By Maurice Cowling
The passage of the Reform invoice of 1867 is among the significant difficulties in nineteenth-century British background. Mr Cowling presents a full-scale clarification, in keeping with quite a lot of archive fabric, together with 4 significant manuscript collections now not formerly used. Mr Cowling will pay equivalent realization to the view taken via Parliament of the category constitution and to the pursuits and techniques of politicians in Parliament and outdoors. He units this particular historic narrative in an analytical framework, the assumptions of which he discusses at size.
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2 This is not an isolated opinion: it can be matched with innumerable parallels. For every warning of the possibility of violence offered by Bright, a parallel expression may be found of the belief that the ' reform demonstrations. have set forth in plain colours the differences between revolution and reform, and ought to have prepared men's minds to accept a fair settlement of the question ',3 that 'Bright's progress and speeches . . have produced the same feeling among the professional and mercantile classes in Scotland as..
It is likely that Disraeli wanted to know how 41 DISRAELI, GLADSTONE AND REVOLUTION far the Cabinet would go, and would want Stanley to speak, just as Derby wanted him to speak in the confidence debate on May 9,1 because he and Hardy were the two ministers whose presence in Cabinet was treated by dissident or unwilling Conservatives, like General Peel, as a guarantee of integrity. 2 Walpole left the Home Office on May 9 because he had damaged the government's reputation and lost the confidence of his friends, and because he thought that Disraeli had let him down.
His chief anxiety about her involved her general withdrawal from public life, the danger of scandal from John Brown's appearances in public and the fears her doctors expressed, and the Cabinet discussed, at the effect on her health of the nervous vomiting to which she was subject as a continuing consequence of Prince Albert's death in 18611. The Queen's willingness to help, by opening Parliament in person and creating a climate of goodwill among Whigs, and the co-operation offered by General Grey in that direction, may have helped Derby to see his way through the House of Commons.