HC Deb 03 February 1837 vol 36 cc129-30
The Speaker

said, he had received a letter from this Gentleman, which he would read to the House. It was to this effect:— Sir,—I have the honour to inform you that persons stating that they have a warrant from the Lord Chancellor have found their way into the house in which I am staying, and have compelled me to go to the Fleet Prison with them. I had flattered myself that, while the matter was under the consideration of a Committee of Privileges, such violent proceedings as these would have been avoided; but I am sorry to say, I am mistaken. I have only to add, that I hope you will be so good as to read this letter to the House, and that they will extend to me the privilege that under similar cases has been given to Members of Parlia- ment.—I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant, E. L. CHARLTON. To the right hon. the Speaker. Friday Evening, half-past five o'clock.

Mr. Williams Wynn moved, that the letter be referred to the Committee of Privileges. The right hon. Gentleman expressed a supposition of the probability that the Committee would make an order similar to that made in the case of Mr. Long Wellesley.

Letter referred to the Committee.