HC Deb 20 March 1837 vol 37 c667
The Attorney-General

on the Order of the Day being moved, begged to call the attention of the House to a passage in the speech delivered by the hon. and gallant Gentleman, the Member for Scarborough, when the Irish Corporations Bill was last before the House. The hon. and gallant Gentleman had then alluded to a speech delivered by him three years' since, in which it was imagined that he had expressed himself in approbation of the assassination of Archbishop Sharpe. Now he would say with reference to that assassination, that he had always looked upon it as a most atrocious and cowardly murder. He had spoken of it, in the speech referred to, merely as an illustration of the state of public feeling in Scotland during the reign of Charles 2d. He had ever reprobated the act of assassinating that helpless old man and must disclaim having ever expressed any approval of that Act.