'Show me an Irishman and I'll show you a man whose anxious wish it is to see his country independent of Great Britain.'
GENERAL WELLESLEY returned to his duties in Hastings, but his eyes were now firmly set on that more imposing stage on the Continent which Lord Longford had rather doubted he would ever ascend. His brother, the Marquess, however, now returned from India, was in much need of his family's support in the House of Commons where he was under sustained attack from the Member for Newtown who was intent upon blackening Wellesley's name and record as Governor-General in India. This disputatious Member was James Paull, the dapper little son of a Scottish tailor who had done very well for himself as a merchant in India where he had fallen foul of the Governor-General. The Marquess's brother William had been Member for Queen's County since 1801; but William needed support in his defence of the reputation of the family which, if lost, would damage the prospects of them all. So Sir Arthur offered himself as candidate for Parliament at Rye and was duly elected, after paying for much wine and many dinners for the electors and their wives and families, and contributing £50 to the 'Poor in lieu of Garlands etc., etc.' 1
In Parliament he staunchly defended his brother against the accusations of Mr Paull, and when Paull widened his charges to include condemnation of the behaviour in India of the 'indiscreet Knight of the Bath', he firmly defended himself, asserting roundly that 'what he did in India was in obedience to the orders he had received; and for the manner of that obedience, and its immediate result, he was ready to answer whether to the House or to any other tribunal in the realm'. 2
Throughout the session he was regular in his attendance at the House and could often be seen walking with brisk step across St James's Park. He spoke upon Indian affairs when called upon to do so and occasionally upon military matters, once warmly supporting a proposed