HC Deb 20 February 1871 vol 204 cc498-9

said, he trusted the House would accord him its favour while he withdrew a word which he had used in addressing the House on Thursday last. In referring to the case of the accounts of the Duchy of Lancaster, and in intending to say that those accounts might advantageously be submitted to considerable revision, he had made use of the word "corruption"—a word which he now wished to withdraw. Anyone accustomed to speak in that House would know how difficult it was to keep watch and ward over every word, and he had used the word "corruption" unadvisedly, and certainly not in the sense that had since been attributed to it by some persons. He should much regret giving pain to anyone, and therefore he wished most unreservedly to withdraw the expression.