A Chapter of Autobiography

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Сторінка 28 - The political association in which I stood was to me, at the time, the alpha and omega of public life. The Government of Sir Robert Peel was believed to be of immovable strength. My place, as President of the Board of Trade, was at the very kernel...
Сторінка 17 - I have very seldom," he writes in reply to Mr. Gladstone, " been more gratified than by the very kind note which I have just received from you. Your book itself, and everything that I heard about you, though almost all my information came, — to the honour, I must say, of our troubled times, — from people very strongly opposed to you in politics, led me to regard you with respect and good will, and I am truly glad that I have succeeded in marking those feelings.
Сторінка 17 - In these lacerating times one clings to anything of personal kindness in the past, to husband it for the future, and if you will allow me I shall earnestly desire to carry with me such a recollection of your mode of dealing with the subject; inasmuch as the attainment of truth, we shall agree, so materially depends upon the temper, in which the search for it is instituted and conducted.
Сторінка 10 - Change of opinion, in those to whose judgment the public looks more or less to assist its own, is an evil to the country, although a much smaller evil than their persistence in a course which they know to be wrong. It is not always to be blamed. But it is always to be watched with vigilance ; always to be challenged, and put upon its trial.
Сторінка 11 - It remains indeed their business, now and ever, to take honour and duty for their guides, and not the mere demand or purpose of the passing hour ; but honour and duty themselves require their loyal servant to take account of the state of facts in which he is to work, and, while ever...
Сторінка 18 - I am very glad to find that we do not differ so widely as I had apprehended about the Test Act. I can easily explain the way in which I was misled. Your general principle is that religious non-conformity ought to be a disqualification for civil office. In page 238 you say that the true and authentic mode of ascertaining conformity is the Act of Communion. I thought, therefore, that your theory pointed directly to a renewal of the Test Act.
Сторінка 27 - Peel were not merely tentative ; but that, as it was right they should, they indicated a fixed intention. The choice before me, therefore, was, to support his measure, or to retire from his Government into a position of complete isolation, and what was more than this, subject to a grave and general imputation of political eccentricity. My retirement, I knew, could have no other warrant than this: that it would be a tribute to those laws which, as I have urged, must be upheld for the restraint of...
Сторінка 63 - But an establishment that neither does, nor has her hope of doing, work, except for a few, and those few the portion of the community whose claim to public aid is the smallest of all : an establishment severed from the mass of the people by an impassable gulf, and by a wall of brass...
Сторінка 61 - I make an appeal to the history of the last thirty years. During those years, what may be called the dogmatic allegiance of the State to religion has been greatly relaxed ; but its consciousness of moral duty has been not less notably quickened and enhanced.

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