Front Page Titles (by Subject) 492a.: ricardo to thomas booth3 - The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, Vol. 11 General Index
The Online Library of Liberty
A project of Liberty Fund, Inc.
Search this Title:
492a.: ricardo to thomas booth3 - David Ricardo, The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, Vol. 11 General Index 
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.
About Liberty Fund:
Liberty Fund, Inc. is a private, educational foundation established to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals.
First published by Cambridge University Press in 1951. Copyright 1951, 1952, 1955, 1973 by the Royal Economic Society. This edition of The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo is published by Liberty Fund, Inc., under license from the Royal Economic Society.
Fair use statement:
This material is put online to further the educational goals of Liberty Fund, Inc. Unless otherwise stated in the Copyright Information section above, this material may be used freely for educational and academic purposes. It may not be used in any way for profit.
ricardo to thomas booth3
London 28 March 1822
I am very much obliged to you for the frank communication of your sentiments respecting the probability of success, if I were disposed to listen to Mr. Hodgson’s suggestion of becoming a candidate to represent in Parliament the town of Liverpool.1 With your means of information I cannot have the least doubt that the opinion you have formed is a correct one. If I were well disposed to enter into so fearful a contest, your letter would make me pause and hesitate, as on the whole it does not hold out much promise of success; but since I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Hodgson I have given the subject the most serious consideration, the result of which is that I must give up all thoughts of commencing a contest for which I am so unfit. I should be sacrificing my peace of mind for a considerable time for an object which I should not probably after all attain. I should be exchanging a seat of comparatively little trouble for one which would require constant attention, if I were to succeed. It is true that I should have the honour, which I know how to value, of representing a very important place, but I doubt whether I could be altogether as useful in my humble line, fettered as I should be by the particular views and opinions of my constituents, as I am now.
The reflection that Mr. Hodgson and a few of his friends thought so favourably of me as to be willing to give me their aid in elevating me to the rank of a representative of Liverpool will always be a source of satisfaction to me.
I remain Sir Your obedt. and humble Servt
[3 ]Addressed: ‘Thomas Booth Esqre / Foxteth Lodge / near / Liverpool’.
[1 ]See Ricardo’s letter to David Hodgson, declining the invitation to stand for Liverpool, above, IX, 182.