The Speaker Volume 3

The Speaker Volume 3

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...that he was not persona grata to the Colonists is ludicrously incorrect. He had the sense and courage to extricate himself from a quarrel with New Zealand, which he had inherited from his four predecessors; and when he exchanged to the Foreign Office, the AgentsGeneral of the great self-governing Colonies took the then unprecedented step of assembling to express to him their regret at parting with him. When he returned to the Colonial Office, sixteen years later, they again united in greeting him, but his second term of Colonial service was brief and uneventful--a large part of the time being spent in bed, owing to the worst attack of gout he ever had. He signalised his entry into the Foreign Office by telling the House of Lords a guileless tale, which has passed into the commonplace of history as illustrating the ineptitude of British diplomacy. Having walked across Downing Street to ask Lord Hammond's permission to stay a day or two longer at the Colonial Office, that autocratic functionary graciously permitted him to do so, on the ground that in all his long experience he had never known such a lull in foreign affairs. A few hours later Sir Austin Layard was to telegraph from Madrid that the Spaniards had offered their crown to a Prince of the House of Hohenzollern; and in a fortnight Germany and France were locked in their deadly struggle! But the speech was by no means so inept as it seems. There had been an unexampled lull in foreign affairs. It was only ended by the very event which had summoned Lord Granville to the Foreign Office. Lord Clarendon was a power in Europe whose influence made for peace. He occupied (for a singular reason) a unique position in the eyes of Spanish Monarchists. Had his life been prolonged the Spanish crisis...show more

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  • Paperback | 1000 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 50mm | 1,746g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236616448
  • 9781236616449