I have for years attempted to maintain the exclusion of Roman Catholics from Parliament
and the high offices
of the State. I do not think it was an unnatural or unreasonable struggle. I resign it, in consequence of the conviction that it can be
no longer advantageously
maintained; from believing that there are not adequate materials or sufficient instruments for
its effectual and
permanent continuance. I yield, therefore to a moral necessity which I cannot control, unwilling to push resistance to a point which
might endanger the
Establishments that I wish to defend. … '
The Tory Ultras,
nick named Peel
'Lemon Peel' after
his conversation to
taken from Peel's speech to the House of Commons in 1829,
when he proposed the new law.