HC Deb 01 June 1837 vol 38 cc1149-50
The Attorney-General

had petitions of great importance to present to the House. The first was a petition from John Hart Nicholls, who was a printer to the House, and had been employed in printing the votes and proceedings of the House for upwards of thirty years, without any action having been brought against him, until he had received a notice for printing a petition relative to one Thomas Green. A petition had been presented on the 14th March from Green. The House made an order upon that petition respecting the Greenwich railway, and a petition was subsequently presented denying certain charges made in the petition of Thomas Green. Since then the petitioner had received notice of an action for libel from the attorney of Thomas Green. The notice was signed Thomas Lord; and it declared that the petition was a libel against Thomas Green, and for which an action was to be brought against Mr. Nicholls. The second petition was from Mr. Hansard, in which it was stated that there was another action brought against him by Mr. Stockdale, alleging that there was a libel against him in publications printed by order of the House. This fact the petitioner thought it to be his duty to lay before the House, in order that the House might give him directions how to proceed, when an action was commenced against him for obeying the orders of the House. He concluded by moving, that the petitions should be printed with the votes, in order that a day might be appointed for their consideration.