Mr. Goschen has intimated to the electors of the City
of London his intention not to stand again at the next vacancy. Obviously he does not like, either for himself or for the Liberal party, repre- senting, in such a place as the City of London, the votes of a minority, and to that position the election of 1874 unfortunately consigned him. He tells the electors that it is most essential that the Liberals should not, at the next contest, appear to be a divided PRAY ; and that it is not for him, who on one important point, the county franchise, differs from his party, to demand from the Liberals all the support which another candidate who desired to see household suffrage in the counties might obtain. For this reason, then, he will not canvass the City again. That is a disinterested and a very loyal reason for looking elsewhere, but it is no reason why the City of London should accept the sacrifice. Heartily as we ourselves desire to see household suffrage in the counties, we should think it no sufficient reason at all for not supporting Mr. Goschen, who so ably and fitly represents the great commercial capital of the world, as the Member for London. Liberals who support household franchise in the counties are as plenty as blackberries, but Liberals of Mr. Goschen's standing and knowledge, with his grasp of finance, and his insight into the theory of commerce, are so rare, that London would be very foolish to part voluntarily with Mr. Goschen.