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Was it in simple official compliment, or with a deeper feeling, that the Prime Minister at Leeds made so marked an allusion to the time when he must lay aside the burden of State ? These are the words used by the right honorable gentleman —It is for me a great satisfaction to think, especially at ray time of life, that you do not depend upon my life, or upon the life of any other man, buV particularly not upon mine ; and l wish now to repeat, in this hall, one thing only of what I said, or endeavored to say, in a speech of yesterday, that when the time comes, and comd it must very soon, when I cease to bfe able to carry on the duties with whidv 1 am now entrusted, there are two men possessed already of your confidence, already enshrined in your affections, already tested by long experience, to whom I well know that with safety and with advantage these duties may'pass over—and these two men, with other and fresher years in various degrees of the future before them, will serve you, not, perhaps, with greater sincerity”—cries of “No,” and cheers —“ but in such a manner as I know will secure your confidence and attachment These two men, I need not say, are Lord Qranville in the one House of Parliament and Lord Harrington in the othen” If we were to decide either by the proofs of exhaustless energy which the’ Premier affords, or by the wish which all his countrymen must feel that he may long enjoy and exercise such,magnificent gifts, mental and physical, the inclination everywhere would be to regard this language merely as conveying a tribute of honor and gratitude to political associates. That conclusion would be strengthened by the recollection that Mr Gladstone has already “decorated” with Parliamentary praise. his Irish Chief Secretary, and found an occasion during the Leeds pilgrimage, to eulogise Mr Bright It is significant, however, that twice in the course of his Yorkshire orations he has specially mentioned Lord Granville and Lord Harrington in connection with the days which must come and the duties which must descend.

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THE RETIREMENT OF MR GLADSTONE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 506, 12 December 1881

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THE RETIREMENT OF MR GLADSTONE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 506, 12 December 1881