§ Mr. Whitbread,
seeing a right hon. gentleman in his place, would take the liberty to ask him whether he had communicated to his royal highness the Prince Regent, that a noble lord, a member of that House (lord G. L. Gower), had in his hands a petition signed by some thousands of persons concerned in the Staffordshire Potteries, which he was anxious to present to his Royal Highness?
Mr. Secretary Ryder
replied, that he had communicated to his royal highness the Prince Regent the letter which he had received from the noble lord on the subject; but, previous to that communication, he had answered the noble lord's letter, by informing him that the usual mode of presenting such petitions was at the levee, but that no levee day having been appointed, to avoid delay, if the noble lord would transmit the petition to him, he would immediately lay it before his royal highness the Prince Regent.
§ Mr. Whitbread
observed, that the noble lord had stated the other night, that having apprised his constituents of the communication made to him by the right hon. gentleman, they had instructed him to present the petition to the Prince Regent in person. Had the right hon. gentleman stated this circumstance to his Royal Highness?