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ENGLAND.-Both Houses of Parliament meet, after adjournment for the

Christmas Recess, on the 10th of February-In the House of Lords the Earl of Derby endeavours to elicit from the Prime Minister a statement of his intended measuresThe Earl of Aberdeen declines to afford any further explanation of the intentions of Government - On the 14th the Lord Chancellor makes a full statement respecting the Law Reforms about to be introduced by him-Remarks of Lord St. Leonards and Lord Campbell upon the intended measures- In the House of Commons, on the 10th of February, Lord John Russell states the principal measures designed by the Government in the present Session. PERSECUTION OF PROTESTANTS IN TUSCANY– Mr. Kinnaird, on the 17th of February, moves an Address to the Crown on the Treatment of the Madiais, The Motion is seconded by Lord Dudley Stuart-Speeches of Mr. Lucas, Lord John Russell, Mr. Bouyer, Mr. Drummond, Sir R. H. Inglis, Lord Palmerston, and other MembersThe Motion is ultimately withdraun. RELATIONS WITH FRANCE-Mr. Disraeli calls the attention of the House of Commons to this subject in a speech in which he comments with some severity on recent speeches of Cabinet Ministers He is answered by Lord John Russell-Speeches of Mr. Cobden, Sir J. Graham, Mr. M. Gibson, Mr. Baillie, and Lord Dudley Stuart, On the 4th of April, Lord Campbell alludes, in the House of Lords, to the presentation of an Address from the City of London to the French Emperor - A debate takes place, in which the Lord Chancellor and other Peers take part. EDUCATION AT MAYnooth COLLEGE, Mr. Spooner mores for an Inquiry into the System--Mr. Scholefield opposes the Motion and moves an Amendment, which is seconded by Sir W. ClayVol. XCV.

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A long debate takes place, and is resumed upon adjournment, in which numerous Members take partThe original Motion being defeated by a division of 192 against 162, the debate is continued upon the Amendment, which is finally negatired by 262 to 68—In the House of Lords the same subject is brought under discussion by the Earl of Winchilşea, who moves for a Committee of InquiryLord Aberdeen opposes the Motion, proposing, by way of Amendment, the appointment of a Commission of Inquiry- A debate ensues, in which the Earls of Roden, Desart, Shaftesbury, and Derby, the Dukes of Leinster and Argyll, the Marquises of Clanricarde and Lansdorene, and other Peers take part Upon a division the Motion is negatived. CANADIAN CLERGY RESERVES On the 15th of February Jr. F. Peel moves for leave to bring in a Bill to enable the Legislature of Canada to make provision concerning the Clergy ReservesHe prefaces his statement by a history of the past and present state of the question On the Motion for the Second Reading in the House of Commons, on the 4th of March, Sir J. Pakington moves that the Bill be read a second time that day six months-His speechHe is supported by Lord J. Manners, VIr. Vapier, Sir R. Inglis and othersThe Second Reading is adrocated by Sir W. Molesuorth, Mr. Adderly, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Mr. Vernon, and is car. ried by 275 to 192—Another debate arises on the Third Reading, which Mr. Walpole moves to postpone for six months-His Speech -- He is supported by Mr. Drummond, Mr. Napier, Sir J. Pakington, and others-Mr. Peel, the Solicitor-General, Lord John Russell, and other members vindicate the measure, and the Third Reading is carried by 228 to 208In the House of Lords the Second Reading is moved on the 22nd of April by the Duke of NeucastleThe Bishop of Exeter moves that the Bill be read a second time that day six monthsA debate ensues in which Lords Lyttleton and St. Leonards, the Bishop of Norwich, and the Earls of Derby and Grey take part-On the suggestion of the Earl of Derhy the Amendment is withilraun, and the opposition reserved for the Committee-l'pon the House going into Committee, on the 25th of April, a long debate arises on an Amendment proposed by the Earl of Derby to the first clause--His Speech-He is followed by the Duke of Newcastle, Lords Wicklow, Wharncliffe, Desart, and St. Leonards, the Duke of Argyll and Earl Grey, and the Bishops of St. David's, London, O.rford, and Exeter, The Amendment is rejected by 117 against 77, and the Bill is passed. OTH Houses of Parliament say, that a cordial co-operation

met on Thursday, the 10th of would be given to any measures February, pursuant to the adjourn- brought forward by the Government on the 31st of December. ment, if they were calculated to In the House of Lords the Earl promote the public welfare. of Derby urged Lord Aberdeen to The Earl of Aberdeen replied, lose no time in laying before the that he had already informed the House a statement of the measures House as to the general principles which the Government intended to on which the Government would introduce. For himself and his be carried on; as for the particular friends, he was quite prepared to measures which the Government

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intended, most of them would be zeal and vigour which could not brought forward in the House of have been exceeded, and had passed Commons, and under those cir- the two Bills for abolishing the cumstances he did not think it Masters' Office, and for improving necessary to make any further the jurisdiction in Equity. Histatement.

therto there had not been suffiOn Monday, February the 14th, cient time to judge fully of the the Lord Chancellor stated at great effects of these changes, but, as length the intentions of the Go- far as he could learn from his own vernment with respect to Law observation and from the opinions Reform.

of others, he believed that they The noble and learned Lord com were working admirably well; unmenced by referring to the Com. der these circumstances, it would mon Law Procedure Act, which be unnecessary and inexpedient to had passed in the preceding Ses- attempt further legislation at pre sion, and he expressed his great sent, nor would it have been possatisfaction at having found, uponsible for him to have prepared, communications he had had with during the short time he had been the Judges, that those learned per- in office, any measure for that sons expressed an universal concur purpose. The state of business rence as to the beneficial effects of in the Equity Courts generally, that measure. He referred to some was at present satisfactory; there particular instances, in proof of were no large arrears in the appelthe advantages derived by the late branch of the Court, and in public from this Act, especially the other department of it there in the saving of fees, and in the was no cause of complaint as to power of issuing writs against progress. Since he had been in debtors residing abroad, of which office, he had received many letters no less than 114 had been issued urging him to throw overboard all between the beginning of Novem- that had been done, and to introber and that time. Another fact, duce a comprehensive measure for which showed the public apprecia- the fusion of law and equity. Such tion of this measure, was the large a measure, if proper to be underincrease in the number of writs taken at all, would require far issued that had recently taken more time and consideration than place. Another report of the Com- his short tenure of office hitherto mon Law Commissioners was al had permitted. Another branch most ready for presentation, pend- of legal procedure to which his ing which, it would be premature attention had been directed, was to take any step in proposing legis- the testamentary jurisdiction, which lative changes. The noble and was at present in a state very dislearned Lord then referred to the creditable to the country. The Lord course that had been taken in Chancellor read passages from the furtherance of reform in the Courts report of a Commission appointed of Equity. The credit of originat- by Lord Lyndhurst, in reference ing these changes was due to Lord to this subject, in which an extenTruro, who had issued the Com sive change of jurisdiction was remission of Inquiry. Lord St. Leo- commended. He agreed with that nards, during his term of office, report, but was not as yet prepared had taken up the matter with a to bring forward a Bill for reform

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