The Life and Times of Cavour, Volume 2

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Houghton Mifflin, 1911
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Page 173 - ... guile seduced, no force could violate; And, when she took unto herself a Mate, She must espouse the everlasting Sea. And what if she had seen those glories fade, Those titles vanish, and that strength decay; Yet shall some tribute of regret be paid When her long life hath reached its final day: Men are we, and must grieve when even the Shade Of that which once was great, is passed away.
Page 425 - Her Majesty's Government can see no sufficient ground for the severe censure with which Austria, France, Prussia, and Russia have visited the acts of the King of Sardinia. Her Majesty's Government will turn their eyes rather to the gratifying prospect of a people building up the edifice of their liberties, and consolidating the work of their independence, amid the sympathies and good wishes of Europe.
Page 162 - What a noble human being ! I expected to see a hero and I was not disappointed. One cannot exactly say of him what Chaucer says of the ideal knight, "As meke he was of port as is a maid " ; he is more majestic than meek, and his manners have a certain divine simplicity in them, such as I have never witnessed in a native of these islands, among men at least, and they are gentler than those of most young maidens whom I know. He came here and smoked his cigar in my little room and we had a half hour's...
Page 425 - The authority of the Prince of Orange had doubtless an influence on the deliberations of the States-General, but it did not lead them to the commission of an act of injustice ; for when a people from good reasons take up arms against an oppressor, it is but an act of justice and generosity to assist brave men in the defence of their liberties.
Page 209 - I declare to you,' were his words to Sir James Hudson, ' that at this moment no engagement of any sort or kind exists between us for the cession of Savoy. If the Savoyards, by a great numerical majority, petition Parliament for separation, the question will be treated parliamentarily. But I tell you frankly, that the best way to meet this question is openly and frankly, and in no other way will I ever consent to meet it. I agree with Lord John [Russell], that the King would be disgraced were he to...
Page 147 - , he wrote, ' have as good a right to change their rulers, as the people of England, France, Belgium and Sweden '. He had his way, and in March, 1860, the Duchies came under the rule of Victor Emmanuel. Almost at once, a still more delicate situation arose. The Bourbon rule in Naples and Sicily had long been notorious, as shown by Gladstone's scathing phrase, but good or bad, it was a legal rule, and there was...
Page 91 - If the French Emperor is tired of his war, and finds the job tougher than he expected, let him make what proposals he pleases, and to whomsoever he pleases ; but let them be made as from himself formally and officially, and let him not ask us to father his suggestions, and make ourselves answerable for them.
Page 312 - Sicilies unless he was asked by them 1860] to do so, as the Prince of Orange was asked by the best men in England to overthrow the tyranny of James II. — an attempt which has received the applause of all our great public writers, and is the origin of our present form of government.1 Queen Victoria to Lord John Russell.
Page 129 - have as good a right to change their Rulers as the people of England, France, Belgium, and Sweden, and the annexation of the Duchies would be an unmixed good for Italy, for France, and for Europe.
Page 426 - he shouted, rubbed his hands, jumped up, sat down again, then he began to think, and when he looked up, tears were standing in his eyes. Behind your despatch (Hudson wrote Lord John) "he saw the Italy of his dreams, the Italy of his hopes, the Italy of his policy.

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