Letter to a Noble Lord

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On the Attacks Made upon Him and His Pension in the House of Lords by the Duke of Bedford and the Earl of Lauderdale, by E. Burke, published 1796.

Burke retired from Parliament in 1794 and received a pension from the government of Pitt. This grant was criticized in the House of Lords, principally by the peers above named, as excessive in amount and inconsistent with Burke's own principles of economical reform. Burke replied in one of the greatest masterpieces of irony and feeling in the English language, comparing his own services to the state with those rendered by the duke of Bedford and his house, which had been the recipient of enormous grants from the Crown.

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