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assure me that such a promise will secure the cordial and thorough support of the Irish voters, and without such promise, whatever else is said, many will abstain, and may possibly, under Bishop Vaughan's influence, go to the other side.'
Another Liberal wrote, on April 6 :
'I have had a long talk with S-----and J------
to-day. They are both against any promise to the Irish faction, but I feel a promise will be necessary if
you are to win.9 Ultimately S------and J------agreed
that it was * necessary' for Kay to make the * promise/ in order 'to win/
j------himself wrote, oddly enough, on this very
6th of April, saying: ' I understand that the Irish vote is so large that it would be necessary for the Liberal candidate to support Mr. Butt's motion for an nquiry on the subject of Home Eule. Of course I do not know Mr. Kay's views, but I have no doubt that this difficulty can be overcome.'
On April 12 another Liberal wrote: ' I think Mr. Kay should go in for the inquiry into Home Eule. I got that up with Mr. Butt at the Manchester election, and the Tory, Mr. Powell, swallowed it. If it will get the Catholic vote I think Mr. Kay should sv/allow it too. It means nothing, and I got it up with Mr. Butt for that very reason.'
Mr. Kay did promise to vote for an inquiry, with the approbation of the party managers. But he lost the election. Then the Liberals were, forsooth, scandalised, and ascribed his defeat to 'Home Eule crotchets.' 'London and other newspapers at a distance,' wrote a Salford Liberal, ' may attribute the defeat to the concession to Home Eule. . . . How is it that this burning zeal for putting down Home Eule