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The Gladstone Diaries, With Cabinet Minutes and Prime Ministerial Correspondence : Volume 12: 1887-1891 - W. E. Gladstone

The Gladstone Diaries, With Cabinet Minutes and Prime Ministerial Correspondence

Volume 12: 1887-1891

Hardcover Published: 29th September 1994
ISBN: 9780198204633
Number Of Pages: 630

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The last two volumes of Gladstone's diaries depict the extraordinary energy of a remarkable octogenarian: Gladstone was eighty-four when he resigned the Premiership in 1894 to close his fourth administration. His pursuit of `justice for Ireland' through the successful passage of a Home Rule Bill through the Commons in 1893 forms the political centrepiece of these volumes. But there is also a wealth of material on imperial, foreign, domestic, and religious politics contained in the daily diary enteries, the minutes of the Cabinets of the 1892-4 government, and the five hundred letters which accompany the enteries for the governmental period. Gladstone's life-style made few concessions to his age: his reading, writing, theatre-going, and trips abroad continue, as do his speech-writing and his church-going. His declining eyesight eventually curtailed his reading and led to the end of regular diary-writing in 1894. His vast diary, which he began in 1825, ends in 1896. Its final entries are a moving conclusion to one of the most remarkable and one the most curious documents of British history.

`The centenary of the end of his last government is a good moment for the publication of the final volumes of this extraordinary document ... The completed edition now stands as the remarkable record of one Victorian's life, from before the 1832 Reform Act to dealings with the embryonic Labour Party.' Independent on Sunday `Professor Matthew and his dedicated team have produced one of the great editions of the twentieth century, from which all serious consideration of Gladstone must begin.' Times Literary Supplement `the most important single contribution to our knowledge of British 19th-century political, religious and cultural history has been completed ... He is an editor sans Pareil, and the originality of the achievement is as notable as its scale. His erudite, unwaveringly scrupulous editing has transformed brief, often cryptic diary entries into a huge corpus of ordered information. This whole massive work is a triumph of modern historical scholarship.' Angus McIntyre, The Times `The publication of the diary, masterminded by Colin Matthew, who has devoted over half an academic career to it, has transformed our view of Gladstone. In successive introductions, Matthew has set out a subtle yet lucid analysis of all aspects of his public and private life, and his extraordinary mental composition. It has left us with a much clearer view of his religious motivation and his intense anxiety to use his allotted time to battle against sinfulness in himself and in others.' London Review of Books `There is no better guide than Colin Matthew's excellent introduction to Volumes 12 and 13 of the Gladstone diaries, which cover most of the Home Rule period.' Andrew Adonis, New Statesman & Society `With the appearance of these three volumes a publishing project which has been as successful as it was ambitious comes to an end.' Mark Garnett, The Guardian `The last decade of Gladstone's career ... is particularly relevant to the contemporary left. There is no better guide than Colin Matthews excellent introduction to Volumes 12 and 13 of the Gladstone diaries, which cover most of the Home Rule period.' Andrew Adonis, New Statesman & Society `These new volumes throw light on many matters. ... These books may not be for the general reader, yet their reward comes from steady reading and not much from mere dipping. The introduction by Matthews is as always engrossing, his touch sure. Gladstone, of charm, intelligence, industry, and compassion, deserves his outstanding editor.' The Herald `The foundation for this remarkable achievement was laid by M. R. D. Foot and built upon, and out from, by H. C. G. Matthew with consistency sustained to this, the triumphant end. The indexes and the Introduction are alike masterpieces.' EHR Book Reviews `a monumental achievement, for which congratulations are in order to the editorial body led by Lord Blake and to the staff of the Clarendon Press as well as to Professor Matthew's devoted assiduity ... There are many felicities and excellences in Professor Matthew's reading of Gladstone ... what remains truly invaluable in the diaries are the very occasional flashes of illumination in which Gladstone reveals the deepest inwardness of himself.' Richard Shannon, University of Wales, Swansea, Parliamentary History, Vol. 15, pt.2 (1996)

Prefacep. v
Abbreviated Christian And Surnamesp. xi
Abbreviated Book Titles, Mss Collections, Etcp. xv
Other Abbreviationsp. xx
Introductionp. xxv
Sat. Jan. 1. 1887 Circumcision [hawarden]p. 1
Frid. Ap. One. 1887p. 22
Sunday May One 87 Ss. Phil. & Jp. 30
Wed. June One 1887p. 38
Wed. June One 1887p. 54
Wed. June One 1887p. 61
Wed. June One 1887p. 81
Jan 1. S. & Circumcision 1888. [florence]p. 89
Frid. Mch One 1889p. 176
Frid. Mch One 1889p. 187
Frid. Mch One 1889p. 193
Frid. Mch One 1889p. 200
Frid. Mch One 1889p. 208
Frid. Mch One 1889p. 214
Frid. Mch One 1889p. 221
Frid. Mch One 1889p. 234
Frid. Mch One 1889p. 241
Frid. Mch One 1889p. 248
Circumcision Wed. Jan 1. 90p. 260
Tues. Ap. One. 1890p. 282
Tues. Ap. One. 1890p. 305
Tues. Ap. One. 1890p. 312
Tues. Ap. One. 1890p. 318
Tues. Ap. One. 1890p. 325
Tues. Ap. One. 1890p. 332
Tues. Ap. One. 1890p. 344
Thurs. Circumcision Jan. 1. 91p. 356
Sexa S. Feb. One 1891p. 362
Sexa S. Feb. One 1891p. 370
Wed Ap. One 1891p. 377
Frid. May 1 Ss Phil. & Jp. 382
Frid. May 1 Ss Phil. & Jp. 387
Frid. May 1 Ss Phil. & Jp. 398
Frid. May 1 Ss Phil. & Jp. 404
Frid. May 1 Ss Phil. & Jp. 410
Frid. May 1 Ss Phil. & Jp. 416
Frid. May 1 Ss Phil. & Jp. 422
Appendix Gladstone's Letters to Laura Thistlethwayte, 1870-1893p. 431
Where Was He? 1887-1891p. 533
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ISBN: 9780198204633
ISBN-10: 0198204639
Series: The Gladstone Diaries : Book 12
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 630
Published: 29th September 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.3  x 4.4
Weight (kg): 1.19