FROM THE AUTHOR TO W.E. GLADSTONE
DUFFERIN, The Rt. Hon. Lord. Irish Emigration and the Tenure of Land in Ireland.
Illustrated with a coloured map, charts and tables. London: Wills, Sotheran & Co, 1867.
First edition. pp. xxii, [ii], 402. Contemporary full green morocco, title and author in gilt direct in the
second and third compartments; turn-ins gilt; gold, red and blue endbands. Presentation copy
from the author to the Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone. Inscribed on front free endpaper ‘The
Rt. Hon. / W.E. Gladstone / from the Author / 1865’. Signature of Robert H. Farrell, 1892, on
titlepage. All edges gilt. A near fine copy.
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Liberal politician. In a career lasting over sixty years, he served
as Prime Minister four separate terms.
Gladstone’s first ministry saw many reforms including Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland and
the introduction of secret voting. After his electoral defeat in 1874, Gladstone resigned as leader of the
Liberal Party, but from 1876 began a comeback based on opposition to Turkey’s Bulgarian atrocities.
His Midlothian Campaign of 1879-80 was an early example of many modern political campaigning
techniques. After the 1880 election, he formed his second ministry, which saw crises in Egypt
(culminating in the death of General Gordon at Khartoum in 1885), and in Ireland, where the
government passed repressive measures but also improved the legal rights of Irish tenant farmers. The
government also passed the Third Reform Act. Back in office in early 1886, Gladstone proposed Irish
Home Rule but this was defeated in the House of Commons in July. The resulting split in the Liberal
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Party helped keep them out of office, with one short break, for twenty years. In 1892 Gladstone formed
his last government at the age of 82. The Second Irish Home Rule Bill passed the Commons but was
defeated in the Lords in 1893. He resigned in March 1894, in opposition to increased naval
expenditure. He left Parliament in 1895 and died three years later aged eighty-eight.
Gladstone is famous for his oratory, his religiosity, his liberalism, his rivalry with the Conservative
Leader Benjamin Disraeli, and for his poor relations with Queen Victoria, who once complained, “He
always addresses me as if I were a public meeting”. Gladstone was known affectionately by his
supporters as “The People’s William” or the “G.O.M.” (“Grand Old Man”, or, according to Disraeli,
“God’s Only Mistake”).
Gladstone is consistently ranked as one of Britain’s greatest Prime Ministers
An important and significant historical association copy. Gladstone said of Ireland before the Great
Famine: “Ireland, Ireland! that cloud in the West, that coming storm, that minister of God’s retribution
upon cruel and inveterate and but half-atoned injustice! Ireland forces upon us these great social and
great religious questions – God grant that we may have courage to look them in the face and to work
through them “. He was a champion of Irish grievances and a year after the publication of this work he
announced his proposal for the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland. On forming his first
administration he stated: “My mission is to pacify Ireland”