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Lord Lyndhurst: the flexible Tory by Dennis Lee

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27 A great deal of violence reinforced these fears of revolution. It is important to keep in mind that violence or the threat of violence was an important force until 1848. Although the much dreaded cataclysm never arrived, the specter of social and political disorder cast a very real shadow. And it was under the burden of this lengthening shadow that the Tory leadership found it necessary to adapt to an emerging process of responsible government. Simultaneously, Tories were able to adapt this process to their own specifications to make it palatable.

2 On February 27, Copley wrote to tell his father that his dream of regaining his lost property was not to be realized. On the advice of the lawyers the young Copley had retained, he had agreed to accept on his father's behalf a settlement of £4,000. He felt anxiety about his father's reaction: "how you will be affected by the result, whether it will give you dissatisfaction or pleasure, I cannot determine. "3It had been obvious to Copley that should the case be argued in court, a successful outcome was unlikely, and a delay of at least two and a half years loomed.

His Last Chancellorship 219 21. A Living Link 233 22. The Nestor of His Party 244 23. 1Bust of Lyndhurst Page ix Introduction There is something in human nature that likes to discover a villain. , Baron Lyndhurst, has not attained the distinction of true villainy, he has been portrayed by many historians in an unsavory fashion. This three times Lord Chancellor of England is one of the very few politicians of his era not to have a modern biography. Lyndhurst played a significant role in nineteenth-century British politics, participating in the efforts of Britain's governing elite as it struggled with the constitutional crises of the 1820s and 1830s.

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