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The Life of William Ewart Gladstone (Vol 2 of 3)   By: (1838-1923)

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The Life Of

William Ewart Gladstone


John Morley

In Three Volumes Vol. II.

(1859 1880)


George N. Morang & Company, Limited

Copyright, 1903

By The Macmillan Company


Book V. 1859 1868 Chapter I. The Italian Revolution. (1859 1860) Chapter II. The Great Budget. (1860 1861) Chapter III. Battle For Economy. (1860 1862) Chapter IV. The Spirit Of Gladstonian Finance. (1859 1866) Chapter V. American Civil War. (1861 1863) Chapter VI. Death Of Friends Days At Balmoral. (1861 1884) Chapter VII. Garibaldi Denmark. (1864) Chapter VIII. Advance In Public Position And Otherwise. (1864) Chapter IX. Defeat At Oxford Death Of Lord Palmerston Parliamentary Leadership. (1865) Chapter X. Matters Ecclesiastical. (1864 1868) Chapter XI. Popular Estimates. (1868) Chapter XII. Letters. (1859 1868) Chapter XIII. Reform. (1866) Chapter XIV. The Struggle For Household Suffrage. (1867) Chapter XV. Opening Of The Irish Campaign. (1868) Chapter XVI. Prime Minister. (1868) Book VI. 1869 1874 Chapter I. Religious Equality. (1869) Chapter II. First Chapter Of An Agrarian Revolution. (1870) Chapter III. Education The Career And The Talents. (1870) Chapter IV. The Franco German War. (1870) Chapter V. Neutrality And Annexation. (1870) Chapter VI. The Black Sea. (1870 1871) Chapter VII. "Day's Work Of A Giant". (1870 1872) Chapter VIII. Autumn Of 1871. Decline Of Popularity. (1871 1872) Chapter IX. Washington And Geneva. (1870 1872) Chapter X. As Head Of A Cabinet. (1868 1874) Chapter XI. Catholic Country And Protestant Parliament. (1873) Chapter XII. The Crisis. (1873) Chapter XIII. Last Days Of The Ministry. (1873) Chapter XIV. The Dissolution. (1874) Book VII. 1874 1880 Chapter I. Retirement From Leadership. (1874 1875) Chapter II. Vaticanism. (1874 1875) Chapter III. The Octagon. Chapter IV. Eastern Question Once More. (1876 1877) Chapter V. A Tumultuous Year. (1878) Chapter VI. Midlothian. (1879) Chapter VII. The Eve Of The Battle. (1879) Chapter VIII. The Fall Of Lord Beaconsfield. (1880) Chapter IX. The Second Ministry. (1880) Appendix Footnotes

[Frontispiece: Portrait of Gladstone.]

William Ewart Gladstone; from a painting by Sir J. E. Millais, P.R.A, in the National Gallery.

BOOK V. 1859 1868

Chapter I. The Italian Revolution. (1859 1860)

Rarely, if ever, in the course of our history has there been such a mixture of high considerations, legislative, military, commercial, foreign, and constitutional, each for the most part traversing the rest, and all capable of exercising a vital influence on public policy, as in the long and complicated session of 1860. The commercial treaty first struck the keynote of the year; and the most deeply marked and peculiar feature of the year was the silent conflict between the motives and provisions of the treaty on the one hand, and the excitement and exasperation of military sentiment on the other. GLADSTONE.(1)

This description extends in truth much beyond the session of a given year to the whole existence of the new cabinet, and through a highly important period in Mr. Gladstone's career. More than that, it directly links our biographic story to a series of events that created kingdoms, awoke nations, and re made the map of Europe. The opening of this long and complex episode was the Italian revolution. Writing to Sir John Acton in 1864 Mr. Gladstone said to him of the budget of 1860, "When viewed as a whole, it is one of the few cases in which my fortunes as an individual have been closely associated with matters of a public and even an historic interest... Continue reading book >>

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