Impact on Wellington's
Both Peel and Wellington paid a terrible price
for their decision to introduce Catholic
The Tory Ultras opposed the Bill and it was
only passed with support from Whig MPs.
The Ultras launched a campaign of abuse at
both Peel and Wellington.
Wellington challenged the Earl of Winchilsea
to a duel after one abusive attack in the
House of Lords.
The duel took place at
March 1829. When it came time to fire,
Wellington deliberately aimed wide and
Winchilsea fired into the air.
Winchilsea later wrote Wellington a groveling