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Letter to the Marquess of Lansdowne, K.G. Lord President of the Council, on the Late Revolution in France

by Brougham, Lord Henry

First Edition

Price: $320.00
from: Rose's Books, IOBA


  • Seller Inventory #: 012101
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Fine
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: James Ridgway
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1848
  • Keywords: HENRY BROUGHAM

London: James Ridgway, 1848. London: Ridgway, 1848. First edition. 8vo. Newly bound in cloth. 165 pp. The February 1848 revolution put an end to the July monarchy (1830-1848), replaced by the Second Republic (1848-1852), while the June Days Uprising gave a lethal blow to the hopes of a "Social and Democratic Republic" ("la République sociale et démocratique", or "La Sociale"). On December 2, 1851, Louis Napoleon put an end to the Republic by a coup d'état, dissolving the National Assembly without any constitutional right to do so and proclaiming the Second Empire (1852-1870) the next year. The Second Republic, however, is best remembered for having first established male universal suffrage and for Victor Schoelcher's abolition of slavery on April 27, 1848. The February Revolution also established the principle of the "right to work", and decided to establish "national workshops" for the unemployed. At the same time a sort of industrial parliament was established at the Luxembourg Palace, under the presidency of Louis Blanc, with the object of preparing a scheme for the organization of labour. These tensions between liberal Orleanist and Radical Republicans and Socialists caused the second, June Revolution. Henry Petty-FitzMaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne was Lord President of the Council under Earl Grey and then under Lord Melbourne from November 1830 to August 1841, with the exception of the few months in 1835 when Sir Robert Peel was prime minister. He held the same office during the whole of Lord John Russell’s ministry (1846–1852), and, having declined to become prime minister, sat in the cabinets of Lord Aberdeen and of Lord Palmerston, but without office. In 1857 he refused the offer of a dukedom, and he died on 31 January 1863. Lansdowne’s social influence and political moderation made him one of the most powerful Whig statesmen of the time; he was frequently consulted by Queen Victoria on matters of moment, and his long official experience made his counsel invaluable to his party. Fine in new binding.. First Edition. Cloth. Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.