HL Deb 19 February 1858 vol 148 cc1729-30

rose to move the second reading of this Bill, which he was sure would receive the cordial assent of every Peer in the House. The object of the Bill was to confer annuities of £1,000 per annum respectively for life, upon Lady Havelock and the present Sir II. M. Havelock. Having recently stated in some detail the valuable services which the late gallant General Havelock had rendered to his country, it was unnecessary now to do more than briefly allude to them. The late General Havelock entered the army in 1815, and served in the whole of the Burmese war. From 1824 to 1826 he acted as Assistant Adjutant General in Sir Archibald Campbell's army; he afterwards served in Affghanistan, and distinguished himself upon every occasion as an officer of his reputation might be expected to do. Upon the breaking out of the late Persian war General Havelock gave up a valuable staff appointment and took the command of a brigade under General Outram. When the mutiny in India occurred General Havelock returned in time to march to the relief of Lucknow, and performed those glorious deeds which had rendered his fame immortal. Having achieved the object he had so ardently struggled for, he was, however, soon stricken down by the hand of death, his constitution having been worn out by his arduous services in his country's cause. The House of Commons had unanimously agreed to this Bill, and he had no doubt that their Lordships would be delighted to concur in bestowing upon the widow and son of so illustrious an officer a reward which, although it might not be equal to his merits, yet was an expression of the national gratitude, worthy alike of the country and of the gallant warrior whom we had lost.

Bill read 2a and committed to a Committee of the whole House on Monday next.

House adjourned at a quarter-past Six o'clock, to Monday next, half-past Ten o'clock.