Roundell Palmer's Memorials

Memorials. Part I. Family and Personal. 1766-1865. Roundell Palmer, Earl of Selborne. Volume 1. London, Macmillan & Co. Ltd. 1896. Index



[Roundell matriculates to Christ Church, Oxford.]


Here, at the outset of my Oxford life, I must dedicate a few pages to those who were my brother’s friends as well as my own: to Charles Wordsworth, Thomas Legh Claughton, and John Thomas. My Father well understood the value of such friendships. Writing to me of Claughton, in the summer of 1833, he said: “It has often been the fashion to say, the days spent at college were among the happiest of a man’s life; and I feel assured the friendships you have both formed will make you and William consider it so.” He wrote also to my Uncle Ralph in India, on the occasion of my brother gaining in that year one of the University prizes, while Claughton was not equally successful in the competition for another: “Nothing in all these things gives me more satisfaction than the strict and warm friendship that subsists between these young men, and some others who have equally distinguished themselves in the University, such as Mr. Charles Wordsworth...

[Roundell joined the “Union” debating society in his first term]


Until I joined the “Union,” I had no political opinions beyond the hereditary Toryism of my father and other members of my family, who remembered the first days of the first French Revolution, and looked upon the second as likely to end in a new dissolution of the existing order of society.