat where the altar of Christianity is, and how his supporters were to enjoy this remakable sight, bhe member for New Jersey did not explain. Mr. Johnson is certainly unlucky in his supporters, as wall is in himself."



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