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The General Election of 1868.-Mr. Bright's Address to his Constituents.His

Speech in the Town Hall.-Contrast between Toryism and Liberalism.-

Mr. Bright on the Minority Clause.-Address to the Gun-makers.-The

enormous Public Expenditure.—Policy and Opinions of the Tory Candidates.

-National Education.-Scene at the Birmingham Nomination.—Result of

the Poll.-Great Liberal Triumph.—Liberal Victory throughout the Country.

-Resignation of Mr. Disraeli.—Mr. Gladstone becomes Prime Minister.-

He offers a Seat in the Cabinet to Mr. Bright. It is ultimately accepted.-

The Gladstone Ministry.-Mr. Bright's Re-election.-Address to his Con-

stituents.-Remarks on his Acceptance of Office.-President of the Board of

Trade.- Mr. Bright on Nova Scotia and the Confederation Scheme.-On

Marriage with a Deceased Wife's Sister.-Sir T. Chambers's Bill of 1869.-

Banquet at the Trinity House.-Speech by Mr. Bright.- Amnesty to the

Fenian Prisoners in 1870.—Mr. Bright's Second Illness.-He resigns Office.-

The Press on the Resignation.—Mr. Bright condemns Home Rule.-Con-

gratulatory Address from the Workmen of London.-Mr. Bright on Repub-

licanism.- Presentation from the Potteries.-Review of Public Questions.-

Reconstruction of Mr. Gladstone's Cabinet.—Mr. Bright accepts Office as

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.—Great Meeting at Birmingham.-

Stirring Scene. Important Speech by Mr. Bright.–Free Land.—The waning

Popularity of the Government.--Mr. Gladstone's Manifesto to the Electors

of Greenwich.—Dissolution of Parliament.-The Election for Birmingham.-

The old Members returned.-Speech by Mr. Bright.-Results of the General

Election.-Nr. Disraeli accedes to Office as Premier


Mr. Bright's Addresses in the Provinces.-Mr. Jacob Bright's Return for Man-

chester - Political Retrospect by Mr. Bright.-Speech at Birmingham on

Education and Government Aid.-Mr. Bright receives the Freedom of the

City of Edinburgh.-His Address on that occasion.- Elected Honorary

Member of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce.-Important Speech in

the Corn Exchange.—Mr. Bright at Birmingham in January, 1875.—The

Government and the Church.—The Efforts to suppress Ritualism.—The

Public Worship Bill.—Tribute to Mr. Gladstone.-Mr. Bright on the Liberal

Defeat of 1874.-On Political Questions in the year 1875.—The direct Repre-

sentation of Labour.—The Gothenburg System of Public-house Manage-

ment.-Social Progress.—Mr. Gladstone and Mr. Bright at Birmingham.-

A Stirring Week.—Mr. Bright on Household Suffrage for the Counties.-

Speech at Bradford on Free Trade.-Opening of the New Town Hall at

Manchester.-Mr. Bright on the Cotton Trade and Indian Administration.

-Address at Rochdale on Science and Art.-On Liberal and Conservative

Legislation.-On the Work of Sunday Schools.-Letter on Protection in

America.—Correspondence on Public Questions.-Great Speech at Birming-

ham on Foreign Affairs.—The Eastern Question.-Egypt.—The War in

Afghanistan.—The Government strongly condemned.-Mr. Bright on Pro-

tectionism in England.-On the Depression in Trade.-Canadian Policy.-

Waning Popularity of the Beaconsfield Administration.-Conservative

Demonstration at Manchester in October, 1879.-Great Counter-Demonstra-

tion by the Liberals.-Animated Speech by Mr. Bright.-Scathing Denun-

ciation of the Government.—Mr. Bright on Education.-The Progress of the

United States.-Death of Mrs. Bright




Mr. Bright on the Pacification of Ireland.—Speech at Birmingham.-Scheme for

the Reform of the Irish Land Laws.-Mr. Bright on the Rise of Noncon-








Foreign Questions.—The Emperor Napoleon and the Anglo-French Treaty.- Effect

of Mr. Bright's Speech.—Mr. Cobden's Negotiations.--- The Treaty signed.-Mr. Gladstone's Budget of 1860.- Details of the French Treaty.—Tribute to Mr. Cobden.—Debates upon the Budget and the Treaty.--Mr. Bright defends the Government Scheme.—The Treaty approved.—Mr. Bright on the Policy of the French Emperor.—The Annexation of Savoy.—Mr. Bright's attitude on this question.—England and China.—Debate on the War.-Mr. Bright on Government Policy.--He severely condemns the Wars with China.-- Financial Affairs of India.— Foreign Invasion Panic in 1860.-Increased Fortifications. -Powerful Speech by Mr. Bright.— The Disturbances in Syria.—Mr. Bright on the Support of Turkey.-Mazzini and Mr. Stansfeld.-Mr. Bright defends

the Member for Halifax.-Scene between Mr. Disraeli and Mr. Bright. BETWEEN the years 1860 and 1864, inclusive,

several important questions affecting our foreign policy were discussed in Parliament; and in the debates which arose in the Lower House Mr. Bright took a conspicuous part. Foremost amongst these questions was the negotiation of the French Treaty. Mr. Bright, who was in perfect accord with Mr. Cobden both as regards the reduction of our national VOL. II.


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