asked the Lord Privy Seal the date of the Division in the House of Commons which, as stated by the noble Earl on a recent occasion, sanctioned the present site of Mr. Canning's statue?
§ THE EARL OF MALMESBURY
explained that the gentleman whom he sent to the Board of Works for the purpose of ascertaining the facts misunderstood the information he received, and consequently misled him. Although, however, there was no division on the occasion referred to, that did not affect the main question, for the discussion in the House of Commons was as favourable to the present position of the statue as that in this House was unfavourable. Lord John Manners subsequently proposed a Vote of £1,000 for the arrangement of the ground, thus giving the other House a full opportunity of giving its opinion had it been opposed to the present site. He might also mention that a background was necessary; the cloak and disposition of the drapery showed that the back of the statue was never intended for inspection, and when; placed in the middle of the square the view from one direction was therefore very, unfavourable.
§ House adjourned at half past Seven o'clock, till To-morrow, a quarter before Five o'clock.