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to vote for him, but to vote for him against your opinions (much cheering) and in favour of opinions which he had always drilled you to distrust. (Loud cheers). That was a scène, I believe, unprecedented in the House of Commons. Indeed, I recollect nothing equal to it, unless it be the conversion of the Saxons by Charlemagne, which is the only historical incident that bears any parallel to that illustrious occasion. (Great cheers and laughter). Ranged on the banks of the Rhine, the Saxons determined to resist any further movement on the part of the great Caesar; but when the Emperor appeared, instead of conquering he converted them. How were they converted? In battalions — the old chronicler informs us they were converted in battalions and baptised in platoons. (Roars of laughter). It was utterly impossible to bring these individuals from a state of reprobation to a state of grace with a celerity sufficiently quick. When I saw the hundred and twelve fall into rank and file, I was irresistibly reminded of that memorable incident on the banks of the Rhine. (Loud cheers).

W. F. Monypenny and G. E. Buckle, Life of Disraeli. 6 vol. London. 1910—20.