Punch,  47 (1864), 42–43.

Punch's Essence of Parliament



Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery


Military Technology, Metrology, Politics, Government, Commerce

    Notes that Sir F Smith (possibly a reference to Francis P Smith) raised in the House of Commons the 'rather important question' of 'whether the British fleet is properly armed', to which the Admiralty declared that it was 'minding its own business'. Later notes discussion in the House of Lords of a bill to introduce the metric system. Notes the remark of George D Campbell (8th Duke of Argyll) that the system has the support of 'all the Chambers of Commerce', and the backing of Henry P Brougham (1st Baron Brougham and Vaux). (42)

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