The life of Lord John Russell

The life of Lord John Russell

by Spencer Walpole
     
 

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CHAPTER XX. THE CONSEQUENCES OF 1848. THE extraordinary events which agitated continental Europe in the early months of 1848 naturally made a strong impression on the people… See more details below

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CHAPTER XX. THE CONSEQUENCES OF 1848. THE extraordinary events which agitated continental Europe in the early months of 1848 naturally made a strong impression on the people of this kingdom. In Great Britain, vhere the commercial crisis of the previous autumn had thrown multitudes out of employment, the people were easily persuaded that their social advancement could readily be secured by political changes. In Ireland, the calm which had been temporarily established by Lord Clarendon's administration was ruffled by the fall of Louis Philippe. The discontented resumed their agitation ; their leaders sent a deputation to M. Lamartine to beg for the sympathy and aid of France ; their organs used language inciting to violence; Lord Clarendon declared that civil war was imminent; and Lord John, moved by these circumstances, on March 30 drew up the following memorandum:— State Of Ireland. Mareh The increasing dangerof an outbreak in Ireland, and the prospect of the miser)' it would occasion, make it necessary for the Government to give their urgent attention to such measures as may be best calculated for such a crisis. Lord Clarendon points out the humanity and the economy of immediate steps, but it may be doubted whether those he suggests are sufficient to meet the evil. I will not point out here the quick spread of disaffection, the equal danger of trials for high treason and of leaving at large the instigators to rebellion, the misery prevailing in the country, the heavy- rates now levied, the position of the Roman Catholic clergy, the successful risings of Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Milan, and Sicily. It is sufficient to glance at these things. But to the course to be adopted. We might suspend the Habeas Corpus Act, and call out yeomanry or volunteers from the North...

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