HL Deb 16 February 1858 vol 148 cc1458-9

said, he was naturally very jealous of the reputation and character of absent officers, and if anything should fall from him which, owing to his not having expressed himself clearly, should convey an incorrect meaning, it would certainly cause him great pain and annoyance. He had yesterday felt it his duty to make some observations on a communication he had received from Sir Colin Campbell with respect to the conduct of General Windham in the affair at Cawnpore. He stated, or at least, he intended to state, that he had received a most satisfactory report as to the conduct and character of that gallant officer, and that no blame whatever was to be attached to him in the recent proceedings that took place under his orders at Cawnpore. He was afraid, however, that the rest of his observations were not correctly understood, for he had little experience of speaking in the House, and he doubted not that he had not been correctly heard. He trusted that what he was about to say would be heard and fully appreciated. What he meant to say was this,—that blame was attached to some other quarters, but not to General Windham, and that the case of the persons so blamed was now in the hands of the Commander in Chief in India, who, he was confident, would deal with the case in that proper military spirit which he had displayed on every occasion since his arrival in India. That was what he meant to say; but he regretted that it was not so reported, and he was therefore anxious to set himself right with their Lordships—with the public—feeling confident that it must have been mainly his own fault if anything he said had not been correctly understood.