HC Deb 28 September 1841 vol 59 cc924-5

Upon the motion for the further consideration of the report on the payment of the population enumerators bill,

Mr. Otway Cave

wished to ask, in reference to a letter he had seen that day in the newspapers, and that referred to the denunciations of the Irish by a magistrate, what was the result of the inquiry instituted by the right hon. Gentleman, and whether he was disposed to communicate the correspondence to the House.

Sir James Graham

had no hesitation in telling the hon. Gentleman, that having seen the statement of a declaration from a magistrate from the judicial bench, he did think it to be his duty to call upon the worthy magistrate to explain that statement; and in doing so he expressed his earnest hope that such expressions had not fallen from him, because, if true as reported, they were calculated to cast an imputation upon the due administration of justice that was highly dangerous, and also to sow dissension between large classes of her Majesty's subjects. He then called upon the worthy magistrate to explain the report to which he alluded. The worthy magistrate offered an explanation, and in so doing declared that the report was in many essential particulars inaccurate, and the answer on the whole was satisfactory. If an unguarded expression had been used, it would not again be repeated. He thought the explanation satisfactory, and he, therefore, hoped the House would not carry the matter further.

Bill went through committee, report to be received.