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The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay

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It was most reluctantly that I determined to suspend, during the last autumn, a work which is the business and the pleasure of my life, in order to prepare these Speeches for publication; and it is most reluctantly that I now give them to the world. Even if I estimated their oratorical merit much more highly than I do, I should not willingly have revived, in the quiet times in which we are so happy as to live, the memory of those fierce contentions in which too many years of my public life were passed. Many expressions which, when society was convulsed by political dissensions, and when the foundations of government were shaking, were heard by an excited audience with sympathy and applause, may, now that the passions of all parties have subsided, be thought intemperate and acrimonious. It was especially painful to me to find myself under the necessity of recalling to my own recollection, and to the recollection of others, the keen encounters which took place between the late Sir Robert Peel and myself. Some parts of the conduct of that eminent man I must always think deserving of serious blame. But, on a calm review of his long and chequered public life, I acknowledge, with sincere pleasure, that his faults were much more than redeemed by great virtues, great sacrifices, and great services. My political hostility to him was never in the smallest degree tainted by personal ill-will. After his fall from power a cordial reconciliation took place between us: I admired the wisdom, the moderation, the disinterested patriotism, which he invariably showed during the last and best years of his life; I lamented his untimely death, as both a private and a public calamity; and I earnestly wished that the sharp words which had sometimes been exchanged between us might be forgotten.

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CONTENTS. Parliamentary Reform. (March 2, 1831) Parliamentary Reform. (July 5, 1831) Parliamentary Reform. (September 20, 1831) Parliamentary Reform. (October 10, 1831) Parliamentary Reform. (December 16, 1831) Anatomy Bill. (February 27, 1832) Parliamentary Reform. (February 28, 1832) Repeal of the Union with Ireland. (February 6, 1833) Jewish Disabilities. (April 17, 1833) Government of India. (July 10, 1833) Edinburgh Election, 1839. (May 29, 1839) Confidence in the Ministry of Lord Melbourne. (January 29, 1840) War with China. (April 7, 1840) Copyright. (February 5, 1841) Copyright. (April 6, 1842) The People's Charter. (May 3, 1842) 7 The Gates of Somnauth. (March 9, 1843) The State of Ireland. (February 19, 1844) Dissenters' Chapels Bill. (June 6, 1844) The Sugar Duties. (February 26, 1845) Maynooth. (April 14, 1845) The Church of Ireland. (April 23, 1845) Theological Tests in the Scotch Universities. (July 9, 1845) Corn Laws. (December 2, 1845) The Ten Hours Bill. (May 22, 1846) The Literature of Britain. (November 4, 1846) Education. (April 19, 1847) Inaugural Speech at Glasgow College. (March 21, 1849) Re-election to Parliament. (November 2, 1852) Exclusion of Judges from the House of Commons. (June 1, 1853)

 

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