Earl Grey's resignation speech

Earl Grey's resignation speech
  • Title: Earl Grey's resignation speech in the House of Lords

  • Date : 9 July 1834

  • Catalogue number : Parliamentary Archives, HAN/3/24

  • Description :

    Earl Grey resigned as Prime Minister in 1834. In his resignation speech in the House of Lords on 9th July, he said:

    "I leave the government with the satisfaction, at least, that in having used my best endeavours to carry into effect those measures of reform that the country required, I have not shrunk from any obstacles, nor from meeting and grappling with the many difficulties that I have encountered in the performance of my duty."

    The speech was received with loud cheering and applause from the House.

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