HL Deb 18 July 1832 vol 14 cc504-5
Lord Cadogan

presented a Petition from James Allison, stating that he was sorry for what he had done; that he had apologized to Mr. Wright, and prayed to be discharged.

The Marquess of Londonderry

, on the understanding that an ample apology was made, with which Mr. Wright was satisfied, did not mean to oppose Mr. Allison's discharge. The petitioner had taken upon himself to state, in a manner which their Lordships must have remarked, that he had dared to pull a person by the nose in their Lordships' House. An ample apology was essential.

Lord Cadogan

The petition stated that an apology had been made, and that the petitioner was ready to apologize again. He moved that the petitioner be brought to the Bar, reprimanded by the Lord Chancellor, and discharged, paying his fees.—Agreed to.

Mr. Allison

was brought to the Bar, reprimanded by the Lord Chancellor, and discharged.

The Lord Chancellor

then called the attention of the House to the other case of alleged Breach of Privilege, committed by Mr. Thorpe and Mr. Abbs, and observed, that upon consideration, he thought this a case in which their Lordships were not called upon to interfere. The printed statement, in which the alleged breach originated, was not any proceeding of the House, nor was it a document either laid, or to be laid before the House, but merely a private statement, circulated among individuals, in pursuance of a practice, which was, by many, considered as not very regular. At the same time, he, as a professional man, cautioned both Thorpe and Abbs, against any further proceedings in this matter, for they would consider, that they were liable to be called upon to answer in the Court of King's Bench, and the consequence might be serious to them, with reference to their professional character.

The Marquess of Londonderry

concurred in this view of the case, and said that Mr. Wright had done nothing but what he was fully warranted in doing, for the interest of his clients, whose case he had conducted with great zeal and ability.

The Order for Mr. Thorpe to appear at the Bar discharged.

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