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The adventure of living; a subjective autobiography (1860-1922) [NOOK Book]


I count myself happy indeed to have seen half the delightful and notable things I have seen during my life in your company.
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The adventure of living; a subjective autobiography (1860-1922)

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I count myself happy indeed to have seen half the delightful and notable things I have seen during my life in your company.
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  • BN ID: 2940017504659
  • Publisher: New York, London : G.P. Putnam''s Sons
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1922 volume
  • File size: 875 KB

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CHAPTER II How I Came To "the Spectator" (Continued) Even the success chronicled in the preceding chapter did not exhaust the store of good luck destined for my first appearance as a political leader-writer. Fate again showed its determination to force me upon The Spectator. When I arrived at the office on the Tuesday morning following the publication of the number of the paper in which my first two leaders appeared, I found that the second leader had done even better than the first. Its title seemed appallingly dull, and, I remember, called forth a protest from Mr. Hutton when I suggested writing it. It was entitled "The Privy Council and the Colonies." I had always been an ardent Imperialist, and I had taken to Constitutional Law like a duck to the water, and felt strongly, like so many young men before me, the intellectual attraction of legal problems and still more the majesty and picturesqueness of our great Tribunals. Especially had I been fascinated by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and its world-wide jurisdiction. I had even helped to draw some pleadings in a Judicial Committee case when in Chambers. Accordingly, though with some difficulty, I persuaded Mr. Hutton to let me have my say and show what a potent bond of Empire was to be found therein. I also wanted to emphasise how further ties of Imperial unity might be developed on similar lines—afact, I may say, which was not discovered by the practical politicians till about the year 1912, or twenty-seven years later. Now it happened that Mr. Gladstone's Ministry, though beaten at the elections, had not yet gone out of office. It also happened that Lord Granville, then Colonial Secretary, was to receivethe Agents-General of the self-governing Colonies, as they were then called, on the Saturday; and fin...
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