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The Grand Old Man

The Life and Public Services of The Right Honorable William Ewart Gladstone

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Author: Richard B. Cook
Language: English
Wordcount: 115,361 / 347 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 65.6
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 346
Added to site: 2006.01.27 12627
Genre: Biography

e of England should not have its old families rejoicing to be connected with commerce from generation to generation. It has been so in other countries; I trust it may be so in this country. I think it is a subject of sorrow, and almost of scandal, when those families who have either acquired or recovered wealth and station through commerce, turn their backs upon it and seem to be ashamed of it. It certainly is not so with my brother or with me. His sons are treading in his steps, and one of my sons, I rejoice to say, is treading in the steps of my father and my brother."

George W.E. Russell, in his admirable biography of Mr. William E. Gladstone, says, "Sir John Gladstone was a pure Scotchman, a lowlander by birth and descent. Provost Robertson belonged to the Clan Donachie, and by this marriage the robust and business-like qualities of the Lowlander were blended with the poetic imagination, the sensibility and fire of the Gael."

An interesting story is told, showing how Sir John Gladstone, the



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