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THE

LIFE AND SPEECHES

OF

JOSEPH COWEN, M.P.

BY

EVAN ROWLAND JONES

66

AUTHOR OF LINCOLN, STANTON, AND GRANT; HISTORICAL SKETCHES,"
"FOUR YEARS IN THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,"

ETC., ETC.

With Steel Portrait.

"ELOQUENCE IS A TRIUMPH OF PURE POWER."-Emerson.

London:

SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON, SEARLE, AND RIVINGTON,

188, FLEET STREET, E.C.

(All rights reserved.).

UNWIN BROTHERS, THE GRESHAM PRESS, CHILWORTH AND LONDON.

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11925

Mrs F. N. Jacobs

E45 ·C866

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PREFACE.

“I

much whether there are three men in

QUESTION very Europe who could have delivered an oration of equal merit," said a northern orator, a "doctor in the schools," and a political dissentient withal, when publicly referring to one of Joseph Cowen's speeches. "He is the orator," said no less competent a judge, no less accomplished a speaker than the junior member for Newcastle to the writer of this page in referring to a speech just then made by his colleague in the House of Commons. Having listened to Mr. Cowen upon a score of occasions, having enjoyed his friendship for a dozen years, and sharing the opinions of John Morley and Robert Spence Watson, I suggested the present publication to Mr. Marston: the result of his decision is now before the reader.

But Mr. Cowen was loth to accede to my wishes. In the course of his reply to the proposal, he said: "You set more value by my talking than I do or the public does. I always take some trouble in preparing any set speech I have to make, but after it has been delivered I can never read it with satisfaction. And even the few friends who think my harangues tolerable at the time of their delivery will never be at the trouble of reading them when the occasion that lent them a temporary interest has passed." Mr. Cowen protested that "no one would buy the book," that my services

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