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Melbourne by David Cecil


by David Cecil

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485. Melbourne, by David Cecil (read 8 Oct 1955) This is one of the better biographies I had read as of the time when I read it, although it is not footnoted and I rather like footnoted biographies. But this book is a less "constructed" seeming book than a footnoted biography. Melbourne died at 6 P.M. on Nov 25, 1848. He was prime minister from 1834 to 1835 and from 1836 to 1841, He was a character, but not especially admirable in his policies. ( )
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Chapter 1: Oddly enough, he did not come from an aristocratic family. By the stringent standards of the age the Lambs were parvenus.
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Biography of William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne (Lord Melbourne), who twice served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Prime Minister when Queen Victoria ascended the throne and was her adviser, friend and and confidante. Born London 15 March 1779, died at home, Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire 24 November 1848.
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Melbourne played a great part in the social and political history of England. As Prime Minister he introduced Queen Victoria to public life, but but he was himself one of the most curious and charming personalities in England's history, and one of the great masters of the art of conversation.… (more)

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