The Handbook of Specimens of English Literature, Selected by J. Angus

The Handbook of Specimens of English Literature, Selected by J. Angus

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: rules, chiefly to those set her by the king, and she charmed all that came near her. Queen Anne is easy of access, and hears everything very gently; but opens herself to so few, and is so cold and general in her answers, that people soon find that the chief application is to be made to her ministers and favourites, who, in their turns, have an entire credit and full power with her; she has laid down the splendour of a court too much, and eats privately; so that, except on Sundays, and a few hours twice or thrice a-week at night in the drawing-room, she appears so little, that her court is as it were abandoned. But of all these princes' conduct, and from their successes in their affairs, it is evident what ought to be the measures of a wise and good prince, who would govern the nation happily and gloriously. The first, the most essential, and most indispensable rule for a king is, to study the interest of the nation, to be ever in it, and to be always pursuing it: this will lay in for him such a degree of confidence, that he will be ever safe with his people when they feel they are safe in him. No part of our story shows this more visibly than Queen Elizabeth's reign, in which the true interest of the nation was constantly pursued; and this was so well understood by all, that everything else was forgiven her and her ministers both. Sir Simon d'Ewe's journal shows a treatment of Parliament that could not have been borne at any other time or under any other administration. This was the constant support of King William's reign, and continues to support the present reign, as it will support all who adhere steadily to it. A prince that would command the affections and purses of this nation, must not study to stretch his prerogative, or be...
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  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 458g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123689751X
  • 9781236897510