The Life of Sir William Harcourt, Vol. 1 of 2 : 1827-1886 (Classic Reprint)

The Life of Sir William Harcourt, Vol. 1 of 2 : 1827-1886 (Classic Reprint)


Excerpt from The Life of Sir William Harcourt, Vol. 1 of 2: 1827-1886 All this and much else - his unfailing Wit, his boisterous humour, his combative temperament, his love of debate, his rare powers of speech, his friendships and his quarrels lay on the surface of the man, plain alike to his time and to history. To know more of him might strengthen the impression, but could not change it, and on these aspects of Harcourt by which he dwells in the public memory it cannot be claimed that this book sheds much new light. But in other respects it is hoped that the reader will find, as the writer has found, that fuller knowledge leaves Harcourt a greater and more significant figure in the life of his time than popular judgment has divined. He was a great jester, and it was his comic genius that chiefly struck the general imagination. For the rest it was assumed that he loved the battle for its own sake and wore his principles a little lightly and negligently. The record of his life conveys a widely different impression of the man. There was much in his career that was open to criticism, and a pedantic consistency was never a feature of his political character but it would not be easy to find in the records of modern statesmanship a life devoted with more passion and disinterestedness to the public service, a more ceaseless industry continued to the last day of life, or a more abiding enthusiasm for a fundamental political faith. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Alfred George Gardiner
Paperback | 626 pages
152 x 229 x 32mm | 826g
Publication date
23 Oct 2018
Forgotten Books
Illustrations note
141 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white