William Pitt. Charles James Fox. Sir James Mackintosh. Lord Erskine

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Charles Kendall Adams
Putnam, 1884

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Page 182 - France, in a few years, described the whole circle of human society. All this was in the order of nature— when every principle of authority and civil discipline, when every principle which enables some men to command and disposes others to obey was extirpated from the mind by atrocious theories, and still more atrocious examples; when every old institution was trampled down with contumely, and every new institution covered in its cradle with blood ; when the principle of property itself, the sheet-anchor...
Page 253 - Angel last replied. This having learn'd, thou hast attain'd the sum Of wisdom; hope no higher, though all the stars Thou knew'st by name, and all the ethereal powers, All secrets of the deep, all Nature's works, Or works of God in Heaven, air, earth, or sea, And all the riches of this world...
Page 221 - ... satirist on his tyranny to be convicted and punished as a libeller ; and in this court, almost in sight of the scaffold streaming with the blood...
Page 253 - A virgin is his mother, but his sire The power of the Most High : he shall ascend The throne hereditary, and bound his reign With earth's wide bounds, his glory with the heavens.
Page 252 - Where angels tremble while they gaze, He saw; but, blasted with excess of light, Closed his eyes in endless night.
Page 4 - I will not tease you with too long a lecture in favour of inaction, and a competent stupidity, your two best tutors and companions at present. You have time to spare ; consider there is but the Encyclopedia ; and when you have mastered all that, what will remain? You will want, like Alexander, another world to conquer.
Page 159 - They have been swallowed up by that fearful convulsion, which has shaken the uttermost corners of the earth. They are destroyed and gone for ever. One asylum of free discussion is still inviolate. There is still one spot in Europe where man can freely exercise his reason on the most important concerns of society, where he can boldly publish his judgment on the acts of the proudest and most powerful tyrants.
Page 246 - ... only refuge and consolation amidst the distresses and afflictions of the world. The poor and humble, whom it affects to pity, may be stabbed to the heart by it. They have more occasion for firm hopes beyond the grave than the rich and prosperous who have other comforts to render life delightful.
Page 122 - The right honorable gentleman might here accuse himself, indeed, of reserve; but it unfortunately happened, that at the time the point was too clear on which side the aggression lay. Prussia was too sensible that the war could not entitle her to make the demand, and that it was not a case within the scope of the defensive treaty. This is evidence worth a volume of subsequent reasoning; for if, at the time when all the facts were present to their minds, they could not take advantage of existing treaties,...

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