HL Deb 09 March 1875 vol 222 c1483

Message from the Commons that they have agreed to the following Address to be presented to Her Majesty (under the provisions of the Act of the sixteenth year of Her present Majesty, chapter fifty-seven,) relating to the Election for the Borough of Boston, to which they desire the concurrence of their Lordships: Most Gracious Sovereign, We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, in Parliament assembled, beg leave humbly to represent to Your Majesty that Sir William Robert Grove, Knight, one of the Justices of the Court of Common Pleas at Westminster, and one of the Judges selected for the trial of Election Petitions, pursuant to 'The Parliamentary Elections Act, 1868,' has reported to the House of Commons that there is reason to believe that corrupt practices extensively prevailed at the last Election for the Borough of Boston: We therefore humbly pray Your Majesty, that Your Majesty will be graciously pleased to cause inquiry to be made, pursuant to the provisions of the Act of Parliament passed in the sixteenth year of the reign of Your Majesty, intituled 'An Act to provide for more effectual inquiry into the existence of Corrupt Practices at Elections for Members to serve in Parliament, by the appointment of Æneas John M'Intyre, esquire, one of Your Majesty's counsel, Wyndham Slade, esquire, barrister-at-law, and Douglas Straight, esquire, barrister-at-law, as Commissioners, for the purpose of making inquiry into the existence of such corrupt practices.'

House adjourned at Seven o'clock, to Thursday next, half past Ten o'clock.