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1819 Aug. 10
Preface or Generalia

Objection. This is but
Parliamentary Reform
in disguise

That this work is but an argu a Parliamentary Reform
work in disguise, and that therefore though in profession it is
so extensive in design it is thus narrow, is one objection
to which it will by many an eye be naturally enough regarded
as exposed.

In this observation there is indeed so much truth; that
if I recollect right it was by the contemplation of the subject
of Parliamentary Reform, and the peculiarly urgent
demand for such a work presented by that subject, that
the design of undertaking this work was suggested.

But as to the fallacies themselves, in my very earliest youth finding them opposing
it as some are
continually opposed to whatsoever arrangements were
newly proposed how unquestionable so ever the utility usefulness of them
appeared to me, the notice taken of them was taken long
before any such idea as that of parliamentary reform had
ever presented itself to my mind.

As to narrowness, even supposing the applicati
in regard to the exposure given of these fallacies, that the
applicability of such exposure extended not beyond the
subject field of parliamentary reform, not much with no great
degree of propriety could the imputation of narrowness be attached
to them on that score. For many arrangements
that are would in any consistent degree be serviceable to the
peoples universal interest, what are they the field of which
is not included in that of parliamentary reform? Scarce
any: for until parliamentary reform shall take place, nothing
of that eminently serviceable sort can reasonably be
expected to be done. The ruling few having being placed in a state
of hostility with the subject many the interest of the subject many being
in every part of the field
of political action sacrificed
to the interest of the
ruling few, nothing eminently
useful being capable
of being done without a cessation
of a part more or less iderable
of that sinister sacrifice, that sinister sacrifice not being capable of being diminished nor so much as stopped from continual augmentation increase by any thing but by parliamentary
reform, hence it is that in the question of parliamentary reform are involved in a manner all other questions.

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