History of England from the peace of Utrecht to the peace of Versailles: 1713-1783

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Page 141 - I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid ? We have been assured, 'sir, in the sacred writings, that, 'except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.
Page 203 - In such a cause, your success would be hazardous. America, if she fell, would fall like the strong man. She would embrace the pillars of the state, and pull down the constitution along with her.
Page 271 - ... a cabinet so variously inlaid; such a piece of diversified mosaic; such a tessellated pavement without cement; here a bit of black stone and there a bit of white; patriots and courtiers; king's friends and republicans; Whigs and Tories; treacherous friends and open enemies; that it was indeed a very curious show, but utterly unsafe to touch, and unsure to stand on.
Page 203 - The Americans have not acted in all things with prudence and temper: they have been wronged: they have been driven to madness by injustice. Will you punish them for the madness you have occasioned? Rather let prudence and temper come first from this side. I will undertake for America that she will follow the example. There...
Page 63 - Let humble Allen, with an awkward shame, Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.
Page 202 - I rejoice that America has resisted. Three millions of people, so dead to all the feelings of liberty as voluntarily to submit to be slaves, would have been fit instruments to make slaves of the rest.
Page 226 - I was not, like his Grace of Bedford, swaddled, and rocked, and dandled into a legislator; " Nitor in adversum" is the motto for a man like me. I possessed not one of the qualities, nor cultivated one of the arts, that recommend men to the favour and protection of the great.
Page 494 - twas I — I forged the letter — I disposed the picture — I hated — I despised — and I destroy.' " I ask, my lords, whether the revengeful temper, attributed by poetic fiction only to the bloody African, is not surpassed by the coolness and apathy of the wily American ?
Page 180 - He never presents himself to their thoughts, but to menace and alarm them.
Page 374 - They did not say, these are the rights of the great barons, or these are the rights of the great prelates : — No, my lords ; they said, in the simple Latin of the times, nullus liber homo, and provided as carefully for the meanest subject as for the greatest.

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