The Break-Up of The Government (August–September 1903)

  • Julian Amery


On 22 August, as the crisis drew towards its climax, Salisbury died. In the last weeks of his life, Salisbury had spoken critically of Balfour’s alleged subservience to the Chamberlain influence. On 16 July, Hicks Beach had written: I went down to Hatfield to lunch today to see Lord Salisbury. I had not seen him since he resigned. It was quite painful to see how weak he has grown. His heart is very bad — and I do not suppose I shall ever see him again. He has entirely given up taking any active part in politics, but was much interested all the same in the present state of affairs, and evidently angry with Balfour for allowing Joe to master him so much.1


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