Some account of the life of ... William Windham; intended as a preface to his Speeches in parliament

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Страница 7 - January 177s» at a meeting of gentlemen of the county of Norfolk, held at Norwich, that Mr. Windham gave the first promise of that eminence which he afterwards attained as an orator and statesman. Of his speech upon this occasion, a report has fortunately been preserved ; and though...
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