It was on June 15, 1869, that the Bishop of Peterborough made that remarkable speech in the House of Lords which will always be regarded as a model of impassioned eloquence.  In his line of argument the Bishop abandoned the grounds which had been previously brought forward by some opponents of the proposed measure -- such as violation of the Coronation Oath and the Act of Union, the injury it would inflict on private property, &., but joined issue on all three of the pleas alleged in its defence, denying that it was a question of justice, that it was a question of policy, or that it was in accordance with the verdict of the nation.  Perhaps the most striking part of the Bishop's speech was its peroration, in which he exorted the peers not to be frightened into voting against their convictions.  The following passage illustrates what is decidedly a characteristic trait in Dr. MAGEE -- a thorough appreciation of the conduct which beseems the tenure of high office, and of the duties and responsibilities entailed by it, and a vigorous support of his position as a bishop and a spiritual peer without any arrogation of the privileges of priestcraft or unduly exercised prelatic authority.  In words which offer a striking example of his command of antithesis and satire, he thus urges the lords to act in a manner worthy of their order: -- "Your lordships would then be standing in the face of the roused and angry democracy of the country, with which you have been so loudly menaced out of doors, and so gently and tenderly warned within these doors.  You would than be standing in the face of this fierce and angry democracy, with these words on your lips -- 'Spare us, we entreat and beseech you!  Spare us to live a little longer as an order, is all that we ask, so that we may play at being statesmen, that we may sit upon red benches, in a guilded houses, and affect and pretend to guide the destinies of the nation, and pretend to play at legislation.  Spare us for this reason, that we are utterly contemptible, and that we are entirely contented with our ignoble position.  Spare us for this reason, that we never failed in any case of danger to spare ourselves!  Spare us, because we have lost the power to hurt any one.  Spare us, because we have now become mere subservient tools in the hands of the Minister of the day -- the mere armorial bearings on the seal that he may take in his hands to stamp any deed, however foolish, and however mischievous!"  --  Cassell's National Portrait Gallery.