Historical Sketches of the House of Stanley and Biography of Edward Geoffrey, 14th Earl of Derby

Historical Sketches of the House of Stanley and Biography of Edward Geoffrey, 14th Earl of Derby

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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. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...If it were possible, which he thought it was not, to form a protectionist Government, they wouhl be separated from that section of the party which had adhered to Peel, but in opposition both actions would again rally, forgetting past differences, and in the Upper House following as readily as before, thu Duke's lead, so long as he was able and willing to give them the benefit of his counsel and guidance. To this letter the Duke replied that the stage was clear and open for Lord Stanley, but that for himself he had in a recent communication to the Queen put an end to any hope that he would again accept the position of Prime Minister, and that in his opinion Lord Stanley ought to assume the station and exercise the influenco which he (the Duke) had so long possessed in the House of Lords. The result was as Lord Stanley had predicted. Lord John Russell became the head of a Government, and con tinued in office-for the long period of six years. In th- discussion of all the various questions thatarose during that period Lord Stanley took a conspicuous part. The most remarkable debate was that originated by a resolution of Lord Stanley condemning the pressure which Lord Palmerston had put upon Greece to avenge the fancied wrongs of a miserable Maltese merchant who had been maltreated by an Athenian mob. Lord Stanley brought into play his full power of wit and sarcasm, and gave Lord Palmerston's conduct of foreign affairs the name of the Don Pacifico policy, by which it was ever afterwards known. The resolution was carried in the House of Lords, but there was a Mipisterial majority in the Lower House, and it was not received there with the same favour. As an 'historic incident, it may be mentioned that during the...show more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236628322
  • 9781236628329