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William Lamb, Lord Melbourne

(1779—1848) prime minister

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Althorp, John Charles Spencer, Viscount, 3rd Earl Spencer

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(1782–1845).

By temperament Althorp preferred the pleasures of private life to the tribulations of politics. He was not an eloquent speaker but won the confidence of the Commons by...

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Bedchamber crisis

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

On Robert Peel's first taking office as Prime Minister in 1839, he requested that some of the Whig ladies of the bedchamber be replaced by Tories. When Queen Victoria (as queen regnant)...

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Caroline Norton

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(1808–77)

Née Sheridan, poet, novelist, editor, and hostess: she was a granddaughter of Richard Sheridan. She married the Hon. George Norton in 1827 and in 1836 became involved in...

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Charles Christopher Pepys

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(1781–1851). Pepys's grandfather was William Dowdeswell, a pillar of the Rockingham party in the 1770s, and his father, a master in Chancery, was created a baronet in 1801. After Harrow and...

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Durham Report

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John Lambton, earl of Durham, was appointed governor‐in‐chief of Canada in January 1838 following rebellions in Canada. He recommended the union of Upper and Lower Canada (now Ontario and...

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George Eden Auckland, 1st earl

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

(1784–1849).

Auckland was a Whig who served as president of the Board of Trade under Grey and as 1st lord of the Admiralty under Melbourne. In 1835, he was appointed...

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John Millar

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(1735–1801).

Millar was born in Lanarkshire, son of a minister. Educated at Hamilton Grammar School and Glasgow University, he became a lawyer and in 1761 accepted the regius chair...

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Lichfield House compact

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This was an agreement in the London house of Lord Lichfield on 18 February 1835 between the Whigs, radicals, and Irish to work together in the forthcoming parliamentary session. Peel's ...

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Lord Brougham

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(1778–1868),

rose to be lord chancellor. His distinguished legal career included the defence of Queen Caroline in 1820. He played an important part in the founding of London...

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Lord John Russell

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(1792–1878).

Prime minister. A small, cocky man, Russell was the third son of the duke of Bedford and was educated at Westminster and Edinburgh University. He entered Parliament in...

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