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A satirical view of Wellington’s duel

The English diarist and cricketer Charles Greville writes in his diary, 21st March 1829:

This morning the Duke [of Wellington, then the prime minister] fought a duel with Lord Winchelsea [over the Catholic emancipation bill]… Lord Winchelsea is such a maniac, and has so lost his head, that everybody imagined the Duke would treat what he said with silent contempt. [The Duke] thought otherwise, however, and without saying a word to any of his colleagues or to anybody but Hardinge, his second, he wrote and demanded an apology. After many letters and messages between…

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