Editors. "Lord Melbourne resigns over Jamaican Bill". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=18038, accessed 09 March 2014.]
British Prime Minister Lord Melbourne resigns, having secured only a small majority for the Jamaican Bill. Robert Peel is asked to form a Conservative administration, but he fails to do so because of the 'Bedchamber Question', in which Queen Victoria refuses to dismiss certain of her Whig ladies-in-waiting. As a result, on 13th May, Melbourne's Whig administration returns.