HC Deb 15 March 1883 vol 277 c550

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If his attention has been called to the following statement in the "Freeman" of the 8th instant:— At a meeting recently held in London of gentlemen in favour of the nationalisation of the land, it was decided, on the motion of Mr. William Trant, of Battersea, that a monster deputation of Englishmen be organised to visit Ireland, and give a welcome and present an address to Mr. Michael Davitt on his release from gaol; and, whether there will be any objection to the deputation on the part of the Irish authorities?


I have seen the paragraph referred to, and can only say that on this or any other occasion on which crowds of people may be collected together, the Government will take such measures as they may deem necessary to preserve the peace.