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The following report is taken from the Edinburgh Review of December 1828; the Review reproduced reports from other newspapers.
A rumour is in circulation, which we give as we have received it, by no means vouching for its accuracy, but on the other hand, with a knowledge that it has been for some days prevalent in well-informed circles. It is this — that within the last fortnight or three weeks, a difference of opinion arose, relative to a proposed parliamentary arrangement of the Catholic question, between the Duke of Wellington and Mr Peel, which, though it embraced no feeling on either side calculated to lead to personal disunion, was such as to induce the latter to offer to resign rather than be an obstacle in the way of his Grace's measure. The Duke is represented to have urged, that rather than the country should lose the services of Mr Peel, he would himself give was, and return to his former station as commander-in-chief. The rumour we allude to goes on to state, that, with a view to this latter arrangement, Lord Sidmouth was proposed to succeed the Duke at the head of the Administration; and that this accounts for the intercourse which has undoubtedly been going on of late between the Duke of Wellington and that nobleman. It is added, however, that the difference in question was afterwards accommodated; and that there only remains now the long-vacant office of Privy Seal to fill up.
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