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R. Therry
The Speeches of the Right Honourable George Canning. with a Memoir of his Life.
London: James Ridgway, 1828. About this Item: Therry was an Irish-Australian jurist and member of the New South Wales Legislative Council. He became acquainted with Canning when employed to edit his speeches and prepare them for publication. The speeches present in these volumes were published after Canning's death along with the life of Canning written by Therry. Canning was one of the most singular and remarkable of the leading statesmen of the first half of the nineteenth century, who was the only serving prime minister to sit in the Commons in this period, possessed undoubted and enviable talents, not least of which was the rich and varied oratorical eloquence which gave him an absolute ascendancy in the House. Damned at various times as a 'jester' (by William Cobbett), an 'actor' (by Henry Brougham) and a 'charlatan' (by the duke of Wellington), even as sympathetic an observer as John Wilson Croker could joke that Canning 'never took tea without a stratagem', or could remark, in a perception that captured a not always articulated sense of unease about him, that his 'mind's eye squinted'. In short, to the governing élite, who considered him too clever by half, Canning always seemed to stand slightly out of true; for Wellington, he was 'a man of imagination, always in a delusion [who] never saw things as they were'. So it was a considerable testimony to his mental courage, which never failed him, and his physical resilience, which in the end did, that he overcame formidable obstacles to become, in the 1820s, an outstanding foreign secretary, which is how posterity rightl … [Click Below for Full Description]
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