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Disraeli's early attempts to enter politics

From Lord Beaconsfield’s Correspondence with his Sister, 1832-1852, (ed. Ralph Disraeli :John Murray, 1886).

February 7, 1833

Went to the House of Commons afterwards to hear Bulwer adjourn the House; was there yesterday during the whole debate one of the finest we have had for years. Bulwer spoke, but he is physically disqualified for an orator, and, in spite of all his exertions, never can succeed . . . Heard Macaulay’s best speech, Sheil and Charles Grant. Macaulay admirable; but, between ourselves, I could floor them all. This entre nous: I was never more confident of anything than that I could carry everything before me in that House. The time will come.

April 28, 1835

I have just left the hustings, and have gained the show of hands, which no blue [Conservative] candidate ever did before. This, though an idle ceremony in most places, is of great account here, for the potwallopers of Taunton are as eloquent as those of Athens, and we gain votes by such a demonstration.

Wednesday night: April 30, 1835

There is no place like Taunton, not that I can win this time;... but come in at the general election I must, for I have promises of two-thirds of the electors. I live in a rage of enthusiasm; even my opponents promise to vote for me next time. The fatigue is awful. Two long speeches today and nine hours’ canvass on foot in a blaze of repartee. I am quite exhausted and can scarcely see to write.


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