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At the House of Commons, by noon yesterday, a large number of Jews had assembled to witness the demand by Mr. Rothschild to be At the House of Commons, by noon yesterday, a large number of Jews had assembled to witness the demand by Mr. Rothschild to be

sworn in as the elected representative in Parliament of the citizens of London. Upwards of two hundred Members were also present. The SPEAKER having taken the chair, and, in the usual form, declared Mem- bers to be sworn will be pleased to come to the table," Mr. Hayter and Lord Marcus Hill advanced to the table with an honourable Member,

whom a writer describes as "dark-haired and sallow-skinned, and of a Jewish cast of countenance." Cheers were followed by silence, and then by much astonishment, when the Member without the slightest hesitation took all the oaths tendered to him : it was not till he had signed the roll and taken his seat without hinaerance from any party in the House, that the majority of the lookers-on learned that the Member was the English country gentleman Mr. William Owen Stanley, the new Member for Chester.

Nearly half an hour later, the chagrin at apprehended disappointment was removed by the appearance of Mr. Rothschild himself at the bar. He was conducted to the table by Mr. John Abel Smith and Mr. Page Wood ; and the Clerk at the table was proceeding to swear him, when he said, in a clear voice, "I desire to be sworn on the Old Testament." Sir

ROBERT INGLIS from the seat that used to be occupied by Sir Robert Peel, exclaimed, in a voice which quivered with emotion—" I protest against that ! " Amidst loud cheers and counter-cheers, the SPE&X.ER uttered his mandate to withdraw ; and Mr. Rothschild, retired to a seat behind the bar. Sir ROBERT INGLIS then, in a tone of voice which marked great agitation, poured forth an argumentative protestation against the concession that any man might presume to claim a seat in that House un- less he took it under the solemn sanction and invocation of the name of our common Redeemer; and if not upon the book in which we all believe, yet upon that which is at least the symbol of our common Redeemer.

God being his helper, he should never shrink from struggling with all his might and to the last to render that House, in name and profession at least, that which may be worthy of God's holy grace, and that is the Christian Legislature of a Christian people. No man may affirm that any man ex- cepting one professing to be a Christian has ever been permitted to take part in that Christian Legislature. He moved this resolution-

" That from the earliest times of a Christian Legislature no man has ever been permitted to take part in it, except under the sanction of a Christian oath ; and Baron Lionel Nathan de Rothschild having requested to take the oath on the Old Testa- ment, and having in consequence been desired to withdraw, this House refuses to alter the form of taking the oath."

The course thus proposed brought forward the ATTORNEY-GEKERAL with formal objections and suggestions, chiefly founded on the precedent of Mr. O'Connell when he was returned for Clare. Mr. O'Connell de- manded, at the table, to be heard on his claim to be admitted without taking the oaths then in use. Mr. (afterwards Sir Robert) Peel proposed that the debate should be adjourned ; and ultimately, on the adjourned debate, he moved in accordance with precedents that Mr. O'Connell should be heard at the bar, and not at the table ; and that course was adopted by the House. Sir John Remaly moved the substitution of words taken verbatim from Sir Robert Peel's resolution, with the change of names—That "Baron Rothschild, a Member for the City of London, be heard at the bar by himself, his counsel or agents, in respect to his claim to vote and sit in Parliament" ; but with the addition of the words, "in respect to his claim to sit and vote in Parliament upon taking the oaths on the Old Testament" To this amended proposal, in its turn, Mr. PAGE WOOD objected : the law is so palpably clear—no lawyer could stand up in the House and question it ; and there is no sort of necessity for deliberation on the mat- ter. He must vote both against the motion and the amendment. Mr. STUART Wormer was not so perfectly informed as Mr. Page Wood on the law, the latter having so recently explored the subject as Chairman of the Committee on Oaths ; and as many more Members were in the same position, and more especially as the course of the honourable Mem- ber for London is very suddenly taken, the House, to avoid being taken by surprise, had better adjourn the debate till Tuesday next. Lord JOHN Rus- SELL fell in with the suggestion to adjourn ; adding, that the House should consider the convenience of the Member for London in the "fay it fixed for the adjournment. With reference to the precedents, in Mr. O'Connell's case there was a demand to be heard at the table or the bar, but here there is no demand : it is right that the honourable Member should have the opportunity to consider whether he will be first heard by himself or counsel, or at once leave the matter to Parliament. Sir BENJAMIN Ham, assured the House, that the honourable Member for London, personally, desired not to be a party to any surprise ; but the noble Lord had • repeatedly and most emphatically declared his intention to take the sense of the House on the measure—so late indeed as Saturday last ; but forty-eight hours after, he declared that he should not do any- thing this session. Thereupon the citizens of London have met and come to the resolve to be no longer trifled with. Mr. Acs= sar- castically deprecated Lord John Russell's exclusion of his own colleague from the House by consenting to adjournment—chiefly, no doubt, that the fish dinner may not be postponed. It was notorious, that there was a deter- mination last night of the leading Members on both sides to obstruct the claims of Baron Rothschild. Mr. OSBORNE declared that Ministers were

calling on them to fight a sham battle, and were endeavouring to postpone the question of civil and religious liberty because it is not convenient to Government, and is disagreeable to their friends on the opposite side. Lord John's position is most disadvantageous to him. He called on the Liberal party to oppose him, and if need be throw him out on this question.

