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The first of our living Statesmen is not only remarkable
for the largeness of his political views and his consummate
mastery of details, but for the generous confidence with which
he regards the working classes of his fellow-countrymen, and
for his untiring energy in promoting their welfare.
is also known as a lover of the beautiful and the noble
in literature, especially as exhibited in the poetry of the
popular edition of Sir Walter Scott's
Poems has therefore a double right to the sanction of his
name. The writer of the following Memoir avails himself of
the privilege which has been accorded him, and with senti
ments of the deepest admiration and respect, dedicates this
book to Mr. Gladstone.