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

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The Life Of

William Ewart Gladstone


John Morley

In Three Volumes Vol. III.

(1890 1898)


George N. Morang & Company, Limited

Copyright, 1903

By The Macmillan Company


Book VIII. 1880 1885 Chapter I. Opening Days Of The New Parliament. (1880) Chapter II. An Episode In Toleration. (1880 1883) Chapter III. Majuba. (1880 1881) Chapter IV. New Phases Of The Irish Revolution. (1880 1882) Chapter V. Egypt. (1881 1882) Chapter VI. Political Jubilee. (1882 1883) Chapter VII. Colleagues Northern Cruise Egypt. (1883) Chapter VIII. Reform. (1884) Chapter IX. The Soudan. (1884 1885) Chapter X. Interior Of The Cabinet. (1895) Chapter XI. Defeat Of Ministers. (May June 1885) Chapter XII. Accession Of Lord Salisbury. (1885) Book IX. 1885 1886 Chapter I. Leadership And The General Election. (1885) Chapter II. The Polls In 1885. (1885) Chapter III. A Critical Month (December 1885) Chapter IV. Fall Of The First Salisbury Government. (January 1886) Chapter V. The New Policy. (1886) Chapter VI. Introduction Of The Bill. (1886) Chapter VII. The Political Atmosphere. Defeat Of The Bill. (1886) Book X. 1886 1892 Chapter I. The Morrow Of Defeat. (1886 1887) Chapter II. The Alternative Policy In Act. (1886 1888) Chapter III. The Special Commission. (1887 1890) Chapter IV. An Interim. (1889 1891) Chapter V. Breach With Mr. Parnell. (1890 1891) Chapter VI. Biarritz. (1891 1892) Chapter VII. The Fourth Administration. (1892 1894) Chapter VIII. Retirement From Public Life. (1894) Chapter IX. The Close. (1894 1898) Chapter X. Final. Appendix Irish Local Government, 1883. (Page 103) General Gordon's Instructions. (Page 153) The Military Position In The Soudan, April 1885. (Page 179) Home Rule Bill, 1886. (Page 308) On The Place Of Italy. (Page 415) The Naval Estimates Of 1894. Mr. Gladstone's Cabinet Colleagues. (Page 525) Chronology Footnotes

BOOK VIII. 1880 1885

Chapter I. Opening Days Of The New Parliament. (1880)

Il y a bien du factice dans le classement politique des hommes. GUIZOT.

There is plenty of what is purely artificial in the political classification of men.


On May 20, after eight and forty years of strenuous public life, Mr. Gladstone met his twelfth parliament, and the second in which he had been chief minister of the crown. "At 4.15," he records, "I went down to the House with Herbert. There was a great and fervent crowd in Palace Yard, and much feeling in the House. It almost overpowered me, as I thought by what deep and hidden agencies I have been brought back into the midst of the vortex of political action and contention. It has not been in my power during these last six months to have made notes, as I would have wished, of my own thoughts and observations from time to time; of the new access of strength which in some important respects has been administered to me in my old age; and of the remarkable manner in which Holy Scripture has been applied to me for admonition and for comfort. Looking calmly on this course of experience, I do believe that the Almighty has employed me for His purposes in a manner larger or more special than before, and has strengthened me and led me on accordingly, though I must not forget the admirable saying of Hooker, that even ministers of good things are like torches, a light to others, waste and destruction to themselves."

One who approached his task in such a spirit as this was at least impregnable to ordinary mortifications, and it was well; for before many days were over it became perceptible that the new parliament and the new majority would be no docile instrument of ministerial will... Continue reading book >>

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