The Works of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke, Vol. 4 (Classic Reprint)

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One would think, that, after an honest and necessary revolution, (if they had a mind that theirs should pass for such, ) your masters would have imitated the vir tuons policy of those who have been at the head of revolutions of that glorious character. Burnet tells us, that nothing tended to reconcile the English nation to the government of King William so much as the care he took to fill the vacant bishoprics with men who had attracted the public esteem by their learning, eloquence, and piety, and above all, by their known moderation in the state. With you, in your purifying revolution, whom have you chosen to regulate the Church? M. Mirabeau is a fine speak er, and a fine writer, and a fine - a very fine man; but, really, nothing gave more surprise to every body here than to find him the supreme head of your ecclesiastical affairs. The rest is of course. Your Assembly addresses a manifesto to France, in which they tell' the people, with an insulting irony, that they have brought the Church to its primitive condition. In one respect their declaration is um doubtedly true: for they have brought it to a state of poverty and persecution. What can be hoped for after this? Have not men, (if they deserve the name, ) under this new hope and head of the Church, been made bishops for no other merit than having acted as instruments of atheists? For no other merit than having thrown the children's bread to dogs? And, in order to gorge the whole gang of usurers.

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Born in Ireland in 1729, Edmund Burke was an English statesman, author, and orator who is best remembered as a formidable advocate for those who were victims of injustice. He was the son of a Dublin lawyer and had also trained to practice law. In the 1760s, Burke was elected to the House of Commons from the Whig party. Burke spent most of his career in Parliament as a member of the Royal Opposition, who was not afraid of controversy, as shown by his support for the American Revolution and for Irish/Catholic rights. His best-known work is Reflections on the French Revolution (1790). Some other notable works are On Conciliation with the American Colonies (1775) and Impeachment of Warren Hastings (1788). Edmund Burke died in 1797.

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