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Seite 43 - We go to Portugal, not to rule, not to dictate, not to prescribe constitutions— but to defend and preserve the independence of an ally. We go to plant the standard of England on the wellknown heights of Lisbon. Where that standard is planted, foreign dominion shall not come.
Seite 297 - In my opinion the third sound principle is this : to strive to cultivate and maintain, aye, to the very uttermost, what is called the concert of Europe ; to keep the powers of Europe in union together. And why ? Because by keeping all in union together you neutralize, and fetter, and bind up the selfish aims of each.
Seite 176 - The nation in every country dwells in the cottage; and unless the light of your constitution can shine there, unless the beauty of your legislation and the excellence of your statesmanship are impressed there on the feelings and condition of the people, rely upon it, you have yet to learn the duties of government.
Seite 318 - Let others better mould the running mass Of metals, and inform the breathing brass, And soften into flesh, a marble face ; Plead better at the bar ; describe the skies, And when the stars descend, and when they rise. But Rome ! 'tis thine alone, with awful sway, To rule mankind, and make the world obey. Disposing peace and war, thy own majestic way : To tame the proud, the fetter'd slave to free: — These are imperial arts and worthy thee.
Seite 63 - Again, in the year 1819, he proposed the laws known by the name of the Six Acts. He then told the House that, unless the executive power were reinforced, all the institutions of the country would be overturned by popular violence. Was he then accused of threatening the House? Will any gentleman say that it is parliamentary and decorous to urge the danger arising from popular discontent as an argument for severity ; but that it is unparliamentary and indecorous to urge that same danger as an argument...
Seite 74 - Does there remain any species of coercion which was not tried by Mr. Pitt and by Lord Londonderry? We have had laws. We have had blood. New treasons have been created. The Press has been shackled. The Habeas Corpus Act has been suspended. Public meetings have been prohibited. The event has proved that these expedients were mere palliatives. You are at the end of your palliatives. The evil remains. It is more formidable than ever. What is to be done...
Seite 63 - I, Sir, do entertain great apprehension for the fate of my country. I do in my conscience believe that, unless the plan proposed, or some similar plan, be speedily adopted, great and terrible calamities will befall us. Entertaining this opinion, I think myself bound to state it, not as a threat, but as a reason.