HC Deb 01 March 1841 vol 56 c1150
Sir J. Graham

begged to delay the noble Lord (Lord John Russell) for a moment, while he took the liberty of asking him a question or two, in reference to the Navy Estimates that were about to be brought under discussion this evening. In the year 1839, his hon. Friend the Member for the University of Oxford, and his hon. and learned Friend the Member for the city of Oxford, asked the noble Lord whether it was the intention of her Majesty's Government to grant any pension to Lieutenant M'Cormick, of the royal navy, on account of his services in the seizure of the American steamer Caroline. At that time the noble Lord stated, that the Government had come to no resolution upon the subject. Now be found by the navy estimates, which were about to be referred to a committee of supply this night, that a pension had been granted to Lieutenant M'Cormick for wounds, as it was alleged, received in the service. He wished to ask the noble Lord, what particular service it was in which the wounds were received for which the pension was granted; what was the date of the Order in Council granting it, and whether the noble Lord had any objection to lay a copy of the Order on the Table of the House?

Lord John Russell

said, that he would answer the questions of the right hon. Gentleman as precisely as he could. The services on account of which Lieutenant M'Cormick had been recommended for a pension to the Lords of the Admiralty, were performed by him under the command of the superior colonial authorities, in the capture of the Caroline. That recommendation had been made to the Lords of the Admiralty, at the commencement of the last year. He thought it was in January that the decision was made to grant the pension. He had no objection to produce the Order before the House.

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