A Letter to Sir William Windham: II. Some Reflections on the Present State of the Nation. III. A Letter to Mr. Pope

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A. Millar, 1753 - Great Britain - 531 pages
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Page 54 - ... may impose a while on the world: but a little sooner or a little later the mystery will be revealed, and nothing will be found to be couched under it but a thread of pitiful expedients, the ultimate end of which never extended farther than living from day to day.
Page 90 - The first steps (says Lord Bolingbroke, speaking on this occasion) in both were perfectly answerable ; and, to the shame of the peerage be it spoken, I saw at that time several lords concur to condemn, in one general vote, all that they had approved in a former Parliament by many particular resolutions.
Page 106 - I had pressed particularly to be informed whether his grace acted alone, or if not, who were his council : and that the others were so disposed, that there remained no doubt of their joining as soon as the first blow should be struck.
Page 520 - If you continue still of the same mind, I shall have no excuse to make to you for what I have written and shall write. Our opinions coincide. If you have changed your mind, think again and examine further. You will find that it is the modest, not the presumptuous, inquirer who makes a real and safe progress in the discovery of divine truths. One follows Nature and Nature's God — that is, he follows God in His works and in His Word; nor presumes to go further, by metaphysical and theological commentaries...
Page 219 - Pretender's hands? ; contenting himself with making the duke understand, how little need there was to get rid of a man in this manner, who only wanted an opportunity to get rid of the Pretender and his cause.
Page 52 - It seldom happens, that either of them can steer a direct course, and they both arrive at their port by means which frequently seem to carry them from it. But as the work advances, the conduct of him who leads it on with real abilities clears up, the •appearing inconsistencies are reconciled, and when it is once consummated, the whole shows itself so uniform, so plain, and so natural, that every dabbler in politics will be apt to think he could have done the same.
Page 468 - I consider the constant contemplation of nature, by which I mean the whole system of God's works, as far as it lies open to us, as the common spring of all sciences, and even of these.
Page 112 - He talked to me, says his lordship, like a man who expected every moment to set out for England or Scotland, but who did not very well know for which : and when he entered into the particulars of his affairs, I found, that concerning the former he had nothing more circumstantial or positive to go upon than what I have already related.
Page 6 - Scotland, which many of their fastest friends exclaimed against; and that they should varnish over that original capital fault, the drawing the Highlanders together in arms at the time and in the manner in which it was done.
Page 420 - ... fentiments they impute muft proceed, whenever they are real, from thefe caufes,. or from one which is ftill worfe, from corruption. A wife prince, and a wife people, bear no regard to other ftates, except that which arifes from the coincidence or repugnancy of their feveral interefts ; and this regard mufl therefore vary, as thefe interefts will do, in the perpetual fluctuation of human affairs.

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