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Lord Elgin and the Marbles$
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William St. Clair

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780192880536

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192880536.001.0001

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The Marbles are Sold

The Marbles are Sold

(p.245) 22 The Marbles are Sold
Lord Elgin and the Marbles

William St. Clair

Oxford University Press

When the new Parliamentary session started in February 1816, Lord Elgin put forward his Petition as he requested that the House of Commons should be able to appoint a Select Committee to look into the circumstances of how he was able to acquire the much discussed collection, and determine whether it be advisable or not to sell the collection to the government. Although the Chancellor of the Exchequer suggested that the move be accepted, many were not inclined to accept the proposal without reservation. After discussing several points, the petition was accepted and the Select Committee was appointed. This chapter investigates the witnesses, their arguments, and how the marbles were then advised to be sold.

Keywords:   Parliamentary session, Petition, House of Commons, Select Committee, collection

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