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He labored under the burden of what he believed to be an underdog position, and he gave his reasons: "The candidates were numerous, and as seniority was generally very much regarded in the election (I being the last entered of my year), I was obliged to supply by some degree of superior merit this deficiency. "30 In 1795 Copley was elected a Fellow of Trinity College. The position carried a stipend as well as academic recognition. This financial gain removed some economic pressure from the senior Copley, whose artistic reputation had begun to decline, opening a period of financial stress that continued throughout the remainder of his life.

Even were I to talk about myself," he glowed, "I trust you would not deem it entirely stupid. " He described what he saw in his looking glass. The circle in George Street would find it difficult to recognize him. " As for good spirits, he declared himself "actually crazy" with them. He had never enjoyed "three more pleasant . . "6 Well he might relish the hospitality and fuss made over him. S. relatives and friends since its departure twenty years earlier. Furthermore, he was the son of a noted American-born artist, a fact certain to gain a favorable response from the fiercely nationalistic Americans of that day.

A Reward for Perseverance 47 6. Keeping Afloat 60 7. Setting up the Duke 69 8. Concession Over Consistency 77 9. Lady Lyndhurst's Adventure 89 10. Expediter of Justice? 104 11. A Sinking Ship 111 12. Rescued by the Whigs 117 13. Throw Open the Floodgates 128 14. This Fatal Bill 139 15. The Most Splendid Moment 148 16. Dolly's Exit and Peel's Hour 159 17. Disraeli's Staunch Friend 180 18. Breathing Life Into the Party 191 19. New Queen, New Wife, New Ministry 209 20. His Last Chancellorship 219 21.

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