The Etonian Volume 2

The Etonian Volume 2

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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. 1821 edition. Excerpt: the good qualities of a king, they will vanish from the eyes of his subjects, if Prejudice has forbidden them to look upon any of his actions, except those which are worthy of blame. How forcible a representation of its malevolence do the feudal times present to us; when the quarrels of powerful families were handed down, and continued with undiminished enmity and bloodshed, through the lapse of ages! And in later days, when we see a monarch dethroned and decapitated by his subjects, without cause;--when we hear all the invectives which the spirit of Revolution can utter against those who the least deserve them;--when we see persons attacked in the performance of those duties which they have long discharged with honour to themselves, and with success to their country: --shall we not naturally, if we behold all these evils with the clear and steady light of reason, inquire into their origin? It is Prejudice. Under the same head may be included Popular Prejudice. That of the political species is more slow and deliberate in its advances, but more virulent and deadly in the completion of its purposes. Popular Prejudice, on the other hand, is violent and immediate in manifesting itself; but its rage is exhausted in a much shorter space of time. It has been known, however, upon gaining an ascendancytover the passions of an intemperate and senseless mob, to produce the most diabolical paroxysms of fury, and to have operated on the minds of men, as it were, by infernal agency. The conduct of our own countrymen, during the execution of Governor Wall, if we turn back to the chronicles of that period, will show us Popular Prejudice in its most glaring and execrable light. I do not by any means wish to vindicate the character, or palliate the conduct, of..
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  • Paperback | 172 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 318g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236577019
  • 9781236577016