21 APRIL 1866, Page 1


THE debate on the Reform Bill has gone on all through the week, and though it is becoming very tedious, it cannot end till Tuesday, or possibly till Thursday next. The argument is all done, but so many men want to talk to their constituents, and each brings up some one to reply. The prospects of Lord Gros- venor's motion have improved greatly in the delay. On Saturday last Government calculated on a majority of about thirty, but it has melted daily, and the highest estimate is now fifteen. As usual, peers' sons are the first to assert their independence, but some Scotchmen look askance at the Bill, no county member is very zealous, and at the last moment there may be a few disap- pearances. Up to Friday night the probabilities were that the second reading would pass, but by so small a majority that the escape of the Bill in committee is next to impossible—unless in- deed the Redistribution Bill is very conservative, which is quite on the cards.