William Pitt

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Wm. Isbister, 1882 - 198 pagina's
 

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Pagina 74 - I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators, has succeeded ; and the glory of Europe is extinguished for ever.
Pagina 34 - That it is now necessary to declare that, to report any opinion, or pretended opinion, of his majesty, upon any bill, or other proceeding, depending in either House of Parliament, with a view to influence the votes of the members, is a high crime and misdemeanor, derogatory to the honour of the crown, a breach of the fundamental privileges of Parliament, and subversive of the constitution of this country.
Pagina 74 - It is now sixteen or seventeen years since I saw the queen of France, then the dauphiness, at Versailles; and surely never lighted on this orb, which she hardly seemed to touch, a more delightful vision. I saw her just above the horizon, decorating and cheering the elevated sphere she just began to move in, glittering like the morning star, full of life, and splendour, and joy.
Pagina 74 - Never, never more shall we behold that generous loyalty to rank and sex, that proud submission, that dignified obedience, that subordination of the heart, which kept alive, even in servitude itself, the spirit of an exalted freedom. The unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise, is gone!
Pagina 74 - ... loyalty to rank and sex, that proud submission, that dignified obedience, that subordination of the heart, which kept alive, even in servitude itself, the spirit of an exalted freedom. The unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise is gone ! It is gone, that sensibility of principle, that chastity of honour, which felt a stain like a wound, which inspired courage whilst it mitigated ferocity, which ennobled whatever it touched, and...
Pagina 131 - Frenchmen, that our number increases daily: it is " true, that the stern uplifted arm of authority at " present keeps back the timid ; that busily circulated " impostures hourly mislead the credulous ; and that " court intimacy with avowed French traitors has " some effect on the unwary and on the ambitious; " but with certainty we can inform you, friends and *'• freemen, that information makes a rapid progress <( among us; curiosity has taken possession of the " public mind; the conjoint reign...
Pagina 121 - No man can say, that, in the present state of things, and while Ireland remains a separate kingdom, full concessions could be made to the catholics, without endangering the state, and shaking the constitution of Ireland to its centre.
Pagina 60 - As to my being conscious,' he said, ' that I do not deserve the favour of the prince, I can only say that I know but one way in which I, or any man, could deserve it, by having uniformly endeavoured in a public situation to do my duty to the king, his father, and to the country at large. If, in thus endeavouring to deserve the confidence of the prince, it should appear that I, in fact, have lost it, however painful and mortifying that circumstance may be to me, and from whatever cause it may proceed,...
Pagina 33 - Temple to say, that whoever voted for the India bill was not only not his friend, but would be considered by him as his enemy. And if these words were not strong enough, Earl Temple might use whatever words he might deem stronger or more to the purpose.
Pagina 64 - Mr Pitt must recollect, that though I have ever thought it unfortunate, that he had early engaged himself in this measure, yet that I have ever said, that as he was clear of the propriety of the measure, he ought to lay his thoughts before the house ; that out of personal regard to him, I would avoid giving any opinion to any one, on the opening of the door to parliamentary reform, except to him ; therefore, I am certain, Mr Pitt cannot suspect my having influenced any one on the occasion.

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