IRELAND: WILLIAM PITT TO THE DUKE OF RUTLAND, 7 October 17841
... I feel, however, notwithstanding the difficulty of deciding upon many of the delicate considerations which present themselves in the arduous business you have in your hands, that a plan must be concerted on all the points, and as far as possible adapted to all the contingencies that may happen, before the meeting of Parliament. The commercial points of discussion, though numerous and comprehensive, may certainly be ascertained and reduced to clear principles by diligent investigation. . . .
I own to you the line to which my mind at present inclines (open to whatever new observations or arguments may be suggested to me) is, to give Ireland an almost unlimited communication of commercial advantages, if we can receive in return some security that her strength and riches will be our benefit, and that she will contribute from time to time in their increasing proportions to the common exigencies of the empire. And having, by holding out this, removed, I trust, every temptation to Ireland to consider her interest as separate from England, to be ready, while we discountenance wild and unconstitutional attempts, which strike at the root of all authority, to give real efficacy and popularity to Government, by acceding (if such a line can be found) to a prudent and temperate reform of Parliament, which may guard against or gradually cure real defects and mischiefs, may show a sufficient regard to the interests and even prejudices of individuals who are concerned, and may unite the Protestant interest in excluding the Catholics from any share in the representation or the government of the country.
The propriety and practicability of this, as of everything else, must depend upon the actual temper and disposition of men's minds, and upon a full view of all relative circumstances, more, perhaps, than upon the abstract consideration of the thing itself. As such I do not state my opinion as finally formed, but I am anxious to state to you the present inclination of my mind, and to learn yours in return. You, who have the great task of executing any plan, are in a situation to suggest innumerable observations which my view of the subject cannot furnish me with. The sooner, upon full communication, we can ultimately decide, and set on foot all the operations with regard to the instruments and the detail by which any plan of one sort or other is to be effected, the better. . . .____________________