Category Archives: Peel: Sources

Sources: Peel in death

  Lord Hatherton writing at the time of Peel’s death in 1850 Peel always seemed to me the most faultless of Ministers. The steadiness of his application and his facility of research, acquired from habit and good memory, were quite … Continue reading

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Sources: Peel the man

  These extracts give contemporary descriptions of Sir Robert Peel: his appearance and habits In person he was tall and well formed. His figure, slender rather than robust, made at that time no approach to corpulence. He was active, given … Continue reading

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Sources: Crisis of 1845-1846: 5

  Extract from Peel’s final ministerial speech in the House of Commons, June 1846   After the repeal of the Corn Laws, Peel‘s government was defeated in a vote on a Coercion Act for Ireland. Peel resigned because of this. … Continue reading

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Sources: Crisis of 1845-1846: 4

Disraeli’s attack on Peel: 15th May 1846: contemporary comment   Last week the debate in the House of Commons came to a close at last, wound up by a speech of Disraeli‘s, very clever, in which he hacked and mangled … Continue reading

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Sources: Crisis of 1845-1846: 3

Peel’s Speech on Repeal of the Corn Laws, 15th May 1846 In the early 1830s, Peel had been well-known for his opposition to the repeal of the Corn Laws and in 1841 had promised not to repeal the legislation. During … Continue reading

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Sources: Crisis of 1845-1846: 2

An extract from Lord John Russell’s ‘Edinburgh Letter’ of 22nd November 1845 A heated debate had been raging since 1840 about whether the Corn Laws should or should not be repealed. In 1845 Sir Robert Peel decided that the legislation … Continue reading

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Sources: Crisis of 1845-1846

  Peel’s Memorandum, read to his Cabinet on 1st November 1845   Peel took office in 1841 on a platform of maintaining the Corn Laws, but by the beginning of November 1845 he had decided on their repeal. He had … Continue reading

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Sources: Peel’s fiscal policy

  Peel’s Speech on the Corn Laws, 27th August 1841 Peel had been a leading member in the government of 1828 which had returned to the principle of a sliding scale on corn, as advocated by Huskisson and implemented by … Continue reading

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Source: Peel on ‘Conservative principles’, 1838

  Peel had identified what he called ‘Conservative principles’ in a letter to Henry Goulburn in 1833. In 1834, he had published the Tamworth Manifesto in which he stated his political views. In this extract, Peel again defines what he … Continue reading

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Peel’s defends his acceptance of office: 24th February 1835

  On 8th July 1834 Earl Grey went to William IV to ask for permission to resign his post as PM following a disagreement with Lord Wellesley over policy towards Ireland. The following day he announced his decision to the … Continue reading

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Source: Sir Robert Peel’s address to the Electors of the Borough of Tamworth

  Quarterly Review, volume LIII, February and April 1835, pages 261-287 This document is an editorial comment on the Tamworth Manifesto, published by Sir Robert Peel in December 1834. The manifesto was an appeal to the voting public after he … Continue reading

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Sources: The Tamworth Manifesto

  Peel wrote the following letter to his electors in Tamworth when he stood for re-election after accepting the post of Prime Minister in 1834. It has been seen as the first statement of Conservative principles. The Quarterly Review published … Continue reading

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Sources: Peel on Conservatism in the early 1830s

  Peel’s Speech in the House of Commons, 1832 Sir Robert Peel opposed the introduction of a Reform Act from the beginning of the campaign to the last vote in the House of Commons. In this extract, he explains why. … Continue reading

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