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Feb'y 25, 1826 I cannot deny myself the satisfaction of telling you how much we were all pleased with Lord Howick's address to the Freeholders on Tuesday. And I have no hesitation in saying that it was in matter and manner all that his best friends cou'd have wished. He probably was not heard at a great distance, but his voice appeared to me so clear and distinct that with a very little practice he may without difficulty address a numerous Assembly in the open air. My client, Mr. Beaumont, observed to me (what was very true) that Lord Howick was the only one of the speakers who was received with anything like enthusiasm. And the result certainly proved that he best deserved it. Both the candidates seem to be very nearly exhausted and I think it is impossible to say who is the most likely to succeed. It seems perfectly clear that Mr. Bell has the much stronger interest and that his previous canvass alone has enabled Mr. Liddell to contend with him. Have the goodness to make my best Comp'ts to Lady Grey. P.S. Mr. Williamson, the Assessor, and I are obliged to go to Newcastle tonight but as we understand that both parties mean to bring down the London voters, we expect to be obliged to return early on Monday morn'g.