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For his remuneration, an attorney usually claimed a commission on all sales and purchases. 5 The infrequency and brevity of the attorney's visits enhanced the position of the overseer, who had usually begun life as a bookkeeper and was paid a fixed salary. He operated the estate, with bookkeepers and tradesmen executing his orders. " Clearly, these were arduous and important responsibilities, and much depended on the overseer's education, skill, temper, and habits. 6 This system of management excited criticism.
Furthermore, in Horsham the control of this valuable piece of political property by the Irwin family was being contested by the Duke of Norfolk, a Whig, who was the lord of the manor. 30 Palmerston agreed to pay the Irwins the current asking price of four thousand guineas (while the duke was willing to sell to a fellow Whig for the lesser sum of four thousand pounds). The four thousand guineas bought Palmerston the seat for the life of one Parliament, if he was elected. There was also a clear understanding that, in return for an advance, the costs of fighting any challenge would be borne by the Irwins and that full payment would not be expected until Palmerston was securely seated.
Cheap government and freer trade were regarded as fundamental to the capitalist expansion, which guaranteed strength and promised social stability. 41 Goulburn attended the House faithfully and was soon placed on the Election Committee. He also exercised the right to attend any private committee and to vote on any matter that was referred to it. He intended at this early stage in his career to keep a meticulous record and explanation of every vote he cast, but this resolution proved to be as transitory as those made every new year.