Wives of the prime ministers, 1844-1906

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WIVES OF THE

PRIME MINISTERS

1844-1906



BY

ELIZABETH LEE

AUTHOR OF "OUIDA: A MEMOIR" ETC.


with contributions by

Mrs. C. F. G. MASTERMAN



London
NISBET & CO. LIMITED
22 BERNERS STREET, W. 1



First Published   January 1918
Reprinted August 1918


PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN



NOTE


MY most cordial thanks are due to Mrs. Drew for permission to print the extracts from Mrs. Gladstone's manuscript diary, and to reproduce the portrait which forms the frontispiece to this book; to Mr. Wilfrid W. Ashley, who most kindly invited me to Broadlands and gave me permission to print extracts from some of the letters of Lady Palmerston in his possession; to Lady Battersea for a similar permission in regard to letters from Mrs. Disraeli; and to the Hon. George Peel for information about Lady Peel's family and her early childhood. Thanks are also due to Mr. Stuart M. Ellis for information concerning Bulwer and Lady Caroline Lamb. It would be impossible to acknowledge separately the published sources consulted, but I have done so wherever possible.

E. L.



CONTENTS
page
I. Lady Caroline Lamb 1
II. Lady Peel 44
III. Lady John Russell (Countess Russell) 63
IV. Lady Palmerston 99
V. Mrs. Disraeli (Viscountess Beaconsfield) 131
VI. Mrs. Gladstone 156
VII. Lady Salisbury 218
VIII. Lady Campbell-Bannerman 233
Index 249


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