The Gladstones: A Family Biography 1764-1851

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 30, 1971 - History - 448 pages
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This full-scale study of the Gladstones, one of the most interesting and best documented families of nineteenth-century Britain. It centres on the formidable figure of John Gladstone and on his famous son. John made his fortune by trading in the difficult conditions of the revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. As a major slave owner he was deeply embroiled in the troubles of the West Indies and in the debate on slavery. He played an important role in the new trade with the East and, as an urban and agricultural developer and sponsor of the railway age, he hastened the coming of urban-industrial society. His manipulation of the pre-reform electorate of Liverpool and his relationships with Canning, Huskisson and the politically ambitious northern businessmen are revealing of the politics of the time.
 

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Contents

John Gladstones 176487
10
The life of a Liverpool corn dealer 17879
16
The American adventure 178990
22
The widower and the provost of Dingwalls daughter 1800
38
Politics and parenthood 180612
48
THE LIVERPOOL MERCHANT PRINCE l8l222
57
the last phase 181215
71
The Gladstones at Seaforth House 181522
82
The leaving of Liverpool 182930
222
Politics and business by post
227
William at Oxford and Westminster
239
Slave emancipation
263
THE AGED SCOTTISH LAIRD AND HIS POLITICIAN
277
his wooing and his writing 1833
296
India and China the coolie system railways 183340
316
Family investments and advice to Sir Robert Peel 18416
329

Canning as protege 181222
99
John Gladstone and Canning on the nations needs 181222
109
Shipowner trader planter and philanthropist 181522
119
Eton and Glasgow Colleges and the navy
129
AMBITIONS PERSONAL AND PARENTAL 182230
141
Frustration illnesses and the tragedy of Anne 18229
162
Railroads charities politics and fortune 18229
172
Sugar and slaves in the West Indies 18239
185
William at Eton and Oxford 18229
201
William Ewart Gladstone as Peels lieutenant 18416
344
The ancient baronet 184651
357
The dissolving family
375
The making of Mr Gladstone
381
Two Polonius letters
407
Bibliography
417
Index
427
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