The Quarterly Review Volume 52

The Quarterly Review Volume 52

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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. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...not only from all office-holders, but even from all electors and candidates, an oath of allegiance to the new system and to Louis Philippe by name. This ridiculous juggle, by which men, who scoffed at the obligations of an oath, contrived to assure the triumph of their own perjury, by appealing to the consciences of those who felt the sanctity of such a tie, has had a very important effect. It drove from the Houses of Peers and Deputies, from the Bench, from the magistrature, from the offices, from the navy, the army, and even from the national national guard, those whose superior delicacy of mind, or whose higher sense of duty, scrupled to incur this degradation. About one hundred peers retired, but the number of those who resigned other public functions on this account was not numerous. When the Duke of Orleans and the majority of the influential statesmen gave the example, it was not to be expected that humbler men should forfeit the means of existence of themselves and their families. Nay; some very respectable royalists, in the dilemma of alternative duties, thought that they would best serve what they thought the good cause, by keeping their places in the Chambers and on the Bench; these, therefore, brought themselves to accept the oath under various kinds of protests and reservations, which, though not very satisfactory to the public mind or, perhaps, to their own consciences, had yet the effect of lubricating the oath to the more numerous classes, who, in less prominent situations, were glad to avail themselves of so respectable and so convenient an example. On the approach of the late elections, this difficulty began to be more sensibly felt, and both the royalist and republican papers endeavoured to persuade the electors more

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  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 485g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236951417
  • 9781236951410