An excerpt from The Graphic, a British illustrated weekly, dated February 17, 1877.
On Monday they were ruffled by the apparition on the Order Book of a notice in the name of Earl Russell, which if moved and discussed, would have opened the floodgates of talk on the Eastern Question. Earl Russell proposed nothing less than that Parliament should declare that the only relations which the British Government might hold with Turkey were relations of uncompromising hostility. But, after all, the excitement occasioned by the discovery of this truculent notice on the book was not profound or wide-spread. It is a way Lord Russell has of keeping his memory green in the House whither he retired after his historical triumphs in another place. So the peers came down on Monday much as usual, and went away after the exhausting labours of the twenty minutes’ sitting.