said, in allusion to a statement which had been made by the hon. Member for the Tower Hamlets in regard to Mr. Warner's invention, he begged to be permitted to read a letter from Mr. Warner to Lord Melbourne, written on the 8th of May, 1840. His Lordship read the letter, which set forth the readiness of Mr. Warner to refer his invention to one of the Lords of the Admiralty and an engineer officer, and requesting that the inspection should take place in the presence of Lord Ingestrie. He had nothing more to add. This was all that Mr. Warner wished for.
§ Sir C. Napier
begged to observe, that in the remarks he made some evenings ago, relative to the imperfect state of the arms in use in the army and navy, he did not mean to include those which were now being issued, which he had the authority of a noble Lord connected with the Ordnance Department for saying had never yet been equalled. He must again ex- 1013 press a hope that the right hon. Baronet the Member for Tamworth would take into his consideration the propriety of appointing, upon the first vacancy, a naval officer to the Board of Ordnance.
§ The writ ordered.