Recollections of a Long Life - Vol. 1

Recollections of a Long Life - Vol. 1

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Recollections of a Long Life - Vol. 1

Recollections of a Long Life - Vol. 1

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Lady Dorchester desires a short preface for the first volumes into which she has gathered a selection from her father's papers. These do not seem to require one, but obedience to just authority is the law of life.

Her father, John Cam Hobhouse, Lord Broughton, was a prominent character in the first half of the last century. He began as a staunch, almost fierce Radical; became by a natural process of evolution a Whig; and ended in the order of congruity as a peer. He was withal a sturdy, able, hard-working man; wrote books and good books; travelled and recorded his travels; held high office, and held it with conscience; was Secretary at War, Chief Secretary for Ireland, First Commissioner for Works, only for short terms; but was President of the Board of Control for twelve years, the renewal of his tenure from 1846 to 1851 being a marked approbation of his Ministry from 1835 to 1846. He invented the phrase "His Majesty's Opposition," and was . . .

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