The Portfolio, Volume 1

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David Urquhart
J. Maynard., 1836 - Great Britain

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Page 110 - Je sais, messieurs, que vous avez voulu me parler, je connais même le contenu de votre discours, et c'est pour vous épargner un mensonge que je ne désire pas qu'il me soit prononcé. Oui, messieurs, c'est pour vous épargner un mensonge, car je sais que vos sentiments ne sont pas tels que vous voulez me le faire accroire.
Page 293 - I much fear that this country (however earnestly she may endeavour to avoid it) could not, in such case, avoid seeing ranked under her banners all the restless and dissatisfied of any nation with which she might come in conflict. It is the contemplation of this new power, in any future war, which excites my most anxious apprehension. It is one thing to have a giant's strength, but it would be another to use it like a giant. The consciousness of such strength is, undoubtedly, a source of confidence...
Page 294 - I have said) put up with almost any thing that did not touch national faith and national honor, 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...
Page 291 - I dread war in a good cause, (and in no other may it be the lot of this country ever to engage!) from a distrust of the strength of the country to commence it, or of her resources to maintain it 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...
Page 350 - 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 107 - C'est à vous, messieurs, de mériter l'oubli du passé : ce n'est que par votre conduite et par votre dévouement à mon gouvernement que vous pouvez y parvenir. Je sais qu'il ya des correspondances avec l'étranger, qu'on envoie ici de mauvais écrits et que l'on tâche de pervertir les esprits.
Page 106 - Pologne indépendante, ou vivre tranquillement et en sujets tidèles sous mon gouvernement. « Si vous vous obstinez à conserver vos rêves de nationalité distincte, de Pologne indépendante, et de toutes ces chimères, vous ne pouvez qu'attirer sur vous de grands malheurs. J'ai fait élever ici la citadelle, et je vous déclare qu'à la moindre émeute...
Page 294 - 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 ontributed to precipitate it by a single moment.
Page 348 - When, the Imperial Cabinet examined the question, whether it had become expedient to take up arms against the Forte, in consequence of the provocations of the Sultan, there might have existed some doubts of the urgency of this measure in the eyes of those who had not sufficiently reflected upon the effects of the sanguinary reforms which the Chief of the Ottoman Empire had just executed with such tremendous violence, and also upon 'the interest with which the consolidation of that Empire inspired...
Page 292 - 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.

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