Letters Concerning The Present State Of England: Particularly Respecting The Politics, Arts, Manners, And Literature Of The Times

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Almon, 1772 - Great Britain - 402 pages
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Page 64 - ... carry with it no marks of decay, being entirely different from monarchies founded by force of arms. The Roman empire perifhed by the hands of Northern Barbarians, whom the mafters of the world difdained to conquer : it will not be fo with the Americans, they fpread gradually over the whole continent, infomuch that two hundred years hence, there probably will be nobody but themfelves in the whole Northern Continent ; from whence therefore...
Page 349 - And wake to anguilh with a burning wound. Thrice happy they, the wife contented poor, From luft of wealth, and dread of death fecure ! They tempt no deferts, and no griefs they find ; Peace rules the day, where reafon rules the mind. " Sad was the hour, and lucklefs was the day,
Page 348 - And not a tree, and not an herb was nigh ; The beafts, with pain, their dufty way purfue, Shrill roar'd the winds, and dreary was the view ! With defperate forrow wild, th' affrighted man Thrice figh'd, thrice ftruck his breaft, and thus began : " Sad was the hour, and lucklefs was the day,
Page 26 - It is the nature of our government to produce thefe heroes of politics; the occafion produces the character ; a pretence to the famed virtue is the road to corruption ; and marks a man, as one who wants only a bidder that will rife to his price.
Page 348 - A fan of painted feathers in his hand, To guard his fhaded face from fcorching fand. The fultry fun had gain'd the middle fky, And not a tree, and not an herb was nigh ; The beafts, with pain, their dufty way purfue, Shrill roar'd the winds, and dreary was the view ! With...
Page 26 - is the fpirit of modern patriotifm ? I can form no idea of fuch a virtue exerting itfelf in the Britifla conftitution ; all the explanations, harangues, and flights of imagination, which have been jumbled together to form that imaginary monfter of perfection called a Patriot, are but an •unintelligible jargon. They are Grecian and Roman ideas in an...
Page 49 - England is equal to that of the most famous states that have been great by commerce alone ; and this vast trade has been carried on, not by a knot of unhappy men, like the Dutch, who were forced to be traders or nothing ; but by a great landed nation, amongst whom trade enlivened agriculture, and agriculture yielded immense products for trade.
Page 14 - ... have been told, that the public is poor, but individuals are rich. This seems to be the strangest mistake that could possibly have been made ; for the fact is directly contrary : nothing can exceed the poverty of individuals, even those who possess the largest and noblest estates. Whence the universal influence of the Crown, if not from the poverty of the people? It is a luxurious age ; every man longing earnestly for the means of rivalling his neighbours ; straining every nerve to rise in show,...
Page 29 - If you would fix an idea to the word patriot, and adapt it to this country, you ought to defcribe a man in parliament who looks at meafures alone, totally forgetting who are the conductors; and who in all his conduct, both in and out of place, adheres fteadily to certain plans, which he thinks favourable to the happinefs and liberty of the people.
Page 28 - ... power of law, has brought every thing to fuch a ftandard, that we can have no idea of patriotifm : what are to be the rules to judge it ? What are the figns by which to know it ? The mob will ever have their patriot ; but fure the better part of mankind...

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