§ The Queen's Consent signified.
§ THE LORD CHANCELLOR moved, That the Bill be now read the third time.
§ LORD ST. LEONARDS
said, he did not mean to oppose the measure, the object of which he entirely approved. But he 1766 had to express his regret that some plan had not been adopted by which the augmented livings would pass into the hands of clergymen as a gift from the Crown.
THE LORD CHANCELLOR
said, that it was an essential element in the measure, that the benefices should be placed at the disposal of the new purchasers. He would take that opportunity of adding that His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales having been informed that the Bill might possibly interfere with his rights in respect of certain livings in the Duchy of Cornwall, his Royal Highness, acting in concurrence with the opinion of his legal advisers, had expressed his readiness to forego any such rights, and his unwillingness to offer any obstruction to the success of what he hoped would be so useful a measure.
§ Bill read 3a; Amendments made; Bill passed, and sent to the Commons.