The Whig Supremacy, 1714-1760

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REVISER'S PREFACE

MY preface, like the author's, is one of thanks; and of thanks, above all, to the general editor of the series, Sir George Clark, for his patience in enduring the many delays in my work. I have also to thank my colleagues on the Governing Body of Christ Church for granting me leave for two terms during which the greater part of this revision was completed. But for such understanding of this period as I possess and for the interest in it which grows in me still I must thank my own tutors, Sir Keith Feiling and Sir John Masterman, who launched me in the study of the eighteenth century. To alter the work of another man is delicate and difficult; I have throughout attempted to do justice to Professor Williams and to show a proper concern for his honour and fame. Yet, as Hardwicke once observed to Newcastle: 'Posterity will do . . . justice; . . . nobody ought to rely upon their contemporaries for such retribution.'

C. H. S.

Oxford

Lady Day, 1961

-viii-

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