[March 8th 2011]
Printed, in part, in The Times on 10 November 1910, page 8. Collected in A Book of Words, Macmillan, London, 1928.
The elected Mayor of Brighton was Councillor Charles Thomas Stanford (1858-1932). Lord Curzon (1859-1925), the former Viceroy of India (1898-1905), and Sir Edward Carson (1854-1935), later Lord Carson, a leading lawyer and the implacable leader of the Ulster Unionist M.P.s, were among the guests.
In his speech, Kipling referred to Britain’s vast overseas possessions. Might we be excused, he said, if we had so far ‘avoided trouble within these limits? May we not be forgiven if we had not exercised our imagination on our fellow-subjects.’ Kipling praised the calibre of the members of the House of Lords and stated that the rituals and procedures of the House of Commons were important as a defence against the unrestricted powers of legislators. He noted the extent of the Empire governed from Westminster and contended that Parliament had the strength to carry this responsibility.
(the page and line numbers below refer to the
Uniform Edition of A Book of Words Macmillan, London 1928)
[Page 61, line 1] Paracatathecus the testator, one who makes a will.
[Page 63, line 11] Lewes town in Sussex close to Brighton.
[Page 63, line 13] Brighthelmstone old name for Brighton.
[Page 64, line 30] Thames pilot guide for those navigating the passage of the River Thames.
[Page 65, line 25] Rottingdean coastal town in Sussex. The country home of Kipling’s uncle and aunt, Edward and Georgiana Burne Jones, from 1880. The Kiplings lived there from 1897 to 1902.
[Page 65, line 27] Mr Kemp Thomas Read Kemp (1781?-1844), Member of Parliament for Lewes, 1812-16; founded the Kemp Town area of Brighton, 1826-37.
[Page 67, lines 31-2] Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth Matthew 5,5, Christ’s words to his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount.
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