Life and Letters of the First Earl of Durham, 1792-1840 - Vol. 2

Life and Letters of the First Earl of Durham, 1792-1840 - Vol. 2

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Life and Letters of the First Earl of Durham, 1792-1840 - Vol. 2

Life and Letters of the First Earl of Durham, 1792-1840 - Vol. 2

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Everything with the Russians is colossal rather than well pro portioned, audacious rather than well planned; and if the and is not attained, it is because they overshoot it.--Madame de Staël

1835

Durham's friendliness towards France--Peel's Ministry--The Marquis of Londonderry and the British Embassy Russia--The Melbourne Government and Durham's exclusion from it--Durham appointed Ambassador to Russia--A visit to Athens--An audience of the Sultan-- Journey through Russia to the capital--The question of the Russian occupation of Constantinople--Death of Lady Frances Ponsonby-- Attacks on Russia by the English Press--Russia's sources of weakness --Fête at the Winter Palace--Durham's relations with the Tsar.

DURHAM was not left in any doubt as to the popular verdict up and down the kingdom on his speeches in the north. The Radicals in every town and village were delighted, and even Whigs of the more cautious school were forced to admit the eloquence and courage which marked them. Sir John Bowring and Sir Henry Bulwer were both in Paris at the moment, and their letters to him show in what high esteem he was held, as a statesman, in France. No public man of that period was more anxious than Durham, as his speeches show, to bring about a close commercial alliance between this country and France. He used to say that, if he was in power, it would be one of the foremost objects of his . . .

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