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“That the conduct of England with regard to America has been altogether unjustifiable.” This was the resolution the Debating Society at Marlborough College — the British prep school later attended by the current Duchess of Cambridge — took up on Oct. 23, 1865. Edward H. Moeran argued against the proposition and won — with 18 judges voting for him and only 8 voting against. Fortunately, he was not as persuasive when he later tried to terminate American football. Moeran, born in Ireland, captained the rugby and cricket teams at Marlborough and then attended Trinity College Dublin. In 1870, he moved…

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