Chambers's Encyclopaedia; A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People Volume 7

Chambers's Encyclopaedia; A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...of Chancellor of the Exchequer that of First Lord of the Treasury. He was retained in power by the Prince of Wales on his accession to the regency. On the llth May 1812, about 5 P.M., as P. was entering the lobby of the House of Commons, a man named Bellinghani tired a pistol at him, the ball pierced his heart, and he instantly expired. The assassin made no attempt to escape. He was a Liverpool broker, trading with Russia, who, having sustained some losses and injuries, which he had vainly applied to the government to redress, determined to avenge himself by taking the life of the prime minister. P.'s assassination shocked the public mind, and parliament hastened to make an ample provision for his widow and numerous family. His death was, however, rather a private than a public calamity. 'With all my respect for the virtues and excellences of the late minister, ' said the Marquis of Wellesley, who had held the office of Foreign Secretory in his administration, 'I still feel it my duty to say that I did not consider him a fit man to lead the councils of this great empire." He was ready in debate, a placid and not ungraceful speaker, and led the House of Commons with much tact; but he was superficial and intolerant. Sydney Smith, in his Letters of Peter Plymley, has conferred a species of immortality upon him by his wit and sarcasm. It was the fashion, when P.'s public policy was attacked, to laud his domestic virtues. 'Peter' said, if he had to choose between public and private virtues, he should prefer that Mr P.'owed for the veal of the preceding year, whipped his boys, and saved his country.' PERCH (Perca), a genus of acanthopterous fishes, of the family Percidce, to which it gives its name, and which includes many genera and a very great...show more

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  • Paperback | 736 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 37mm | 1,293g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236520874
  • 9781236520876