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have given me to-night one of those occasions
of supreme pride and pleasure that every now and
then come to politicians to make up for the checks and
disappointments to which inevitably they must be subject.
These addresses which have just been presented to me have
expressed to me in varying words the same message—a
message of your affectionate confidence, of your support, of
your approval of what I am trying to do. They tell me
that you are standing beside me in the fight that I am carrying
on, and have given me an encouragement and a stimulus
for which I cannot sufficiently express my gratitude. They
have pleased me all the more because they come from my
own friends and fellow-citizens who have known me since
I was a child, and who, when I come amongst them to-day,
still receive me as one of themselves. If there is one other
thing which has greatly enhanced their value to me, it is that
they have been handed to me and shared by my wife, to whom
I owe everything that a man can owe, a helpmate as perfect
in the political as she is in the domestic sphere. I thank you
from the bottom of my heart for your kindness and your trust,
and I can assure you that as long as I am permitted to carry on
my task it will be my constant endeavour to prove worthy
of your good will.. ..
" This is the time when young men's fancy lightly turns
to thoughts of Budget Day, when the Chancellor of the
Exchequer is accustomed to retire into his cell, there to fast
and pray and wrestle with the problems of taxation. He does
not emerge until that day when, amid the hopes and fears of
his fellow-countrymen, he opens his red box and discloses
secrets which he has so zealously guarded. But now, after six
years at the Treasury, I have handed over the responsibility
of that great office to the extremely competent hands of my
friend and colleague Sir John Simon. I only regret that when
Tcalled on him this morning he happened to be out, and I am