Foreign News: The Squire

Had duty not so incessantly thwarted desire, the gaunt nobleman with the melancholy face might never have been known beyond his Yorkshire estate. He was the kind of man to be believed when he said: "I would rather be a master of foxhounds than Prime Minister." In many ways the Earl of Halifax was ill suited to his times; yet the times were to know him well.

He was born Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, son of the second Viscount Halifax, devout man of the Established Church who had himself devoted a frustrating lifetime to trying to bring about a reunion between...

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