Letters to the peers of Scotland

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Printed for G. G. and J. Robinson, 1794 - 318 стор.
 

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Сторінка 55 - ... when the high roads are broken up and the waters out, when a new and troubled scene is opened, and the file affords no precedent, then it is that a greater knowledge of mankind, and a far more extensive comprehension of things is requisite, than ever office gave, or than office can ever give.
Сторінка 62 - ... but she said she was only twenty-eight. An Englishman who has not travelled, cannot imagine the figure made by infinitely the greater part of the countrywomen in France ; it speaks, at the first sight, hard and severe labour : I am inclined to think, that they work harder than the men...
Сторінка 63 - When such evils happen, they surely are more imputable to the tyranny of the master than to the cruelty of the servant The analogy holds with the French peasants — the murder of a seigneur, or a chateau in flames, is recorded in every newspaper ; the rank of the person who...
Сторінка 108 - The corvees, or police of the roads, were annually the ruin of many hundreds of farmers ; more than 300 were reduced to beggary in filling up one vale in...
Сторінка 120 - It were good therefore that men in their innovations would follow the example of time itself; which indeed innovateth greatly, but quietly, and by degrees scarce to be perceived.
Сторінка 105 - ... confessed there was no such thing to be looked for. The conduct of the parliaments was profligate and atrocious. Upon almost every cause that came before them interest was openly made with the judges : and woe betided the man who, with a cause to support, had no means of conciliating favour, either by the beauty of a handsome wife or by other methods.
Сторінка 107 - ... would naturally look up, could find little difficulty in throwing much of the weight of their taxes on others, without a similar support. Instances, and even gross ones...
Сторінка 108 - ... without example, were another dreadful scourge on the peasantry ; and, as married men were exempted from it, occasioned...
Сторінка 108 - But, without recurring to such cases, what must have been the state of the poor people paying heavy taxes, from which the nobility and clergy were exempted? A cruel aggravation of their misery, to see those who could best afford to pay, exempted because able!
Сторінка 117 - Are not the lives of thofe, who draw the fword In Rome's defence, entrufted to our care ? Should we thus lead them to a field of flaughter, Might not th' impartial world with reafon fay, We lavifh'd at our deaths the blood of thoufands, To grace our fall, and make our ruin glorious ? Lucius, we next would know what's your opinion. LUCIUS. My thoughts, I muft confefs, are turn'd on peace. Already have our quarrels fill'd the world With widows and with orphans...

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