The Portfolio; Or, a Collection of State Papers, Etc: Illustrative of the History of Our Times, Volume 1

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David Urquhart
J. Ridgway, 1836 - Europe

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Page 293 - ... 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 and security ; but in the situation in which this country stands, our business is not to seek opportunities of displaying it, but to content...
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 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 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 107 - 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 je ferai foudroyer la ville; je détruirai Varsovie, et certes ce ne sera pas moi qui la rebâtira ! Il m'est bien pénible de vous parler ainsi.
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 194 - ... escape. We have amongst us men who have been favoured and flattered and honoured by the Emperor, and who have preferred to that favour the dangers of their country. We have amongst us thousands of Russians, who prefer our barbarism to the civilization of their country. Russia has built forts on points of our territory, but they dare not venture beyond the reach of their guns — 50,000 Russians have lately made an inroad, and they have been beaten. It is by arms, not by words, that a country...
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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