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February 17, 2014




by John Doyle in his series HB Sketches, published by T. McLean in July 1829

The year 1829 was a big year for Wellington as Prime Minister in the wake of the Roman Catholic Relief Act which was passed in Parliament with a majority of 105 on 24th March 1829, culminating the process of Catholic Emancipation in Britain.

This was also the year chaired the founding of King’s College and challenged the Earl of Winchelsea to a duel after the latter basically accused him of allowing popery back in through the back door. 1829 was indeed a very big year!

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