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CONTENTS OF VOL. V.
CONDUCT OP THE MINORITY,
PARTICULARLY IN THE
LAST SESSION OF PARLIAMENT.
THE DUKE OF PORTLAND AND
HIS GRACE THE DUKE OE PORTLAND.
MY DEAR LORD, —The paper which I take the liberty of sending to your Grace was, for the greater part, written during the last session. A few days after the prorogation some few observations were added. I was, however, resolved to let it lie by me for a considerable time, that, on viewing the matter at a proper distance, and when the sharpness of recent impressions had been worn off, I might be better able to form a just estimate of the value of my first opinions.
I have just now read it over very coolly and deliberately. My latest judgment owns my first sentiments and reasonings, in their full force, with regard both to persons and things.
During a period of four years, the state of the world, except for some few and short intervals, has filled me with a good deal of serious inquietude. I considered a general war against Jacobins and Jacobinism as the only possible chance of saving Europe (and England as included in Europe) from a truly frightful revolution. For this I have been censured, as receiving through weakness, or spreading through fraud and artifice, a false alarm. . Whatever others may think of the matter, that alarm, in my mind, is by no means quieted. The state of affairs abroad