By Aviezer Tucker
The fifty entries during this Companion conceal the most concerns within the philosophies of historiography and background, together with common background and the practices of historians.
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47 On the morning of 15 May Wellington informed the King that he had failed to constitute a viable administration; he advised William to send for Grey. ”48 Such gloating was misplaced on several counts: the important influence of the City had been brought to bear in support of the Bill (Grote himself had been a highly visible and active participant in the effort to make this influence felt);49 Wellington’s giving up his commission from the King had less to do with the run on the banks than with Peel’s refusal to take office and the recognition that the political means required to carry out this commission were not at hand; “the people’s Bill” produced an electorate of less than 700,000 voters (approximately 18% of adult males in England and Wales).
Religious belief, argued Bentham and Grote, diminished human happiness because it yielded more harm than good, more misery than comfort. ” The notion that systems of religious belief offered essential sanctions for right conduct was spurious, the true source of such sanctions being the force of public opinion—the wish to earn the praise of one’s fellows and to be treated well by others. Virtuous conduct did not depend on religious faith. I suspect James Mill, rather than Bentham or Grote, came up with the idea that Grote should convert Bentham’s notes into a finished composition on religion’s noxious tendencies.
55 There is reason to think that Mill’s expectations of Grote in 1833 were not so high as to justify the tone of disappointment evident in the Early Draft. In a letter to Thomas Carlyle written in early August 1833 Mill observed that Grote “is by far the most considered of the radicals in the H. of C. ” Counting for more than either, perhaps, was the fact that Grote, at 55 56 57 Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, vol. 1, 204. It must be noted that at the time Mill composed the Early Draft he and Harriet Taylor Mill were estranged from the Grotes.
A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography by Aviezer Tucker