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LONGMAN AND CO.; J. M. RICHARDSON; HAMILTON AND CO.; SIMPKIN AND

co.; SHERWOOD AND CO.; J. RODWELL; HOULSTON AND STONEMAN;
G. LAWFORD; J. DOWDING; J. BUMPUS; COWIE AND CO.; CAPES AND
SON; SMITH, ELDER AND CO.; H. WASHBOURNE; H.G. BOHN: WALLER
AND SON; J. GREEN; J. THOMAS ; L. BOOTH; W. J. CLEAVER; AND G.
ROUTLEDGE.

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CONTENTS

CHAPTER I.

Closing Events of the Year 1845–Sudden Dissolution of Sir R. Peel's Go-

vernment-Causes of that Event-Failure of the Potato Crop-Lord John

Russell is sent for by the Queen_Unsuccessful Attempt of that Nobleman

to form a Cabinet—Sir R. Peel returns to Office in the new character of

an Opponent to the Corn Laws-Examination of his Conduct and Motives

in this juncture-Lord Stanley resigns the Secretaryship for the Colonies,

and is succeeded by Mr. W. E. Gladstone-Great interest attending the

Assembling of Parliament~ It is opened on the 19th of January by the

Queen in person-Her Majesty's Speech-Debates on the Address In the

House of Lords it is moved by Lord Howe, and seconded by Lord De Ros

-It is then put by the Lord Chancellor, and declared to be carried—The

Duke of Richmond makes some severe observations on the Conduct of the

Government-He is answered by the Duke of Wellington-Remarks of

Lord Stanley, Lord Hardwicke, the Marquis of Lansdowne, Lord Brougham,

Lord Radnor, and other Peers - In the House of Commons Lord Francis

Egerton moves the Address in an able and impressive Speech, in which he

opens the subject of the Corn Laws-He is seconded by Mr. Beckett

Denison-Sir Ř. Peel enters into a full explanation of the Reasons and

Motives of his change of Policy, and of the circumstances attending the

retirement of his Cabinet from Office and their return to it-Lord John

Russell then makes a full statement of the part which he had taken in

the recent Transactions, and the results of his Interviews with the Queen

on the different occasions when he had been consulted by Her Majesty,

with the Correspondence which had taken place-Mr. Disraeli follows

with some severe animadversions on Sir Robert Peel's conduct-Mr. Miles

and Colonel Sibthorp follow on the same side-The Address is carried

without a Division-On the 26th the Duke of Wellington states in the

House of Lords the Reasons which had induced the Government to resign,

and afterwards to return to Office-Remarks of the Duke of Buckingham,

who declares his Opposition to the Ministerial Policy- Speech of the Mar-

quis of Lansdowne, explaining his Abandonment of the Principle of a

Fixed Duty-Further statement of recent Transactions by the Duke of

Wellington-Observations of Lord Radnor, the Duke of Richmond, Lord

Beaumont, the Earl of Aberdeen, and other Peers on the same subject

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