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525.: ricardo to grote1 - 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 grote1
My dear Sir,—
I am sure I need not say to you that your observations on my conduct in Parliament respecting the two important questions which have lately been under discussion,4 have given me great pleasure. The approbation of such as you is the only reward which I expect for doing my duty, and amply recompenses me for my poor exertions for the public good.
Believe me ever, my dear Sir, Very truly yours,
P.S.—I have seen Mr. Maberly; he agrees to Friday the 16th.
[1 ]Incomplete. From The Personal Life of George Grote, by Mrs. Grote, London, Murray, 1873, pp. 42–3. Mrs. Grote gives the date as ‘March, 1823’, which however disagrees with the postscript, for in 1823 the 16th was a Friday only in May. Cp. also the following extract from a letter of Mrs. Grote to G. W. Norman, dated 30 May 1823: ‘We had two very pleasant little dinners in “Threddle” [the Grotes’ house in Threadneedle Street, over the banking house] last week. Mr. Ricardo was of the first, together with Messrs. Mill and Maberly. We lauded Mr. R. for his two speeches on Reform and free discussion, and backed his courage to persevere in delivering similar sentiments on future opportunities. We breakfasted there some days afterwards (which I agreed to do rather than dine). It happened to be the morning of the Westminster dinner [23 May 1823; see above, V, 484] and George “prompted” him upon most of the topics which he put forward at the dinner. Place says at least fifty people, additional, went, on purpose to hear Ricardo speak.’ (From Posthumous Papers, edited by Mrs. Grote, ‘for private circulation’, London, 1874, pp. 24–5.)
[2 ]Probably William Leader Maberly (1798–1885), radical M.P. for Northampton, one of the original members of the Political Economy Club.
[3 ]‘To dine with Mr. and Mrs. George Grote’, notes Mrs. Grote.
[4 ]See Ricardo’s speeches in Parliament on freedom of the press, 26 March, and on parliamentary reform, 24 April 1823.