The Works of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke.

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Page 415 - Sir, that the great contests for freedom in this country were from the earliest times chiefly upon the question of taxing. Most of the contests in the ancient commonwealths turned primarily on the right of election of magistrates, or on the balance among the several orders of the state.
Page 389 - Treaty for guarantying the possessions of any Prince or State, but upon the consideration of such Prince or State actually engaging to assist the Company against such hostilities commenced, or preparations made as aforesaid ; and in all cases where hostilities shall be commenced, or Treaty made, the said...
Page 363 - An Act for the better Regulation and Management of the Affairs of the East India Company, and of the British Possessions in India, and for establishing a Court of Judicature for the more speedy and effectual trial of Persons accused of Offences committed in the East Indies...
Page 396 - The parliament of Paris had an origin very, very similar to that of the great court before which I stand ; the parliament of Paris continued to have a great resemblance to it in its constitution, even to its fall ; the parliament of Paris, my lords, WAS ; it is gone ! It has passed away ; it has vanished like a dream ! It fell, pierced by the sword of the Compte de Mirabeau.
Page 58 - I am sorry it is not in my power to comply with your proposal of easing the prisoners for a few days of their fetters. Much as my humanity may be touched by their sufferings, I should think it inexpedient to afford them any alleviation while they persist in a breach of their contract with me : and, indeed, no indulgence can...
Page 398 - My Lords, if you must fall, may you so fall ! But \ if you stand, — and stand I trust you will, together with the fortune of this ancient monarchy, together with the ancient laws and liberties of this great and illustrious kingdom, — may you stand as unimpeached in honor as in power ! May you stand, not as a substitute for virtue, but as an ornament of virtue, as a security for virtue ! May you stand long, and long stand the terror of tyrants! May you stand the refuge of afflicted nations ! May...
Page 269 - For now the surgeon must be paid, To whom those perquisites are gone In Christian justice due to John. When food and raiment now grew scarce, Fate put a period to the farce, And with exact poetic justice; For John is landlord, Phyllis hostess: They keep, at Staines, the Old Blue Boar, Are cat and dog, and rogue and whore.
Page 388 - And whereas to pursue schemes of conquest and extension of dominion in India are measures repugnant to the wish, the honour, and policy of this nation...
Page 310 - To display the arts employed by a native on such occasions would fill a volume. He discovers the secret resources of the zemindars and renters, their enemies and competitors ; and by the engines of hope and fear, raised upon these foundations, he can work them to his purpose. The committee, with the best intentions, best abilities, and steadiest application, must after all be a tool in the hands of their dewan.
Page 198 - He began with urging as apologies, that whilst he was not certain of the extent of our demands upon him, he had no real interest in being economical in his expenses; and that while we interfered in the internal management of his affairs, his own authority and that of his Ministers, were despised by his own subjects.

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