VOL. 4D Summary of Contents. Political and personal correspondence. Parliament and government administration: whigs move towards formation of a Government; apply parliamentary pressure. Lord Melbourne's illness and JR's leadership. Opposition to Peel budget. Corn laws: speculation on Tory moves; question of rate of duty. Jews disabilities: proposed legislation. Composition of House of Lords. Poor Law abuse: Lord William Russell's report on a Bucks village. Lord Palmerston's correspondence: his views on the slave trade and France; Lord Ellenborough and India; Lord Howick's "ultra free trade doctrines" [fs. 36-40]; Irish affairs; metropolitan police etc. Considers emigration not to be a remedy for over-population and unemployment. Correspondence: JR; Joseph Parkes; Lords Clarendon; Howick; Brougham; Campbell; Lansdowne; Aberdeen; Ashley; David Salomons; H. Tufnell; Charles Greville; H.G. Ward. Legal: prison reform and transportation. Lord Wharncliffe's plea for Pentonville men not to be sent to Tasmania (Van Diemens hand). Defence: Duke of Wellington's memorandum (Sept. 1845). Ireland: Daniel O'Connell and repeal. Questions of franchise; payment of R.C. clergy and the Pope's attitude; appointment of a Catholic chancellor; railways; land tenure; education. Bishop of Meath denies bigotry, among Irish bishops. Divisions on Maynooth bill. Correspondence: JR; Lords Bessborough, Palmerston, Duke of Leinster D.O'Connell; D.R. Pigot; Bishop of Meath and others. Foreign affairs: France: danger of war over right of ships' search. Guizot's standing. British naval dispositions. Correspondence: Lords Minto, Palmerston and others. Foreign affairs: Italy: Lord Aberdeen denies knowledge of Bandiera brothers' expedition from Corfu. Education: schools in Covent Garden; national schools. Correspondence: Lords Kinnaird, Palmerston. Royal household: staff appointments. Personal: JR's Edinburgh Review articles: Correspondence: MacVey Napier, editor Personal: Thomas Moore to write Revd Sydney Smith's life; JR's interest. Correspondence: Mrs Catherine Smith, widow. Personal: Bedford Papers: correspondence: Sir Denis Le Marchant Personal: Deaths of Lords Grey and Spencer. Death of Lady Holland: JR her executor.