New York, N.Y. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886. First American Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good. Item #27065
57 + (1) blank + (6) pages of publisher's announcements. By William Ewart Gladstone (1809 - 1898) British prime minister and author; "...In 1869 he played the chief part in drawing up the Irish Church Bill, a measure bristling with technical complexities which could easily go wrong, for the bill disendowed as well as disestablished the Anglican church in Ireland. He declined to use the Church of Ireland's property to fund the concurrent endowment of all churches in Ireland, the proceeds (after various existing interests had been provided for) instead going to a poor relief fund...Irish establishment was, ironically, a convenience to English tory establishmentarians. Disestablishment in Ireland removed a major religious and civil grievance of Irish Roman Catholics and Presbyterians..." (H. C. G. Matthew in the ODNB) Here, much later and at the end of his political career, Gladstone ponders the Irish home rule 'question,' one of the major political debates in Great Britain of the 19th century. Approx. 5" x 7 1/4" size; original bright yellow stapled printed paper wrap covers; a little spotting to the binding; faint old crease lines; in very good condition.