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Document number: 1820
Dating: 1832 or 1833 when both were MPs
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: FITZMAURICE William Thomas Petty
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 21st June 2007

Dear Henry,

I am very sorry there was any misunderstanding -

Then we are paired <1> for the rest of the proceedings -

Yrs Truly


W. H. F. Talbot Esqr


1. Pairing was an arrangement where an MP of one party agreed with an MP of an opposing party not to vote on a particular matter, usually by neither MP attending the vote. They were informal arrangements, not recognised by the House rules, but were registered with the Whips, who made sure the agreements were carried out. It was not uncommon for these to be standing arrangements between two MPs.

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