Correspondence of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke; Between the Year 1744 and the Period of His Decease, in 1797

Correspondence of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke; Between the Year 1744 and the Period of His Decease, in 1797

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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. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...I think, indeed, your situation to be as delicate as one's imagination can represent any thing. You have no confidence here, and no authority of any sort, except to communicate what you hear, with the assurance of some general good wishes towards the cause you adhere to. If those you correspond with here did enter heartily into your scheme of politics, your communications might enable them to forward what you mutually propose. If, on the contrary, their politics should take a different turn, in giving intelligence to them, you are unknowingly acting as a spy upon those whom your whole soul is set upon serving. This would be a situation of all others the most horrid; that of betraying by being betrayed. It is not that I altogether distrust the dispositions of this administration; but the consequences of acting under those whose designs are uncertain, or who, in reality, may not be masters of their own designs, to my eyes, and will to yours, appear so perilous, that too many precautions cannot be used in your communications in any thing which relates to this court, either with the leaders of the French royalists or with this ministry. It is dangerous for you fully to trust those by whom you are not fully trusted; and, whilst you give to the worthy persecuted persons you converse with in all sincerity, your advice, to the best of the faculties God lias dispensed to you, you will take care how you excite in their minds any hopes, which neither you nor I have any probable prospect to see realized. My apprehensions are somewhat roused by a discourse I have had related to me from the Russian ambassador. He says (supposing my author right) that his court is perfectly well-disposed to the king of France, but that the king of Prussia's disposition, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123649055X
  • 9781236490551