§ THE EARL OF DERBY
laid upon the table a Bill to effect en exchange of Ecclesiastical Patronage between Her Majesty the Queen, and Miss Sophia Broadley. No such exchange could, under the present state of the law, be effected without the sanction of Parliament, and the propriety of altering that law was a point which he would not then undertake to discuss. The particular occasion which had given rise to the framing of that measure was an offer made by a lady to exchange an advowson in her possession for two advowsons held by the Crown, her intention being to build new schools and to effect other improvements in those properties. He might add that the Archbishop of York and the Bishop of Rochester, in whose dioceses these two livings were respectively situated, had given their assent to the proposal, and that in introducing a public instead of a private Bill upon the subject he was but following the precedents of 1848, in the cases of Lord Leigh and Lord Leicester, between whom and the Crown a similar transfer had taken place.
was of opinion that it would be of the greatest possible advantage not only to the interests of the Church, but of private individuals, that such transactions as that to which the Bill related should be made the subject of a general law.
§ Bill read 1a.
§ House adjourned at Six o'clock, till To-morrow half past Ten o'clock.