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Resignation and retirement

Earl Grey's resignation speech in the House of Lords Parliamentary Archives, HAN/3/24

On 9th July 1834 Earl Grey resigned as Prime Minister. In his resignation  speech 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.

Retirement and later life

Earl Grey retired to his Howick house, spending his later years with his studies, family and pets.  He became physically fragile later in his life, and died quietly in his bed on 17 July 1845.

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