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F. P. Lock

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199541539

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541539.001.0001

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A Withered Stump, 1794–1795

A Withered Stump, 1794–1795

(p.475) 11 A Withered Stump, 1794–1795
Edmund Burke, Volume II

F.P. Lock

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the retirement of British politician Edmund Burke in 1794. There are two reasons that likely influenced Burke's retirement. One is that the occasion of the vote of thanks itself had been purgatorial and humiliating, and that Burke was alienated from his former associates and uneasy with his new ones. He was also marginalized in an arena dominated by the personal rivalry between William Pitt and Charles James Fox.

Keywords:   personal rivalry, retirement, vote of thanks, William Pitt, Charles James Fox

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