Editors. "Gladstone resigns following defeat of Irish University bill, but soon returns". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=18628, accessed 12 March 2014.]
British Prime Minister William Ewert Gladstone tenders his resignation, following the defeat of his Irish University bill, in which forty-three Liberals have voted against the government. However, as Benjamin Disraeli refuses to take office with a minority administration, Gladstone soon returns.