The Political State of Great Britain Volume 50

The Political State of Great Britain Volume 50

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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. 1735 edition. Excerpt: ... am sure theyffe not to be trusted to; for, even granting that these Declarations are fincere, that they have really no other Views but what they openly profess, yet we know that Success may elate the Minds of the ' Conquerors, and may make them conceive new De be able to give immediate Relief to the unfortunate, made the Declarations mentioned by the Hon. Gentle-' ' This leads me, Sir, ct to consider that terrible that imminent Danger our Liberties are exposed to, by keeping up a numerous standing Army in Time of Peace, which is a Danger that has been much exaggerated upon this and many other Occasions, by the Gentlemen of the other Side of the Qlestion. I could easily shew, it has been often shewn already, by Gentlemen much' more capable than I am, that an Army kept up from Year to Year, under the Direction of Parliament, and commanded by Gentlemen of the. best Families, and some of them of as good Estates as any in the Kingdom, can never be dangerous either to our Constitution or to our Liberties, were it much more numerous than it is, or is now proposed to be; but as the keeping up of a standing Army in Time-of Peace is not, nor can be now the Qiestion under our Confideration, I shall such a standing Army in Time of Peace; will Gentlemen from thence argue, that when all Euro e is in a F lame, when this Nation may very pro ably, and perhaps very speedily be obliged to 'engage in the War, we ought not to begin to make Preparations? Will they say, that we ought: never to make any Augmentation, or to prepare (or War till it is publickly declared? ctCan this, Sir, be a safe Maxim for any Nation? Surely no; but much less can it be a safe Maxim for this Nation, because in Time of Peace we never keep up such a great Body of Land Forces as...
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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236852532
  • 9781236852533