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three miles long. There was a grand Honour. I was just opposite the display of fireworks from the forts Queen, who sat with the Duke of and the royal yachts. On Friday Manchester on her right. Dinner morning we kept hovering about the was quite as easy as an ordinary royal yacht and witnessed the affec- dinner-party. The band played, and tionate partings of all the royal the thing progressed very pleasantly, personages, the Queen kissing the As soon as the ice had been handed Emperor again and again ; and after round, the Queen rose and the ladies seeing the Emperor go on board the retired. We followed soon after. Brétagne we followed the Queen out When we returned to the red drawingto the entrance of the harbour and room the Queen came round and said gave her a parting cheer. We spent something to all the guests—had a the afternoon in the town and sailed long chat with Lord John and a little yesterday morning. Some of the one with the Judge Advocate. The party remained behind to witness the Prince also came up and had a short letting the water into the basin and conversation with Lord Kingsdown, to go to the ball, but after a division Dr Hawtrey, and myself. After a of about 48 to 30 we carried it to go time the Queen moved off and walked home. We had altogether about 96 into the green drawing-room, where on board. Two Peers, about 85 mem we mustered before dinner. Then bers of the H. of C., and the Deputy the band came in and began to play. Serjeant-at-Arms, Speaker's Chaplain, The Queen sat down with the ladies, Secretary, &c. We had a splendid and some of the gentlemen were ship, and there never was anything asked to sit down also. I had a more comfortable.

I am very glad to rubber with Sir Charles Phipps and have seen Cherbourg ; it is a most two others. At 11 the Queen rose formidable place, at present only for and retired. That put an end to the defence, but when they have the rubber, and we followed into the ships and men it must make us corridor. The Prince asked the tremble for our naval superiority. Duke of Manchester to shoot with Old Charley Napier, who was of our him to - morrow also Lord John party and is a great alarmist, declares Russell. He sent messages to the it would take 100 men-of-war and same effect to Lord Kingsdown and 100,000 men to take the place.” myself. Then we all retired to our

rooms. In December I was honoured Dec. 2.- We assembled in the by an invitation to spend two private chapel this morning about days at Windsor Castle

. I give 40. in number at 9. The Dean of particulars of my visit in this had breakfast. The day is very wet,

Windsor read prayers-after that we letter to my wife :

and the shooting is put off. . . . At

dinner the Duchess of Kent, Princess “WINDSOR CASTLE, Dec. 1, 1858. Alice, the Marquis and Marchioness

At 8 o'clock a page came to of Salisbury, Lord Portman, &c., my room to usher me into the cor

formed part of the party. The Prinridor where were all the household, cess Alice delighted mě much. She the gentlemen in Windsor uniform ; is very lively, pleasant, pretty, and thence I was passed on to the green intelligent-looking.” drawing-room where were the other guests—Lord and Lady John Russell, The Parliament of 1859 was Lord Kingsdown, Duke and Duchess opened on February 3. On the of Manchester, Lady De la Warr, &c. Lord John Russell came up, very

28th the Chancellor of the Exkindly shook hands, and introduced chequer introduced the Governme to Lady John and Lady De la ment Reform Bill. On March Warr. After a short time the Lord 1, Mr Walpole and Mr Henley Steward and household preceded the Queen and Prince, and we followed announced their resignations. into the dining-room.

I took in It is unnecessary to dwell long Miss Bulteel, one of the Maids of on that unhappy bill, which YOL. CLXV.—NO. M.

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came

found few friends. Lord John and Lord Palmerston again beRussell met it with a hostile

