The Edinburgh Annual Register

The Edinburgh Annual Register

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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. 1824 edition. Excerpt: ...Nothing else could be expected from the government of a nation which like the British knows its rights and the primordial principles of public law; and it is only to be wondered at, that it should not think it expedient to give to a declaration of such obvious justice the solemnity which it deserves. The ties of intimate regard, the principles of mutual convenience, and the analogy of the respective institutions which exist in Spain and in England--do they not positively entitle the former, overwhelmed with difficulties, to expect from the latter, whose political influence is of the greatest weight, something more than simple and abstract justice--something more than a passive respect for universal laws--than a cold and insensible neutrality? And if some tender interest, sucli as befits two nations in similar circumstances, exists in the court of London, how is it that it does not manifest itself in visible acts of friendly interposition to save its ally from evils, in which humanity, wisdom, and even cautious and provident state policy will sympathize i Or, how is it that (if these benevolent acts exist) they are not communicated to the cabinet of his Catholic Majesty? The acts to which I allude would in nowise compromise the most strictly conceived system of neutrality. Good offices, counsels, the reflections of one friend in favour of another, do not place a nation in concert of attack or defence with another--do not expose it to the enmity of the opposite party, even if they do not deserve its gratitude; they are not (in a word) effective aid, troops, arms, subsidies, which augment the force of one of the contending parties. It is of reason only that we are speaking, and it is with the pen of conciliation that a Power, situated like Great...show more

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  • Paperback | 530 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 934g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236515404
  • 9781236515407