George Canning

George Canning

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...his prerogatives. In this matter Canning held the authority of Parliament to be supreme; and he gave a general support to the restrictions proposed by the Government, not as a matter of right, but, as Pitt had done in 1788, on general grounds of expediency. As a matter of fact, the fears of the Tories were somewhat idle. The Prince's Liberalism had been no more than a pose; and the less than half-hearted support which he had received from his Whig friends, in his opposition to what he considered an invasion of his rights, served as a decent excuse for a change of front which would, in all probability, in any case have followed his accession to sovereign power. His attempt to oust the Perceval Administration, by commissioning Huskisson to form a Ministry, broke down on the latter's refusal to serve unless Canning were given a portfolio; for Canning was a friend of the unfortunate Princess of Wales, and to show sympathy with her was to forfeit the goodwill of her husband. The Regent, in fact, soon found that he could live on comfortable terms with his courtly Tory advisers; the Perceval Ministry continued in office; and when, in February, 1812, the hopelessness of the King's illness was recognised, and the Regency made permanent, the Government no longer thought it necessary to restrict the Regent's authority. The Perceval Administration fell, not owing to any ill-will of the Regent, but to an irresponsible crime. As early as February, indeed, it had been weakened by the resignation of Wellesley, the only real statesman in the Cabinet, on the ground that he was thwarted by his colleagues in his policy of pressing the war in the Peninsula; and before his place could be filled, it came to an end with the assassination of the Prime Minister in the...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236614828
  • 9781236614827