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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 37

Judgment, not Opinion: A true Re-presentative

Judgment, not Opinion: A true Re-presentative.

I Did not content myself with theory; I had recourse to practice. On every case that arose I returned to my constituents, and called for a public expression of their judgment, according to which I should vote. When they said to me, "We elected you, and we trust in you," I answered, "I will not be trusted in; I am your servant, and it is your duty to form your judgment yourselves upon each particular case."

I made no distinction between elector and nonelector: I looked to the borough. I was not slow to tell them that page 65 their opinion was of no worth, but that it had to be made of worth by substituting for it judgment, of which the sign is unanimity. They were ready enough to perceive that this was the method of reforming not Parliament but England.

(Urquhart, M.P. for Stafford.)