Lord Melbourne

Lord Melbourne

Lord Melbourne

Lord Melbourne

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"By the'way," once wrote York Powell, "I like Melbourne much; the more I read of him and by him the more he delights me; very human, very sane, very wise and no cant at all." Melbourne has been sketched for this generation in Chapter III of Mr. Lytton Strachey Queen Victoria; the present volume is an attempt to supply the further information about him which readers of that work will assuredly desire. I hope that it may be regarded rather from the biographical than the historical standpoint, difficult though it must be to keep the two sides apart with a man who was Prime Minister for nearly seven years of an important period of English history. Melbourne has, I venture to think, been underrated as a statesman; none the less, it is certainly as a man rather than as a statesman that he is of special interest.

The sources upon which I have drawn are given at the end; they are mainly printed sources with a little MS. Of special importance is the volume, Lord Melbourne's Papers, published in 1889 by Messrs. Longmans, Green & Co., to whom my grateful acknowledgments are due for the permission accorded me to quote from it. The lateMr. Lloyd Sanders edited these papers . . .

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