§ Mr. Shaw
presented a Petition from the Roman Catholic Freemen of Galway, against a Clause in the Irish Reform Bill. He must consider the whole measure to be a reckless violation of vested rights, but he was greatly at a loss to know why any distinction should be made between English and Irish freemen; the former were to preserve their rights, the latter to be deprived of their's.
said, the hon. Member did not appear to know, that the Irish Bill was all enfranchisement; it did not disfranchise a single borough. It was a little curious to see persons who had hitherto been the advocates of exclusive measures, now suddenly turn round and admit the existence of rights which they had formerly contested.
§ Petition to be printed.