Coningsby; or The new generation, Volume 3

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Henry Colburn, Publisher; Great Marlborough Street., 1844
 

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Página 274 - An indefinite, yet strong sympathy with the peasantry of the realm had been one of the characteristic sensibilities of Lord Henry at Eton. Yet a schoolboy, he had busied himself with their pastimes and the details of their cottage economy. As he advanced in life the horizon of his views expanded with his intelligence and his experience; and...
Página 217 - What we want, sir, is not to fashion new dukes and furbish up old baronies, but to establish great principles which may maintain the realm and secure the happiness of the people. Let me see authority once more honoured ; a solemn reverence again the habit of our lives ; let me see property acknowledging, as in the old days of faith, that labour is his twin brother, and that the essence of all tenure is the performance of duty...
Página 215 - You go with your family, sir, like a gentleman ; you are not to consider your opinions, like a philosopher or a political adventurer.
Página 210 - But we must mount higher; we must go to —28 for the real mischief. But what is the use of lamenting the past? Peel is the only man; suited to the times and all that,—at least we must say so, and try to believe so; we can't go back. And it is our own fault that we have let the chief power out of the hands of our own order. It was never thought of in the time of your great-grandfather, sir. And if a Commoner were for a season permitted to be the nominal Premier to do the detail, there was always...
Página 97 - I have no faith in the remedial qualities of a government carried on by a neglected democracy who for three centuries have received no education. What prospect does it offer us of those high principles of conduct with which we have fed...
Página 99 - But suppose the case of an arbitrary Sovereign, what would be your check against him ? ' ' The same as against an arbitrary Parliament.' ' But a Parliament is responsible.' 'To whom?' ' To their constituent body.' ' Suppose it was to vote itself perpetual ? ' 'But public opinion would prevent that? ' 'And is public opinion of less influence on an individual than on a body ? ' ' But public opinion may be indifferent. A nation may be misled, may be corrupt.
Página 110 - It is a holy thing to see a state saved by its youth." said Coningsby ; and then he added, in a tone of humility, if not of depression, " But what a task ! What a variety of qualities, what a combination of circumstances is requisite ! What bright abilities and what noble patience ! What confidence from the people, what favour from the Most High ! " "But He will favour us,
Página 96 - ... with distinct and intelligible principles. They seek a specific for the evils of our social system in the general suffrage of the population.
Página 210 - I am sorry,' said Coningsby rather pale, but speaking with firmness, 'I am sorry that I could not support the Conservative party.' 'By !' exclaimed Lord Monmouth starting in his seat, 'some woman has got hold of him and made him a Whig!' 'No, my dear grandfather,' said Coningsby scarcely able to repress a smile, serious as the interview was becoming, 'nothing of the kind, I assure you. No person can be more anti-Whig.' 'I don't know what you are driving at, sir,' said Lord Monmouth in a hard, dry...
Página 304 - Sidonia taught him, view everything in its relation to the rest. Tis the secret of all wisdom. Here was the mightiest of modern cities; the rival even of the most celebrated of the ancient. Whether he inherited or forfeited fortunes, what was it to the passing throng? They would not share his splendour, or his luxury, or his comfort. But a word from his lip, a thought from his brain expressed at the right time, at the right place, might turn their hearts, might influence their passions, might change...

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