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THE FRENCH TREATY AND FOREIGN QUESTIONS.
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 sererely condemns the Wars with
China.-Financial Affairs of India.- Foreign Invasion Panic in 1860.-
Increased Fortifications.- Powerful Speech by Mr. Bright. The Disturb-
ances in Syria.-Mr. Bright on the Sapport of Turkey.-Mazzini and Mr.
Stansfeld.—Mr. Bright defends the Member for Halifax.-Scene between Mr.
Disraeli and Mr. Bright
THE PAPER DUTIES.-REFORM.-CHURCH RATES, ETC.
Opposition to the Repeal of the Paper Duty.—The Bill rejected by the Lords.
A Constitutional Question.- Mr. Bright on the House of Lords.-Debate in
the Commons on the question of Privilege.—Lengthy Speech by Mr. Bright.
-Defence of Mr. Gladstone and his Policy.-The Government meet the Paper
Daty difficulty.—Mr. Bright on Lord Palmerston.-Lord John Russell's
Reform Bill of 1860.-Mr. Bright's examination of the Measure.-Meeting at
the Free Trade Hall, Manchester.—Mr. Bright on Strikes. Further Debate
on the Reform Bill.—The measure is withdrawn.-Mr. Bright on the Session
of 1860.-Addresses at Wakefield, Leeds, and Birmingham.-Parliamentary
Debates on Church Rates.—Speeches by Mr. Bright. Reasons for Abolition.
- Ultimate Settlement of the Question.--The Session of 1861.-The Reform
Question.-Mr. Gladstone's Budget.—The Paper Duty again.-Mr. Bright
defends the Budget.- Protest against the Navy Estimates
AMERICA AND THE CIVIL WAR.
Mr. Bright and the United States.-Secession of Southern States.-Outbreak of
the Civil War.-Neutrality of England.--The Affair of the Trent.-Surrender
of Messrs. Slidell and Mason.-Mr. Bright on the American Struggle.—The
Duty of England.—The Cotton Famine.-Debate on the Affair of the Trent.
-The Condition of International Law.-Mr. Bright at Birmingham.-Speech
on the War and the Supply of Cotton.—He justifies the Policy of the North.
-Slavery and the South.-Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.—Speeches of
Messrs. Scholefield and Bright.-Meeting at Rochdale.—Northern Sympathy
with the Distress in Lancashire.-Speech of Mr. Bright.-Meeting on the
American Question in 1863.—Mr. Bright at St. James's Hall.–At the London
Tavern.-Debates in the House of Commons.-Mr. Roebuck's Motion for
recognizing the Southern Confederacy.-Eloquent Speech by Mr. Bright.-
Public Breakfast to Mr. Lloyd Garrison.-A noble band of Abolitionists.-
Appreciation of Mr. Bright's Defence of the Northern Cause.-President
Lincoln's Staff bequeathed to Mr. Bright
THE COBDEN-DELANE CONTROVERSY.—THE LAND QUESTION.-
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, ETC.
Mr. Cobden and Mr. Bright at Rochdale.-Speeches on the Land and Labourers.
-Misrepresentation by the Times.—Correspondence between Mr. Delane
and Mr. Cobden.—Mr. Bright defends his Opinions and those of Mr. Cobden
at Birmingham.-Severe strictures upon the Times.— The Land and the
Labourers.-Evils of Primogeniture.—Effects of the Territorial System.-
Proposed Reforms.-Inducements to Emigration offered by the United States.
- Mr. Bright on the History of the Reformed Parliament.-Great Triumphs
achieved.-Reform and Emigration.- Ireland and Foreign Affairs.—Mr.
Bright on the Death Punishment and Townley's Case.—Important Speech
on Capital Punishment.-Temperance and the Permissive Bill.- Arguments
against Arbitrary Legislation
MR. BRIGHT ON CANADA.-GOVERNOR EYRE.—THE DEATH OF
Relations between England and the United States in 1865.-Excitement in
England. The Defences of Canada.-Debates in the House of Commons.-
Speech of Mr. Bright.-Causes of the Panic.— Mr. Laird and the Alabama.
-Our Attitude towards the American Republic.-Mr. Bright on the Defence
of the Canadian Frontier - The Storm blows over.-Cacadian Affairs in
1867.-Nova Scotia and the Confederation Scheme.-The Jamaica Massacre.
-Governor Eyre condemned.--Mr. Bright on the Murder of Mr. Gordon.-
Report of the Commission on the Massacre.-Prosecution of Governor Eyre.
-Charge of the Lord Chief Justice.—Mr. Carlyle's Vindication of Mr. Eyre.-
Death of Mr. Cobden.-Sketch of his career.-His Character.-Tributes to
the Deceased in the House of Commons.--Mr. Bright's Speech on unveiling
the Statue at Bradford.–Funeral of Mr. Cobden at West Lavington.-Scene
at the Grave
THE REFORM CAMPAIGN OF 1866.
