A History of Modern England - Vol. 2

A History of Modern England - Vol. 2

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A History of Modern England - Vol. 2

A History of Modern England - Vol. 2

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The battle before Kars on the 29th of September was the last of the war, unless the capture of Kinburn can be called a battle. The fall of Kars on the 28th of November was the final event in the sphere of action, as distinguished from the sphere of diplomacy. However disastrous in itself, it predisposed the mind of the Czar to peace, inasmuch as it was something to set off against the humiliation of Sebastopol. The elation caused in France by the triumphant capture of the Malakoff gave a powerful stimulus to the general desire for peace now dominant among the French people. Peace was for the first time in the air, and even Lord Palmerston felt its influence, as he showed in various ways. On the 22nd of October, while the fate of Kars was still in suspense, died Sir William Molesworth, who had succeeded Lord John Russell as Secretary of State for the Colonies. He “belonged,” as his biographer, Mrs. Fawcett, says, “to the race of heroic invalids.” At the age of forty-five he had obtained the post for which he was best fitted, and acquired the right of fostering those free British communities whose independence he had done so much to promote. Within four months he died. Lord Palmerston took the strange course of offering the place to Lord Stanley . . .
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