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^ET. 39] THE CARNARVON CONTROVERSY 67
' Greclling Rectory, Nottingham : September '74.
' DEAR SIB GAVAN DUFFY,—Your letter and memorandum have found me where I am staying for a few days. Let me thank you much for them. The subject of our conversation at Highclere had not in any way escaped me. I have indeed thought much of it, but I was very glad to have your opinion actually on paper, and in a form so clear and complete as that in which you have expressed it. I will give it every attention, and when later in the autumn we again meet I will tell you the result of my consideration.
' I certainly will not fail to give you notice of my scheme for an. undress reception, for I retain a lively recollection of the friendly interest that you have taken in it. It only depends on our getting access to the new buildings, and this I should hope may be early in November.
' I hope that you will now feel the benefit of your baths (at Aix-les-Bains). As a rule the advantage of them comes out after your return home. At the time they mainly exhaust the patient.
' Believe me, yours very sincerely,
The undress reception referred to in the end of the note was- a very practical project of having together once a fdrtnight, I think, the leading colonists then in Europe, who might frankly interchange opinions with the Minister and with each other.
When I returned finally to Europe, in 1880, I saw much of Lord Carnarvon. His mind was set on attempting certain large measures, and he perhaps thought that I might be of some service in removing difficulties. As I was an unequivocal Home Buler, he
F 2revives the subject in my memory, and shows conclusively that for a dozen years before his Irish Vice-Royalty he was deeply engaged on the Irish problem.Carnarvon. During