The Quarterly Review Volume N . 65

The Quarterly Review Volume N . 65

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...original reduction of the stamp duty on the pretence of extinguishing 'smuggling, ' the subsequent impunity and hundred-fold growth of that same 'smuggling,1 the uninterrupted continuance of this 'smuggling, ' by a prisoner in Monmouth gaol, its certain connexion with the fatal insurrection in Wales, and its natural effect in perverting, possibly thousands, of honest and loyal and respectable men, like poor George Shell, into traitors thirsting for the lives of others and prodigal of their own--whether, we say, such a case, beginning in fraud and ending in blood, ever before stained the annals of a civilised government? And what answer will the ministers under whose misrule these facts occurred--what answer can they give concerning their respective shares in these lamentable transactions? We cannot doubt that some explanation will be wrung from them on the very first day of the meeting of parliament. 'Tis not by the imprisonment of one victim or the execution of another that these questions can be answered. Unhappy men! whose fate will be a new exemplification of the melancholy observation of the Roman moralist--Multi Committunt eadem diverso crimina fato: --Ille crucem, pretium sceleris tulit, Hic diadema. One is rewarded with the gallows, and Another with a coronet! But it is not by mere connivance alone that the government appears to encourage the abuses of the press. We believe that the present is the first ministry that ever permitted itself to be publicly identified with any newspaper, except the London Gazette. All governments have occasionally given more or less of their confidence to a particular paper, but even this to a very limited extent, and never avowedly: indeed, the prudence of governments and the independence of editors have alikeshow more

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  • Paperback | 276 pages
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 9781236636393