This book is the first biography of Charles, second Earl Grey, since G.M. Trevelyan's biography was published. Earl Grey is known for his lifelong dedication to the cause of civil and religious liberty, his consistent opposition to the slave-trade, the Test and Corporation Acts, and the Catholic disabilities. He had a deep sense of public duty and was attracted to parliamentary reform as the practical solution to a national crisis. His achievements during his four years of ministerial office include ending slavery in the British Empire and carrying into effect reform ‘in the Church and in every department of the State’.
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