The Beauties of Clarendon; Consisting of Selections from His Historical and Moral Works

The Beauties of Clarendon; Consisting of Selections from His Historical and Moral Works

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1835* edition. Excerpt: removing prejudice, and reconciling himself to wavering and doubtful affections, believed, that the loss of the duke was very unseasonable; and that the awe or apprehension of his power and displeasure was a very necessary alloy for the impetuosity of the new officer's nature, which needed some restraint and check, for some time, to his immoderate pretences, and appetite of power. He did indeed appear on the sudden wonderfully elated, and so far threw off his old affectation to please some very much, and to displease none, in which art he had excelled, that in few months after the duke's death he found himself to succeed him in the public displeasure, and in the malice of his enemies, without succeeding him in his credit at court, or in the affection of any considerable dependants. And yet, though he was not superior to all other men in the affection, or rather resignation of the king, so that he might dispense favours and disfavours according to his own election, he had a full share in his master's esteem, who looked upon him as a wise and able servant, and worthy of the trust he reposed in him, and received no other advice in the large business of his revenue; nor was any man so much his superior, as to be able to lessen him in tht king's affection by his power. So that he was in a post, in which he might have found much ease and delight, if he could have contained himself within the verge of his own province, which was large enough, and of such extent, that he might, at the same time, have drawn a great dependence upon him of very considerable men, and have appeared a very useful and profitable minister to the king; whose revenue had been very loosely managed during the late years, and might, by industry and order, have been more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236555260
  • 9781236555267