Lord Russell and the Reform Question in 1865.-Mr. Bright at Birmingham.-
Examination of Ministerial Policy.-Position of Reform.-Representation
abroad and at home.-Rights of the English People.-Election at Rochdale.
-Dissolution of Parliament.—Mr. Bright's Address to his Constituents.-
Return of Messrs. Scholefield and Bright.-Vigorous Speech by Mr. Bright.
-Smart Attack on Mr. Disraeli.—A fine Peroration.-Death of Lord Palmer.
ston.-Speeches of Mr. Bright at Birmingham and Rochdale.—The Session
of 1866.—Meeting of Parliament.--Discussion on the Cattle Plague.-Mr.
Gladstone introduces the Reform Bill.-Mr. Bright supports it.-His Reply
to the Opponents of Reform.--Humorous Description of Mr. Horsman and
Mr. Lowe.—The 'Adullamites.'--Effect of the Speech.-Reform Meetings in
the Country.-Debate on the Second Reading of the Bill.-Elaborate Speech
by Mr. Bright.—The Division.-Exciting Scene.-Defeat of the Government
on Lord Dunkellin's Motion.-Resignation of the Ministry. Lord Derby
accedes to Office.-Reform Agitation in London and the Provinces.-Great
Demonstrations at Birmingham.-Mr. Bright on the Derby Ministry.-Meet-
ing at Manchester.-Enthusiastic Reception of Mr. Bright. He visits Leeds
and Glasgow.-Stirring Addresses on the Reform Question
THE REFORM BILL CARRIED.
Mr. Bright's Reform Speeches.-An arduous Campaign. He visits Ireland.-
Speeches at Dublin.-Reform Banquet in the Free Trade Hall, Manchester,
-Mr. Bright on the Inequalities of the Suffrage.—Lord Derby and his Party
and the Reform Question.-Trades' Demonstration at Kensington.-Meeting
in St. James's Hall.–Speech of Mr. Bright.- Forcible Pleas for Reform.-
The Question pressing for settlement.—Mr. Brights Defence of the Queen.-
He is himself misrepresented and slandered.-Reply to Mr. Garth, M.P.-
Workmen's Address of Sympathy with Mr. Bright.-Reform in 1867.-
League Demonstration in London.-Mr. Disraeli introduces the Government
Scheme in the House of Commons.—The Resolutions being opposed, are
withdrawn.—New Measure resolved upon by the Cabinet. - Resignation of
three of the Ministers.—Mr. Disraeli introduces the New Reform Bill.-It is
severely criticised by Mr. Gladstone and Mr. Bright.-Demonstrations during
the Easter Recess. Mr. Bright on Mr. Gladstone's Leadership.-Reform
League Meeting in Hyde Park.-Mr. Bright on Voting Papers.—The Bill in
the House of Lords.— Important Amendments.—Lord Cairns's Minority
Clause. It is warmly opposed by Mr. Bright.—The Reform Bill passes.-
Its general Character
Mr. Bright's Advocacy of Irish Questions.-Disturbed Condition of Ireland in
1866.- The Coercion Bill.-Mr. Bright on the Irish People.-He appeals to
Mr. Gladstone and Mr. Disraeli to settle the Irish Question.-Renewal of
the Coercion Act.Mr. Bright on Mr. Roebuck.–Visit of the former to
Ireland.—Letter from Mr. John B. Dillon and The O'Donoghue.-Mr.
Bright's Speech at Dublin.—Arguments for Disestablishment and Land
Reform.-Eloquent Peroration.—The Ballot and the Electoral System.-
Scheme for the sale of Land in Ireland.-Mr. Bright at Birmingham.- Irish
Reforms.–Irish Debate in the House of Commons. Mr. Maguire's Motion.
-Speech of Mr. Bright. He examines the Government Policy. His own
Plan for a Farmer Proprietary.—Religious Equality in Ireland a Necessity.
-Outline of a Scheme for Disestablishment.--Important Declaration by
Mr. Gladstone.-Mr. Maguire withdraws his Motion.-Mr. Gladstone intro-
duces his Irish Church Resolutions.-Prolonged Debate.- Powerful Speech
by Mr. Bright in support of the Resolutions.-Mr. Gladstone's Motion carried
by a large majority.-Ministers advise a Dissolution.—Their Conduct is
severely condemned.—Meeting in St. James's Hall against Disestablishment.
-The Irish Church Resolutions carried in the House of Commons. Mr.
Bright sternly rebukes Mr. Disraeli.—The Irish Church Suspensory Bill
introduced.-It passes the Commons, but is rejected by the Lords.-Mr.
Bright advocates Disestablishment at Liverpool.–Justice to Ireland.--He
visits Ireland in 1868.-Speech at Limerick.- The General Election.-Great
Liberal Majority.-Mr. Gladstone becomes Premier
DISESTABLISHMENT AND THE LAND QUESTION.
Mr. Gladstone introduces his Irish Church Bill.-Provisions of the Measure.-
Debate on the Second Reading.- Powerful Speech by Mr. Bright.-Great
Majority for the Bill.–Debate on the Condition of Ireland. - Passage