Letters: Life of Mr. Wilkes. Poems

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1804

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Page 26 - If these higher jurisdictions should declare my opinion erroneous, I submit, as will become me, and kiss the rod ; but I must say, I shall always consider it as a rod of iron for the chastisement of the people of Great Britain.
Page 136 - ... as the support of the crown and constitution, against the old, corrupt, refractory, natural interests of this kingdom ; and this is the grand counterpoise against all odious coalitions of these interests. A single Benfield outweighs them all ; a criminal, who long since ought to have fattened the region kites with his offal...
Page 63 - ... extremities; but if such an event should happen, let it be so; even such an event might be productive of wholesome effects ; such a stroke might rouse the better part of the nation from their lethargic condition, to a state of activity, to assert and execute the law, and punish the daring and impious hands which had violated it; and those who now supinely behold the danger which threatens all liberty from the most abandoned licentiousness, might by such an event be awakened to a sense of their...
Page 174 - ... to the great question. His studies, being honest, ended in conviction. He found that religion was true, and what he had learned he endeavoured to teach (1747), by Observations on the Conversion of St. Paul; a treatise to which infidelity has never been able to fabricate a specious answer.
Page 56 - God forbid it mould ever be in our power, to deliver him from it; we cannot prevent the judgment of the law, by creating irregularity in the proceedings ; we cannot prevent the...
Page 75 - ... is a matter originally established, even before there is a parliament A man has a right to his freehold by the common law, and the law having annexed his right of voting to his freehold, it is of the nature of his freehold, and must depend upon it. The same law that gives him his right must defend it for him, and any other power that will pretend to take away his right of voting, may as well pretend to take away the freehold upon which it depends.
Page 173 - ON ONE DELACOURT's COMPLIMENTING CARTHY ON HIS POETRY. CARTHY, you say, writes well his genius true, You pawn your word for him he'll vouch for you. So two poor knaves, who find their credit fail, To cheat the world, become each other's bail.
Page 64 - No danger shall affright, no difficulties intimidate us ; and if in support of our rights we are called to encounter even death, we are yet undaunted, sensible that he can never die too soon who lays down his life in support of the laws and liberties of his country.
Page 38 - Conde, fixed your attention, and almost commanded reverence the moment he appeared ; and the keen lightning of his eye spoke the high respect of his soul before his lips had pronounced a syllable. There was a kind of fascination in his look when he eyed any one askance. Nothing could withstand the force of that contagion. The fluent Murray has faltered, and even Fox shrunk back appalled from an adversary ' fraught with fire unquenchable,' if I may borrow an expression of our great Milton.
Page 63 - I don't believe there is any reason to fear them. It is not the genius of the worst of men, in the worst of times, to proceed to such shocking extremities. But if such an event should happen, let it be so ; even such an event might be productive of wholesome effects : such a stroke might rouse the better part of the nation from their lethargic condition to a state of activity, to...

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