CHARLES JAMES FOX, 1749-1806 Water colour by Lady Diana Beauclerk

THE BEGINNINGS

HOW did the Liberal Party begin? In one sense, it never began. It was a continuation. Before it became a party, it was (as Birrell used to say) a state of mind. There are those who find the origins of British Liberalism in the days of Oliver Cromwell and the struggle with the Stuarts. If, on the other hand, you are a Tory, you may be inclined to agree with Dr. Johnson that Satan, the leader of the celestial Opposition, was the first Whig. The first politicians to be called Liberals in this country were the immediate heirs of the Whigs of the eighteenth century--or, to put it more truthfully, of Charles James Fox's New Whigs. They had no

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  • Title Page 3
  • List of Illustrations 5
  • Introduction 7
  • The Beginnings 11
  • The Golden Age 24
  • Modern Liberalism 31
  • The Party and the Present 42
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