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conjecture. But an alliance without a quid pro quo was impossible.
On learning from Mr. McCarthy that there was no longer any chance of the Tories touching Home Itulo, Parnell wrote :
fa nidi to Mr. Justin McCarthy
* Tjondon : December 17, 1885.
'My, DKAR MuCAitTHY,I thank you very much for the information contained in your note4.; it coincides very much with the impressions I have been able to form. 1 think, however, that the Conservatives in shrinking from dealing with the question, in addition to bringing about the speedy destruction of the,ii* party, are little regardful of the interests of the Irish, land-owning class, since they might have obtained guarantees, guarantees which the .Liberals, who I am convinced will shortly deal with the question, will havo no interest in insisting upon.
* Yours very trulyt
'('HAS, S. PAHNKLL/
After the election, as before, Mr* ('hamberlain was against Home Kulo, but in favour of a large measure of local' government. He would give the Irish the fullest powers for administering their own affairs, but ho would not consent to the creation of an Irish "Parliament.
It has been said that it wan the result of the General Election which, made Mr. Gladstone first think of Homo Bule. This statement in clearly inaccurate, I have already shown that Mr. Gladstone was thinking of. Home Rule in August 1885, and I am obliged to import
VOL* n. Irelations with the Tories did not survive the General Election. What Lord Salisbury might have done could he have formed a Government with Parnell's help must remain a matter ofces, naturally antagonistic, but held together by tho attractive personality and iron will of a great com-* Tho mauifeHto appeared November 21.d, the end that anyd