The History and Survey of London and Its Environs; From the Earliest Period to the Present Time

The History and Survey of London and Its Environs; From the Earliest Period to the Present Time : In Four Volumes Volume 2

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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. 1806 edition. Excerpt: ... is impossible, perhaps, to trace the cause of this tumult, which certainly was very different from a religious one, to its true source. There is too much reason to-believe, that it was the consequence of a deep-laid plot, among the enemies of Great Britain, and that the opportunity of this meeting was considered so favourable to its completion, that it was seized before the arrangements, necessary to give it full effect, weremade. This may account for the want of method, so conspicuous in the proceedings of the rioters. Had they, in the first moments of dismay, attacked the Bank and public offices, instead of the chapels, and houses of individuals, national ruin must have followed; for there can be no doubt that they would have succeeded, when the supinenessof the civil power, in the first days of the riots, is considered. Though parties of soldiers were continually dispatched to the assistance of the magistrates, these were too much intimidated to act with effect; and the oflicers of the military durst not not take the responsibility upon themselves. This negligence became a subject of complaint, and the lord mayor was ordered to attend the privy-council, to account for his inactivity; before whom he made no scruple of acknowledging, that " the rioters were so violent, and such was his temerit, that he thought death would be his portion." I-fis conduct, on this-occasion, called forth the severity of Mr. Burke's ironical talents; who pleaded, in his lordship's behalf, in the House of Commons, " that all men were not made alike: the lord mayor, he supposed, was of atimid nature, and without the natural courage and capacity, that fit some men to act a wise and decided part in trying situations: neither had he...show more

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  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 290g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123686333X
  • 9781236863331