The Letters of Junius

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D. Hanna, 1818 - Great Britain - 412 pages

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Page 239 - ... emotions of fear and detestation, with which you always beheld him. That great lawyer, that honest man, saw your •whole conduct in the light that I do. After years of ineffectual resistance to the pernicious principles introduced by your Lordship, and uniformly supported by your humble friends upon the bench, he determined to quit a court, whose proceedings and decisions he could neither assent to with honour, nor oppose with success.
Page 196 - Injuries may be atoned for and forgiven ; but insults admit of no compensation. They degrade the mind in its own esteem, and force it to recover its level by revenge.
Page 7 - Mr. Pitt and Lord Camden were to be the patrons of America, because they were in opposition. Their declaration gave spirit and argument to the Colonies; and while perhaps they meant no more than the ruin of a minister, they in effect divided one half of the Empire from the other.
Page 74 - ... and rights of the people. But these are rights, my lord, which you can no more annihilate than you can the soil to which they are annexed.
Page 112 - We owe it to our ancestors to preserve entire those rights, which they have delivered to our care ; we owe it to our posterity, not to suffer their dearest inheritance to be destroyed.
Page x - You shall often be reminded of it. If, when the opportunity presents itself, You neglect to do Your duty to Yourselves and to posterity,— -to God and to Your country, I shall have one consolation left, in common with the meanest and basest of mankind — Civil liberty may still last the life of JUNIUS.
Page 235 - I have been deterred by the difficulty of the task. Our language has no term of reproach, the mind has no idea of detestation, which has not already been happily applied to you, and exhausted.— Ample justice has been done by abler pens than mine to the separate merits of your life and character. Let it be my humble office to collect the scattered sweets, till their united virtue tortures the sense.
Page 185 - Hanover from a notorious zeal for the house of Stuart, and find an earnest of future loyalty in former rebellions. Appearances are, however, in their favour ; so s,trongly, indeed, that one would think they had forgotten that you are their lawful king, and had mistaken you for a pretender to the crown. Let it be admitted, then, that the Scotch are as sincere in their present professions as if you were in reality not an Englishman, but a Briton of the North. You would not be the first prince of their...
Page 188 - ... scandalously abused. You are not to be told that the power of the House of Commons is not original, but delegated to them for the welfare of the people from whom they received it. A question of right arises between the constituent and the representative body.
Page 177 - To honour them with a determined predilection and confidence in -exclusion of your English subjects, who placed your family, and, in spite of treachery and rebellion, have supported it upon the throne, is a mistake too gross even for the unsuspecting generosity of youth.

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