1843 started dramatically. On 21 January Edward Drummond, the Premier’s secretary, was murdered by the crazy Daniel McNaughten, in mistake, it appeared, for Peel himself. Many were inclined to blame the League. ‘The more we hunt out these Leaguers, the viler vermin we shall find them …’, Croker told Graham, recalling Bayley’s words.1 In February Bright advised Cobden that
Peel is fearful and wavering. Thy attacks must be upon him — give him all the responsibility — he can’t long bear up under it….
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