Inaugural Address Delivered to the University of Glasgow Nov. 19, 1873

Inaugural Address Delivered to the University of Glasgow Nov. 19, 1873

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...of this country. The people of Great Britain ought to be aware that that is the necessary consequence. So far as I am concerned I never could view the matter in a party light. If I were to accustom myself to view it in a party light I might look with unconcern on this difficulty, for the smaller boroughs. of the country are not, on the whole, favourable to our views. I am proud to think our party is supported by the great counties, and now to a great extent by great towns and cities; but I do not consider the small boroughs favourable to Conservative views. It is the national sympathies and wide sentiments of those who live in our great cities that are much more calculated to rally round the cause in which we are deeply concerned--the greatness and glory of our country. This ought to be known, that if you really intend to have a further measure of Parliamentary Keform, and have digested that large meal which you had a few years ago, there is no borough in England with under forty thousand inhabitants that would have any claim to be represented even by one member. Now that is a very important consideration, if, as we are told, the small boroughs of between ten and thirty thousand inhabitants are the backbone of the Liberal party. They may be, and I think they are. But I should be very sorry to see them disfranchised. They are centres of public spirit and intelligence in the country, influencing much the districts in which they are situated, and affording a various representation of the mind and life of the country. But it is inevitable that should occur, and I think, therefore, it ought to be well understood by the country when you have persons, without the slightest consideration, saying they are prepared to vote for this, or who are all in...show more

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  • 9781236607782