'Last week the Mob were roaming, hooting, abusing your father, now they are cheering him again.'
THE DUKE'S VICTORY had not been achieved without casualties. He had had to dismiss the furiously Protestant, ultra Tory Attorney- General, Sir Charles Wetherell; he had been harangued in speeches in the Lords, in letters and in newspaper articles by Thomas Burgess, the zealous old Bishop of Salisbury; 1 he had made an inveterate enemy of the Duke of Cumberland who, the following year, made plain his dislike of Wellington at a dinner in Windsor Castle by ostentatiously turning his glass upside down when his health was proposed; 2 and he had had to contend with Lord Eldon, the reactionary Lord Chancellor who had declared that the moment a Roman Catholic sat in Parliament, 'the sun of Great Britain would be set' and who presented himself at Windsor Castle with armfuls of petitions from people of the same opinion. 3 The Duke had also had sharp differences of opinion with Lord Anglesey who, as Lord-Lieutenant in Ireland, had had cause to complain of the Duke's reluctance to keep him informed of his changing attitude towards Roman Catholic relief. Lord Anglesey had, so the Duke believed, been on terms of too familiar intimacy with members of the Irish Catholic Association. Having allowed a letter from Phoenix Park to the Archbishop of Armagh, in which he admitted to differences with the Duke, to appear in the press, Anglesey had been summarily recalled from Dublin. 4
In addition the Duke had had to deal with two other vehemently Protestant peers, the ninth Earl of Winchilsea and the fourth, ultra Tory Duke of Newcastle, who proposed leading the members of the London and Westminster Protestant Society in a march upon Windsor Castle in the manner of Lord George Gordon, the procession of whose Protestant Association had precipitated the fearful Gordon Riots in London in 1780.