Lord Palmerston - Vol. 1

Lord Palmerston - Vol. 1

Lord Palmerston - Vol. 1

Lord Palmerston - Vol. 1

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In what Palmerston called 'the stagnant pool of history' his own figure takes up almost undue space. He was unconscionably long in dying, and unconscionably active in living. He was born before the American constitution saw the light, yet survived the Civil War. He was a minister five years before Napoleon laid down his power at Fontainebleau, a minister for three years after Bismarck came into power at Berlin, and a minister for all but about ten of the years that lay between. During those years his attitude was a factor in almost every political issue of real importance which sought solution in England; his pen and voice influenced a remarkable number of developments in five continents. His pen especially. He shed letters and memoranda, official and private, until even now there seems to be no end to them.

These things doubtless explain why so few lives of Palmerston have been written. Mr. Guedalla's beautifully executed and quite indispensable portrait has so far shared the field with almost nothing save a brief biographical sketch in The Queen's Prime Mnisters series, and a fivevolume example of the mid-Victorian 'official' type of biography, a running commentary on such letters as two admiring co-workers and friends were minded to publish. It seemed to me, then, that there was room for a new study, traversing matters for which Mr. Guedalla had no space, and of which the 'official' biographers could not or would not speak. And I decided that I should try in particular to find out how Palmerston regarded the issues which he faced, rather than how he handled them. There was fresh material to be had on every side.

One of my troubles has been that there is far too much . . .

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