The Correspondence of the Right Honourable Sir John Sinclair, Bart; With Reminiscences of the Most Distinguished Characters Who Have Appeared in Great
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. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...soap; but if, by a wise alteration in the duty, soft soap had the balance cast in its favour, oil instead of tallow would then be consumed, with which we might supply ourselves, greatly to the advantage of our Greenland, and even herring fisheries. For in that event we would find it beneficial to boil our her VOL. II. R rings into oil, according to the Swedish practice; and oil is the basis of soft, as tallow is of hard soap. I am very ready to confess, that commercial must sometimes give way to political views and interests, nor are some sacrifices to be grudged in point of profit, could we secure Russia in a sincere and hearty connexion with this country. For distant as it is, its friendship is of the utmost importance, as it would always insure an alliance either with the Emperor or with Prussia, with Sweden or with Denmark; in short, so formidable a confederacy, that France would never venture to attack us. In regard to the idea, that Russia may be raised to such a height, as to endanger the independence of Europe; powerful as it may become, yet, in these enlightened times, with a million of fighting men in Germany alone, no such danger is to be seriously apprehended. Besides, this is an event in which we are less interested than the other European states, since Russia can never reach us, without treading on the necks of France and Germany, either of which, assisted by us, might keep Russia within proper bounds, and repel any invasion from that quarter, however formidable; moreover, the greater that other nations are, of the less comparative importance must France become, on whose permanent friendship we cannot rely. CONCLUSION. Of the Advantages and Disadvantages of the Russian Empire. Russia is in the happiest of all political...
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