A short enquiry into the formation of political opinion, from the reign of the great families to the advent of democracy

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Сторінка 188 - But how much nobler will be the Sovereign's boast, when he shall have it to say, that he found law dear, and left it cheap ; found it a sealed book — left it a living letter ; found it the patrimony of the rich — .left it the inheritance of the poor ; found it the two-edged sword of craft and oppression — left it the staff of honesty and the shield of innocence...
Сторінка 19 - Under a system of perfectly free commerce, each country naturally devotes its capital and labour to such employments as are most beneficial to each. This pursuit of individual advantage is admirably connected with the universal good of the whole.
Сторінка 93 - It is said that we have a right to discuss the acts of our legislature. That would be a large permission indeed. Is there, gentlemen, to be a power in the people to counteract the acts of the parliament, and is the libeller to come and make the people dissatisfied with the government under which he lives? This is not to be permitted to any man — it is unconstitutional and...
Сторінка 20 - It is commerce which is rapidly rendering war obsolete, by strengthening and multiplying the personal interests which are in natural opposition to it. And it may be said without exaggeration that the great extent and rapid increase of international trade, in being the principal guarantee of the peace of the world, is the great permanent security for the uninterrupted progress of the ideas, the institutions, and the character of the human race.
Сторінка 233 - Bench ; and it is by the stupid old Tory party, who bawl out the memory and praises of Pitt while they are opposing all the measures and principles which he held most important, — it is by these that the progress of the government in every improvement which they are attempting is thwarted and impeded. On the Catholic question ; on the principles of commerce ; on the corn laws ; on the settlement of the currency ; on the laws regulating the trade in money ; on colonial slavery ; on the game laws,...
Сторінка xv - Before the end of this century, either the Parliament will reform itself from within, or be reformed with a vengeance from without.
Сторінка 264 - The virtue, spirit, and essence of a House of Commons consists in its being the express image of the feelings of the nation.
Сторінка 85 - A late nobleman, who had been a member of several administrations, owned to me, that one good writer was of more importance to the government than twenty placemen in the House of Commons.
Сторінка 88 - A Government in every country should be just like a Corporation,* and in this country it is made up of the landed interest which alone has a right to be represented. As for the rabble, who have nothing but personal property, what hold has the nation of them ? What security for the payment of their taxes ? They may pack up all their property on their backs, and leave the country in the twinkling of an eye, but landed property cannot be removed.
Сторінка 290 - A SHORT ENQUIRY INTO THE FORMATION OF POLITICAL OPINION, from the Reign of the Great Families to the Advent of Democracy.

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