Lord John Russell (Classic Reprint)by Stuart J. Reid
I am also indebted in greater or less degree to Mrs. Warburton, Lady Georgiana Peel, Lady Agatha Russell, the Hon. Rollo Russell, Mr. G. W. E. Russell, and the Hon. George Elliot. Mr. Elliot's knowledge, as brother-in-law, and for many years as private secretary, touches both the per sonal and Official aspects of Lord John's career,
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I am also indebted in greater or less degree to Mrs. Warburton, Lady Georgiana Peel, Lady Agatha Russell, the Hon. Rollo Russell, Mr. G. W. E. Russell, and the Hon. George Elliot. Mr. Elliot's knowledge, as brother-in-law, and for many years as private secretary, touches both the per sonal and Official aspects of Lord John's career, and it has been freely placed at my disposal. Outside the circle Of Lord John's relatives I have received hints from the Hon. Charles Gore and Sir Villiers Lister, both of whom, at one period or another in his public life, also served him in the capacity of secretary.
I have received some details of Lord John's Official life from one who served under him in a more public capacity not, however, I hasten to add, as Chancellor of the Ex chequer - but I am scarcely at liberty in this instance to mention my authority.
My thanks are due, in an emphatic sense, to my friend Mr. Spencer Walpole, who, with a generosity rare at all times, has not only allowed me to avail myself Of facts contained in his authoritative biography Of Lord John Russell, but has also glanced at the proof sheets of these pages, and has given me, in frank comment, the benefit Of his own singularly wide and accurate knowledge Of the historical and political annals Of the reign. It is only right to add that Mr. Wal pole is not in any sense responsible for the opinions expressed in a book which is only partially based on his Own, is not always in agreement with his conclusions, and which follows independent lines.
The letter which the Queen wrote to the Countess Rus sell immediately after the death of One of her first and most distinguished Ministers' is now printed with her Majesty's permission.
The late Earl Of Selborne and Mr. Lecky were sufficiently interested in my task to place on record for the volume some personal and political reminiscences which speak for them selves, and do so with authority.
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