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1820 Feb. 4
Radicalism not dangerous

III Experience
II Ireland

After? Charlemont & Hardy
for and against Reform

N.B. They depended upon Charlemont plea for nullifying it
Hardy 281

§. . Mr Hardy a friend to parliamentary reform, but like all other
Whigs an enemy to the only mode in which it would be productive
of any good, and the only means by which it could by any
possibility be effected.

(Ao 1782 Nov. 29. pp. 268 269)
Hardy p.279. Their decision (that of the House of Commons )
t by which because Flood had been attending the Convention they refused have to bring in the Bill moved by Ld him)
"was as judicious as spirited. Had it acted otherwise, the reform
then urged might have been called a parliamentary, but its only
proper denomination would have been a military reform; (a) and
(a) a conclusive objective
against whatever it would
have done in favour principally of
the people, none at all
so long as what it did
operated in favour of the

what that is, had former ages been as silent as they are instructive
(b) Note b
(b)Instructive in so far
as they shew the necessary
hostility of aristocracy as
well as monarchy to the
interest of the people perfectly
silent as to all danger
from democratic ascendency
under any
state of things bearing any
the least resemblance to that
happy state of things which Mr
Hardy has been describing
to us, the termination of
which is the object subject of his
justification and applause,
and we may conclude
was among the objects of
his endeavours under
the auspices of his noble
patron and friend.

on the subject, the dread series of events which have taken
place, since the days of the Convention, (c) has most fatally promulgated
to the world.

Note (c)
(c). and among the chief original and chief authors of which doomed events may
be rationed those whose treachery were employed in putting on and to
those happy days, namely worridly Lord Charlemont, and not to speak of Mr Grattan and Mr Hardy.

+ Copy in p.289 to "unimpaired"

But if the timid acquiescence of
"the House, in the Decrees of the Convention, had then
"established a precedent for submission, and left to the
"Commons neither name nor authority of any sort,
"however we might for ever deplore its imbecility,
"we can not, on the other hand, applaud its almost
"continued existence, during a variety of subsequent
"and tranquil periods, to the question of reform when
"used as constitutionally as ably. That reform required
"indeed all the aid which the wisest, and best
"senators could give to it; and had it been calmly,
"judiciously and timely adopted, though it could
"not have averted every evil from this kingdom, the
"measure of our misfortunes would, in all probability,
"have been much less, and our own legislature
"remained unterrified and unimpaired.

Identifier: | JB/137/344/001
"JB/" can not be assigned to a declared number type with value 137.



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