On the designs of Russia (Google eBook)

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J. Murray, 1828 - Eastern question (Balkan) - 251 pages
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Page 223 - ... Notwithstanding the immense expenditure of the English government during the last twenty years, there can be little doubt but that the increased production on the part of the people has more than compensated for it. The national capital has not merely been unimpaired, it has been greatly increased, and the annual revenue of the people, even after the payment of their taxes, is probably greater at the present time than at any former period of our history.
Page 117 - ... reigning autocrat although it is but the other day the diadem has descended to him, has he not already found time to prosecute successfully an aggrandizing policy? The ink is scarcely dry which has signed away to him, by means of a most indefensible exercise of force, the banks of the Araxes, and yet it is concluded that the same hand will gratuitously reject the splendid, and incomparably superior prize that now lies nearly prostrate for acceptance.
Page 242 - It must be obvious, that should any European potentate aim at the subversion of the British establishment in India, it would not be with so absurdly extravagant a hope, as the succeeding to a similar domination. To reduce Britain's strength, by depriving her of such sinews as India affords, would be the purpose ; and the course which would suggest itself for effecting it would be the exciting some powerful sentiment in India against us. Perhaps the only pretence which any forecasting enemy can have...
Page 139 - After revolving every circumstance with the coolest caution, I cannot find any reason why, subsequently to the present year, an annual surplus of four millions sterling should not be confidently reckoned upon. This ought naturally to increase ; for, the causes which will augment the receipt have nothing in them tending to require further charges.
Page 118 - Marmora ; but also that a young military monarch will be so reluctant to give umbrage to other nations, that he is so averse to war, so enamoured of peace, and altogether so imbued with a fine sense of abstract right, that although this transcendant achievement (the ultimate aim of all the national conquests) be now ripe for execution, and, as it were, courts him on, he will yet forbear to give it effect. This is to be more than moderate. ' It will be to disregard the fervent aspirations...
Page 173 - Federacy, more likely to push that policy to its uttermost, especially against us, than the individual just alluded to. ' The Canadas and some islands of the Western Main are primary and unquestionable objects of their ambition. Now if Ireland should be then in a disaffected or insurrectionary state should some imitative phantom of a presidentiary government have been created within it, and be in a condition to fulminate, from any beleaguered fastness...
Page 85 - ... motives of our conduct. He knows, I am persuaded, too well the effect which opinion and public impression must always have in this country, either to complain of our change of measures, or to wonder at it, if the true cause is fully explained to him.
Page 218 - Suffice it to say, that since about a hundred thousand Frenchmen, incumbered with twenty thousand sick and wounded, were enabled, though two thousand miles distant from their own frontiers, to remain unmolested masters for nearly seven weeks of the antique capital of the invaded empire, situated as it is in the very heart of its dominion, eventually also only voluntarily retiring from it, while still decidedly superior in the field, it must in candour be...
Page 27 - Ottomans were such) will not avail against a superior infantry and artillery. The Turkish empire in Europe falls, as a matter of course, if the lines of the Danube and Hemus, the passage of the Bosphorus, and the capital, are possessed by Russia. It is true, that the Ottomans will not probably abandon their towns and fastnesses without a contest.
Page 237 - ... other nation, supposing all restrictions were abolished, would ever be able to compete with them, on account of the easy rate at which the Russians could build, fit, and sail their vessels ; the empire producing within itself every necessary article for both building and equipment at an extraordinarily low price, and in the greatest abundance, while the natives are accustomed to live on the hardest fare. But should they become refined, still all ordinary provisions are extremely reasonable ;...

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