24 JULY 1869, Page 1

The Lords met on Tuesday in a most excited mood.

Mr. Gladstone's remark on Friday that they judged human affairs from a balloon too elevated to permit their seeing the facts of earth had irritated them to passion, and it was evident from the first that they meant to do mischief. In speech after speech they asserted their resolve to adhere to some at least of the Amendments. Lord Cairns gave up the Ulster glebes and concurrent endow- ment, but maintained the claim of the curates to compensation, Lord Carnarvon's scheme of commutation, and the exclusionsfrom the preamble of the words forbidding the application of the sur- plus to any religious use. Lord Salisbury, in a speech which recalled Lord Robert •Cecil at. his worst, denounced the idea of yielding, not to "the House of Commons, but to the will, the arrogant will, of a single man," declared that he himself "was lost ,in.the labyrinths of that mind," and believed that Mr. Gladstone had repassed the preamble "in order to give the House of Lords a slap in the face." Lord Grey asserted that Government wished for a conflict between the two Houses ; Earl Russell stigmatized. the preamble as "a gratuitous, unnecessary, and imprudent de- claration." Finally, after a scene of excitement rarely witnessed in the Upper House, Lord Granville's motion that the preamble be restored was•lost by 173 to 95. Lord Granville. then moved that the House should adjourn in order that he might consult his colleagues as to the propriety of proceeding with the Bill, and throughout Wednesday and Thursday morning the best modes of coercing the Peers were everywhere discussed.