ommunications took place which led to a request that Sir Robert Peel-would name a friend, At his (Palmerston's) request he was that friend, but not, of course, with the design of arranging a hostile meeting.
He was subesquently called upon by Major Gavin, the friend of the O'Donoghue, and explained to that gentleman that a breach of the privileges of the House could not be permitted, and that it was his intention to state the facts to the House and leave the question in its hands.
The Speaker called upon the O'Donoghue to express his regret for what had occurred, Major Gavin explained his part in the transaction, and said that Sir Robert Peel had refused to retract anything that he had stated.
The cause of offence was Sir Robert's allusion to the late meeting in the Rotunda at Dublin — got up by "Mannakin traitors," and to which no one of respectability responded.
The O'Donoghue, after some little pressure from the Speaker, made the required apology to the House; but in d