The Life and Times of Charles James Fox, Volume 2

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Page 50 - 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.
Page 256 - When that nameless thing which has been lately set up in France was described as "the most stupendous and glorious edifice of liberty which had been erected on the foundation of human integrity in any time or country...
Page 331 - desirous of maintaining friendship and peace with England, she " must show herself disposed to renounce her views of aggression " and aggrandizement, and to confine herself within her own territory, " without insulting other Governments, without disturbing their " tranquillity, without violating their rights.
Page 195 - ... natural and accustomed support, a scheme for disconnecting the authority to command service, from the power of animating it by reward; and for allotting to the prince all the invidious duties of government, without the means of softening them to the public, by any one act of grace, favour, or benignity.
Page 48 - At twelve o'clock on the following night a messenger delivered to the two secretaries of state his majesty's orders, " That they should deliver up the seals of their offices, and send them by the under secretaries, Mr. Frazer and Mr. Nepean, as a personal interview on the occasion would be disagreeable to him.
Page 241 - Ye horrid towers, the abode of broken hearts ; Ye dungeons, and ye cages of despair, That monarchs have supplied from age to age With music, such as suits their sovereign ears, The sighs and groans of miserable men ! There's not an English heart that would not leap To hear that ye were fallen at last ; to know That e'en our enemies, so oft employ'd In forging chains for us, themselves were free.
Page 39 - The little cavils of parties will not be heard where freedom and happiness will be felt. There is not a tongue, a nation, or religion in India, which will not bless the presiding care and manly beneficence of this House, and of him who proposes to you this great work.
Page 314 - what would I propose to do in times of agitation like the present ? I will answer openly. If there is a tendency in the Dissenters to discontent, because they conceive themselves to be unjustly suspected and cruelly calumniated, what...
Page 133 - Oppressed as this nation was during the last war, by the most formidable combination for its destruction, yet had France very little to boast at the end of the contest, which should induce her again to enter deliberately into hostilities against this country. In spite of our misfortunes, our resistance must be admired, and in our defeats we gave proofs of our greatness and almost inexhaustible resources, which, perhaps, success would never show us...
Page 275 - We must not count with certainty on a continuance of our present prosperity during such an interval ; but unquestionably there never was a time in the history of this country, when, from the situation of Europe, we might more reasonably expect fifteen years of peace, than we may at the present moment.

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