Two Letters to the Earl of Aberdeen: On the State Prosecutions of the Neapolitan Government

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J. Murray, 1859 - 99 pages

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Page 49 - Now, for the comfortless troubles' sake of the needy : and because of the deep sighing of the poor, 6 I will up, saith the LORD : and will help every one from him that swelleth against him, and will set him at rest.
Page 47 - And now cornes the keystone of the arch which makes the whole fabric consistent and complete, with all the consistency and the completeness that can belong to fraud, falsehood, injustice, and impiety : — " S. — Whose business is it to decide when the Constitution impairs the rights of Sovereignty, and is adverse to the welfare of the people ?
Page 48 - ... clerks, to recommend it to the parish priests, to cause it to become the food of the people, and to fix that in all examinations men shall be questioned upon the doctrines of political philosophy, just as they are questioned upon those of Christian belief and conduct, inasmuch as no one without being a good citizen and a good subject can be a good Christian !" There is daring if not grandeur in this conception.
Page 43 - In the awful Name of the Most Holy and Almighty God, the Trinity in Unity, to whom alone it appertains to read the depths of the heart, and whom We loudly invoke as the judge of the simplicity of Our intentions, and of the unreserved sincerity with which We have determined to enter upon the paths of the new political order ; " Having heard with mature dehberation Our Council of State ; " We have decided upon proclaiming-, and We do proclaim, as irrevocably ratified by Us, the following Constitution.
Page 6 - It is not mere imperfection, not corruption in low quarters, not occasional severity, that I am about to describe : it is incessant, systematic, deliberate violation of the law by the Power appointed to watch over and maintain it. It is such violation of human and written law as this, carried on for the purpose of violating every other law, unwritten and eternal, human...
Page 83 - ... that wellbeing ; on the elementary demands of individual domestic happiness ; on the permanent maintenance of public order ; on the stability of thrones ; on the solution of that great problem which, day and night in its innumerable forms, must haunt the reflections of every statesman both here and elsewhere, how to harmonise the old with the new conditions of society, and to mitigate the increasing stress of time and change upon what remains of this ancient and venerable fabric of the traditional...
Page 17 - ... who, on perceiving what was within, handed both to the authorities. Poerio was desired to open it, and did open it, in the presence of the Commissary. Thus far, nothing could be more elaborate and careful than the arrangement of the proceeding.
Page 13 - The prisons of Naples, as is well known, are another name for the extreme of filth and horror. I have really seen something of them, but not the worst. This I have seen, my Lord : the official doctors not going to the sick prisoners, but the sick prisoners, men almost with death on their faces, toiling up-stairs to them at that charnel-house of the Vicaria, because the lower regions of such a palace of darkness are too foul and loathsome to allow it to be expected that professional * * 'S la nsjii:ionc...
Page 40 - I absolutely forbid my heirs," he says, " to allow any mark, of whatever kind, to be placed over the spot where I shall be interred : much more any inscription or epitaph. I recommend my dearly beloved wife to impress upon my children the maxim that, when they shall be in a condition to solicit an employment from the generosity of the Government, they are to ask for it elsewhere than in the department of the executive police : and not, unless under extraordinary circumstances, to give her consent...
Page 47 - ... find studiously veiled under the phrases of religion in this abominable book : because I do not desire to produce merely a general stir and indignation in the mind, but with the indignation a clear and distinct, and, so far as may be, a dispassionate view, of that object which is its moving cause. I say, then, that here we have a complete systematized philosophy of perjury for monarchs, exactly adapted to the actual facts of Neapolitan history during the last three and a half years, published...

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