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Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches * Volume 4 »


By Baron Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay

English essays

Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches * Volume 4

by

Baron Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay

Lord Macaulay’s Speeches

By Thomas Babington Macaulay

VOLUME IV.

LORD MACAULAY’S SPEECHES.

TO HENRY, MARQUESS OF LANSDOWNE

THESE SPEECHES ARE DEDICATED BY HIS GRATEFUL

AND AFFECTIONATE FRIEND

THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY.

PREFACE.

It was most reluctantly that I determined to suspend, during the last

autumn, a work which is the business and the pleasure of my life,

in order to prepare these Speeches for publication; and it is most

reluctantly that I now give them to the world. Even if I estimated their

oratorical merit much more highly than I do, I should not willingly have

revived, in the quiet times in which we are so happy as to live, the

memory of those fierce contentions in which too many years of my public

life were passed. Many expressions which, when society was convulsed

by political dissensions, and when the foundations of government were

shaking, were heard by an excited audience with sympathy and applause,

may, now that the passions of all parties have subsided, be thought

intemperate and acrimonious. It was especially painful to me to find

myself under the necessity of recalling to my own recollection, and to

the recollection of others, the keen encounters which took place between

the late Sir Robert Peel and myself. Some parts of the conduct of that

eminent man I must always think deserving of serious blame. But, on a

calm review of his long and chequered public life, I acknowledge, with

sincere pleasure, that his faults were much more than redeemed by great

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