RefNoRP/1/16
Alternative Reference numberRP/16
TitleWilliam Wilberforce to Samuel Roberts, written from near London (own hand)
DescriptionA very long letter about the lottery question. Refers to the debate in the Commons. Roberts would have been grieved at the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s arguments (a good man none-the-less). Writer fears reports in the papers will not give a just account of his own speech with which he himself is very dissatisfied. Thinks, however (to speak plainly) that Roberts’ forcible arguments are “likely to produce a state of mind unfavourable to your object”. Views on newspapers: the Courier has been abusing Wilberforce and his friends (Stephen and Macauley) freely. Mr Marryatt, their most active enemy is writing a pamphlet against “the Saints”. Intends to write something himself. Has never asked a favour of Government for a relation, but was his duty as MP for Yorkshire to bring to their notice merits of acquaintances in that part of England - Mr Marryatt’s abuse unjustified.

10 pages. (Bundle 3)
Date21 Mar 1817
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AccessStatusOpen
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