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Carlton Club, 17th December. Sin—Having sat on the Conservative side of the House of Commons from 1837 to 1841, and having fought more than one contest this year in the hope of becoming one of Lord Derby's supporters it may be fairly presumed that I have witnessed with unfeigned regret the Unfortunate defeat which her Ma- jesty's late Ministry has sustained.
During the short time I belonged to the House of Commons, I invariably attended any meetings held at Sir -Robert Peel's residence, when, on more than one occasion he submitted to his party how easy it would have been for us through a temporary coalition with the extreme Radicals to overthrow the Ministry, then headed by Lord Melbourne ; but such a course, he fairly ad- mitted, would have been but factious opposition, and not only undignified in itself, but from which, he endeavoured to impress on us, no ultimate advan- tage could accrue to a party adopting such tactics.
It would have been well had the advice of that great man produced a lasting impression on Mr. Disraeli, to whose former factious coalition in 1816 the present defeat of Lord Derby's Ministry may be fairly attributed. I do not blame him and Lord George Bentinck for opposing as long as they could the repeal of the Corn-laws : there was then an open field for a fair fight : but when that measure was passed, the conflict ought to have ceased, and not degenerated into a factious and personal conflict. Had they and their adherents not adopted the course they at that time pureued, the whole of the then Conservative party might now, with their united talents, have formed an active and thoroughly efficient Administration: but I fear that, during the course of that opposition, invectives were uttered and actions performed which have produced breaches that will not readily be healed, and that it is impossible for us to hope that all those statesmen who
are truly Conservative at heart will combine for the i purpose of forming an energetic and powerful Government ; and this, too, at a period when circum- stances, both internal and especially external, render a strong Ministry more than usually desirable. Believe me, I do not write this to detract from Mr. Disraeli's merits, whose abilities and talents command my unqualified admiration • but, should these hues be deemed worthy of insertion in your valuable journal, I hope they may serve to remind public men of all parties, how vain and futile factious opposition must eventually prove, not only as far as they are personally con- cerned, but I appeal to them on higher grounds—how pernicious and detri- mental it may prove to the welfare of their country.