The Beauties of Literature; Consisting of Classic Selections from the Most Eminent British and Foreign Authors Volume 14

The Beauties of Literature; Consisting of Classic Selections from the Most Eminent British and Foreign Authors Volume 14

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ...his common expenses he was liberal within bounds; but in his charities and bounties he had none. I have known them put him to some present inconveniences. He was a strong, but not an eloquent or florid speaker in parliament. He spoke so unaffectedly the honest dictates of his heart, that truth and virtue, which never want, and seldom wear, ornaments, seemed only to borrow his voice. This gave such an astonishing weight to all he said, that he more than once carried an unwilling majority after him. Such is the authority of unsuspected virtue, that it will sometimes shame vice into decency at least. ' He was not only offered, but pressed to accept, the post of Secretary of State, but he constantly refused it. I once tried to persuade him to accept it, but he told me that both the natural warmth and melancholy of his temper made him unfit for it; and that moreover he knew very well that, in those ministerial employ. ments, the course of business made it necessary to do many hard things, and some unjust ones, which could only be authorized by the jesuitical casuistry of the direction of the intention, a doctrine which he said he could not possibly adopt. Whether he was the first that ever made that objection, I'cannot affirm, but I suspect that he will be the last. He was a true constitutional, and yet practicable patriot; a sincere lover, and a zealous assertor of the natural, the civil, and the religious rights of his country. But he would not quarrel with the crown for some slight stretches of the prerogative, nor with the people for some unwary ebullitions of liberty; nor with any one for a difference of opinion in speculative points. He considered the constitution in the aggregate, and only watched that no one part of it should...show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236840577
  • 9781236840578