Historical Sketches of Statesmen Who Flourished in the Time of George III - Vol. 3

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JOHN, FOURTH DUKE OF BEDFORD.

THE purpose of the following observations is to rescue the memory of an able, an amiable, and an honourable man, long engaged in the public service, both as a minister, a negotiator, and a viceroy,* long filling, like all his illustrious house, in every age of our history, an exalted place among the champions of our free constitution,--from the obloquy with which a licentious press loaded him when living, and from which it is in every way discreditable to British justice, that few if any attempts have, since his death, been made to counteract the effects of calumny, audaciously invented, and repeated till its work of defamation was

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He was in 1744, when thirty-four years of age, First Lord of the Admiralty, in which capacity he brought forward Keppel, Howe, and Rodney. In 1748 he became Secretary of State, and continued in that office till 1751. In 1756 he went to Ireland as Lord Lieutenant, and remained there with extraordinary popularity till 1761, when he was made Lord Privy Seal. Next year he went as Ambassador to Paris, and after his return was made President of the Council. He retained this office till 1766. He was in 1768 chosen Chancellor of the University of Dublin; and died in 1771. All who have ever spoken of this excellent person, with the exception of Junius, have praised his frank and honest nature, wholly void of all dissimulation and all guile; and have borne a willing testimony to the soundness of his judgment, as well as his unshaken firmness of purpose.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction. vii
  • Contents ix
  • The French Revolution. 1
  • Robespierre. 51
  • Danton. 72
  • Camille Desmoulins.--St. Just. 87
  • SiÉyes. 111
  • John, Fourth Duke of Bedford. 133
  • Earl Camden. 156
  • Lord Ellenborough. 198
  • Lord Chief Justice Bushe. 223
  • Thomas Jefferson. 237
  • Marquess Wellesley. 266
  • Lord Holland. 325
  • Appendix. 349
  • Erratum *
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