The Letters of the Celebrated Junius: A More Complete Edition Than Any Yet Published ; in Two Volumes

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printed in the year, 1783 - Great Britain - 315 pages
 

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Page 24 - But this is not a time to trifle with your fortune. They deceive you, Sir, who tell you that you have many friends, whose affections are founded upon a principle of personal attachment. The first foundation of friendship is not the power of conferring benefits, but the equality with which they are received, and may be returned.
Page 79 - The Roman code, the law of nations, and the opinion of foreign civilians, are your perpetual theme; — but who ever heard you mention Magna Charta or the Bill of Rights with approbation or respect ? By such treacherous arts, the noble simplicity and free spirit of our Saxon laws were first corrupted.
Page 18 - The Praetorian bands, enervated and debauched as they were, had still strength enough to awe the Roman populace: but when the distant legions took the alarm, they marched to Rome, and gave away the empire.
Page 6 - At your accession to the throne the whole system of government was altered, not from wisdom or deliberation, but because it had been adopted by your predecessor. A little personal motive of pique and...
Page 2 - Sir, It is the misfortune of your life, and originally the cause of every reproach and distress which has attended your government, that you should never have been acquainted with the language of truth until you heard it in the complaints of your people.
Page 23 - ... and leave it to themselves to determine, by their conduct at a future election, whether or no it be in reality the general sense...
Page 24 - The people of England are loyal to the house of Hanover, not from a vain preference of one family to another, but...
Page 19 - They have often told your ancestors, that the law of parliament is above them. What party then remains, but to leave it to the people to...
Page 112 - A clear, unblemished character, comprehends not only the integrity that will 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.
Page 16 - English subjects, and surrendered himself at discretion to the good faith of his own countrymen ? Without looking for support in their affections as subjects, he applied only to their honour as gentlemen for protection.

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