Arthur James Balfour, First Earl of Balfour, K.G., O.M., F.R.S., Etc - Vol. 1

Arthur James Balfour, First Earl of Balfour, K.G., O.M., F.R.S., Etc - Vol. 1

Arthur James Balfour, First Earl of Balfour, K.G., O.M., F.R.S., Etc - Vol. 1

Arthur James Balfour, First Earl of Balfour, K.G., O.M., F.R.S., Etc - Vol. 1

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My respectful thanks are due to His late Majesty the King for access to the Royal Archives, and for gracious permission to use documents which could only be published by leave from the Sovereign.

Help in the preparation of this book has come from many quarters, and in many different forms besides the loan of letters. I cannot attempt to thank by name all those to whom I owe gratitude. Among them are many friends and political colleagues of the late Lord Balfour's from whom I have sought information or advice, and never sought in vain.

The preliminary toil of arranging the vast mass of material was immeasurably lightened by the help of Mr. Gerald Spicer, C.B., late of the Foreign Office. In the final revision of the book I drew upon the inexhaustible patience and kindness of Professor L. B. Namier of Manchester University.

The Chapter on Lord Balfour's philosophical work which forms an Appendix to the Second Volume of this Biography was written by the late Professor Pringle Pattison.

Lord Balfour, during his last illness, said that he knew of no man to whom he would rather entrust the task of commenting on his metaphysical standpoint than this lifelong friend and brother philosopher. I was therefore deeply grateful to Professor Pringle Pattison for undertaking the work. Unfortunately his own death prevented him from quite finishing the paper, or revising it for press. It has been printed just as he left it.

1ROLAND GARDENS, S.W.7, LONDON.

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