Prime Minister. Lord resolution, objecting to the dis- John Russell was Foreign Secfranchisement, as he termed it, retary. The Cabinet included of the freeholders holding pro- Mr Gladstone and Mr Sidney perties in boroughs. He told Herbert; John Bright and us an old story of a Devonshire Richard Cobden were left out freeholder, who, on coming to the in the cold. Throughout the poll, was asked if he had held debate on the Address, stress his qualification more than a was laid on the failure of the year, and replied, “More than a Government to prevent the war year! We have had it since which had already commenced William the Conqueror.” Mem- between France, Sardinia, and bers on both sides objected to Austria. Magenta had been the uniformity of franchise in fought on June 7, and apprecounties and boroughs. Mr hensions were entertained as to Gladstone indulged and sur the outbreak of a general Europrised the House with an elabo- pean war. Lord Malmesbury rate defence of small boroughs, has recorded his opinion that in a speech which he admitted the Government would not to be “antiquated,” and which have been defeated if Mr Discertainly would have been very raeli had previously laid on the appropriate if it had been made table the Blue Books containing in 1831. He said he concurred the Italian and French correin everything which had been spondence with our Foreign said against the bill. He spoke Office. This may have been so. from the Ministerial side, below There can be no doubt that the gangway. He voted against Lord Malmesbury's policy and Lord John's resolution and for his ability were indicated by his the second reading, as did Mr own despatches. But nothing Walpole and Mr Henley. The could have saved the GovernHouse divided on March 29. ment long. There was a maThe Ayes were 291, Noes 330; jority, although a small majority against the bill 39. upon the whole return against In April Parliament was dis- the Government; and the more solved. The new House met dignified course for the Governon June 7. Lord Hartington ment, and the more satisfactory moved as an amendment to the for the Queen and the country, Address a vote of want of con was that the trial of strength fidence in Lord Derby's Govern- should take place as soon as posment. Sir James Graham and sible, and that a new AdminisMr Sidney Herbert spoke and tration should be formed under a voted for the amendment. Mr Prime Minister who enjoyed the Gladstone went into the lobby confidence of the country. Lord with the Government. The Palmerston possessed, to a reHouse divided : for the amend- markable extent, the power of ment 323, against 310; major- conciliating opponents as well ity against Government 13. as of retaining friends, and it is Lord Derby at once resigned, a singular fact, as illustrating

a

the extent of his personal in- Non - Contents 193 — after an fluence, that he came into power admirable speech by Lord with a majority in his favour Lyndhurst. There was much deof 13; that the result of the bate and discussion in the Comelection petitions was to strike mons about what Mr Gladstone off on the balance eight mem- characterised as

“ gigantic bers from the Ministerial side innovation”; but “action” was (making a difference on a divi- not taken by Lord Palmerston, sion of 16 votes), and that and the matter rested for the nevertheless he retained power year. The Reform Bill of 1860 until his death in 1865, and was introduced on March 1— handed on a majority in a new “not a bad day,” as Lord John Parliament to Lord Russell, drily observed—the anniversary who succeeded him.

of the same day on which the I do not propose to follow famous Act of 1832 first saw in any detail the proceedings the light. But the House at of Parliament from 1860 to large showed little interest in 1865. A Right Honourable the subject. The “steam was friend of mine, who was more

not on,

and the noble lord fond of making speeches than appeared for that night in the the House was of listening to character of “Languid Johnny them, described it as a “dam- rather than of “Glorious John.” nable dining Parliament"; and Mr Disraeli said it was a very so it was. Bores were not bad bill. He knew only two encouraged; count -outs were members who approved it frequent. I had the pleasure Lord John and Mr Bright. of finding full employment for The second reading was moved many weeks in each session, as on March 19.

The debate was chairman of Election Commit- prolonged and inanimate, and tees and of Committees on adjourned over and over again; Private Bills, - work which I and the question was not put always found congenial to my from the Chair until May 3, taste, and which brought me when the bill was read a second into association with members time without a division. June in all quarters of the House, 4 was fixed for Committee, and and so encouraged and kept up on June 7 a motion for adjournthat feeling of fraternity which ment was made, when the Govprevailed among us.

ernment obtained a majority of The Budget of the Chancellor 21 only-for adjournment 248, of the Exchequer in 1860 pro- against 269. On June 11 Lord posed to repeal the paper duty, John Russell withdrew the bill. while it doubled the income Lord John Russell must have tax. The bill for repeal of been mortified at the treatment paper duty obtained a major- which the bill experienced at ity in the Commons of 53 on the hands of the Government second reading, but of 9 only and the new House of Comon third reading. In the Lords mons. It was not so much the bill was rejected by a the hostility which it encounmajority of 89—Contents 104, tered as the languid indifference

came

found few friends. Lord John and Lord Palmerston again beRussell met it with a hostile

Prime Minister. Lord resolution, objecting to the dis- John Russell was Foreign Secfranchisement, as he termed it, retary. The Cabinet included of the freeholders holding pro- Mr Gladstone and Mr Sidney perties in boroughs. He told Herbert; John Bright and us an old story of a Devonshire Richard Cobden were left out freeholder, who, on coming to the in the cold. Throughout the poll, was asked if he had held debate on the Address, stress his qualification more than a was laid on the failure of the year, and replied, “ More than a Government to prevent the war year! We have had it since which had already commenced William the Conqueror." Mem- between France, Sardinia, and bers on both sides objected to Austria Magenta had been the uniformity of franchise in fought on June 7, and apprecounties and boroughs. Mr hensions were entertained as to Gladstone indulged and sur the outbreak of a general Europrised the House with an elabo- pean war.

