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SPENCER PERCEVAL, ESQ.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 1831,
THE FIFTH NIGHT OF THE DEBATE ON
THE REFORM BIL L.
LETTER TO THE ELECTORS OF NEWPORT.
“ Two of these Members thought proper to insult their constituents, the
“ The Honourable Gentleman is thankful that God has permitted him
J. HATCHARD AND SON, 187, PICCADILLY.
GENTLEMEN, I have the honour to request your acceptance of copies of a speech, which I made in the House of Commons, as your representative, upon Lord John Russell's motion for leave to bring in the Reform Bill. It was stated in the House, not long after, that in this speech I had insulted my constituents. I was not present when that observation was made: but I lost no time in asking the honourable member who made it, to inform me what part of my speech he thought, upon reflection, justified his having used that expression. He replied that he alluded to no particular passage; but to the general tenor of the speech : and that he meant to say the speech insulted the understandings of my constituents and of the country. I should have been very sorry if the charge could