§ MAJOR O'BEIRNE
asked the Surveyor General of Ordnance, Whether the system of rifled ordnance, upon which we now rely, is the same which was twice rejected in 1855 by the Select Committee at Woolwich; and, whether on its subsequent adoption by the Board of Ordnance, Mr. Padwick refused the offer of £100 as being no proportion to the value of his invention?
§ LORD EUSTACE CECIL
Sir, I am afraid the hon. and gallant Member for Leitrim is under some misapprehension. The system of rifled ordnance on which we now rely was not twice rejected in 1855 by the Select Committee at Woolwich. The offer to Mr. Padwick of £100 was given to him in consideration of his having drawn early attention to the subject of projectiles with studs, and by no means as a reward for an invention of which he cannot be admitted to be the inventor.