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244.: wakefield to ricardo1 - David Ricardo, The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, Vol. 7 Letters 1816-1818 
The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, ed. Piero Sraffa with the Collaboration of M.H. Dobb (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2005). Vol. 7 Letters 1816-1818.
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wakefield to ricardo1
Pall Mall December 24. 1817.
In reply to your letter of yesterday I have already been with Mr. Crosse and furnished him with the necessary instructions about Berrow.2
I do not know the price of plants at Bristol—but I apprehend they are no where so cheap as the Scotch ones. My friend Mr. Dickinson the member for Somersetshire has the last two or three years been planting largely—and he finds— that the best way—is the having his plants from Beck and Allen—and he has I know tried most of the nurserymen in his neighbourhood—he is a successful planter and I believe that no better method can be pursued—than that which he has adopted.
Mr. Kirkland3 has just left me—and I am glad to hear that Lord Portalington is in a hurry for his money—I told Mr. Kirkland—that if Lord Portalington’s Brother, Sir Henry Parnell4 member for the Queens County, would give me his word—that you should be returned at the next election for the Borough, that he should have the money which he wants for the security—and that I would subsequently pay him any sum which Mr. Grenfell or any equally respectable member of the House of Commons, should say was right.
Lord Portalington is in Ireland. Mr. Kirkland writes to him to night and expects his acquiescence to these terms— in the course of a fortnight the matter will be determined one way or other. I have not any confident expectation of buying Lord Oxford’s property for my son—but a few days will determine it—should I not—I shall then wish for Lord Portalington’s security for him.
I am Most faithfully yours
David Ricardo Esqre.
[1 ]MS in R.P.
[2 ]An estate which Ricardo had just arranged to buy, adjoining his property of Bromesberrow.
[3 ]See letter 238.
[4 ]See below, p. 346, n. 2.