The Marquis of Salisbury

The Marquis of Salisbury

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...uses expressions of the bitterest sarcasm in reference to the whole matter, speaks of "the candid answer which his Lordship of Salisbury made," and is scarcely to be recognised as the genial editor with whose writings we are charmed to-day. Mr. H. W. Lucy in his "Diary " writes thus: "July 19, 1878. Lord Derby, it is said, intends to move that, in recognition of a recent incident in the House of Lords, a familiar proverb shall henceforth be quoted 'Cum grano Salis-bury.'" Indeed, it is not difficult to find endless criticisms of Lord Salisbury's words, all of them suggesting that he descended for once from his high standard of truth and honesty. But there are at least three things to be said on the other side. The first two must be mentioned, though it is with the third that we are principally concerned here. In the first place, then, the words were in a certain sense true. The Government had given no authority for the publication of the agreement; the very agreement itself might fall to pieces should the Berlin Conference fail; hence it was not inaccurate to say that the statement was "unauthentic," and, if unauthentic, then it did not deserve the confidence of the House. But too much stress need not be laid upon this, as it may be allowed that the reply was at all events misleading. Secondly, there is the line of defence which is so ably taken by Mr. Traill, viz., that there was "in the Minister's view a paramount public necessity, a national and international need of concealing the fact that any negotiations had taken place at all.... The question he says is one which lies outside the ordinary ethics of private conduct, and belongs to the casuistry of public duty.... For my own part, I do not...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236604431
  • 9781236604439