HC Deb 07 May 1858 vol 150 cc276-7

said, he bad in the course of that day received a letter from Lord Wensleydale, stating that the observations which he had upon the evening previous made in reference to the abovementioned case conveyed to that noble Lord the impression that he (Mr. Deasy) meant to cast upon him, as well as upon the appellate jurisdiction of the House of Lords, some imputation in reference to the decision in the case which had been pronounced. Now, nothing could be further from his intention than to cast any such imputation, and it had given him the utmost pain to find that the impression to which he had just alluded should, even though it was owing to an erroneous interpretation of the expressions which he had used, have been produced upon the mind of a nobleman for whom he, in common with many hon. Members of that House, entertained the highest respect. Neither, although he might be or opinion that the appellate jurisdiction of the House of Lords might be More perfect, was it his intention to cast any imputation upon that jurisdiction, whose functions Were from time to time, he was perfectly ready to admit, discharged by personages of the highest eminence.