British Prime Ministers of the Nineteenth Century

British Prime Ministers of the Nineteenth Century

British Prime Ministers of the Nineteenth Century

British Prime Ministers of the Nineteenth Century

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Students who are imbued with the idea of obtaining happiness progress for humanity by governmental activity need to beware lest they too easily fall prey to dogmas. The judgments of one generation are apt to give way to the judgments of another: individuals who learn by rote and accept without question the conclusions of any so-called school of thought will hardly give great assistance to the solution of the difficulties that beset society. Rather are they more likely to be helpful with suggestions if they have carefully examined the teachings, the experiments, and the experiences of leaders who have faced a wide variety of problems. Specifically, it is much less useful know what Gladstone's views were on a particular subject than to know the reasons that led him to those views. And the best way to learn those reasons is to let Gladstone speak for himself.

Selections which appear in these pages have been made with the thought that they express ideas general enough in their implications to be of interest even to the present, that they are related to historical developments which history volumes still emphasize, and that without serious cutting they represent rather completely the sentiments of the speakers and therefore convey to the reader the impression of the personality behind the speech in a way that shorter sections bearing upon a greater variety of topics would fail to do. Many of the speeches can be obtained elsewhere only with considerable effort. The writer feels justified, therefore, in presenting them in what he deems to be convenient form and with an introduction which, he hopes, may give the proper setting. He has felt that it is inadvisable to substitute consistency in spelling, capitalization, and punctuation for older usages which by the very lack of uniformity may appear to befit the speakers, the times, and the subjects of discussion.

The writer thanks two friends of long standing for performing the task of reading the manuscript and offering comments . . .

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