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262.: warburton 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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warburton to ricardo1
18. Cadogan Place. July 8. 1818
My Dear Sir,
I return you many thanks for the loan of the enclosed2 which Whishaw has transmitted to me. Not knowing whether you have left town, I have sent my servant with it to Brook St., with orders to take it to the post if you are at Gatcombe.—
I hope that one of the wishes expressed by Smith, will be gratified; and that you will succeed in finding a seat in the ensuing Parliament; the Elections upon the whole seem to have prospered, and you would find yourself in rather better company than was assembled there during the last session. The feeling which seems to prevail through the country is the natural consequence of the cessation of war, with the prosecution of which, while it lasted, the whole attention of the people was occupied, all other matters appearing dull and uninteresting. The great exertions that have been made to improve the education of the people will soon begin to tell, and I really believe that the popular cause will receive great accession of strength in the next few years.
I understand that in spite of the insecure tenure by which a seat would be held owing to the King’s advanced age, that the usual price, £5000, has been given for being returned during the continuance of the Parliament. I would advise you, if you have not secured a seat, and give up the thoughts of finding one at present, to be already upon the look out for one in the next Parliament; the present is not likely to endure more than 2 or three years.—
M. Binda is gone to join Count Palmella1 at Paris, and expects to sail to the Brazils in the course of the summer; he will however first return to this country. Pray make my Compts to Mrs. Ricardo, and
Believe me, Yours truly
[1 ]Addressed: ‘David Ricardo Esqre / Gatcombe Park / Minching Hampton / Stroud / Gloucestershire’. Not passed through the post. Presumably Ricardo had not yet left London (see above, p. 274), and it was delivered to him in Brook Street by Warburton’s servant.
[2 ]Probably a letter from Thomas Smith who was travelling on the Continent.
[1 ]The leader of the Constitutional Party in Portugal.