Walpole

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Macmillan and Company, 1889 - 251 pages
 

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Page 105 - Seen him I have, but in his happier hour Of social pleasure, ill exchanged for power ; Seen him, uneumber'd with the venal tribe, Smile without art, and win without a bribe.
Page 16 - God bless your majesty and the church. We hope your majesty is for Dr. Sacheverel.
Page 228 - A patriot, sir ! Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms ! I could raise fifty of them within the four-and-twenty hours. I have raised many of them in one night. It is but refusing to gratify an unreasonable or an insolent demand, and up starts a patriot.
Page 162 - Besides this consideration, he stated, not less pointedly and decidedly, his sentiments with regard to the absolute necessity there is in the conduct of the •affairs of this country, that there should be an avowed and real Minister, possessing the chief weight in the council, and the principal place in the confidence of the King.
Page 58 - Such a controversy was bellum, plusquam civile, as Lucan expresses it. Why could not faction find other advocates ? But among the uncertainties of the human state, we are doomed to number the instability of friendship.
Page 174 - Robert had heard them all he assured them that he was conscious of having meant well ; that in the present inflamed temper of the people the act could not be carried into execution without an armed force...
Page 174 - will no further go. I meant well, but in the present inflamed temper of the people, the Act could not be carried into execution without an armed force ; and there will be an end of the liberty of England if supplies are to be raised by the sword. If, therefore, the resolution is to proceed with the bill, I will instantly request the king's permission to resign, for I will not be the minister to enforce taxes at the expense of blood.
Page 229 - October, that he who in former times " was asleep as soon as his head touched the pillow, (for I have frequently known him snore ere they had drawn his curtains,) now never sleeps above an hour without waking ; and he, who at dinner always forgot he was minister, and was more gay and thoughtless than all the company, now sits without speaking and with his eyes fixed for an hour together.
Page 141 - King, or received a pension from the Crown, should be capable of serving as a member of the House of Commons.
Page 157 - Although in Cabinet all its members stand on an equal footing, speak with equal voice, and, on the rare occasions when a division is taken, are counted on the fraternal principle of one man, one vote, yet the head of the Cabinet is primus inter pares, and occupies a position which, so long as it lasts, is one of exceptional and peculiar authority.

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