The Works of Edmund Burke; With a Memoir Volume 1

The Works of Edmund Burke; With a Memoir Volume 1

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...and parliamentary political corruption. If therefore we aim at regulating this household, the question will be, whether we ought to ooconomize by detail, or by principle? The example we have had of the success of an attempt to ceconomize by detail, and under establishments adverse to the attempt, may tend to decide this question. At the beginning cf his majesty's reign, Lord Talbot came to the administration of a great department in the household. I believe no man over entered into his majesty's service, or into the service of any prince, with more clear integrity, or with more zeal and affection for the interest of his master; and I must add, with abilities for a still higher service. (Economy was then announced as a maxim of the reign. This noble lord, therefore, made several attempts towards a rtform. In the year 1777, when the king's civil list debts came last to be paid, he explained very fully the successof his undertaking. He told the house of lords, that he had attempted to reduce the charges of the king's tables, and his kitchen.--The thing, Sir, was not below him. He knew that there is nothing interesting in the concerns of men, whom we love and honour, that is beneath our attention.--" Love, ' says one of our old poets, "esteems no office mean;" and with still more spirit, "entire affection scometh nicer hands." Frugality, Sir, is fbunded on the principle, that all riches have limits. A royal household, grown enormous, even in the meanest departments, may weaken and perhaps destroy all energy in the highest offices of tho state. The gorging a royal kitchen may stint and famish the negotiations of a kingdom. Therefore the object was worthy of his, was worthy of any man's attention. In consequence of this noble...show more

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  • Paperback | 488 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 862g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236580850
  • 9781236580856