HC Deb 01 August 1861 vol 164 c1824

said, that he had yesterday read to the House a letter from the Magistrate by whom Thomas Carter had been committed to prison, explaining the grounds of that committal. He had since received a copy of the evidence on which the conviction was founded, and it seemed to him that the depositions of the witnesses were so meagre that the imprisonment which Carter had undergone was sufficient to meet the justice of the case, and he had, therefore, given directions to have him discharged.