§ Bill read 3a (according to order) with the Amendments; an Amendment moved and negatived,1279
THE BISHOP OF LONDON
expressed his regret that no measure was enacted to compel parishes to provide a sufficient burial ground where the old burial ground had been closed by order of the Secretary of State. He had had a promise from two successive Governments that this should be done, but in the meantime thousands of the poorer population of this city had been obliged to bury their wives, children, or parents, in a manner which was little better than the burial of dogs. He did not say where the blame should lie, but it was disgraceful to a Christian country that such abominations should be allowed, and the rites of the Church profaned. He did not care for the rich—they could go to the cemeteries; but he did care for the poor.
§ EARL GRANVILLE
believed that every evil which the right rev. Prelate had brought under the notice of the Government, as belonging to the deficient arrangements for burial in populous localities, either had been remedied or would be remedied by this Bill, except that one evil of the want of compulsory powers, to oblige the parish to provide a burial ground, which was certainly a matter that required consideration.
§ Bill passed, and sent to the Commons.