Life of Canning

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J. Finch & Company, Limited, 1905 - Prime ministers - 293 pages
 

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Page 193 - In matters of commerce, the fault of the Dutch Is giving too little and asking too much; With equal advantage the French are content: So we'll clap on Dutch bottoms a twenty per cent.
Page 69 - When he is jocular he is strong, when he is serious he is like Samson in a wig; any ordinary person is a match for him; a song, an ironical letter, a burlesque ode...
Page 179 - If there be any European power which cherishes other projects, which looks to a forcible enterprise for reducing the colonies to subjugation, on the behalf or in the name of Spain, or which meditates the acquisition of any part of them to itself, by cession or by conquest...
Page 135 - Europe, new, and of very questionable policy ; that it will necessarily involve us deeply in all the politics of the Continent, whereas our true policy has always been not to interfere except in great emergencies, and then with a commanding force.
Page 170 - You well know, gentlemen, how soon one of those stupendous masses, now reposing on their shadows in perfect stillness, how soon, upon any call of patriotism or of necessity, it would assume the likeness of an animated thing, instinct with life and motion; how soon it would ruffle, as it were, its swelling plumage; how quickly it would put forth all its beauty and its bravery, collect its scattered elements of strength, and awaken its dormant thunder.
Page 191 - If France occupied Spain, was it necessary, in order to avoid the consequences of that occupation, that we should blockade Cadiz ? — No. I looked another way. I sought materials of compensation in another hemisphere. Contemplat- . ing Spain, such as our ancestors had known her, I resolved that if France had Spain, it should not be Spain
Page 146 - Useful or necessary changes in legislation, and in the administration of states, ought only to emanate from the free will and the intelligent and well-weighed conviction of those whom God has rendered responsible for power.
Page 220 - Governments to avoid, if possible, anything that may bring on war, yet the prevention of supplies, as stated in your Instructions, is ultimately to be enforced, if necessary, and when all other means are exhausted, by cannon shot.
Page 191 - To look to the policy of Europe in the times of William and Anne for the purpose of regulating the balance of power in Europe at the present day, is to disregard the progress of events, and to confuse dates and facts which throw a reciprocal light upon each other.
Page 48 - Starts from his rank, and mars creation's plan. Born the free heir of nature's wide domain, To art's strict limits bounds his narrow'd reign ; Resigns his native rights for meaner things, For faith and fetters — LAWS, and PRIESTS, and KINGS.

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