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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 14

Votes of the Bishops in the House of Lords

Votes of the Bishops in the House of Lords.

Bills. Date. Voted for Voted against Remarks.

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BILLS. Date. Voted for Voted against Remarks. The Burials Question (motion to permit in churchyards "Christian and orderly" funeral services other than that of the Church of England) 1876 1 16 Rejected by 148 to 92. Ditto ditto ditto ... 1877 1 15 Rejected by 141 to 102 (April). Ditto ditto ditto ... 1877 3 11 Rejected by equal div., 102 (May). Ditto ditto ditto ... 1877 4 8 Carried agst.. Gov. by 127 to 111 (June). Burials Bill of Mr. Gladstone's Government................................... 1880 10 6 Second reading carried by 126 to 101. Marriage with Deceased Wife's Sister Bill....................................... 1883 0 22 Car. on sec. read., 165 to 158 (June 11). Ditto ditto .................................... 1883 0 17 Rej. on third read., 145 to 140 (June 28). Cruelty to Animals Acts Amendment Bill (to abolish pigeon shooting) 1883 .. .. Rej. on sec. read, by 30 to 17 (None of the Bishops spoke or took part in the div.)

How true appear the words of Joseph Hume with regard to these mitred legislators 1 " Have we found Bishops standing between the Government and the people to prevent the exercise of arbitrary power? No, they have been aiders and abettors of every tyranny and oppression which the people have been compelled to endure. When did they rise to oppose an Act intended to abridge liberty? They have been always the political tools of a designing ministry, and ready to sacrifice every principle in the support of arbitrary power." Possibly the following servile oath which these successors of the Apostles have all taken—kneeling before the Sovereign—may go far to explain the spirit in which both their legislative and other funotions are performed:—

"I do acknowledge and confess to hold the Bishopric of . . . and the possession of the same entirely as well as the spiritualities and temporalities thereof, only of your Majetty and of the Imperial Crown of this your Majesty's Realm."