Editors. "Gladstone resigns as British Prime Minister". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=18911, accessed 19 December 2013.]
British Prime Minister William Ewert Gladstone resigns from his post, following a vote of no confidence in his proposed budget. His popularity had already received a blow with the defeat of Charles George Gordon in Khartoum, which many saw as the result of Gladstone's neglect of this military hero.