presented a Petition from the Clergy of the Western Rural Deanery of Chester-le-Street, Durham, and from the Clergy and Laity of Prestbury against any Alteration of the Book of Common Prayer. He regretted to find that his noble Friend (Lord Ebury) did not intend to bring forward his Motion until after Easter in order to meet the convenience of the Episcopal Bench. The question was one of very serious importance, and he hoped that the deepest consideration would he given to it. In dealing with this question they were treading on very delicate and very slippery ground. He regretted that the matter had been 2134 brought forward at all; but he trusted it would be dealt with cautiously, and that there would be a full attendance of their Lordships when his noble Friend (Lord Ebury) brought forward his Motion. He hoped that the noble Lord would give as early notice as possible of the terms of his Motion,
§ LORD EBURY
said, he did not concur in the alarm of the petitioners as to the unity of the Church being destroyed by a revision of the Litany.