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"The Castlereagh-Canning Duel" Topic

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2018 12:13 p.m. PST

"Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh, was not entirely inexperienced in duels. As a young man, he had fought one in Ireland, over a girl, with her guardian. Shots were exchanged, but neither man was hurt and by that evening Castlereagh told his alarmed father he had already forgotten the details. The situation in 1809, however, was altogether more serious. With Britain at war with Napoleon, Castlereagh was war minister in the government under the Duke of Portland.

Also in the cabinet was George Canning, as foreign secretary. Canning was devouringly ambitious and for some months he had been intriguing with colleagues and with Portland to get the war minister dropped. This had all been behind Castlereagh's back and he had no idea of what was going on until September. Outraged at being betrayed by a colleague and apparent friend, he wrote a long letter to Canning, reproaching him for damage to his honour and reputation, and ending: ‘Under these circumstances, I must require that satisfaction from you to which I feel myself entitled to lay claim.'…."


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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2018 1:46 p.m. PST

Hmm. Well, on a non-political forum such as TMP, I cannot properly advocate politicians shooting one another. Still, a skirmish game of, say, 12 named politicians a side might solve that old problem in 1:1 games of becoming too emotionally attached to the figures.

Necromunda, you think?

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2018 10:18 a.m. PST

I met Murder on the way -
He had a mask like Castlereagh -
Very smooth he looked, yet grim;
Seven blood-hounds followed him:

All were fat; and well they might
Be in admirable plight,
For one by one, and two by two,
He tossed the human hearts to chew
Which from his wide cloak he drew.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2018 11:25 a.m. PST



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