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Document number: 3043
Date: 19 Jan 1835
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: PEEL Robert
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number: envelope 20076
Collection number historic: LA35-1
Last updated: 2nd July 2010

Whitehall Gardens
Jan: 19th 1835

confidential

My dear Sir,

I thank you sincerely for the suggestion with which you have favoured me which you have explained with great clearness.

Much might be said in its favour, but I think it is of more importance at least it is for me who am unjustly suspected of some evil design with respect to the Reform Bill, to adhere strictly and scrupulously to its enactments, than to propose even what rational and moderate men might consider as improvements

No one can say that that system of representation is perfect which in the present state of public feeling among the wealth intelligence and respectability of the Metropolitan district excludes the predominant opinion in that Class from one single representative out of sixteen

But I fear we must trust to the operation of time to the gradual conviction that no Government can have an interest in protecting abuses, or resisting the progress of well considered and salutary improvement we must trust to these rather than alterations in the Law for a remedy.

A very strong case was stated to me in the instance of the late Election at Carlisle in confirmation of your opinion as to the Justice of leaving each voter to dispose of his double vote as he pleased.

I have [Sir?] [illegible]
Robert Peel

H. F. Talbot Esqr

[envelope:]
H. Fox Talbot Esqr
Lacock Abbey
Chippenham

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