Life and Times of Sir Robert Peel, Volume 2

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Page 296 - I deceive myself indeed most grossly, if I had not much rather pass the remainder of my life hidden in the recesses of the deepest obscurity, feeding my mind even with the visions and imaginations of such things, than to be placed on the most splendid throne of the universe, tantalized with a denial of the practice of all which can make the greatest situation any other than the greatest curse.
Page 202 - Save the greatest, and fairest, and most highly civilised community that ever existed, from calamities which may in a few days sweep away all the rich heritage of so many ages of 'wisdom and glory. The danger is terrible. The time is short.
Page 232 - Heaven itself that points out an hereafter, And intimates eternity to man. Eternity ! thou pleasing, dreadful thought ! Through what variety of untried being, Through what new scenes and changes must we pass ? The wide, the unbounded prospect lies before me ; But shadows, clouds, and darkness, rest upon it.
Page 202 - Now, therefore, while everything at home and abroad forebodes ruin to those who persist in a hopeless struggle against the spirit of the age, now, while the crash of the proudest throne of the Continent is still resounding in our ears, now, while the roof of a British palace affords an ignominious shelter to the exiled heir of forty kings...
Page 102 - That a humble Address be presented to His Majesty, to assure His Majesty that this House deeply...
Page 216 - My Lords and Gentlemen, — I have come to meet you for the purpose of proroguing this parliament, with a view to its immediate dissolution.
Page 92 - And, like th' old Hebrews, many years did stray, In deserts but of small extent, Bacon, like Moses, led us forth at last : The barren wilderness he past ; Did on the very border stand Of the blest promis'd land ; And from the mountain's top of his exalted wit, Saw it himself, and shew'd us it.
Page 202 - England is still sound, — now, while the old feelings and old associations retain a power and a charm which may too soon pass away, — now, in this your accepted time, — now, in this your day of salvation, — take counsel, not of prejudice — not of party spirit — not of the ignominious pride of a fatal consistency — but of history — of reason — of the ages which are past — of the signs of this most portentous time...
Page 394 - ... improvements in Civil Jurisprudence, reform of Ecclesiastical Law, the settlement of the Tithe question in Ireland, the Commutation of Tithe in England, the removal of any real abuse in the Church, the redress of those grievances of which the Dissenters have any just ground to complain. I offer you these specific measures, and I offer also to advance, soberly and cautiously it is true, in the path of progressive improvement. I...
Page 323 - ... change it at the first shop where he has occasion to purchase five shillings' worth of goods, so that it often returns into the hands of a dealer before the consumer has spent the fortieth part of the money. Where bank notes are issued for so small sums as...

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