§ SIR CHARLES W. DILKE
said, he had an explanation to make with regard to his recent statement on the subject 2 of unreformed Municipal Corporations. Some of his allegations had been called into question by members of nearly one third of the Corporations concerned; but after careful investigation he was prepared to confirm or even strengthen all of them, with one exception. He had stated that the present Vicar of Lostwithiel was appointed for a period of only six years. When he made that statement he had every reason to believe it was accurate; but from fuller and more authoritative information he was satisfied that no arrangement had been made or suggested by which the Vicar was to resign at any time on behalf of any person. The statement was not lightly made, but was based on evidence drawn from different quarters, and was supported by circumstances which appeared to him to confirm it. He was now, however, convinced that, although apparently perfectly corroborated, it was in fact erroneous, and he felt it to be his duty to say so in the House.