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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter IX. 1806-1807
Thomas Rawson to William Rawson, [May 1807]

Vol I. Contents
Chapter I. 1753-1781
Chapter II. 1781-1787
Chapter III. 1787-1792
Chapter IV. 1788-1796
Chapter V. 1795
Chapter VI. 1796-1799
Chapter VII. 1799-1805
Chapter IX. 1806-1807
Chapter X. 1808
Chapter XI. 1809-1810
Vol II. Contents
Chapter XII. 1811-1812
Chapter XIII. 1812-1815
Chapter XIV. 1816
Chapter XV. 1817-1818
Chapter XVI. 1819
Chapter XVII. 1820-1823
Chapter XVIII. 1824
Chapter XIX. 1825-1827
Chapter XX. 1827-1831
Chapter XXI.
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“It is with heartfelt concern that we have read your address, announcing your intention to withdraw yourself as a candidate for the representation of Liverpool.

“Impressed with a high respect for your talents and your virtues, confident in your abilities, and still more so in your integrity, we
invited you, the last autumn, to offer yourself as a competitor for that honour. At the expense of considerable sacrifices you complied with our invitation. Our joint efforts were crowned with the most brilliant success, and.you took your seat as one of our representatives in the great council of the nation.

“It is with pleasure that we discharge an incumbent duty in assuring you, that your conduct in that assembly meets “with our entire approbation. In most of the particulars of that conduct you expressed our unanimous sentiments, and in whatever cases any of us might differ from you in opinion, we paid cheerful deference to the purity of your motives. It was never our object to send into parliament a party agent, or an instrument of faction. Our honest ambition was, and is, to be represented by a man of undeviating honour, who would uniformly act according to the dictates of his conscience.

“Regarding you, Sir, as such a man, we have cherished an earnest desire that you should again yield your services to the independent burgesses of Liverpool, under the full persuasion that you retain the affectionate esteem of a great majority of your late constituents. We were not, indeed, insensible of the effects which had been produced by the misrepresentations of your opponents. But we were assured that a simple explanation on your part would have convinced
those who have been deluded by groundless clamour, that an enlargement of the royal prerogative entrenches not on the privileges of the sovereign; that your political friends, who comprise almost the whole body of the ancient nobility and gentry of the realm, can have no interest separate from the welfare of their country; that the enabling his Majesty to permit such of his Catholic subjects as he may think deserving of trust, to fight his battles, cannot possibly endanger the church establishment; and that the contest which now convulses the kingdom is not a struggle between the throne and a faction, but between honesty and peculation, between integrity and corruption.

“We are the more persuaded that these truths would have been brought home to the general feelings, from the unexampled attendance with which you were honoured on your arrival in Liverpool on Saturday last. As to the outrages which took place on that day, be assured we reflect upon them with mingled sensations of indignation and contempt. And we are confident that could you have been persuaded to authorise our firm but peaceable exertions in your favour, we should soon have demonstrated that the sense of the town is not to be ascertained by the chalk or the pen of the incendiary, nor its spirit by the clamour and violence of intoxicated ruffians.


“As, however, you have declined to accept our services, however cheerfully proffered, we pay reluctant deference to your decision, expresssing our warmest wishes for your health and comfort in your retirement, and assuring you that the concern which we cannot but feel on this occasion is much lessened by the prospect of your again residing amongst us, and gratifying us by the attentions of private friendship. “Signed on behalf of a most numerous and respectable meeting of Mr. Roscoe’s friends,

Thomas Rawson.”