Characters: Containing an Impartial Review of the Public Conduct and Abilities of the Most Eminent Personages in the Parliament of Great-Britain

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W. Wilson and R. Moncrieffe., 1777 - Statesmen - 207 pages
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Page 209 - THOUGH the danger of disappointment is always in proportion to the height of expectation, yet I this day claim the attention of the ladies, and profess to teach an art, by which all may obtain what has hitherto been deemed the prerogative of a few ; an art, by which their predominant passion may be gratified, and their conquests not only extended, but secured :
Page 157 - That the House of Commons, in the exercise of its judicature in matters of election, is bound to judge according to the law of the land, and the known and established law and custom of Parliament, which is part thereof.
Page 54 - This was the rise of the bill for the trial of persons charged with offences in North America, in any other province, or for bringing them over to England. The law had a double view. It was designed to protect the military, when called out to the aid of the civil power, from the prejudiced...
Page 215 - Consisting of Letters to his Friends, never before printed, And Various Other Articles. To Which Are Prefixed, Memoirs of his Life, Tending to Illustrate the Civil, Literary, and Political, History of his Time. By M. Maty, MD Late Principal Librarian of the British Museum, and Secretary to the Royal Society.
Page 5 - ... his quotations from books, were fo faithful, that they might have been faid to have been repeated •verbatim. The purpofes to which he employed thefe amazing talents, were ftill more extraordinary : if it was the weak part of his opponent's arguments that he referred to, he was fure to expofe its fallacy, weaknefs, or abfurdity in the moft poignant fatire, or hold it up in the moft ridiculous point of view. If, on the contrary, it were a point on which his ad* verfaries lay their chief ftrefs,...
Page 51 - ... views of ambition and active life. It was a very favourable, nay lucky circumftance for the noble Lord * who took the lead in that bufinefs, and who, in the progrefs of it, found himfelf powerfully oppofed in the Cabinet, that he was...
Page 115 - PEaIOD.] as in us lies, of every right and every power with which the constitution has armed us for the good of the whole, in order to obtain full relief for the injured electors of Great Britain, and full security for the future against the most dangerous usurpation upon the rights of the people, which, by sapping the fundamental principles of this government, threatens its total dissolution.
Page 50 - This noble lord's political character lies within a narrow compass, having heard very little of him in ' this line,' (to borrow a favourite expression of his friend Howe,) but that he enjoyed a place of no responsibility under the successive administrations of the marquess of Rockingham, Lord Chatham, and the duke of Grafton. About three years since — though unconnected with any particular set of men, and seemingly in opposition to the...
Page 213 - The Hiftory of Great Britain, from the Reftoration to the Acceffion of the Houfe of Hanover. By James Macpberfan, Efqj the 2d Edition ; 2 vols.
Page 106 - ... midst of victory, flushed with success, and running at the rate of fourteen knots an hour, with every sail set, and in the warmest expectation of at least procuring at a short day the chancellorship of the exchequer, his friend and patron having frequently assured him, in confidence, that he wished to divide the fame, profits, and labour of conducting public affairs with him, — our hero, like a certain wellknown ambitious young man of Ovidian memory, was thrown from the box, as he says, by...

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