presented a petition from the debtors confined in the king's bench prison, praying for such relief as to the house should seem meet. His lordship observed, that, after what passed last .session respecting this subject, it was almost needless for him to say, that it was not his intention to propose any bill for the relief of insolvent debtors. The petition, indeed, did not pray for any such bill, but rather for a general law respecting debtor and creditor, by the operation of which they might be restored to their families. Of the necessity of some law of this nature there could be no doubt; and he was happy that a s noble friend of his, who had formerly called the attention of the house to this important subject, had again applied his mind to its consideration; and that, in another place, a part of the subject had been taken up by a gentleman of distinguished talents and benevolence. From these circumstances, he looked forward with the greatest satisfaction to the adop- 1029 tion of some measure respecting this subject, which would have the effect of removing many of these evils which at present existed. He should merely now move that the petition do lie on the table.—Ordered.