A very short time before this event the Unwins had received a visit from the Rev. John Newton, the curate of Olney in Buckinghamshire, with whom they became friends.
Gresham (1832-1895), Olney succeeded him as secretary of state on the 10th of June 1895.
In 1786 his life at Olney was cheered by Lady Hesketh taking up a temporary residence there.
Canovas so fully comprehended the necessity of averting American intervention that he listened to the pressing demands of secretary Olney and of the American minister in Madrid, Hannis Taylor, an.d laid before the Cortes a bill introducing home rule in Cuba on a more liberal scale than Maura, Abarzuza and Sagasta had dared to suggest two years before.