The Radical; An Autobiography, by the Author of 'The Member'

The Radical; An Autobiography, by the Author of 'The Member'

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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. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ...this. The Whigs cried out for reduction; the Tories, in their ineffectual endeavours to appease them, discharged and reduced the adherents of Government, or, in other words, lessened the number of the mercenaries in the system of oppression, and made it in some sort defenceless. A rational war like this was the only war we ever should have waged. But at first, --as the child, who grows conscious of strength, instinctively employs it in mischief, --we unfortunately were not aware that physical coercion never could accomplish moral purposes; and yet to attain them we had recourse to physical means. When our reason, however, grew to maturity, we saw our error; and the indefatigable use of the mere word " retrenchment,"did more for the restoration of natural privileges than all the crimson struggles of the early French revolution--the insubordination of the manufacturing districts--and the abortive endeavours of embodied multitudes to intimidate the law. It enchanted the Tories to part with their guards--it left the Whigs without a pretext to take them into their service; and the victims of what was considered national policy, in their destitution and bereavement, flocked to our standard. It was this, thank Heaven, that made us what we now are--that put us in a condition to render the Whigs subservient to our will, and the Tories, in their astonishment, the objects of our derision. Too late have the latter discovered, that in yielding to retrenchment, they but multiplied discontent. But in vain is all their bravery; we have wrested from them the sceptre--one struggle more, and it is broken for ever. When the effect of the cry for retrenchment became visible, I remember a discussion that I had at the time with my old friend Mr. Grudger--a true...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123655440X
  • 9781236554406