The Letters of Junius: Complete in One Volume

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J. Bumpus, 1820 - Fore-edge painting - 460 pages

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Page 309 - Resolved, That Robert Walpole, ' esq. having been this session of parliament ' committed a prisoner to the tower, and ex' polled this house for a high breach of trust ' in the execution of his office, and notorious ' corruption when secretary at war, was and ' is incapable of being elected a member to ' serve in this present parliament.
Page 395 - While parliaments are septennial, the purchase of the sitting member, or of the petitioner, makes but the difference of a day. Concessions such as these are of little moment to the sum of things; unless it be to prove that the worst of men are sensible of the injuries they have done us, and perhaps to demonstrate to us the imminent danger of our situation. In the shipwreck of the state, trifles float, and [are preserved ; while every thing solid and valuable sinks to the bottom, and is lost for ever.
Page 210 - They feel and resent, as they ought to do, that invariable, undistinguishing favour with which the guards are treated ; while those gallant troops, by whom every hazardous, every laborious service is performed, are left to perish in garrisons abroad, or pine in quarters at home, neglected and forgotten.
Page 196 - ... complaints of your people. It is not, however, too late to correct the error of your education. We are still inclined to make an indulgent allowance for the pernicious lessons you received in your youth, and to form the most sanguine hopes from the natural benevolence of your disposition. We are far from thinking you capable of a direct, deliberate purpose to invade those original rights of your subjects, on which all their civil and political liberties depend. Had it been possible for us to...
Page 152 - To reform and not to chastise, I am afraid, is impossible ; and that the best precepts, as well as the best Laws, would prove of small use, if there were no Examples to enforce them. To attack Vices in the abstract, without touching Persons, may be safe fighting indeed, but it is fighting with shadows.
Page 137 - He would never have been insulted with virtues which he had laboured to extinguish, nor suffered the disgrace of a mortifying defeat, which has made him ridiculous and contemptible, even to the few by whom he was not detested. I reverence the afflictions of a good man, — his sorrows are sacred. But how can we take part in the distresses of a man whom we can neither love nor...
Page 83 - His views and situation required a creature void of all these properties ; and he was forced to go through every division, resolution, composition, and refinement of political chemistry, before he happily arrived at the caput mortuum of vitriol in your grace. Flat and insipid in your retired state, but brought into action, you 'become vitriol, again.
Page 196 - King can do no wrong," is admitted without reluctance. We separate the amiable good-natured prince, from the folly and treachery of his servants, and the private virtues of the man, from the vices of his government. Were it not for this just distinction, I know not whether your Majesty's condition or that of the English nation, would deserve most to be lamented.
Page 289 - ... not offer, but the spirit that will not submit to an injury; and, whether it belongs to an individual or to a community, it is the foundation of peace, of independence, and of safety. Private credit is wealth; public honour is security. The feather that adorns the royal bird supports his flight. Strip him of his plumage, and you fix him to the earth, JUNIUS.
Page 216 - We cannot long be deluded by nominal distinctions. The name of Stuart, of itself, is only contemptible ; armed with the sovereign authority, their principles are formidable. The Prince who imitates their conduct, should be...

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