The Works of Walter Scott, Esq Volume 30

The Works of Walter Scott, Esq Volume 30

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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. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ...both in the Highlands and Lowlands, we must next take some notice of the political condition of the two contending families, by whom the crown of Great Britain was at the time disputed_ George, the first of his family who'had ascended the British throne, had transmitted the important acquisition to his son, George II. Both sovereigns were men of honour, courage, and good 'sense; but, being born and educated foreigners, they were strangers to the peculiar character, no less than to the very complicated form of gov'rflln--fll, l'of the country over which they were called by Providence to reign. They were successively under the necessity of placing the administration in the hands of a man of distinguished talent, the celebrated Sir BobertWalpole. Unfortunately, thisgreatstatesman, was a man of a coarse mind, who altogether disbelieving in the very existence of patriotism, held the opinion that every man had his price, and might be bought, if his services were worth the value at which he rated them. His creed was as unfavourable to the probity of public men, as that of a leader who should disbelievc in the existence of military honour would hc degrading to the character of a sel1_li r-T116 venality of Sir Robert Walpole's adnunlstratlvu became a shame and reproach to the British nation, which was also burdened with the means of supplying the wages ofthe national corruption. The Kings also, George I and H, under whom Sir Robert-VValpole conducted public aliairs, were themselves unpopular from a very natural reason. They loved with fond partiality their paternal dominions of Hanover, and the manners 'and customs of the country in-which they had been born and bred. Their intimacy and confidence were more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
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  • English
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  • 1236816455
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