HL Deb 08 February 1867 vol 185 cc119-20

said, he was sorry to have to call the attention of their Lordships to a matter personal to himself, which, however, he should not have brought before them had it not involved the privileges of their Lordships' House. He had received a pamphlet written by Mr. France, a railway contractor, which, purporting to give a review of his conduct as regarded a certain Railway Bill during its progress through the Legislature, not only canvassed his opinions, but also made some reflections upon him as Chairman of Committees. He had no objection to having his opinions canvassed by any one; but Mr. France went further, and boldly stated that he would deal with the noble Lord in his judicial capacity. Remarking that he was the contractor of the Mold and Denbigh Railway, he charged him (Lord Redesdale) with having come to an unwarrantable decision with reference to a Bill in which that railway was concerned, and with having inserted a clause in another Bill relating to the same railway. He (Lord Redesdale) was unable to understand how Mr. France could have confused matters as he had done; but it was much to be regretted that the circumstantial nature of his pamphlet gave it all the appearance of truth, while, as a matter of fact, it was false from beginning to end. He intended to draw Mr. France's attention to the matter by letter, and leave him to take what course he pleased; but unless he received from him a complete retractation of all the charges he had made against him, he should think it his duty, in the course of next week, to ask their Lordships to order Mr. France to the Bar of the House.

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