The life of Granville George Leveson Gower: second earl Granville, K. G., 1815-1891, Volume 2

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Page 76 - that it is an essential principle of the law of nations that no power can liberate itself from the engagements of a treaty, nor modify the stipulations thereof, unless with the consent of the contracting powers by means of an amicable arrangement.
Page 142 - This retirement is dictated to me by my personal views as to the best method of spending the closing years of my life. I need hardly say that my conduct in Parliament will continue to be governed by the principles on which I have heretofore acted ; and, whatever arrangements may be made for the treatment of general business, and for the advantage or convenience of the Liberal party, they will have my cordial support. I should, perhaps, add that I am at present, and mean for a short time to be, engaged...
Page 33 - Greece] he had never during his long experience known so great a lull in foreign affairs, and that he was not aware of any important question that I should have to deal with.
Page 386 - I think her Majesty's Government are fully justified in recommending the evacuation, inasmuch as the sacrifices necessary towards securing a good government would be far too onerous to admit of such an attempt being made. Indeed one may say it is impracticable at any cost. Her Majesty's Government will now leave them as God has placed them...
Page 255 - if you will take a piece of chalk, and reckon from October 7, 1760, to July 30, 1766, you will find five years nine months and thirty days ; which divided by five, the total of Administrations, gives exactly one year and sixty days each, on an average as we say in the City, and one day more if they have the good fortune to come in leap year.
Page 40 - Prussia, on his side, in case his Majesty the Emperor of the French should be led by circumstances to cause his troops to enter Belgium or to conquer it...
Page 410 - Russia would find the same difficulty that England had experienced in controlling its own power, when exercised at so great a distance from the seat of Government as to make reference home almost a matter of impossibility. There was always some frontier to be improved, some broken engagement to be repaired, some faithless ally to be punished, and plausible reasons were seldom wanting for the acquisition of territory, which the Home Government never thought it expedient to reject, and could not therefore...
Page 309 - We shall not keep our troops there any longer than is necessary ; but it would be an act of treachery to ourselves, to Egypt, and to Europe if we withdrew them without having a certainty — or, if not a certainty, because we cannot have a certainty in the affairs of this life — until there is a reasonable expectation of a stable, a permanent, and a beneficent Government being established in Egypt.
Page 167 - I feel certain that the Whigs and moderate Liberals in the House are a good deal disgusted, and I am much afraid that, if he goes on much further, nothing can prevent a break-up of the party.

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