TO THE EDITOR. Sib,—lf the simple fact of Gladstone being accidentally born in England makes him an Englishman, then had he been born in China would he have been a Chinaman, and would we have made him pay the LlO tax before allowing him to enter this colony ? Otherwise, we have his own authority for saying he is a pure Scotchman by parentage. Then, as a natural deduction, children born of pure Chinese parents in England would be Englishmen, and therefore in meeting what we consider a Chinaman we may be in error, as after all he may be a bona fide Englishman. I must say, on this principle, if he had been born in a stable, it is quite evident he must have been a horse. You may be quite right, but it is evident, from the enclosed copy of Gladstone's own words (taken from the inscription on the restored Market Cross, Edinburgh), that he considers he is a Scotchman, an J he has put it on record in brass, so that there may be no mistake in all time coming as to what ha is. Is he wrong ?—I am, etc., Edinburgh. Dunedin, July 11. [translation.] Thanks to Gcd, this ancient monument, tho Cross of Edinburgh, ■which of old was set apart for public ceremonies, but, having been utterly destroyed by a misguided hand A.D. MDOOLVI., was avenged as well as lamented, in song alike nob e and manful, by that great man Walter Scott, has now, by favor of the Magistrates of the City, been restored by William Ewart Gladstone, who claims, through both parents, a purely Scottish descent. November 24,1885.
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GLADSTONE'S NATIONALITY., Evening Star, Issue 7960, 16 July 1889
GLADSTONE'S NATIONALITY. Evening Star, Issue 7960, 16 July 1889
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