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questions for themselves, and had courage to assert their individual convictions against
popular opposition, were needed, as it seemed to me, in Parliament, and I did not think
that Mr. Bradlaugh's anti-religious opinions (even though he had been intemperate in the
expression of them) ought to exclude him. In subscribing, however, to his election, I did
what would have been highly imprudent if I had been at liberty to consider only the
interests of my own re-election; and, as might be expected, the utmost possible use, both
fair and unfair, was made of this act of mine to stir up the electors of Westminster against
me. To these various causes, combined with an unscrupulous use of the usual pecuniary
and other influences on the side of my Tory competitor, while none were used on my
side, it is to be ascribed that I failed at my second election after having succeeded at the
first. No sooner was the result of the election known than I received three or four
invitations to become a candidate for other constituencies, chiefly counties; but even if
success could have been expected, and this without expense, I was not disposed to deny
myself the relief of returning to private life. I had no cause to feel humiliated at my
rejection by the electors; and if I had, the feeling would have been far outweighed by the
numerous expressions of regret which I received from all sorts of persons and places, and
in a most marked degree from those members of the liberal party in Parliament, with
whom I had been accustomed to act.
Since that time little has occurred which there is need to commemorate in this place. I
returned to my old pursuits and to the enjoyment of a country life in the south of Europe,
alternating twice a year with a residence of some weeks or months in the neighbourhood
of London. I have written various articles in periodicals (chiefly in my friend Mr.
Morley's Fortnightly Review), have made a small number of speeches on public
occasions, especially at the meetings of the Women's Suffrage Society, have published
the Subjection of Women, written some years before, with some additions [by my
daughter and myself,] and have commenced the preparation of matter for future books, of
which it will be time to speak more particularly if I live to finish them. Here, therefore,
for the present, this memoir may close.