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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1892. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... 177 CHAPTER X EGO ET REX MEUS Difficulties of office--The pranks of Lord Brougham--Lord Althorp goes to the House of Lords--Melbourne's letter to the King--His interview with the King at Brighton--Summarily dismissed and Sir Robert Peel sent for --Failure of an unconstitutional experiment --Melbourne avenged--Premier again--How he manages the King --Lord Brougham disposed of--Mrs. Norton; a second social misadventure--Hostility of the Lords--Lord John's 'Finality'-- Radical discontent--Death of the King. Lord Melbourne entered upon his new duties with the hearty assent of his friends, and with as much goodwill as could be expected on the part of his opponents. He was not credited with ambition. He had never been involved in eager rivalries. He had no great qualities to parade, and he knew it. He gave himself no airs and excited no envy. He had not sought the honours of the Premiership. He had simply picked up the prize which was thrown at his feet, as any other man would have done in the same position. Above all, he was known to be amiable and conciliatory, and there were some perhaps among his political associates who regarded these qualities as a special recommendation, since they might be made to throw some advantages in their way. Among these associates was Lord Brougham, whom the present generation remembers as a wandering star of vast N magnitude but of dimmed lustre. For twenty years he had played a great part in the public life of England. His abilities were unquestionable, but his character was uncertain and eccentric. His egotism was unbounded, and it is doubtful by whom he was most dreaded, by his enemies or by his friends. We have seen that at one time he taunted Melbourne with being a Canningite, but that did not prevent him from offering his services t...
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