HC Deb 23 March 1842 vol 61 cc1114-5
Dr. Bowring

said, that although he had for the present withdrawn the notice he had given respecting the Bishop of Jerusalem, he was sorry to learn that some of the events he had apprehended had already occurred, in consequence of the precipitate sending of Dr. Alexander to Jerusalem A report had reached him that the bishop had been received with much ill treatment. He wished to ask the right hon. Baronet whether such a report had reached the Government? and if so, whether the Government had taken any measures to protect the person of the bishop, or for his removal from a scene where it would be very difficult for him to guard against the hostilities of the various Christian sects, and of the Jews?

Sir JR. Peel

was aware, that in some parts of Syria efforts had been made to stir up hostilities against the mission, but no account whatever had reached the Government that the bishop had been ill treated. There might, no doubt, be a hostile feeling against the bishop, but he had received no account to the effect that his personal security had been endangered.