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MR. DISRAELI ON THE RESULT OF THE ELECTIONS. The three newly-elected members for Bucks were entertained at dinner on Wednesday, at the Swan Hotel, Newport Pagnell, by their constituents. Mr. Disraeli, in the course of a speech of considerable length, observed: I cannot see myself that the result of the present election, so far as it has yet gone, is one which should cause any diminution of confidence in the great Conservative party in the country, and if we calmly consider the matter, I think I shall be able to offer reasons for that opinion. I will take a large aLd general view of the subject; accepting the returns of our opponents, I have no hesitation in saying that the Con- servative party in the new Parliament, when it meets, will not be inferior in numbers to the numbers that sup- ported .Lord Derby after the general election of 1859 (cheers). Let us admit, for argument's sake, that our opponents gain twenty members in these elections. Well, if they gain twenty you will find really that the state of parties is much the same when Parliament has met, and when the House of Commons has fallen into shape, to what it was when Parliament was dissolved. There are such things as petitions. These must an be decided on. By this time next year, when the House of Commons has fallen into its natural and legitimate shape, I believe it will be found that the position of parties is almost identical, so far as numbers are concerned, with what it was in the last Parliament. Considering that the Liberal party have been, for many years, in one form or another, in a position of authority; considering that the present Government has itself had the advantage of all the patronage of the country for the last six years; considering that the administration (I have never denied it) has been an able and successful administration, it is wonderful that under such circumstances a Conservative and constitutional opposition should be returned amount- ing to nearly 300 members. Gentlemen, the very case of the Government proves that there must be some strong reason for this. The English people know that there are principles afloat advocated by persons of talent and authority, hostile to the institu- tions of the country, though not openly avowed by the ministry. The people of this country, by their unerring instinct, know that the advocates of these opinions, which are hostile though not avowedly hostile, to the existing institutions, are the allies of the very Government which, while not openly sanctioning, recognises and sympathises with them in those principles and opinions. It is the unwisest thing men can do to" undervalue their opponents. The supporters of the present administration tell us, "It is absurd to say the institutions of the country are in danger." It is very well to say that our insti- tutions are not in danger. But on whom does the present or any Liberal Government more mainly de- pend than on Mr. Bright ? "c Mr. Bright is a man such that it were the greatest folly in the world to depre- oiate his abilities, or to look on his position as one of inferior quality, Mr. Bright is a member of the Heuse of Commons, who, as an orator and a man of great energy and determination, is second to no one. Mr. Bright tells us with the greatest candour and clear- ness what his particular opinions are, and what is the policy which he not only thinks the country ought, to pursue, but which, if the present administration continues a little longer in power, will ultimately be pursued. He never conceals his objects. He wants to change the tenure of laud in this country, Why, the tenure of land is the vital principle of society, and from that our institutions have drawn their specific character. Mr. Bright tells us, I am opposed to ecolesiastical institutions, and I hope to see the day when they shall be put an end to." Mr, Bright is opposed to the law of primogeniture; he holds it to be the duty of an English ministry to effect the complete emancipation of the land of England from the laws which govern it. Mr. Bright never conceals his opinions. His opinions, conceived in conscience, will be propagated with energy and recom- mended by unrivalled eloquence. Observe the posi- tion of Mr. Bright. Mr. Bright, in the last Parliament, was isolated. But Mr. Bright BOW is surrounded in the present House of Commons by a considerable body of members—men of talent, energy, and eloquence, which will make him a very considerable power. Do you think that any Government, because it calls itSblf Liberal, can keep Mr- Bright, the head of such a party, like a servant in the pantry, or waiting in the hall, while they are on the Treasury benches and in places of authority. It is quite impossible. It is, I am confident, from the instinct Englishmen have, that there is danger of this kind ahead, that we have this large Conservative opposition elected to Parliament. And it when Parliament meets we find an opposition numerically scarcely less, and which practically and ?r j j. ,1Ile8.s far better combined, I think we should be yielding to a panic for whioh there is no foundation, if we were to entertain for a moment the opinion that the power and influence of the Conservative party in this country are di- minished by the elections. On the contrary, I say it has been increased and confirmed, and that considering the circumstances under which the elec- tions take place, we have gone through the trial with undiminished energy and marvellous resources. The result of these elections to the Conservative party is one which ought to make them proud. If we had ob- tained a small increase of numbers we might have ob. tained the Government of the country, but we could not have maintained it witaout a decided majority. The Government have gained they say fifteen, they may have gained twenty, seats. It is my opinion .ha,t when Parliament meets and is properly settled into shape, there will be a Conservative party acting thoroughly in unison, not inferior in numbers to that which in the late Parliament eertainly, by the ad- mission of all parties, exercised a most important con- trol over the conduct of the Government That I be- lieve is a state of things which ought to encourage all those who are endeavouring to preserve the con- stitution in Church and State, and I am sure that if the spirit which animates this county be maintained, no danger to the institutions which we love and vene- rate can ever occur (loud cheers). "The Health of the Duke of Buckingham" was afterwards given and responded .to, and the assembly shortly afterwards broke up. ♦ J

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