Eminent Persons, Biographies Reprinted from the Times Volume . 4

Eminent Persons, Biographies Reprinted from the Times Volume . 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... ago. Honesty and capacity in a member are with some of small value in comparison with the suppleness which enables him to turn his back upon himself when a great political leader changes his mind and his course." In November he repeated the same charge, applying it more definitely to "clubs and political associations," which, he said, "mainly support Mr. Gladstone on the Irish question; a year ago they would have repudiated any candidate who was in favour of a Dublin Parliament." In later letters he formulated more precisely his principal objections to a Home Rule policy--namely, that it ignored the interests of two million Loyalists; that it was advocated and paid for by the enemies of England in the United States; that it would infallibly lead to separation, to the injury of England and the ruin of Ireland. Mr. Bright was especially interested in the articles of the Times on "Parnellism and Crime," and throughout his prolonged last illness he continued to express the keenest interest in the proceedings of the special Commission. To Mr. Arthur Elliot Mr. Bright wrote in October 1887: "Mr. Parnell's right hand clasps the hand of Mr. Gladstone on this side of the Atlantic, and with the other he maintains a fraternal greeting with the gang in New York by whom outrage and murder were and are deemed patriotism in Ireland, and who collect the funds out of which more than half the Irish party in the Parliament at Westminster receive their weekly and monthly pay to insult the Speaker and to make useful legislation impossible." Mr. Bright was not afraid of supporting the Crimes Act, regarding it as a painful necessity and as the only means by which government could continue to exist in the face of...show more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236763106
  • 9781236763105