Gooch ended his four happy years in Cambridge with an event which was to have a profound effect on him. Just before giving up residence, he heard the inaugural lecture of Lord Acton as Regius Professor of Modern History on 11 June 1895. After Seeley’s death he had very much hoped that Lord Acton would be appointed to the vacant chair, and he was delighted when Lord Rosebery, during his short tenure as Prime Minister, fulfilled his wish. A close friendship between Gooch and Acton developed from 1896 onwards, to be terminated only by the latter’s death in 1902. Gooch was not Lord Acton’s pupil, for he left Cambridge in 1895.1 As he wrote in 1926, he intellectually owed most to Acton.2
KeywordsSeventeenth Century Trinity College Religious Freedom Political Thought Modern History
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