HL Deb 16 June 1871 vol 207 cc121-2

said, he did not see present the noble Earl (the Earl of Airlie), who recently put a Question to him as to the number of Englishmen compromised in the late unfortunate events at Paris; but he thought it right to give the House the latest information in his possession with regard to Englishmen now prisoners in Paris. The unfortunate boy, William Lowe, who was found with a pistol in his hand behind a barricade, had since been released. The fullest inquiry which could be instituted as to the persons who were, or were represented to be, British subjects, and who had been arrested on the charge of complicity in the insurrection, showed that of 19 persons who were known to have been arrested 10 had been released, and nine were still in confinement; while two persons were missing from their homes whom our Consul had not yet found. He wished to take the opportunity of correcting a very natural misreport which happened on his recently reading a despatch describing the conduct of Mr. Saumerez, which their Lordships seemed to think exceedingly creditable. His observation on the judgment and discretion of the writer of the despatch, Mr. Malet, was inadvertently attributed to Mr. Saumerez, whereas he wished to do both gentlemen the justice they deserved.

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