Letters of Queen Victoria; A Selection from Her Majesty's Correspondence Between the Years 1837 and 1861, Published by Authority of His Majesty the King Volume 3

Letters of Queen Victoria; A Selection from Her Majesty's Correspondence Between the Years 1837 and 1861, Published by Authority of His Majesty the King Volume 3

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... Lord Grey wrote--" I am much obliged to you for the manner in which you have asked my assistance in performing the task confided to you by Her Majesty. "I am not insensible to the danger of the present crisis, or to the duty it imposes on public men, of giving any aid in their power towards forming an Administration which may command respect. I am also aware that the settlement of the important political questions, on which we have differed, has removed many of the obstacles which would formerly have rendered my acting with you impracticable. Upon the other hand, upon carefully considering the present state of affairs and the materials at your disposal (especially in the House of Commons) for forming an Administration, and that all the political friends with whom I have been connected, would probably be opposed to it, I do not think it would be either useful to you or honourable to myself that I should singly join your Government." Mr Gladstone wrote--" I am very sensible of the importance of the vote taken on Friday, and I should deeply lament to see the House of Commons trampled on in consequence of that vote. The honour of the House is materially involved in giving it full effect. It would therefore be my first wish to aid, if possible, in such a task; and remembering the years when we were colleagues, I may be permitted to say that there is nothing in the fact of your being the Head of a Ministry, which would avail to deter me from forming part of it. "Among the first questions I have had to put to myself in consequence of the offer, which you have conveyed to me in such friendly and flattering terms, has been the question, whether it would be in my power by accepting it, either alone, or in concert with others, ...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 431g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236966619
  • 9781236966612