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VISCOUNT STRATFORD DE REDCLIFFE,
WITH THE ADMIRATION WHICH ALL
ACCORD TO HIM,
AND THE ESTEEM WHICH HAS GROWN WITH A
FRIENDSHIP OF MORE THAN FORTY YEARS.
QUESTION OF THE EAST.
In the difficult question of the East, entangled by so many cross-purposes and interests, the people of this country have shown a just, but a very remarkable, disposition to repose confidence in the Government of the day : and the Government of the day has availed itself to the uttermost of that disposition. For months the nation was content, though measures and communications known to be of the highest interest were in progress, to remain without official information, and to subsist upon the fragmentary and uncertain notices which alone would transpire through the
press. It had to dispense not only with official information, but with discussion in the House of Commons. Only on the thirty-first of July did the House of Commons receive, from the bounty of the Government, after interminable delays and in the dregs of the Session, a single night in which to review the transactions of the Administration, together