Lives of Eminent British Statesmen

Front Cover
Green & Longmans, 1838 - Great Britain

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 319 - It was moved that King James the Second, having endeavoured to subvert the constitution of the kingdom by breaking the original contract between King and people, and, by the advice of Jesuits and other wicked persons, having violated the fundamental laws, and having withdrawn himself out of the kingdom, had abdicated the government, and that the throne had thereby become vacant.
Page 319 - And whereas it hath been found by experience, that it is inconsistent with the safety and welfare of this Protestant kingdom, to be governed by a Popish prince...
Page 220 - I, AB, do declare, that it is not lawful, upon any pretence whatsoever, to take arms against the king : and that I do abhor that traitorous position of taking arms by his authority against his person, or against those that are commissioned by him...
Page 209 - His Father's foes he doth reward Preserving those that cut off 's Head : Old Cavaliers the Crown's best Guard, He lets them starve for want of Bread. Never was any King endow'd With so much Grace and Gratitude.
Page 314 - Highness that your compliment upon the birth of the child (which not one in a thousand here believes to be the queen's) hath done you some injury, the false imposing of that upon the princess and the nation being not only an infinite exasperation of people's minds here, but being certainly one of the chief causes upon which the declaration of your entering the kingdom in a hostile manner must be founded on your part, although many other reasons are to be given on ours.
Page 68 - I have heard myself, being in my coach, these words spoken aloud, " God prosper those that further the overthrow of these monopolies : God send the prerogative touch not our liberty.
Page 235 - and by the meeting of disaffected persons in them, " divers false, malicious, and scandalous reports were " devised and spread abroad, to the defamation of his " majesty's government, and the disturbance of the " quiet and peace of the realm.
Page 61 - I have said, are a competitor. You would depose the Queen! You would be King of England and call a Parliament! Ah, my lord, were it but your own case the loss had been the less. But you have drawn a number of noble persons and gentlemen of birth and quality into your net of rebellion, and their bloods will cry vengeance against you! For my part, I vow to God, I wish my soul was in heaven and my body at rest, so this had never been.
Page 80 - I hope you remain secure, if her majesty had known all I did, how well there J should have known the innocency and constancy of my present faith. Yet, her age and orbity, joined to the jealousy of her sex, might have moved her to think ill of that which helped to preserve her.
Page 65 - I hear it, but I believe it not, that you should do some ill office to my Lord of Essex ; for my part, I am merely passive and not active in this action, and I follow the queen, and that heavily, and I lead her not; my Lord of Essex is one that in nature I could consent with as well as any one living ; the queen indeed is my sovereign, and I am her creature, I may not lose her, and the same course I would wish you to take ; whereupon I satisfied him how far I was from any such mind.

Bibliographic information