§ (The Bishop of Oxford.)
§ (NO. 141.) SECOND READING.
§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.
THE BISHOP OF OXFORD,
in moving the second reading of this Bill, said, that its object was to provide for the legalization of certain marriages in the diocese of Winchester, and he had undertaken to move the second reading, in the absence of his right rev. Friend. It appeared that a 773 church had been rebuilt at Sydmonton, nearly on the site of the old church, and it was supposed on that account that it stood in every respect in the character of the old parish church; but this view was not altogether in conformity with the law ecclesiastical as decided by Dr. Lushington, the site of the Communion table having been changed. It was necessary to consecrate the new church, and a certain number of marriages having been solemnized in it before consecration, the object of the Bill was to legalize those marriages.
§ Moved, "That the Bill be now read 2a".(The Bishop of Oxford.)
§ LORD CRANWORTH
suggested, whether it would not be better to frame one general measure applying to all places where similar circumstances had arisen.
THE BISHOP OF OXFORD
said, he had not the slightest objection to extend the retrospective part of the Bill, but he would seriously object to alter the law ecclesiastical by a clause introduced by a side-wind into a Bill of this kind.
§ Motion agreed to.
§ Bill read 2a, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Thursday next.
§ House adjourned at Six o'clock, to Thursday next, half past Ten o'clock.