So given, in the daily journals, but in Hansard the passage is much modified, and the hit at the Irish landlords disappears.
“Allow me an opportunity of correcting the error which is widely diffused among the public, and even in Parliament itself, that in Hansard’s Debates we have the means of obtaining an authentic report of parliamentary proceedings. This is an entire delusion. Hansard is a private publication, dependent on the ordinary newspaper reports, supplemented by such corrections as members make themselves.”—Letter of Mr. Mitchell Henry, M.P., to the Times of July 14th, 1873.
 The Morning Chronicle.
 In some reports of the speech the words are “beggars enough for all Europe.”
 Mr. D’Israeli, in his Political Biography of Lord George Bentinck, quotes this passage, and, as it seems to me, manipulates it unfairly, by ending it at the word “decimated,” as if there were a full stop there, whereas the sense in the original only requires a comma, and so it is in Hansard. To make the sense terminate at “decimated,” he moulds a sentence and a half into one, thus: “The Chief Secretary says, that the ministers did wisely in this decision, but I differ from him when I hear, every day, of persons being starved to death, and when he, himself, admits that in many parts of the country the population had been decimated;” the censure on the Government contained in the words