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493.: ricardo to hodgson1 - David Ricardo, The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, Vol. 9 Letters 1821-1823 
The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, ed. Piero Sraffa with the Collaboration of M.H. Dobb (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2005). Vol. 9 Letters 1821-1823.
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ricardo to hodgson1
London 30 March 1822
I am really very much concerned at being the cause of so much trouble to you. Your letter recd. this morning makes me fear that I was wrong in not speaking more decidedly in the first instance, on the subject of the approaching vacancy in the representation for Liverpool.2 Since I saw you I have consulted with a friend on the soundness of whose opinion I place great reliance, and his advice to me was to be contented with the position in which I was, and by no means to be induced by any ambitious views to aim at the representation of Liverpool.3 This advice agrees with my own judgement, and I therefore again repeat, what I said hastily in my note of yesterday, that I relinquish altogether every idea of becoming a Candidate. I thank you very much for the interest you have taken in my favour, but let me request you to consider my answer as a final one, given after due deliberation. If you knew me better you would be satisfied that I was unfit both for the contest, and for the dignity you would confer on me. You would, in case of my success, have the responsibility cast upon you of having been instrumental in giving to the town of Liverpool an inefficient representative.
With feelings of gratitude for your kind disposition toward me
I remain Dear Sir Very faithfully Yours
D. Hodgson Esqr
[1 ]MS in the possession of Lady Charnwood, to whom I am indebted for a transcript.
[2 ]Canning, the sitting member for Liverpool, had been appointed Governor-General of India. Although he never took up that post, he retired from Liverpool in the autumn (having become Foreign Secretary) as it was too laborious a constituency; ‘Huskisson was selected to succeed him as the only tory able to conciliate the Liverpool merchants, and after a hollow contest he was elected, 15 Feb. 1823’ (Dictionary of National Biography, art. Huskisson).
[3 ]Cp. the similar advice given by Mill on another occasion, above, VII, 110.