HC Deb 06 June 1842 vol 63 cc1239-40
Mr. W. O. Stanley

rose to put a question to the right hon. Gentleman, the Secretary at War, relative to a correspondence that took place between the commanding officer of the second battalion of Grenadier Guards, and the Bishop of Quebec, and Montreal, relative to the erection of a tablet in the cathedral church of Quebec to the memory of an officer of rank belonging to that regiment, who died when on service in that city. The hon. Gentleman stated, that the officer in question having died in Quebec, while in the service of his country, his brother officers were desirous of testifying their esteem for his character and conduct by placing a tablet to his memory in the cathedral church of Quebec. On applying to the Bishop of Quebec and Montreal their request for liberty to erect this tablet was refused. A lengthy correspondence ensued between the commanding officer of the regiment and the bishop, and the application was ultimately refused, on the sole ground that the deceased was not a communicant of the English church. He wished to know if the right hon. Gentleman opposite was officially aware of any such correspondence having taken place, and if so, whether he had any objections to its production.

Sir H. Hardinge

was aware, that some correspondence had passed between the Bishop of Quebec and the commanding officer alluded to; but as it had not been communicated to the Horse Guards, the War-office, or any other public department, he was unable to produce it. He would take this opportunity of saying, that as he had himself served in the same regiment with the deceased, he could bear his testimony to his many and varied good qualities.