Select Speeches, Forensick and Parliamentary: With Prefatory Remarks, Volume 2

Nathaniel Chapman
Hopkins and Earle, 1808 - 2337 pages

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Page 292 - ... every species of political dominion and every description of commercial privilege, none of which can be original, self-derived rights, or grants for the mere private benefit of the holders, then such rights, or privileges, or whatever else you choose to call them, are all in the strictest sense a trust; and it is of the very essence of every trust to be rendered accountable, and even totally to cease, when it substantially varies from the purposes for which alone it could have a lawful existence.
Page 147 - I bent the whole force of my mind to, was the reduction of that corrupt influence, which is itself the perennial spring of all prodigality, and of all disorder ; which loads us, more than millions of debt ; which takes away vigour from our arms, wisdom from our councils, and every shadow of authority and credit from the most venerable parts of our...
Page 371 - But he has put to hazard his ease, his security, his interest, his power, even his darling popularity, for the benefit of a people whom he has never seen.
Page 209 - Those things which are not practicable are not desirable. There is nothing in the world really beneficial that does not lie within the reach of an informed understanding and a welldirected pursuit. There is nothing that God has judged good for us that He has not given us the means to accomplish, both in the natural and the moral world. If we cry, like children, for the moon, like children we must cry on.
Page 290 - The rights of men — that is to say, the natural rights of mankind — are indeed sacred things ; and if any public measure is proved mischievously to affect, them, the objection ought to be fatal to that measure, even if no charter at all could be set up against it.
Page 327 - This is plain speaking ; after this, it is no wonder that the rajah's wealth and his offence, the necessitiesof the judge, and the opulence of the delinquent, are never separated, through the whole of Mr. Hastings's apology. " The justice and policy of exacting a large pecuniary mulct." The resolution " to draw from his guilt the means of relief to the company's distresses.* His determination " to make him pay largely for his pardon, or to execute a severe vengeance for past delinquency.
Page 289 - I must beg leave to observe, that if we are not able to contrive some method of governing India well, which will not of necessity become the means of governing Great Britain ill, a ground is laid for their eternal separation, but none for sacrificing the people of that country to our constitution. I am however far from being persuaded that any such incompatibility of interest does at all exist. On the contrary I am certain that every means, effectual to preserve India from oppression, is a guard...
Page 292 - But granting all this, they must grant to me in my turn that all political power which is set over men, and that all privilege claimed or exercised in exclusion of them, being wholly artificial, and for so much a derogation from the natural equality of mankind at large, ought to be some way or other exercised ultimately for their benefit.
Page 155 - Then the abuse assumes all the credit and popularity of a reform. The very idea of purity and disinterestedness in politics falls into disrepute, and is considered as a vision of hot and inexperienced men ; and thus disorders become incurable, not by the virulence of their own quality, but by the unapt and violent nature of the remedies.

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