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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." j STE,—The discussion in the Upper House of Convocation on the 13th inst. on the creation of a House of Laymen, and in par. ticnlar the remarks of the Bishop of Truro on this subject, show real and definite progress in the right direction. To expect that Parliament should devote much time to the consideration of ecclesiastical questions would be indeed utopian. Our proposi- tion that the Church laity should be directly represented, and that any measure which has received their sanction, as expressed by a Lay house, and that of Convocation should be laid on the table of each of the Houses of Parliament for six weeks, an& then, if unopposed, receive the Royal assent, seems to commend itself to moderate and reasonable men. In forwarding the ex- planatory letter drawn up by my indefatigable colleague, the Rev. James Bandinel, and accepted by our Council, I will only add that the Lay house approved of by their Lordships must plainly be national, not provincial.—I am, Sir, Sm.,