Much obliged for your gratulations <1> – We will drive with you with pleasure on Tuesday next, should that day suit you – and if I hear nothing further from you, shall conclude it does – But, unless the weather should prove desperately bad we will not trouble you for a dormitory, but return at night. The Elections are going on favourably, I think. All the trumps have turned up for us, hitherto, at least; But I am quaking for Middlesex & South Hants, in both of which the Tories are making desperate efforts to oust Hume & Palmerston. <2>
Stanley’s <3> speech is a dishonest one, I think. Can anything be more despicable than for a man of his parts to condescend to apply the Tory Catchwords, of Destructive – Factions opposition & so forth & to those who would remodel that Juggernaut the Irish Church, and refuse their confidence to Joseph [illegible] He has neither tact nor taste – that is clear.
Ever your’s [sic]
G. Poulett Scrope
Chippenham January fifteen 1835
W. F. Talbot Esqr.
G Poulet Scrope
1. Scrope had recently won the elections, and retained his seat at Strout. [See Doc. No: 03029].
2. Joseph Hume (1777–1855), Radical politician, sat for Middlesex from 1830 to 1837. Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784–1865), politician and British Prime Minister (1885–1858, 1859–1865); he was defeated at the general elections of December 1834.
3. Edward Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby (1799–1869), English statesman, entered Parliament as a Whig, joined Conservative opposition in 1835.