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Excerpt from The Life of the Right Honourable William Ewart Gladstone, M. P., D. C. L., &C
The leading purpose of this work is of a biographical and historical, rathe1 than of a polemical character. It has been my object to place before the reader the story of Mr. Gladstone s life - and his relations to the great movements of his time - through the medium of his writings and speeches. In the Parliamentary portion of the work, I have been sparing of comment, for two reasons first, to have discussed at length the manifold political acts of this eminent statesman would have expanded this biography greatly beyond its present dimensions and, secondly, the period has not yet arrived when it is possible to estimate (even were I competent to do so) the full effect and inﬂuence of those great legislative measures with which Mr. Gladstone's name is associated. In a work of this kind it would be impossible for the author to conceal the nature of his political sentiments; neither have I the wish to do so; but a high admiration for the subject of this biography is not incompatible with an impartial recognition of certain errors of judgment. Nor, ln sometimes st1ongly condemning the action of his oppo nents, have I endeavoured unduly to asperse them. Amongst such opponents, during the last forty years, have been men entitled to the respect and gratitude of the country; and England is proud of all ner sons who have rendered her distin guished service, be their party name Whig or Tory, Liberal or Conservative.
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