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He pointed out to the British cabinet that if they wished to avoid governing Ireland on 'a garrison principle', if they wished Ireland to 'prove a resource rather than a burden ... an effort must be made to govern it through the public mind'. He left again for Ireland, convinced that the question of Emancipation would now be taken up in earnest. Indeed, so convinced was he of the political security afforded by the Union that he opposed those cautious souls who felt that some offices of state should still be denied to Catholics, even in the Act of Emancipation.
This new office was far more to Castlereagh's taste than the Board. He had taken an enthusiastic interest in military matters in Ireland, and had devoted increasing attention to the affairs of Europe. At an early stage of the French Revolutionary Wars he had perceived, as Pitt had ! P. Guedalla, The Duke (1931), pp. 109, 114. S. G. P. Ward, Wellington (1963), pp. 32-33,42-43. C. i. 100. Castlereagh 48 not, that financial weakness would not necessarily cripple the French war effort. He had welcomed the experiment of peace with Napoleon's France in 1802, though he had done so with a wary eye to the future.
The Directors of the Court thought as traders and shippers, not as empire builders. Add to this the immense delays in communication, and the difficulty of understanding the problems of India at so great a distance, and the decisions of 1805 become less surprising. The opinions of Arthur Wellesley are also worth recording at this point. His doubts concerning some of his brother's objectives have already been noted. It is true that he poured scorn on Castlereagh's ideas of March 1804 for a defensive strategy against the Marathas, but after the intensive campaigning and victories of 1803-4 he agreed that British India was no longer in danger, that there had been enough war and the time had come to see what good faith, 1 Cambridge History oj tke Britisk Empire, iv.
Castlereagh by C. J. Bertlett (auth.)