…This is a critical moment in the history this Country. On the elements of the next House of Commons, the character of the English constitution depends. It is of the greatest importance, that the large constituencies shd be enlisted on the side of the Conservative party…I know the sacrifice of giving up a seat like Horsham, & the confidence and regard of neighbours who are gratified at having introduced you into public life, where you have distinguished yourself, but to be member for Liverpool private feelings ought to give way…You will be glad to hear that I prevailed on my friends & neighbours not to mention the first resolution of the Lords Committee. They unanimously agreed that with our present prospect in the House of Commons, any concession or compromise would be premature & precipitate. In short, everything now depends on the resistance to the third reading of Sir John Trelawny’s bill. If that be defeated, the Church Rate question will share the fate of the Appropriate Clause & future legislation on the subject will be limited to the points recommended in the £rd, 4th & 5th Resoution of the Lords’ Committee…
These letters, written when Disraeli was Chancellor of the Exchequer and in opposition after his first administration fell, reveal the extent of the painstaking politicking in the worlds of Church and State. In the letter to FitzGerald, he attempts to rebuild the Conservative party after his defeat in 1868. In this case, he failed to persuade the MP for Horsham to move from his tranquil Sussex constituency for the more rumbustious atmosphere of Liverpool.
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