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Lord Durham ' s " manifesto " disappointed us , when we first saw itj—not for what might not be got out of it for liberal construction , but for what might be doubted to that end , or construed to the reverse . We thought , and we still think , that it begged several important questions in its very terms ; and that the wish to conciliate
the few , was far more evident in it , than the determination to abide by the many . On the other hand , we could not but feel , that in worldly
wisdom , nay , ( as statesmen and their circumstances go ) in large and allowable philosophical wisdom , that very circumstance might be taken as a proof of his desire to risk no obstacles
in the way of the most generous policy . Feeling sure of the people and of their faith in him , he might think that he could afford to pay them the compliment of showing a little extra attention to their enemies at their seeming expense .
But again , the compliment was awkward ; the intention , on the face of it , equivocal . Lord
Durham was a Reformer , but therche was also Lord Durham ; an Earl rich and powerful ; a man of eminent aristocratic family ; and by repute , aristocratic in temper , if not in opinion . What were the chances ,
under new and extraordinary prospects of ascendancy ? Would he stick by his old opinions in deed as well as professibn ? or would the sweets of untried influence be too
much for him ? Would the passionate part of him prevail , or the reflecting ? The blood or the brain ? We came to two conclusions :
—first , that his very pride and passion , or eomplexional Toryism ( if he has it , which we do not at all know , or assume ) would tend to keep a man , who has so far and so nobly
committed himself for Reform , on the side contrary to the Tories , who hate and mock him;—and second , that it was due to him from Reformers to think the very best they could of such a
helper , and to read his present declaration by the light of his past , and of a series of such
THE MONTHLY KEPOSITORY .
Lord Durham And The Reformers.
LORD DURHAM AND THE REFORMERS .
No . 221—11 . ^~» J ^ G
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 1, 1837, page unpag, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1834/page/1/