British Politics in the Nineteenth Century by Eugene C. Black (eds.)

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Queen Victoria stands apart, but only after her apotheosis and reappearance in her Disraelian role of imperial mother. She was a small woman. But her great uncle was not a small man. He was Falstaffian-weak, impetuous, egotistic-but he was the only Hanoverian of real aesthetic sensitivity. He patronized the great architects of his age, like Nash; the great painters, like Turner. He had a feeling for music and literature, which we forget when we see the painted, corseted voluptuary. George IV, as Regent and King, presided over an era of fundamental constitutional change, much of which he never perceived and almost all he did perceive he disliked.

HENRIQUES, Religious Toleration in England 1787-1833 (Toronto, 1961); A. MciNTYRE, The Liberator (London, 1965); P. REYNOLDS, The Catholic Emancipation Crisis in Ireland (New Haven, 1954). SouRcE: John Scott, Lord Eldon, "Speech on the Roman Catholic Relief Bill, 10 April 1829," Hansard's Parliamentary Debates, New Series, Vol. XXI, cols. 633-640. The noble and learned lord, after some further observations, which were inaudible, said, that the question was partly political, 1 H. Twiss, The Public and Private Life of Lord Chancellor Eldon (London, 1844), Vol.

But when, with reference to the larger question of a military occupation of Spain by France, it is averred, that by that occupation the relative situation of Great Britain and France is altered; that France is thereby exalted and Great Britain lowered, in the eyes of Europe;-! must beg leave to say, that I dissent from that averment. The House knows-the country knows-that when the French army was on the point of entering Spain, His Majesty's Government did all in their power to prevent it; that we resisted it by all means, short of war.

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