The following paragraph serves as a long footnote to Westminster Review’s “England in Egypt,” an essay occasioned by D. McKenzie Wallace’s England and the Egyptian Question (1883). Click on “Return” at the end of the paragraph to return to the main article. — George P. Landow

Sir Wilfrid Lawson, in speaking on the 5th of November, said that as to the withdrawal of the troops “he was sure Mr. Gladstone was just as anxious as he was to get those troops out of Egypt as fast as possible, and the Cabinet were trying to get them out. The troops were only there to assist to maintain a Government which the people of Egypt loathed and detested; to assist a grinding taxation of the people, to assist to pay the usurers who had lent money to the Egyptian Government. At this moment the wretched Egyptians were more miserable and plundered than they had ever been before. He hoped there was not a single Liberal in Parliament or out of it who would refuse to support the Government in removing the troops. No doubt such a course would meet with the strong opposition of the Jingoes and the military and glory lot. Lord Salisbury had said this was to be the test question. Well, he (Sir Wilfrid) accepted the challenge of Lord Salisbury. He accepted it on behalf of the Government, on behalf of the Liberal Party, and-he believed on behalf of the great body of the people of this country. When they understood this question they would dec are that the might of England should not be used to rivet a chain upon a downtrodden and oppressed nation. [366-67n]

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“England in Egypt.” Westminster Review. 366-99. Hathi Trust Digital Library online version of a copy in the University of Chicago Library. Web. 13 August 2020.

Robinson, Ronald, John Gallagher, and Alice Denny. Africa and the Victorians: The Climax of Imperialism (1961). Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Books, 1968.

Wallace, D. McKenzie. England and the Egyptian Question. London: Macmillan, 1883.

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