HL Deb 23 February 1857 vol 144 cc1030-1

expressed a wish that his noble and learned Friend on the woolsack would postpone the second reading of this Bill, which was fixed for Thursday next, until some day in the following week. He made that request because neither he himself, nor a right rev. Prelate, who took a great interest in the subject, could attend the House on Thursday.


said, he was prepared to give his best support to the Bill as it had been originally framed upon the Report of a Committee over which he had the honour to preside; but he strongly disapproved of a change which had subsequently been introduced into it, by which all married persons, tired of being together, might obtain divorces without the intervention of any legal tribunal. He could not be in his place in the House next week on the day for which the second reading was appointed; but as he believed that the provision to which he had just referred was calculated to destroy the morality and the domestic happiness of the people of this country, he should feel it his duty to come to town from circuit for the purpose of moving its omission, on the occasion of the third reading, in case it should not have been previously expunged by their Lordships.


agreed that the second reading should be postponed.

Second Reading put off to Tuesday, the 3rd of March next.

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