Memoirs of Sir Robert Peel

Memoirs of Sir Robert Peel

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Memoirs of Sir Robert Peel

Memoirs of Sir Robert Peel

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Character of Sir Robert Peel. -- His Entry into Public Life. -- His Father the first Baronet. -- His presentiment that he should be the founder of a Family. -- His Son's career at Harrow and Oxford. -- Sir Robert Peeland Lord Byron.

AT the period of the death of Sir Robert Peel, now more than six years ago, I felt an earnest desire to pay him my public homage, and to indicate what, in my opinion, would be his characteristic physiognomy and position among men who have governed their country. But it is difficult to speak of the dead, even of the best, in presence of the feelings which burst forth around their grave, and when it seems that they themselves are still present, and hear the words which are spoken about them. A sincere homage can be fittingly paid only at some distance from the tomb, when friendly and hostile passions have alike grown calm, but indifference has not yet commenced. I had, moreover, a personal motive for reserve. On the last . . .

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