The Portfolio; or A collection of state papers, etc. etc. illustrative of the history of our times [afterw.] The Portfolio, Volume 1

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Page 292 - The consequence of letting loose the passions at present chained and confined, would be to produce a scene of desolation which no man can contemplate without horror; and I should not sleep easy on my couch, if I were conscious that I had contributed to precipitate it by a single moment. This...
Page 289 - I dread it, indeed, but upon far other grounds ; I dread it from an apprehension of the tremendous consequences which might arise from any hostilities in which we might now be engaged. Some years ago, in the discussion of the negotiations respecting the French war against Spain, I took the liberty of adverting to this topic.
Page 292 - I have said) put up with almost any thing that did not touch national faith and national honour; — rather than let slip the furies of war, the leash of which we hold in our hands — not knowing whom they may reach, or how far their ravages may be carried. Such is the love of peace which the British Government acknowledges; and such the necessity for peace which the circumstances of the world inculcate.
Page 348 - Sultan has been enabled to offer us a more determined and regular resistance, whilst he had scarcely assembled together the elements of his new plan of reform and ameliorations — how formidable should we have found him, had he had time to give it more solidity, and to render that barrier impenetrable which we find so much difficulty in surmounting, although art has hitherto done so little to assist nature ! ' Things being in this state, we must congratulate ourselves upon having attacked them before...
Page 290 - I then stated that the position of this country in the present state of the world was one of neutrality, not only between contending nations, but between conflicting principles ; and that it was by neutrality alone that we could maintain that balance, the preservation of which I believed to be essential to the welfare of mankind. I then said that I feared that the next war which should be kindled in Europe would be a war not so much of armies as of opinions.
Page 291 - ... in which this country stands, our business is not to seek opportunities of displaying it, but to content ourselves with letting the professors of violent and exaggerated doctrines on both sides feel, that it is not their interest to convert an umpire into an adversary. The situation of England, amidst the struggle of political opinions which agitates more or less sensibly different countries of the world, may be compared to that of the Ruler of the Winds, as described by the poet: — " Celsa...
Page 188 - We know that England and France are the first among the nations of the globe, and were great and powerful when the Russians came in little boats, and got from us permission to catch fish in the sea of Azof. We thought that England and France would take no interest in a simple and poor people like us, but we did not doubt that such wise nations knew that we were not Russians, and though we know little, and have no artillery, generals, discipline, ships, or riches — that we are an honest people,...
Page 110 - J'ai fait élever ici la citadelle, et je vous déclare qu'à la moindre émeute je ferai foudroyer la ville, je détruirai Varsovie, et certes ce ne sera pas moi qui la rebâtirai.
Page 282 - En examinant l'ensemble des faits et de la position, il me semble qu'il contient tout ce que peut offrir à M. Canning une occasion d'arrêter ses violences. La question est maintenant réduite à la conduite de l'Espagne. Avec la certitude où l'on est que, malgré les intrigues de la Cour de Madrid, elle n'osera jamais faire passer un Espagnol armé sur territoire Portugais, le Cabinet de Londres, s'il désire jesty, as it is to be hoped, will for stronger reasons avoid it with France. Every...
Page 290 - Portugal; it is a war which has commenced in hatred of the new institutions of Portugal. How long is it reasonable to expect that Portugal will abstain from retaliation ? If into that war this country shall be compelled to enter, we shall enter into it with a sincere and anxious desire to mitigate rather than exasperate—and to mingle only in the conflict of arms, not in the more fatal conflict of opinions.

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