The Life, Letters, and Friendships of Richard Monckton Milnes: First Lord Houghton - Vol. 2

The Life, Letters, and Friendships of Richard Monckton Milnes: First Lord Houghton - Vol. 2

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The Life, Letters, and Friendships of Richard Monckton Milnes: First Lord Houghton - Vol. 2

The Life, Letters, and Friendships of Richard Monckton Milnes: First Lord Houghton - Vol. 2

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Disappointment of Milnes at his Father's Refusal of Peerage -- R. P. Milnes's Account of House of Commons -- Miss Nightingale's Description of Milnes -- Close of Crimean War -- Visit to Paris -- Leigh Hunt -- George Hudson -- The Search for Sir John Franklin -- Milnes asked to Stand for Manchester -- Stays at Guizot's Country-house -- The Indian Mutiny -- Visit to De Tocqueville -- Death of R. P. Milnes.

IN the opening chapter of this biography the story has been told in brief of the life of Mr. Pemberton Milnes, and mention has been made of the fact that in February, 1856, he received from Lord Palmerston the offer of a peerage. His refusal of that offer without consultation with his son, and for reasons which seemed to the latter to be altogether inadequate, though it led to no estrangement between the two, was none the less distasteful to Richard Milnes. Perhaps the reader who has followed the course of this narrative to the present point will find himself better able to sympathise with Milnes's disappointment at his father's action than when he read of the incident in the introduction to my story. The . . .

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