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REVIEW OF THE SESSION.
RIGHT HON. LORD LYNDHURST,
THE HOUSE OF LORDS,
FRIDAY, August 23, 1839.
JAMES FRASER, REGENT STREET.
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SUMMARY OF THE SESSION OF 1836,
RIGHT HONORABLE LORD LYNDHURST,
August 18, 1836.
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I am anxious, my Lords, to call your attention, in pursuance of the notice I gave yesterday, to the proceedings of the two Houses of Parliament during the present session. As far as I am personally concerned, the task is by no means an agreeable one; but I have undertaken it as a duty-in some sort, as a duty to the noble Viscount (Melbourne), and partly also in pursuance of an intimation which I received from him at a former period of the session. Your Lordships may, perhaps, recollect, that when the Irish Municipal Bill was under discussion, I stated in considerable detail the circumstances attending the tardy and heavy progress of that Bill through the other House of Parliament. The noble Viscount, on a subsequent day, with reference to that statement, and also to some similar remarks made by my noble and learned friend opposite (Lord Brougham), said that this was an unfair course of observation; that I ought to have considered, not that particular case alone, but to have taken into account the general proceedings and measures of the Government. My Lords, I felt the propriety of the observation made by the noble Viscount; and I shall, therefore, in pursuance of that intimation, in justice to the subject, and in justice to the noble Viscount himself, call your Lordships' attention to the entire proceedings of the present Session of Parliament, in order that when the case is fairly before you, stated with plainness and simplicity on my part, your Lordships may be in a condition to judge how far Her Majesty's Ministers are entitled to your confidence-how far they can be considered as capable of conducting the affairs of this country, in a manner suitable to the interests of this extensive and mighty empire.
My Lords, in directing your attention to this subject, there is one thing that is very remarkable. Your Lordships will find, that during the five first months of the session, not a single bill of any importance passed the two