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Page 144 - THERE are at this day in Scotland (besides a great many poor families very meanly provided for by the church-boxes, with others who, by living upon bad food, fall into various diseases) two hundred thousand people begging from door to door.
Page 145 - No magistrate could ever discover, or be informed, which way one in a hundred of these wretches died, or that ever they were baptized. Many murders have been discovered among them ; and they are not only a most unspeakable oppression to poor tenants, (who, if they give not bread, or some kind of provision to perhaps forty such villains in one day, are sure to be insulted by them,) but they rob many poor people who live in houses distant from any neighbourhood.
Page 372 - I knew a very wise man so much of Sir Chr — 's sentiment, that he believed if a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation.
Page 271 - ... by the advice of English ministers, and the principal offices of the kingdom filled with such men, as the court of England knew would be subservient to their designs : by which means they have had so visible an influence upon our whole administration, that we have from that time appeared to the rest of the world more like a conquered province than a free independent people.
Page 386 - Scots nation had many great and profitable places at court, to the high displeasure of the English, yet that was no advantage to our country, which was totally neglected, like a farm managed by servants, and not under the eye of the master.
Page 270 - When our Kings succeeded to the crown of England, the ministers of that nation took a short way to ruin us, by concurring with their inclinations to extend the prerogative in Scotland; and the great places and pensions conferred upon Scotsmen by that court, made them to be willing instruments in the work.
Page 57 - Speeches exhorting to military and virtuous actions should be often composed, and pronounced publicly by such of the youth as were, by education and natural talents, qualified for it.
Page 288 - ... occafions, when paft, for ever irretrievable, to enter into the right path, and take hold of the golden opportunity, which makes the moft arduous things eafy, and without which the moft inconfiderable may put a ft op to all our affairs ? We have this day an opportunity in our hands which if we manage to the advantage of...
Page 330 - Jhall fucceed to the crown of this realm that is likewife fuccejjbr to the crown of England, but under the limitations following, which, together with the oath of coronation and claim of right, they Jhall fwear to obferve. That all places and offices, both civil and military, and all pen/ions formerly conferred by our kings, Jhall ever after be given by parliament.
Page 271 - ... From that time this nation began to give away their privileges one after the other, though they then stood more in need of having them enlarged. And as the collections of our laws, before the union of the crowns, are full of acts to secure our liberty, those laws that have been made since that time are directed chiefly to extend the prerogative.