Thursday 25th June 1846

“The Corn Bill was brought into the House of Lords, where Lord Stanley was to oppose it, but after all the opposition was very feeble and the second reading of the Bill was carried by a majority of 47, the number being 211 to 164, and the great measure upon which the country looked for salvation was carried without a division.”

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Saturday 16th May 1846

“The Corn Bill was again introduced for the first time since January 28th by the Premier (Sir Robert Peel) for the 3rd reading.  Lord George Bentinck as the head of the Protectionist Party threw his whole strength against the Bill, but nevertheless the 3rd reading was ratified by a majority of 98 in a House composed of 556 members.”