The Fourth Party

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Smith, Elder, 1906 - Great Britain - 322 pages
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Page 239 - The popular passion for badges and decorations was ministered to ; a picturesque form of oath was drawn up, embracing devotion to the maintenance of religion, of the estates of the realm, and of the Imperial ascendency of the British Empire; and
Page 269 - that there is no chance of the paths of the Central Committee and the National Union crossing," I fear it may be disappointed. In a struggle between a popular body and a close corporation the latter, I am happy to say, in these days goes to the wall; for the popular body have this great advantage—that,
Page 57 - whose only merit is their loving hatred of one another. In their own land they vegetate and wither unnoticed. Here we pay them highly to marry and perpetuate a pauper-prince race. If they do nothing, they are good ; if they do ill, loyalty gilds the vice till it looks like virtue.
Page 242 - The expression " Tory democracy " has excited the wonder of some, the alarm of others, and great and bitter ridicule from the Radical party. But the " Tory democracy" may yet exist; the elements for its composition only require to be collected, and the labour may some day, possibly, be effected by the man, whoever he may be, upon whom the mantle of Elijah has descended.
Page 252 - and arranged with him that at the meeting of the delegates at Birmingham I am to declare war against the Central Committee, and advocate the placing of all power and finance in the hands of the Council of the National Union. This will be a bold step, the Austerlitz of the Fourth
Page 241 - adventure —which enables them to recover rapidly and unexpectedly from misfortunes which would seem to be fatal. The Tories, though possessing many other advantages, fail in this respect. As time goes on their successes will be fewer and separated from each other by intervals of growing length ; unless, indeed, the policy and the
Page 270 - having nothing to conceal, they can at any moment they think proper appeal fully (and in some measure recklessly) to a favourable and sympathising public, and I am of opinion that in such a course as this the National Union will find that I may be of some little assistance to them.
Page 282 - body representing, as it does, upwards of 500 affiliated Conservative Associations, and composed of men eminent in position and political experience, enjoying the confidence of the party in populous localities, and sacrificing continually much time, convenience, and money to the work of the National Union—acquiescing in the view of its functions laid down in your letter of
Page 216 - My disinclination to return to England for the meeting of Parliament grows stronger every day, and I seem to have lost my interest in things political. I am happy in Capua, and the thought of once more engaging with Goats and Gibsons et hoc genus omne makes me sick.

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