Lord Malmesbury rate defence of small boroughs, has recorded his opinion that in a speech which he admitted the Government would not to be “antiquated,” and which have been defeated if Mr Discertainly would have been very raeli had previously laid on the appropriate if it had been made table the Blue Books containing in 1831. He said he concurred the Italian and French correin everything which had been spondence with our Foreign said against the bill. He spoke Office. This may have been so. from the Ministerial side, below There can be no doubt that the gangway. He voted against Lord Malmesbury's policy and Lord John's resolution and for his ability were indicated by his the second reading, as did Mr own despatches. But nothing Walpole and Mr Henley. The could have saved the GovernHouse divided on March 29. ment long. There was The Ayes were 291, Noes 330; jority, although a small majority against the bill 39. upon the whole return against In April Parliament was dis- the Government; and the more solved. The new House met dignified course for the Governon June 7. Lord Hartington ment, and the more satisfactory moved as an amendment to the for the Queen and the country, Address a vote of want of con was that the trial of strength fidence in Lord Derby's Govern- should take place as soon as posment. Sir James Graham and sible, and that a new AdminisMr Sidney Herbert spoke and tration should be formed under a voted for the amendment. Mr Prime Minister who enjoyed the Gladstone went into the lobby confidence of the country. Lord with the Government. The Palmerston possessed, to a reHouse divided : for the amend- markable extent, the power of ment 323, against 310; major- conciliating opponents as well ity against Government 13. as of retaining friends, and it is Lord Derby at once resigned, a singular fact, as illustrating

a ma

was

not on,

the extent of his personal in- Non - Contents 193— after an fluence, that he came into power admirable speech by Lord with a majority in his favour Lyndhurst. There was much deof 13; that the result of the bate and discussion in the Comelection petitions was to strike mons about what Mr Gladstone off on the balance eight mem- characterised as a “gigantic bers from the Ministerial side innovation”; but “action (making a difference on a divi- not taken by Lord Palmerston, sion of 16 votes), and that and the matter rested for the nevertheless he retained power year. The Reform Bill of 1860 until his death in 1865, and was introduced on March 1handed on a majority in a new not a bad day,” as Lord John Parliament to Lord Russell, drily observed—the anniversary who succeeded him.

of the same day on which the I do not propose to follow famous Act of 1832 first saw in any detail the proceedings the light. But the House at of Parliament from 1860 to large showed little interest in 1865. A Right Honourable the subject. The “steam was friend of mine, who was more

and the noble lord fond of making speeches than appeared for that night in the the House was of listening to character of "Languid Johnny them, described it as a “ dam- rather than of “Glorious John.” nable dining Parliament”; and Mr Disraeli said it was a very Bores were

not bad bill. He knew only two encouraged; count-outs were members who approved it — frequent. I had the pleasure Lord John and Mr Bright. of finding full employment for The second reading was moved many weeks in each session, as on March 19. The debate was chairman of Election Commit- prolonged and inanimate, and tees and of Committees on adjourned over and over again ; Private Bills, - work which I and the question was not put always found congenial to my from the Chair until May 3, taste, and which brought me when the bill was read a second into association with members time without a division. June in all quarters of the House, 4 was fixed for Committee, and and so encouraged and kept up on June 7 a motion for adjournthat feeling of fraternity which ment was made, when the Govprevailed among us.

ernment obtained a majority of The Budget of the Chancellor 21 only—for adjournment 248, of the Exchequer in 1860 pro- against 269. On June 11 Lord posed to repeal the paper duty, John Russell withdrew the bill. while it doubled the income Lord John Russell must have tax. The bill for repeal of been mortified at the treatment paper duty obtained a major- which the bill experienced at ity in the Commons of 53 on the hands of the Government second reading, but of 9 only and the new House of Comon third reading. In the Lords

It was not so much the bill was rejected by a the hostility which it encounmajority of 89—Contents 104, tered as the languid indifference

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