A History of the Tory Party, 1640-1714

A History of the Tory Party, 1640-1714

A History of the Tory Party, 1640-1714

A History of the Tory Party, 1640-1714

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The continuous history of the original Tory party, which may be said to have disappeared in 1714, has not yet been written. The great British masters of this period--Hallam, Lingard, Macaulay, Lecky--approached the subject from a very different standpoint. On the Continent Mazure, Ranke, and Klopp touched upon it only as part of a much greater whole. Special monographs, such as Mr. Roylance Kent Early History of the Tories, or Salomon's brilliant work on the last ministry of Queen Anne, deal, on the contrary, only with sections of the party's history.

To supply an introduction to that history, viewed as a whole is the primary purpose of this book, but I hope it may have a secondary use in breaking here and there some of the preliminary ground which is still to be cultivated by students of our political biography; for we are still without modern authoritative studies of Clarendon, Danby, Shrewsbury, Sunderland, Nottingham, and Harley--to name only men in the first flight.

Within the time at my disposal, I have been able to explore only a part of the boundless field of material, printed and manuscript, which faces students of the late seventeenth century, and my debt to the great writers mentioned above, as to others, will be apparent to those who have worked on the period. But I have (after 1660) based my study throughout on the original sources, and where possible endeavour to provide a second check by using unprinted material.

If, in pursuing the narrow and elusive thread of a single party's development, I appear to ignore matters of permanent . . .

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