§ Bill read 1a.
said, he desired to draw attention to the circumstances which unfortunately rendered the continuance of the suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act necessary in Ireland, and to the statement that had appeared in the papers that no appeal for mercy in the case of the Fenian Burke would be effectual in procuring a commutation of his sentence.
§ THE EARL OF DERBY
said, he thought it inexpedient that their Lordships should on that occasion consider the exercise of the prerogative of mercy by the Crown, because the matter then before them did not in the slightest degree touch the question whether the sentence of death which 1098 had been passed upon one of the prisoners should be carried out. The question before them was, whether they should continue to the people of Ireland the protection which they derived from the suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act.
§ Bill to be read 2a on Monday next.
§ House adjourned at a quarter past Three o'clock, to Monday next, Eleven o'clock.