HC Deb 18 August 1831 vol 6 cc224-5
Mr. Sadler

rose, for the purpose of submitting to the House the Motion of which he had given notice on this subject, but was interrupted by

Mr. O'Connell,

who said, he must entreat the hon. Member to postpone his Motion. He was sure the hon. Member would give him credit for sincerity when he said, that he was convinced of the excellence of the object, and of the purity and the humanity of the motives of the hon. Member. He must, however, suggest to the hon. Member, the propriety of postponing his Motion till after the Reform Bill was disposed of. If the hon. Member would do this, he would have the assistance of a great number of the Irish Members; but the Irish Members would not think of entering upon the discussion of such a question to-night.

Mr. Sadler

said, if he had then for the first time been called upon to postpone the Motion of which he had given such frequent notice, he should have no hesitation whatever in complying with this request. This, however, was not the first or the second, but, he believed, the sixth time, that he had been called upon to postpone his Motion, and he could not but remember that many hours of the time of that House had been taken up by desultory conversations on the distresses and the sufferings of Ireland, which led to no practical result whatever. He felt that postponement, unless upon a specific understanding, was defeat. However, after what had been said by the hon. and learned Gentleman, who was himself so ardent a friend to the lower orders of Irish, if the noble Lord (Lord Althorp) would undertake to give him a day next week, or even before the prorogation, he would consent to the postponement of his Motion.

Lord Althorp

said, the hon. Member should have precedence on Monday week of all Government business.

Mr. Sadler,

on the clear understanding that his Motion should come on on Monday se'nnight, consented to its postponement to that day.

Motion postponed.