Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"Romantic Radical"

Photo provided under the Creative Commons license.

"What all the wise men said has not happened and what all the fools predicted has come to pass." [on the consequences of Catholic emancipation]

"It wounds a man less to confess that he has failed in any pursuit through idleness, neglect, the love of pleasure, etc., etc., which are his own faults, than through incapacity and unfitness, which are the faults of his nature."
- William Lamb, 2nd Viscount, Lord Melbourne [1779-1848]

Melbourne was a British statesman who was twice Prime Minister in the 1830s. When the young Queen Victoria ascended to the throne in 1837, she and Melbourne developed a close relationship, with the prime minister tutoring the new queen in government and politics.

Melbourne, Australia, which was named after him in 1837.