A Speech of Edmund Burke, Esq. at the Guildhall, in Bristol: Previous to the Late Election in that City Upon Certain Points Relative to His Parliamentary Conduct

J. Dodsley, 1780 - 68 pages
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Page 22 - Cross a brook, and you lose the king of England ; but you have some comfort in coming again under his majesty, though " shorn of his beams," and no more than prince of Wales. Go to the north, and you find him dwindled to a duke of Lancaster ; turn to the west of that north, and he pops upon you in the humble character of earl of Chester. Travel a few miles on, the earl of Chester disappears ; and the king surprises you again as count palatine of Lancaster. If you travel beyond Mount...
Page 69 - ... importance (provided the thing is not overdone) to contrive such an establishment as must, almost whether a prince will or not, bring into daily and hourly offices about his person a great number of his first nobility ; and it is rather an useful prejudice that gives them a pride in such a servitude.
Page 69 - ... parasites, pimps, and buffoons as any of the lowest and vilest of mankind can possibly be. But they are not properly qualified for this object of their ambition. The want of a regular education, and early habits...
Page 13 - I do most seriously put it to administration, to consider the wisdom of a timely reform. Early reformations are amicable arrangements with a friend in power : late reformations are terms imposed upon a conquered enemy : early reformations are made in cool blood ; late reformations are made under a state of inflammation.
Page 4 - The individual good felt in a public benefit, is comparatively so small, comes round through such an involved labyrinth of intricate and tedious revolutions ; whilst a present personal detriment is so heavy, where it falls, and so instant in its operation, that the cold commendation of a public advantage never was, and never will be, a match for the quick sensibility of a private loss...
Page 38 - This is superstitiously to embalm a carcass not worth an ounce of the gums that are used to preserve it. It is to burn precious oils in the tomb ; it is to offer meat and drink to the dead, — not so much an honour to the deceased, as a disgrace to the survivors. Our palaces are vast inhospitable halls. There the bleak winds, there ' Boreas, and Eurus, and Caurus, and Argestes loud...
Page 54 - I never would suffer any man or description of men to suffer from errors that naturally have grown out of the abusive constitution of those offices which I propose to regulate. If I cannot reform with equity, I will not reform at all.
Page 61 - What the law respects shall be sacred to me. If the barriers of law should be broken down, upon ideas of convenience, even of public convenience, we shall have no longer any thing certain among us.
Page 15 - I cannot indeed take upon me to say I have the honour to follow the sense of the people. The truth is, I met it on the way, while I was pursuing their interest according to my own ideas.

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