The Life of Richard Cobden, Volume 1

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Roberts brothers, 1881 - Great Britain - 640 pages
Richard Cobden was a British member of parliament who proposed a bill questioning the official report of the Arrow. The Arrow was a military ship involved in a brief conflict in China. Cobden believed that the ship had not acted properly, spurring a debate that shed light on the growing problems of China in English politics.

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Page 194 - The colonial system, with all its dazzling appeals to the passions of the people, can never be got rid of except by the indirect process of Free Trade, which will gradually and imperceptibly loose the bands which unite our Colonies to us by a mistaken notion of selfinterest.
Page 182 - Safe in their barns, these Sabine tillers sent Their brethren out to battle— why? for rent! Year after year they voted cent, per cent., Blood, sweat, and tear-wrung millions— why, for rent! They roar 'd , they dined , they drank , they swore they meant To die for England— why then live?— for rent!
Page 174 - They roar'd, they dined, they drank, they swore they meant To die for England — why then live ? — for rent ! The peace has made one general malcontent Of these high-market patriots ; war was rent ! Their love of country, millions all mis-spent, How reconcile?
Page 640 - ... in the spirit of just reciprocity, give orders that no privateer under Russian colors shall be equipped or victualled, or admitted with its prizes, in the ports of the United States...
Page 151 - There are thousands of houses in England at this moment where wives, mothers, and children are dying of hunger. Now," he said, " when the first paroxysm of your' grief is past, I would advise you to come with me and we will never rest till the Corn Law is repealed.
Page 213 - Individually responsible," he resumed, " for the distress and suffering of the country ; that he holds me personally responsible. But be the consequences of these insinuations what they may, never will I be influenced by menaces, either in this House, or out of this House, to adopt a course which...
Page 309 - ... with an eloquence the more to be admired because it was unaffected and unadorned : the name which ought to be chiefly associated with the success of these measures is the name of RICHARD COBDEN.
Page 162 - To associate all the branches of mankind ; And if a boundless plenty be the robe, Trade is the golden girdle of the globe. Wise to promote whatever end he means, God opens fruitful nature's various scenes : Each climate needs what other climes produce, And offers something to the general use ; No land but listens to the common call, And in return receives supply from all.
Page 280 - I keep horses in three counties, and they tell me that I shall save fifteen hundred a year by free trade. I don't care for that. What I cannot bear is being sold.
Page 98 - I think the scattered elements may yet be rallied round the question of the Corn Laws. It appears to me that a moral and even a religious spirit may be infused into that topic, and if agitated in the same manner that the question of slavery has been, it will be irresistible.

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