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STATE of THE Country AND of PUBLIC OPINION AT THE CommenceMENT of THE YEAR–Parliament opened on the 3rd of February by Commission—The Royal Speech—The Address to the Throne moved in the House of Lords by the Earl of Cork, seconded by the Earl of Airlie—Speeches of the Earls of Derby, Clarendon and Grey, Lords Granville and Brougham, and the Lord Chancellor—An Amendment moved by Earl Grey is negatived by 45 to 12–In the House of Commons, the Address proposed by Sir John Ramsden is seconded by Sir Andrew Agnew—Mr. Disraeli, in a long speech, comments severely on the Foreign Policy of the Government, and on the state of the Finances—He is answered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer—Speech of Mr. Gladstone—Lord Palmerston vindicates the Foreign Policy of the Cabinet—Speeches of Lord John Russell, Mr. Gibson and other Members—The Address is agreed to without division—Expulsion of Mr. James Sadleir from the House of Commons for frauds in the management of the Tipperary Joint-Stock Bank—LAw REForM-Announcement made by the Lord Chancellor on the first night of the Session—Sir George Grey moves for leave to introduce a Bill to regulate Transportation and Secondary Punishments—His Speech— Observations of Sir John Pakington, Mr. Adderley, Sir J. Ramsden and other Members—Leave given to bring in the Bill ; also a Bill for establishing Reformatory Schools—MINISTRY OF JUSTICE—Mr. Napier moves an Address, praying for the appointment of a Law-Officer to preside over the Department of Public Justice—Lord Palmerston assents to the Motion with some qualifications, and it is carried—ExteNSION OF THE County FRANCHISE—Motion by Mr. Locke King for this purpose; opposed by the Government, supported by Lord John Russell and Sir James Graham ; rejected by 13 votes—ENDow MENT or MAYNoot H-Mr. Spooner's sessional Motion for repealing the Endowment negatived after a short debate by 167 to 159 . . . . . . . . . . . [1

CHAPTER II.

FINANCE AND TAxATION.—The Bank Charter Act—The Chancellor of the

Exchequer moves for a Select Committee to inquire into its operation— A 2

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