We find the general character of the Stanley Families of England thus pithily summed up:
"They are a strange race, these Stanleys, and not precisely the men that the popular opinion formed during the agitation for the Reform Bill would make them out to be. Strong, brave, and efficient, with marvelous luck in marriage and at Court, they have owed their prosperity in no slight degree to a less winning power, so often and so successfully exerted that we may call it a 'political divination.'
They have almost always forseen before other men the side which was going to win, and on that side at its moment of supreme triumph, the Stanley has usually appeared. The house, now perhaps the greatest among our Parlimentary families, the only one which in modern days has seated father and son at the same time in the Cabinet, now comprehends one baronetcy (Stanley, now Errington), of Hooton in Chesire, representing the eldest branch, and two peerages, the earldom of Derby, of Knowsley in Lancashire, and the barony of Stanley, of Alderley in Cheshire, besides inferior branches at Dalgarth, in Cumberland, in Staffordshire, Sussex, Kent, and Hertfordshire." -- "Governing Families of England", by Sanford and Townsend.
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