After a brief and animated discussion, Mr. Paco Woon declared, on the authority of the Member for London, that he did not wish to be heard in support of his claim either in person or by counsel Ultimately, it was resolved to adjourn the debate. Mr. HUME having moved that it be re- sumed at noon on Monday, some further contest was raised; almost every day in the week being mentioned by different Members : at last the matter was settled by division. A number of cross motions were made and withdrawn. Towards the end, it was resolved, by 191 to 62, that Monday next at noon should be the time for resuming the debate.

The third Report of the Select Committee on the Ceylon grievances, just presented to the House of Commons, produced a burst of indignation last night. [The Committee reported their regret that the House did not accede to their recommendation of a Royal Commission ; they also regret that they are still unable to make a full report on some of the various matters referred to them. They are of opinion that "the serious attention of her Majesty's Government should be called to the evidence taken " ; and they "recom- mend that a Royal Commission should be appointed to proceed to Ceylon, to ascertain what changes may be necessary for the better government of that colony unless some step should be forthwith taken by the Government, which may obviate the necessity of further investigation."1

Mr. Bemire declared the report to be the most singular, inconsistent, and extraordinary document that had ever emanated from a Committee of the House. He disclaimed all responsibility for it. Mr. Hume, from independent sources of information, characterized the evidence— It was so damning with respect to the conduct of Lord Torrington as a man, as a governor, and as a gentleman' that, if he were brought before a court-martial tomorrow, he would not be allowed to hold her Majesty's com- mission for a day. The Government had thrown its shield over him, and the Committee had refused to lay the evidence before the House. Mr. GLADSTONE was not surprised at these strong expressions : the pro- ceedings of the Committee were of such a nature that they must form the subject of future discussion. Mr. HAWKS said, that it was his duty to submit the evidence to the Secretary of State : copies of it had been sent. Mr. WILSON PeTreas de- clared this course to be against the rules of the House, and appealed to the Speaker. The SPEAKER affirmed this view. All that the Committee could do was to report the evidence to the House ; and the evidence so reported might, with the approbation of the House' go to the Govern- ment. they could not themselves order the evidence to be presented to her Majesty's Government.

In reference to the Lords' amendments on the Irish Franchise Bill, Lord Jonx Russms, stated, that on Tuesday next he should move that the substituted rating of 15/. be reduced to one of 121.' and that the amendment as to registration should be disagreed to. Mr. Manama re- gretted that this unconciliatory course would destroy all prospect of pas- sing the bill : his party would oppose the alterations.

The matter next in order of interest was an explanation drawn by Co- lonel Stirnione from the Arroeries-Gmeritan of his conduct in refusing to sign the application for an injunction to stay the erection of the pro- posed buildings in Hyde Park.

Certain persona have obtained the opinions of Sir Fitzroy Kelly, Hr. Bolt, and Mr. Cairns, that the buildings are illegal, and have applied for the usual signature of the Attorney-General in formal sanction of the applica- tion, which he has refused. Sir John stated that he had taken his course on his own motion and responsibffityz and there is no shadow of doubt on the propriety of that course. The signature of the Attorney-General is never given as a mere matter of form ; it is always discretional. There is not the slightest doubt that the Crown and the Woods and Forests, acting in co- operation, do possess the power of erecting any buildings in Hyde Park— witness the barracks, the various waterworks and the cottage built by George the Fourth. The general public, so fa; as recreation in the Parka goes, are admitted by the grace and at the pleasure of the Crown ; they have no legal right in the enjoyment of those Parks, and the free access to them depends solely on the Royal pleasure.

A message from the Crown stated the Queen's desire that Marlborough House shall be appropriated as the residence of the Prince of Wales after he attains the age of eighteen years ; and that the House should take into consideration such provisions as may duly accomplish that purpose.

In Committee of Supply, Mr. Hexer BERKELEY made a vivacious and entertaining attack on the vote for the charge of the Volunteer Corps. He contended that the Yeomany have for years past been insubordinate and useless, and at the present moment claim for themselves the distinc- tion of being disobedient and dangerous. Mr. Fox Meuse undertook their defence ; and received the assistance of Colonel Rein, Mr. BASS, and others. The vote was affirmed, by 147 to 25.

In the House of Peers, Lord BEAUMONT moved that Joseph Byrne, Joseph Hinde, and Duncan M'Arthur, who had been committed for fabri- cating signatures to petitions, be released from Newgate. They were summoned to the bar, reprimanded, and set at liberty.

Lord BROUGHAM reviewed the subject of the Attorney-General's re- fusal of his signature to the injunction against the building in Hyde Park. The Marquis of LANSDOWNE referred him to Sir John Romilly's own ex- planation, about to be given in the House of Commons.

Mr. Charles Pearson has publicly announced his intention to resign his seat for Lambeth ; his duties to his constituents and the Corporation of the City of London proving too much for his health and strength. The new writ is to be moved for in the House of Commons on Monday next A requisition has already received respectable and numerous signatures inviting Mr. David Salomons to allow himself to be placed in nomination as a candidate.—Morning Chronicle.

Mr. William Williams, the late Member for Coventry, has accepted an invitation by the electors to become a candidate.

The nomination of candidates for Mayo took place on Thursday, under circumstances promising a contest without recent parallel for excitement. Mr. Ousely Higgins was proposed by the Honourable Frederick Cavendish, proprietor of the Mayo Telegraph ; Mr. Isaac Butt, by Colonel Knox Gore ; and Sir Richard CY Donnell, by a Roman Catholic priest. The chances are equally balanced. A large force of Constabulary had been concentrated on