§ EARL CADOGAN
proceeded to say that he wished, on behalf of his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Colonies, to make a statement of a personal character. The noble Earl opposite (Earl Granville), in his speech last night, was said—and in his (Earl Cadogan's) recollection correctly—to have attributed to the Secretary of State for the Colonies a statement that the policy of the Government was "annexation in all parts of the world." His right hon. Friend had requested him to state to their Lordships that he must repudiate altogether the use of the words attributed to him. Everyone who knew the noble Earl must be aware that he would not willingly impute to another language he had not used; but as his right hon. Friend had no power of addressing their Lordships, he had requested him to say that he did not know from what report the noble Earl had quoted, but that he certainly did not use the words ascribed to him, and he was confident that those he did use could not have conveyed such a meaning to the audience he addressed.
said, he was extremely sorry if he had misquoted the right hon. Baronet. He had not brought down the report from which he had quoted, because he was not aware that the subject was going to be brought up. He had. been struck by a passage in which, adopting a sentence which was not quite new, after talking of the competition to which this country was subject in Europe and America, he was reported to have said—"We have been subject to competition in Europe and America—cannot we then call in a new Continent to redress the balance of the old." Whether this applied to the annexation of Zululand he could not say. He further was reported to have said, referring to what he called the bold and necessary step of annexation in South Africa taken by Lord Carnarvon, that he regretted that Lord Carnarvon did not join in the same policy in other parts of the globe. As, however, the right hon. Gentleman disavowed the language 1184 thus imputed to him, he entirely accepted the disavowal.