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Moreover, as W. E. H. Lecky observed of Queen Victoria, the monarch functioned as a moral force. He no longer merely set the style for a court; he set an example for the nation. George IV added color but no conscience to an age of increasing seriousness which avowed dedication and discipline in human affairs. George unfortunately had an aggressive Brunswick for a wife. She shared her husband's melodramatic and amorous proclivities. Caroline offered an even less suitable example for moral guidance, for her taste in lovers was more democratic.
That occupation, I am quite confident, is an unpaid and unredeemed burden to France. It is a burden of which, I verily believe, France would be glad to rid herself. But they know little of the feelings of the French Government, and of the spirit of the French nation, who do not know, that, worthless or burdensome as that occupation may be, the way to rivet her in it would be, by angry or intemperate representa- ELDON AND THE TEST ACT 41 tions, to make the continuance of that occupation a point of honour.
SETON-WATSON, Britain in Europe, 1789-1914 (London, 1937); and H. W. V. TEMPERLEY, The Foreign 38 CHALLENGING THE CONSTITUTION Policy of Canning, 1822-1827 (London, 1925). For the British context, in addition to E. HALEVY, The Liberal Awakening, consult W. R. BRocK, Lord Liverpool and Liberal Toryism (London, 1941). SouRcE: George Canning, "Speech on the King's Message Relative to the Affairs of Portugal, December 12th, 1826," The Speeches of George Canning, edited by R. Therry, Vol. VI (London, 1828),pp.