HC Deb 10 November 1830 vol 1 c359
Mr. Brougham

presented, in the mass, 355 Petitions, praying for the Abolition of Colonial Slavery. Of these, 283 were from places in Yorkshire, and sixty-five from places in Suffolk and Sussex. He declined wasting the time of the House by having them read, and abstained from saying anything respecting their subject matter, until he should bring forward the motion of which he had given notice. If, by great calamity, his motion should be unsuccessful, he was convinced there would soon be twenty petitions for every one now before the House; and he also expressed his perfect confidence, that if his motion touching Reform in Parliament were not also carried, the petitions in support of its object would, in value, weight, and number, far exceed even those against Colonial 3lavery.