Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay
Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay PC (25 October 1800 – 28 December 1859) was a British poet, historian and Whig politician. He wrote extensively as an essayist and reviewer, and on British history
History of the United Kingdom
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. He also held political office as Secretary at War
Secretary at War
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 between 1839 and 1841 and Paymaster-General
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 between 1846 and 1848.
The son and eldest child of Zachary Macaulay
Zachary Macaulay
Zachary Macaulay was a slavery abolitionist and campaigner.-Early life:Macaulay was born in Inveraray, Scotland, the son of the Rev. John Macaulay Zachary Macaulay (2 May 1768 – 13 May 1838) was a slavery abolitionist and campaigner.-Early life:Macaulay was born in Inveraray, Scotland, the son of...

, a Scottish
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Scottish Highlands
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 who became a colonial governor and abolitionist, Thomas Macaulay was born in Leicestershire
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, England
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Soon fades the spell, soon comes the night;Say will it not be then the same,Whether we played the black or white,Whether we lost or won the game?

Sermon in a Churchyard, st. 8 (1825)

Nothing is so useless as a general maxim.

On Machiavelli (1827)

The gallery in which the reporters sit has become a fourth estate of the realm.

On Hallam's Constitutional History (1828)

Intoxicated with animosity.

On Hallam's Constitutional History

I have not the Chancellor’s encyclopedic mind. He is indeed a kind of semi-Solomon. He half knows everything, from the cedar to the hyssop.

Letter to Macvey Napier (December 17, 1830)

That wonderful book, while it obtains admiration from the most fastidious critics, is loved by those who are too simple to admire it.

On Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress (1831)