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Lord Beaconsfield

 

The meteor Beaconsfield has pass’d away:

No Burke or Chatham, Gladstone, Peel, or Pitt

No shining star, to guide a nation’s way:

But glitt’ring statesman, novelist and wit.

 

24th April 1881 T.E.M.

 

Thomas Erskine May: Lord Beaconsfield, Parliamentary Archives, ERM/18/17.

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An Enemy’s Epitaph on Mr Gladstone

Here lies William Ewart Gladstone:
He could talk an old toad out from under a flagstone.
He sided with all: but in time overthrew
The Tories & Whigs, and the Radicals too.
“Ho! Ho!” quoth the devil “Why who is come down?
“It’s Gladstone of London (my own little Town)
Why, Billy, my work you’ve been doing so well,
I am sorry to see you so soon come to Hell!”

Thomas Erskine May: An Enemy’s Epitaph on Mr Gladstone, Parliamentary Archives, ERM/18/21.

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The recent issue of the Dutch journal De Negentiende Eeuw published my review of Henk te Veldes new study

Sprekende politiek: Redenaars en hun publiek in de parlementaire gouden eeuw

[Speaking Politics: Orators and their Audience in the Golden Age of Parliamentarism]

sprekende-politiek

The book, which analyses the history of parliamentary rhetoric in Great Britain and France throughout the ‘long’ nineteenth century, comes highly recommened, both to scholars of the period and to a wider public.

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