Editors. "Lord Palmerston survives a Parliamentary attack on his foreign policy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
[http://litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=18240, accessed 19 June 2013.]
British foreign secretary Lord Palmerston is attacked in Parliament for his conduct of foreign affairs, but survives with a stirring speech known as the 'Civis Romanus sum speech', in which he compared the British Empire to the Roman, reminding his listeners that a Roman citizen existed under its protection wherever they were on Earth.