6th September 1866 - Gladstone addresses meeting in Council Chamber

Portrait of William Gladstone

On September 6th 1866 William Gladstone addressed a meeting in the Council Chamber[1].

At the time, Gladstone was an Opposition MP without any special position.

He had been Chancellor of the Exchequer until June of that year, following the defeat of the Reform Bill

Gladstone had been staying with the Bishop of Salisbury, Walter Hamilton, who was a friend. Gladstone was also a friend of Sidney Herbert[2], but they had disagreed over spending money on building defences against the French[3].


[1] The Popular History Of Old & New Sarum. T. J. Northy, Published by the Wiltshire County Mirror & Express Co. Ltd., 1897. Page 258. Available digitally on the Internet Archive - URL: https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00nort/popularhistoryof00nort_djvu.txt.

[2] Sidney Herbert was one of the Herbert family of Wilton, whose statue used to stand in the Market Square

[3] H. C. G. Matthew, ‘Gladstone, William Ewart (1809–1898)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2011 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/10787, accessed 17 March 2014]


By Barraud - My Memories of Gladstone: http://www.archive.org/stream/mymemoryofgladst00smituoft#page/n7/mode/2up, Public Domain, Link