Excerpt from The Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art, Vol. 34: July to December, 1881
IT is with feelings of unmixed pain and regret, we were going to say, that we record the death of the Earl of Bea consfield: but a truer appreciation at once suggests that there has been a glor ious close to a splendid career - felz'x appormm'z'az'e morz'z's stance in English history of a political leadership so long maintained. There is none in which greater qualities of sa gacity, independence of judgment, and tenacity of purpose have been exhibited. There is none in which a leader has been able to call forth at will such marked and increasing devotion from his followers. And notwithstanding that for twentymine out of the thirty-five years over which it has practically extended, it has been a leadership of a minority, Lord Beaconsfield's headship has been one of rare personal and political achievement. It is one of which the Tory party may well be proud, and to which English history as long as it endures will do homage.
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