I will not suffer you to promise your vote to me under any delusion, or with any reservation or my part. You seem to wish to make a partyman of me which I have never been in the strict sense of the word, & to see me bound by conditions
before previous to an election for a seat in Parliament.
While the Whigs themselves do not appear on their part to be sufficiently satisfied of the views of the new administration, to join or identify themselves with it, I trust that others may be permitted to pause a little before they choose to embark in a vessel whose course & destination are absolutely uncertain.
Upon the Catholic question you know I feel very strongly, but you will probably consider that my opponents professions which are before you are not less strong upon that point than my own. & although I will admit that in your view of this subject, you have nothing but a choice of evils before you, yet I think you will do no violence to your conscience in voting for
yours ever very sincerely & truly
W. R Bankes
Henry Fox Talbot Esqre