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counties, if the question were as suddenly presented to them, might he alarmed and offended; that you don't know the views of the new electors ; and that there are party troubles enough already without increasing them. These are solid and prudent reasons in ordinary times ; but we live in a period of revolution, when the party of resistance must stake everything on a general election. If, without the help of new friends, they are likely to be in a minority in the new Parliament, then the urgent problem is to find new friends.
' I may mention—though of course it counts for nothing-—that I had taken certain measures in relation to the intended movement. The Irish Catholic bishops are going to Koine after Easter, and I proposed to see certain of them at Nice on their way back, if I were by that time authorised to make a specific statement to them. I had also replied to letters from some of the Irish members that I would go to London in June, with a view to consult with them, expecting to bo able to speak to them on the same subject. I can now say nothing to either.'
Four months later the Gladstone Government fell and the Tories were called to office. To my great satisfaction, Lord Carnarvon undertook the office of Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Before leaving London, to secure himself from the ravenous herd of place-beggars who assail a new Minister, he took up his quarters for a week or two in a friend's house where no one could reach him without a passport. I saw him several times there, and was much pleased with his scheme of Irish policy. I promised to go to Ireland, and obtained his consent that I should address a letter to him in the