HL Deb 25 March 1839 vol 46 c1176
Viscount Duncannon,

in moving the third reading of the Duke of Wellington's Estate Bill, said it was intended by this bill to enable the noble Duke to make a sufficient settlement on his eldest son, in the event of his marriage; and also to preserve in his family as an heir-loom for ever, certain most valuable and costly ornaments and other presents which had been made to him by the different potentates of Europe.

Lord Brougham

was glad that the noble Viscount had clearly stated the merits of the bill, which would pass as a matter of course, because the Legislature in agreeing to the bill by which a certain annuity was secured to the Duke of Wellington evidently intended not merely to give the noble Duke an opportunity to jointure his own widow, but to enable him to jointure the Marchioness of Douro, should the Marquess of Douro marry during the life of his father. As to the other part of the bill, which secured as an heir-loom the jewels and other valuables that had been presented to the Duke of Wellington, it was on the part of the Duke an extremely generous procedure, for, it was in his power to sell for many thousand pounds those valuables, and to make what use he pleased of the money.

Bill read a third time.