Lord Melbourne's papers (Google eBook)

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Longmans, Green, and co., 1889 - Prime ministers - 534 pages
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Page 87 - It must not be; there is no power in Venice Can alter a decree established: 'Twill be recorded for a precedent, And many an error by the same example Will rush into the state; it cannot be.
Page 83 - Laud be to God ! — even there my life must end. It hath been prophesied to me many years, I should not die but in Jerusalem ; Which vainly I supposed the Holy Land. — But bear me to that chamber ; there I'll lie ; In that Jerusalem shall Harry die.
Page 36 - December 1886 he was Chancellor of the Exchequer and leader of the House of Commons...
Page 261 - I will, however, tell you fairly that, in my opinion, you domineered too much, you interfered too much with other departments, you encroached upon the province of the Prime Minister, you worked, as I believe, with the press in a manner unbecoming the dignity of your station, and you formed political views of your own and pursued them by means which were unfair towards your colleagues.
Page 220 - Peers, and in these new and altered circumstances it is for your Majesty to consider whether it is your pleasure to authorise Viscount Melbourne to attempt to make such fresh arrangements as may enable your Majesty's present servants to continue to conduct the affairs of the country, or whether your Majesty deems it advisable to adopt any other course.
Page 210 - His friends and followers will try to delude you into making the offer by all sorts of representations of its being needed, of his being tired, of his being desirous of repose, and all this sort of stuff. Besides, if you were to gain him, to make him AttorneyGeneral for instance, you would only gain a master. Taking office would not shake his influence with the people of Ireland one jot. The people of Ireland are not such damned fools as the people of England.
Page 366 - Majesty the greatest possible service, making her acquainted with the mode and policy of the Government of this country, initiating her into the laws and spirit of the constitution, independently of the performance of his duty as the servant of Her Majesty's crown ; teaching her, in short, to preside over the destinies of this great country...
Page 426 - ... be mentioned in Parliament ; and was it •ordinary discretion not to wait until you learned whether it had been so mentioned, and what had been said by the Government upon the subject ? It is not fair to yourself, it is not fair to the Government, it is not fair to the important duty which you have undertaken to discharge, to array -and to enlist against yourself so great a mass of public feeling as you have done by the association with yourself and your government of this gentleman and of others...
Page 389 - Never, so long as he could help it, was the country to be disturbed by a row like the row over the Reform Bill. "Depend upon it," he said sharply to John Russell, "any advantage that can be gained is not worth the danger and evil of the struggle, by which alone it can be carried. . . . We shall only carry it by the same means as we carried the Reform Bill, and I am not for being the instrument or amongst the instruments of another similar performance!

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