HL Deb 21 May 1805 vol 5 c34

The Lord Chancellor delivered his opinion at considerable length relative to the appeal cause, Blane, esq. trustee of sir Andrew Cathcart, against the earl of Cassilis. His lordship thought that as to some parts of the property in dispute, the interlocutors of the court of session ought to be affirmed, and with respect to the remainder, that it Ought to be remitted to that court for further consideration. He wished, however, for the sake of more accuracy, that final judgment should be postponed till Friday; which was agreed to.—On the second reading of Lingham's Divorce bill, Mr. Parke was heard on the part of the petitioner, and evidence was examined to prove the fact of adultery committed by Mrs. Lingham. The further consideration was postponed till Tuesday.—It was ordered, on the motion of lord Auckland, that an account of the proceedings which have obtained, within a given period, for the improvement of the Chest at Chatham, should be laid before the house.—The order of the day for taking the late message from the commons into consideration, respecting the attendance of the Earl of St. Vincent upon a select committee, being read; Lord Hawkesbury observed generally, that he conceived the usual practice in such cases was, that the noble lord adverted to in the message should, in his place, rise and state either his willingness or objection to attend, as requested, or, in his absence, appoint some noble lord, to declare for him his dispositions on that head; under these circumstances, should no noble lord present be empowered to declare the determination of the noble earl in that respect; he submitted whether it would not be preferable to defer the consideration of the message for a day or two? The lord chancellor seemed to concur in the propriety of what was suggested by his noble friend, and to think that the usual practice in such cases was, that the peer in question should attend in his place, and make the necessary declaration to the house. The result was, as we could collect, that the further consideration of the message was deferred till to-morrow.