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The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, ed. Piero Sraffa with the Collaboration of M.H. Dobb (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2005). Vol. 11 General Index.
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ricardo to torrens1
London, Upper Brook St., 15 June, 1818, 5 o’Clock
My Dear Sir,
I have this moment returned home, and find your letter2 dated from the King’s Head Inn, Rochester (13th June) on my table.
Mr. Philips3 is in Sussex, attending his own election, and therefore he cannot be applied to attest that you are a fit and proper person to serve in Parliament,4 in time to be of any use to you,—but from my knowledge of Mr. Phillips opinion of you, I can attest that those are his sentiments, and if he were in town I am sure he would say that and much more in your favour. My own acquaintance with you entitles me to give it as my opinion that you would render great service to your country in the House of Commons. From your knowledge of Political Economy, your advice would be of essential use in all financial questions, and at present there appears to be a great dearth of that sort of talent amongst our legislators. It will give me great pleasure to hear of your success.
As High Sheriff for the County of Gloucester, I shall be obliged to leave town the latter end of the week, to preside at the election of members for that county.
I am sorry that I did not see your friend. I am, most truly yours,
[1 ]This letter was quoted by Torrens in an election speech in 1832, and printed in full in the Bolton Chronicle of 17 November 1832. It was discovered by Mr B. A. Corry and published by him in Economica, 1957, pp. 71–2.
[2 ]Torrens’ letter is not extant.
[3 ]Probably G. R. Phillips (as spelt three lines below), M.P. for Horsham.
[4 ]Torrens was contesting Rochester in the general election of 1818.