The Life of Frederick Lucas, M. P, Vol. 2 of 2 (Classic Reprint)

The Life of Frederick Lucas, M. P, Vol. 2 of 2 (Classic Reprint)

ISBN: 1331864429

ISBN 13: 9781331864424

Publication Date: September 27, 2015

Publisher: Forgotten Books

Pages: 500

Format: Paperback

Author: Edward Lucas

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Excerpt from The Life of Frederick Lucas, M. P, Vol. 2 of 2
The Meath election being over, Lucas wrote a letter to Mr. Riethmuller, the following extracts from which will show with what feelings, and under what difficulties, in his own estimation, he was about to enter Parliament. He says: -
"I go into the House of Commons to stand, I fear, very nearly alone, a member of an unpopular minority, an unpopular member of that minority, and disliked even by the greater number of the small party with which I am to act, and having cast upon me in a prominent manner the defence of the two noblest causes in the world - that of a religion which requires great learning to defend properly, and that of the most illtreated and (in all essential qualities of heart and character) the noblest population that ever existed on the face of the earth. I am very poorly and hurriedly describing to you what it is that weighs me down. But I think you will understand me. You talk of Burke and O'Connell; and indeed to do adequately what I ought to do would require a Burke or an O'Connell - that is, a man who, in an assembly of really able men, can stand alone, on his own resources and character, against every opposition from within and from without. I think my own course is the one I shall follow, and that you will disapprove.
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