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The Marbles are Sold

William St. Clair

in Lord Elgin and the Marbles

Third edition

Published in print June 1998 | ISBN: 9780192880536
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670596 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192880536.003.0022
The Marbles are Sold

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When the new Parliamentary session started in February 1816, Lord Elgin put forward his Petition as he requested that the House of Commons should be able to appoint a Select Committee to look into the circumstances of how he was able to acquire the much discussed collection, and determine whether it be advisable or not to sell the collection to the government. Although the Chancellor of the Exchequer suggested that the move be accepted, many were not inclined to accept the proposal without reservation. After discussing several points, the petition was accepted and the Select Committee was appointed. This chapter investigates the witnesses, their arguments, and how the marbles were then advised to be sold.

Keywords: Parliamentary session; Petition; House of Commons; Select Committee; collection

Chapter.  6991 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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