The Fortnightly Volume 20; V. 26

The Fortnightly Volume 20; V. 26

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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. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...of all steps backwards; it is to enlarge the area of bondage at the expense of the area of freedom. The programme of the status quo, the programme of Lord Beaconsficld, points nowhere; the programme of the people of England points distinctly in front. We will have New Rome some day; if Mr. Grant Duff can give it us at once, so much the better.. The conversion of Mr. Grant Duff--for a conversion it may surely be called---is one of the most remarkable phases of the whole business. Mr. Grant Duff has never been held to be rash or sentimental; he has never been thought likely to say or do anything windy or gusty or frothy, to quote some of the epithets to which those who set facts, past and present, before the traditions of diplomatists have got pretty well seasoned. Only a few weeks ago, some of us were tempted to look on Mr. Grant Duff as almost as cold'blooded as Lord Derby himself. All is now changed. Mr. Grant Dufl' undertakes to lead us to the walls of Constantinople; and, where he undertakes to lead, no one can be called fool-hardy for following. There is no need even to dispute about such a detail as the particular ruler whom Mr. Grant Dufi has chosen to place on the throne of the Leos and the Basils. Mr. Grant Duff has perhaps had better opportunities than most of us for judging of the Duke of Edinburgh's qualifications for government. At any rate we may be certain of one thing; his rule would be better than the rule of any Sultan. The examples of Servia and Montenegro, the example of Sweden--even the example of France--might, one would have thought, done something to get rid of the queer superstition that none can reign whose fathers have not reigned before them. A man who had had some practice in ruling, an experi...show more

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  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 726g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236780019
  • 9781236780010