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333 OILMILKS STEWART PARNELL [1882.
Mr. Chamberlain to Captain O'Shea
' April 17, 1882.
' MY PEAR Bin,—I am really very much obliged to you for your letter, and especially for the copy of your very important and interesting communication to Mr. Gladstone. I am not in a position, as you will understand, to write you fully on the subject, but I think 1 may say that there appears to me nothing in your proposal which does not deserve consideration. I entirely agree in your view that it is the duty of the (government to lose, no opportunity of acquainting themselves with representative opinion in Ireland, and for that purpose*, that we ought to welcome suggestions and criticism from every quarter, and from all sections and classes of Irishmen, provided that they are animated by a desire for good government and not by blind hatred of all government whatever. There is one thing must bo borne in mind —that if the Government and the Liberal party generally are bound to show greater consideration than they have hitherto done for Irish opinion, on the other hand, the leaders of the Irish party must pay some attention to public opinion in England and in Scotland. Since the present Government have been in office they have not had the slightest assistance in this direction. On the contrary, some of the Irish members have acted as if their object were to embitter and prejudice the English nation. The result is that nothing would be easier than at the present moment to get up in every large town an anti-Irish agitation almost as formidable as the anti-Jewish agitation in Russia. I fail to see how Irishmen or Ireland can profit by such policy, and I