By Maurice Cowling
The passage of the Reform invoice of 1867 is without doubt one of the significant difficulties in nineteenth-century British background. Mr Cowling offers a full-scale rationalization, in keeping with quite a lot of archive fabric, together with 4 significant manuscript collections now not formerly used. Mr Cowling will pay equivalent recognition to the view taken by means of Parliament of the category constitution and to the targets and methods of politicians in Parliament and out of doors. He units this unique old narrative in an analytical framework, the assumptions of which he discusses at size.
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2 This is not an isolated opinion: it can be matched with innumerable parallels. For every warning of the possibility of violence offered by Bright, a parallel expression may be found of the belief that the ' reform demonstrations. have set forth in plain colours the differences between revolution and reform, and ought to have prepared men's minds to accept a fair settlement of the question ',3 that 'Bright's progress and speeches . . have produced the same feeling among the professional and mercantile classes in Scotland as..
They thought Bright's mention of revolution offered a chance to accumu38 PRELUDE late anti-revolutionary support, but they thought this as politicians calculating within a settled system, not as men of action confronting a revolutionary upheaval. They did not spend the winter of 1866 preparing some comfortable Chislehurst in Spain, Portugal or the Azores: apart from six weeks in London for Cabinet meetings and the Guildhall dinner, they spent the winter as they had for many years past, at Hughenden and Knowsley.
The Queen wanted a bill passed as soon as possible, because she feared the effect if one were not. But so far was she from making the running in persuading Derby to act that it is difficult to believe that Derby was influenced by her opinion at all. His chief anxiety about her involved her general withdrawal from public life, the danger of scandal from John Brown's appearances in public and the fears her doctors expressed, and the Cabinet discussed, at the effect on her health of the nervous vomiting to which she was subject as a continuing consequence of Prince Albert's death in 18611.