Political and Social Letters of a Lady of the Eighteenth Century, 1721-1771

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Dodd, Mead, 1891 - Great Britain - 190 pages
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Page 17 - Testament, in witness whereof I the said John McMillan have to this my Last Will and Testament set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Page 124 - Esq., Admiral of the Blue, Fell a Martyr to political Persecution, March 14. in the Year 1757 : When Bravery and Loyalty Were insufficient Securities For the Life and Honour of A Naval Officer.
Page 124 - My heart acquits me of these crimes; but who can be presumptuously sure of his own judgment? If my crime is an error in judgment.! or differing in opinion from my judges, and if yet the error in judgment should be on their side, God forgive them, as I do; and may the distress of their minds, and uneasiness of their consciences, which in justice to me they have represented, be relieved, and subside as my resentment has done. The Supreme Judge sees all hearts and motives, and to him I must submit the...
Page 123 - ... shedding of my blood may contribute to the happiness and service of my country ; but cannot resign my just claim to a faithful discharge of my duty according to the best of my judgment, and the utmost exertion of my ability for his majesty's...
Page 123 - My enemies themselves must now think me innocent. Happy for me, at this my last moment, that I know my own innocence, and am conscious that no part of my country's misfortunes can be owing to me.
Page 122 - A few moments will now deliver me from the virulent persecution, and frustrate the farther malice of my enemies ; nor need I envy them a life, subject to the sensations my injuries and the injustice done me must create: persuaded I am that justice * will be done to my reputation hereafter : the manner and cause of raising and keeping up the popular...
Page 119 - MY LORDS, — The judges having reported to His Majesty in council, that the sentence passed on my unfortunate brother is a legal one, permit me to implore your lordships' intercession with His Majesty for his most gracious mercy, and to hope your lordships will not think an afflicted sister's application ill-founded, in a case so hardly circumstanced, and which the judges (though by the severity of the law they thought themselves obliged to pronounce the fatal sentence) have so earnestly recommended...
Page 178 - The landed Interest is beat out, and Merchants, Nabobs, and those who have gathered riches from the East and West Indies stand the best chance of governing this Country.
Page 113 - tis my duty to send you the copy of the letter which I have just received from the Marishal Duke of Richlieu : honour, humanity, and equity order me to convey it into your hands. This noble and unexpected testimony from one of the most candid as well as the most generous of my countrymen, makes me presume your judges will do you the same justice.
Page 30 - Lawyers, which doubtless hastens them, notwithstanding it seems to move slowly on, nobody that has not experience of the delays of that profession can imagine the plague of them. I know there is people think it more my fault that this afaire is not sooner concluded, but I have bought my experience dear.

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