yF/r. 39] THE CAUNAKVON CONTROVERSY 89
Carnarvon was doing, and were, it may bo fairly assumed, weighing the policy of conceding what the Irish demanded, as Pitt weighed the policy of conceding the Catholic claims. I had soon reason to fear that their conclusions were not favourable to our demand. At the beginning of August Lord Carnarvon had need to go to London, saw his colleagues, and returned to Dublin much perturbed. He announced his intended run to England, in this note:
1 Vicc-Hctful Lodge, "Dublin : July '20, 1HH5,
*DKAH HIM GAVAN DUFFY, You will have, neon in the papers the death of Lady Chesterfield, which makes it necessary for me to leave Ireland for the funeral, which is on Friday. As J shall then be in Kngland, I must go on to London to see my colleagues, and cannot be. back till Monday night at earliest.
4 1 have been unable, to settle this till this morning, but I write at once to ask you whether you can como over hero this afternoon instead of to-morrow.
* I am engaged to be in Dublin by 4 ik.M,t and have not one moment after that hour at my disposal; but anytime this morning I am quite* free1. About a quarter before one, if quite convenient to //<w, would on the whole, Knit me best. Pray excuse the haste with which 1 write, and
* Believe me, yours very sincerely,
After bin return I saw in a moment that his high hopes were chilled, that he1 had not found the assistances from bin colleagues which he anticipated, and would not bit in a position to satisfy the expectations he had raised, I shall not attempt to report a conversation atnourable man dare not shrink.