The British Cicero; Or, a Selection of the Most Admired Speeches in the English Language; With Historical Illustrations

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 284 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1810 edition. Excerpt: ...it might be shewn, we strengthened it very considerably. The nation kept the same ranks, the same orders, the same privileges, the same franchises, the same rules for property, the same subordinations, the same order in the law, in the revenue, Vol. it. K k and in the magistracy; the same Lords, the some Commons, the same corporations, the same electors. " The church was not impaired. Her estates, her majesty, her splendor, her orders and gradations continued the same. She was preserved in her full efficiency, and cleared only of a certain intolerance, which was her weakness, and disgrace. The church and the state were the same after the Revolution that they were before, but better secured in every part. " Was little done, because a Revolution was not made in the constitution? No! every thing was done; because we commenced with reparation, not with ruin. Accordingly the state flourished. Instead of lying as dead, in a sort of trance, or exposed, as some others, in an epileptic fit, to the pity, or derision of the world, for her wild ridiculous, convulsive movements, impotent to every purpose but that of dashing out her brains against the pavement, Great Britain rose above the standard, even of her former self. An sera of a more improved domestic prosperity then commenced, and still continues, not only unimpaired, but growing, under the wasting hand of time. All the energies of the country were awakened. England never presented a firmer countenance, or a more vigorous arm, to all her enemies, and all her rivals.--Europe under her respired and revived. Every where she appeared as the protector, assertor, or avenger of liberty. A war was made and supported against fortune itself. The treaty of Ryswick, which first limited the power of France, was...

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Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682) was an English Renaissanceauthor and physician. He wroteextensively about medicine, geography, philosophy, and Christianspirituality.

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