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ON COMPROMISE. By John Morley. London: Chapman and Hall, 1874.

"I FELT that politics was a cursed profession," exclaimed Lord Salisbury, at a bitter moment of the rearrangement of his Ministry in 1887. His old friend Lord Iddesleigh (the former Sir Stafford Northcote), who had been scourged from the Tory leadership in the House of Commons for incompetence, and whom he had just unceremoniously removed from the Foreign Office, had come to say goodbye and dropped dead at his feet of a heart attack.

A thousand aphorisms attest to men's dismay at the harshness of political tasks. "Government is a very rough

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