His cabinet included at the first Huskisson, Palmerston and other followers of Canning.
Soon afterwards a quarrel between the duke and Huskisson led to the retirement from the ministry of all its more liberal members.
WILLIAM HUSKISSON (1770-1830), English statesman and financier, was descended from an old Staffordshire family of moderate fortune, and was born at Birch Moreton, Worcestershire, on the 11th of March 1770.
A misapprehension between Huskisson and the duke of Wellington led to the duke proposing an amendment, the success of which caused the abandonment of the measure by the government.
After the death of Canning in the same year Huskisson accepted the secretaryship of the colonies under Lord Goderich, an office which he continued to hold in the new cabinet formed by the duke of Wellington in the following year.
After succeeding with great difficulty in inducing the cabinet to agree to a compromise on the corn laws, Huskisson finally resigned office in May 1829 on account of a difference with his colleagues in regard to the disfranchisement of East Retford.
See the Life of Huskisson, by J.
The first really important railway was the line from Manchester to Liverpool, opened on the 15th of September 1830, when William Huskisson, M.P., was accidentally killed.
Huskisson began to advocate and apply the doctrines of free trade.
But the " Canningites," as they were termed, remained, and the duke of Wellington hastened to include Palmerston, Huskisson, Charles Grant, Lamb (Lord Melbourne) and Dudley in his government.
A dispute between the duke and Huskisson soon led to the resignation of that minister, and his friends felt bound to share his fate.