Life, Letters, and Diaries of Sir Stafford Northcote, First Earl of Iddesleigh - Vol. 1

Life, Letters, and Diaries of Sir Stafford Northcote, First Earl of Iddesleigh - Vol. 1

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Life, Letters, and Diaries of Sir Stafford Northcote, First Earl of Iddesleigh - Vol. 1

Life, Letters, and Diaries of Sir Stafford Northcote, First Earl of Iddesleigh - Vol. 1

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In an age when biographies are so commonly written, when even the least distinguished lives are commemorated, there need be no excuse for a Life of Sir Stafford Northcote. His career shows how much a man may do, who has neither commanding genius, nor is born to great place, nor is animated by the restless eagerness of ambition. A country gentleman of no large fortune, of a family not illustrious though ancient, a politician without rancour or guile, a gentleman innocent of self-seeking, he reached almost the highest place in the service of his country; he discharged, as leader of the House of Commons, quite the most laborious functions in the world of politics; he smoothed, in his degree, the most complete and rapid of political transitions; he lived without a stain, and he died without an enemy. No common character could have achieved all this, and yet no critic would call his character strange, unusual, beyond the course of nature. In truth he carried the common excellences and virtues to . . .

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