Junius Lord Chatham, and the "Miscellaneous Letters" Proved to be Spurious

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Longman, 1833 - 84 pages

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Page 35 - This, sir, is the detail. In one view, behold a nation overwhelmed with debt ; her revenues wasted ; her trade declining; the affections of her colonies alienated; the duty of the magistrate transferred to the soldiery; a gallant army which never fought unwillingly but against their fellowsubjects mouldering away for want of the direction of a man of common abilities and spirit...
Page 34 - The ruin or prosperity of a state depends so much upon the administration of its government, that to be acquainted with the merit of a ministry, we need only observe the condition of the people *. If...
Page 71 - I mean the house of commons. With one party he was a patriot of the first magnitude : with the other, the vilest incendiary. For my own part, I consider him merely and indifferently as an English subject, possessed of certain rights which the laws have given him, and which the laws alone can take from him. I am neither moved by his private vices, nor by his public merits. In his person, though he were the worst of men, I contend for the safety and security of the best...
Page 45 - Without much political sagacity, or any extraordinary depth of observation, we need only mark how the principal departments of the state are bestowed, and look no farther for the true cause of every mischief that befalls us.
Page 4 - Were he a member of this house, what might not be expected from his knowledge, his firmness, and integrity ? He would be easily known by his contempt of all danger, by his penetration, by his vigor.
Page 29 - The boroughs of this country have properly enough been called the rotten parts of the constitution. I have lived in Cornwall, and without entering into any invidious particularity, have seen enough to justify the appellation. But in my judgment, my lords, these boroughs, corrupt as they are, must be considered as the natural infirmity of the constitution. Like the infirmities of the body, we must bear them with patience, and submit to carry them about with us. The limb is mortified, but the amputation...
Page 46 - A submissive administration was at last gradually collected from the deserters of all parties, interests, and connexions; and nothing remained but to find a leader for these gallant welldisciplined troops. Stand forth, my lord, for thou art the man. Lord Bute found no resource of dependence or security in the proud, imposing superiority of lord Chatham's abilities, the shrewd inflexible judgment of Mr.
Page 4 - How comes this Junius to have broke through the cobwebs of the law, and to range uncontrolled, unpunished, through the land? The myrmidons of the court have been long, and are still, pursuing him in vain. They will not spend their time upon me or you, or you.
Page 34 - When our gracious sovereign ascended the throne we were a flourishing and a contented people. If the personal virtues of a king could have insured the happiness, of his subjects, the scene could not have altered so entirely as it has done.
Page 55 - The distance of the colonies would make it impossible for them to take an active concern in your affairs if they were as well affected to your government as they once pretended to be to your person.

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