HC Deb 26 July 1876 vol 230 c1942

Order read, for resuming Adjourned Debate on Question [8th March], "That the Bill be now read a second time."

Debate resumed.


said, he hoped that the measure would be read a second time, although it would require considerable modification in Committee. It contained an important principle—that was, to divide murder into two degrees, one of which only, murder in the first degree—that was murder deliberately committed—should be punished with death. That was really the proper definition of murder, for, in his opinion, no act should be punished as murder, except the unlawful killing of another with the deliberate intent to kill.

And it being a quarter of an hour before Six of the clock, the Debate stood adjourned till To-morrow.

House adjourned at Six o'clock.