HC Deb 03 March 1836 vol 31 cc1178-9
Mr. Roebuck

begged to ask the hon. Member for Finsbury, whether he intended to renew his Motion relative to a remission of the sentence passed on the Dorchester labourers, now that Orange Lodges and secret societies were suppressed?

Mr. Wakley

would be glad to have a few days to consider what course he should adopt. In the course of the discussion upon that subject the noble Lord (Lord John Russell), the Secretary of State for the Home Department, had stated that the question was likely to be satisfactorily set at rest; and, from the amicable Feeling that then existed, he did not think that it would be necessary to renew his Motion. (He Mr. Wakley) trusted that the course which the Government would adopt on this question would render it unnecessary for him to renew his Motion.

Lord John Russell

was able to say, that since the discussion that had taken place in that House, he had thought it his duty to recommend to his Majesty that two of the Dorchester labourers should have a part of their sentence commuted. He had already stated that four out of the six had been permitted to return at the end of two years, which would terminate in October of the present year; and he had felt it his duty to recommend to his Majesty that the remaining two should return at the end of three years, which his Majesty had been pleased to direct. He did not think that anything had since occurred which would induce him to recommend a further remission of the sentence which had been passed upon these persons.