THE PAYMASTER GENERAL
(Earl BEAUCHAMP) said, the previous night the right rev. Prelate (the Bishop of Peterborough) appeared to refer to him as a supporter of the Church Patronage Bill. He (Earl Beauchamp) desired to disclaim ever having expressed himself as opposed to the principle that the next presentation to livings ought never to be sold. In the proceedings before the Select Committee of 1874 he had voted in favour of a Resolution laying down the principle that Church patronage partook of the nature, of a trust, and to that principle he still adhered; but at the same time he wished it to be understood that he was not in favour of a universal prohibition of the sale of next presentations. Under these circumstances he could hardly be supposed to be in favour of this Bill.