18 OCTOBER 1873, Page 1

Mr. Bright is to address his constituents on Wednesday next,

if his health permits, of which he himself appears to entertain some doubt. In a letter, dated last Tuesday, to some Bir- mingham Republicans, who had put a dozen questions to him, and whom he puts off with the happy excuse that most of their questions will "keep," he says, "lam afraid the meeting announced for the 22nd may be more than I can prudently undertake. If it did not seem to me in prospect so great a burden, I should offer to explain my view upon any question put to me at the meeting. I think, however, I may rely on the kindness of my friends that they will not exact from me more than the occasion requires." That hardly sounds hopeful for a statesman entering upon office. He that putteth on his armour with as weary an air as if he were taking it off, is snaking almost too great a sacrifice of private to public good. We will hope, however, that Mr. Bright nervously magnifies his own dismay at the prospect of a public appearance. There is no nervous impression more common and, often at least, less trustworthy.