The last time the question was brought forward, by Grattan, was in 1819, and he was defeated by a majority of only two.
A vote of £50,000 had been passed to purchase an estate for Grattan.
To sit at the same table with Grattan, who would not think it a memorable honour, a red letter day in the almanac of his life?
When Grattan made that proposal, he found himself faced with new forces.
Grattan holds the centre of College Green, a dominating figure near those walls which he filled with stately eloquence.
If those had been the only powers Grattan might have defeated them.
Mr. Grattan, too, has taken all the Low Countries to himself, and the literature of their life belongs to him.
It is doubtful whether the Catholics alone could have wrecked Grattan's Parliament.
He began the work which Grattan and the volunteers completed—yet he was an Englishman and no lover of Ireland.
The speeches of Grattan were collected and his memoirs written by his son.