Life of the Right Honourable William Pitt, Volume 2


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Pagina 4 - power. In his (Mr. Fox's) firm opinion His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales had as clear, as express a right to assume the reins of Government, and exercise the powers of Sovereignty, during the illness and incapacity of the King, as in the case of His Majesty's natural demise. Such was his right,
Pagina 48 - Blenheims could never have done. Were we absolute conquerors, and France to lie prostrate at our feet, we should be ashamed to send a Commission to settle their affairs which would impose so hard a law upon the French, and so destructive of all their consequence as a nation, as that they had imposed upon themselves.
Pagina 48 - they have completely pulled down to the ground their Monarchy, their Church, their nobility, their law, their revenue, their army, their navy, their commerce, their arts, and their manufactures. They have done their business for us as rivals, in a way
Pagina 4 - Committee would be an utter waste of time. It was perfectly well known that there existed no precedent whatever which could bear upon the present case. But there was then a person in the kingdom different from any other person to whom existing precedents could refer—an Heir Apparent of full age, and capacity to^ exercise the Royal power. In his
Pagina 17 - the King, nor any office in reversion, nor for any other term than during His Majesty's pleasure any pension or any office whatsoever except such as must by law be granted for life, or during good behaviour. These restrictions, as Mr. Pitt explained, were all founded
Pagina 237 - suffer their resentment to lead them to any precipitate act of cruelty. . . . The British and Hanoverian armies will not believe that the French nation, even under their present infatuation, can so far forget their character as soldiers as to pay any attention to a Decree as injurious to themselves as it is disgraceful to the persons who passed it.
Pagina 46 - hope, Sir, that I think the French ' deserving of liberty. I certainly do. I certainly think that all men who desire it, deserve it. It is not the reward of our merit, or the acquisition of our industry.
Pagina 47 - was prorogued in the summer, much work has been done in France. The French have shown themselves the ablest architects of ruin that had hitherto existed in the world. In that very short space of time they
Pagina 5 - His Royal Highness was not himself to judge when he was entitled to exercise it. The two Houses of Parliament, as the organs of the nation, were alone entitled to pronounce when the Prince ought to take possession of and exercise his right.
Pagina 8 - pretty warm time—I never remember such an uproar as was raised by his threatening us with ' the danger of provoking the Prince to assert his right,' which were the exact words he used. You may conceive what advantage all this gives us, especially when coupled with the strong hopes entertained of the King's recovery.

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