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As Chancellor, Gladstone made a speech at Newcastle on 7 October 1862 in which he supported the independence of the Confederate States of America in the American Civil War, claiming that Jefferson Davis had "made a nation". He did not consider slavery a problem. When Gladstone was first elected to Parliament his father owned over 2,500 slaves, and the young man helped his father to obtain full payment for them. Great Britain was officially neutral at the time. Gladstone later regretted the Newcastle speech.
The opium trade faced intense opposition from Gladstone. Gladstone called it "most infamous and atrocious" referring to the opium trade between China and British India in particular. Gladstone was fiercely against both of the Opium Wars Britain waged in China, in the First Opium War initiated in 1840 and the Second Opium War initiated in 1857, denouncing British violence against Chinese, and was ardently opposed to the British trade of opium in China. Gladstone lambasted it as "Palmerston's Opium War" and said that he felt "in dread of the judgements of God upon England for our national iniquity towards China" in May 1840. A famous speech was made by Gladstone in Parliament against the First Opium War. Gladstone criticised it as "a war more unjust in its origin, a war more calculated in its progress to cover this country with permanent disgrace".
Gladstone wanted to maintain a balance between direct and indirect taxation and to abolish income tax.
he published two Letters to the Earl of Aberdeen against the Neapolitan government and responded to his critics in An Examination of the Official Reply of the Neapolitan Government in 1852. Gladstone's first letter described what he saw in Naples as "the negation of God erected into a system of government".
He is the purest figure in history. -- About George Washington
It is the duty of government to make it difficult for people to do wrong, easy to do right.
We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of Peace.
originally posted by: RelSciHistItSufi
Some further decodes from me:
1) The timestamp links this to the UK visit because:
15:21:12 = 1+5:2+1:1+2 = 6:3:3 = Jun 3rd for 3 days = UK state visit,
2) The timestamp has a MIRROR in it: 15:21:12,
(ETA- the mirror = 7x3:4x3... I wonder if this ties in to the Mary Price issue - where Mary says to take the MP (british member of parliament?) and the number of other letters = 3+4 = 7?)
originally posted by: crankyoldman