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WILLIAM LORD RUSSELL.
THE family of Russell seems to have been long in possession of a small landed property in Dorsetshire. In l22l- John Russell was constable of Corfe Castle. William Russell, in 12841, obtained a charter for a market at his manor of Kingston-Russell. In the first year of Edward the Second, he was returned to parliament one of the knights for the county of Southampton. Sir John Russell, the lineal descendant of William, was Speaker of the House of Commons in the second and tenth years of the reign of Henry VI. His son John Russell lived at Bar
the Earl of Surrey- for his services at the taking of Morlaix in Bretagne, and was created Lord Russell in 1589. "'
Lord Russell performed important services to the crown, and to his country. Besides having served with distinction at the taking of Tournay and of Morlaix, he was instrumental in negotiating with the Constable Duke of Bourbon, and
* Mr. Burke has endeavoured to throw a slur upon the memory of the first Lord Russell, by saying that the first grant made to him by the crown was from the confiscated estate of the Duke of ' Buckingham. “ Thus,” he 'continues, “ the lion having sucked the blood, threw theofi‘al carcase to his jackal in waiting." We have seen that the first grant was not from a confiscated estate, but a grant in fee of lands at Tournay taken from the enemy. ' Nor is there any ground for the rest of the imputation. The name of Lord Russell does not appear in the list of those to ivhom the estates of the Duke of Buckingham were given. The grant of the manor of Agmondesham to -Lord Russell took place eighteen years after the execution of ‘the Duke'of Buckingham. Mr. Burke has likewise endeavoured to represent the first Lord Russell as a minion of Henry VIII. probably'resembling his master in character. There seems no foundation whatever for this aspersion.
Another charge of . Mr. Burke is this completely refuted by the Monthly Review:_-“ Calais was in the possession of the English about 300 years. Boulogne fell into their hands about the year 15%, Lord Bedford being one of the ‘captors ; yet Mr. Burke ascribes to the cession of Boulogne, which had been in the hands of England about six years, the fall of Calais, which had been safe nearly 300 years, without