William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, and the Growth and Division of the British Empire, 1708-1778

William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, and the Growth and Division of the British Empire, 1708-1778

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William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, and the Growth and Division of the British Empire, 1708-1778

William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, and the Growth and Division of the British Empire, 1708-1778

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There is no good biography ofLord Chatham; The History of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, published in 1827 by the Rev.Francis Thackeray , and the Anecdotes collected byAlmon the Printer, are both of them fragmentary and erratic. The former served as a text for Lord Macaulay's famous essays, which are the most spirited accounts of Chatham's career. In Mr.Lecky History of England in the Eighteenth Century there is a sketch of Chatham's life, and I desire to acknowledge the obligation which every writer on this period must owe to that great work. The Correspondence of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, edited by the executors of his son, exasperates the student by its omissions, but is none the less a valuable collection. It is to be hoped that the full correspondence will one day be given to the world. I have to thank Lord Lansdowne for permitting me to use some volumes of his Manuscripts, and Lord Edward Fitzmaurice, M.P., for valuable suggestions, and for the great courtesy and kindness with which he has assisted me. The period is peculiarly rich in political memoirs, and I have given references to the . . .

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