Gladstone: With Portrait (Classic Reprint)
The story of Mr. Gladstone's life has been told by Mr. Justin McCarthy, Mr. G. W. E. Russell, Mr. H. W. Paul, Mr. Barnett Smith and others. These writers have produced admirable books, and their labours have been crowned by Mr. Morley, whose great work is already recognised as an English classic, and one of the few biographies which will endure through the ages.
One cannot wonder that so much distinguished labour has been spent in portraying the career of Mr. Gladstone. He is one of our national heroes, and his life is a great national asset. It cannot be expected that all the details of his policy should meet with universal acceptance, but all parties must recognise the brilliance of his genius, the purity of his life, the tireless industry which seemed to utilise every moment of existence, the elevation and beauty of his ideals, the rare breadth of his sympathies, the charm of his social qualities, the beneficence of 4 his example as son, husband, father, citizen, and friend.
Some of those who have been deeply impressed by this very remarkable life have naturally been anxious to impress the story upon the minds and hearts of others, and if this work is to be thoroughly accomplished, different books must be written for different types of readers. There exists a great thirst for knowledge, but we live in a time when there is much to do, and we cannot make minute investigations on every subject for ourselves. The task must be undertaken for us by others who will undertake the necessary research, and present the result in a compact form. If information as to Mr. Gladstone's career is only to be obtained from lengthy works it will, in 5 numerous cases, never be obtained at all. The age demands compressed knowledge.
It is to meet this demand that the present volume has been prepared. While the book, to serve its purpose, is necessarily short, it is the result of long study.
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