The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Volume 7

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Wells and Lilly, 1827 - Great Britain

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Page 19 - We charge this offender with no crimes that have not arisen from passions which it is criminal to harbor; with no offences that have not their root in avarice, rapacity, pride, insolence, ferocity, treachery, cruelty, malignity of temper; in short, in nothing that does not argue a total extinction of all moral principle, that does not manifest an inveterate blackness of heart...
Page 206 - Brahmin, which is not only noble but sacred, is lost, the person who loses it does not slide down into one lower but reputable — he is wholly driven from all honest society. All the relations of life are at once dissolved. His parents are no longer his parents ; his wife is no longer his wife ; his children, no longer his, are no longer to regard him as their father. It is something far worse than complete outlawry, complete attainder, and universal excommunication.
Page 248 - My Lords, you have here also the lights of our religion ; you have the Bishops of England. My Lords, you have that true image of the primitive church in its ancient form, in its ancient ordinances, purified from the superstitions and the vices which a long succession of ages will bring upon the best institutions. You have the representatives of that religion which says, that their God is love, that the very vital spirit of their institution is charity; a religion which so much hates oppression,...
Page 142 - ... what makes government itself base, contemptible, and odious in the eyes of mankind. My lords, it is certain, that even tyranny itself may find some specious color, and appear as more severe and rigid execution of justice.
Page 208 - ... probably the abettor and accomplice, of all these horrors. He called in first irregular, and then regular, troops, who by dreadful and universal military execution got the better of the impotent resistance of unarmed and undisciplined despair. I am tired with the detail of the cruelties of peace. I spare you those of a cruel and inhuman war, and of the executions which without law or process, or even the shadow of authority, were ordered by the English revenue chief in that province. In our Indian...
Page 246 - In the name of the Commons of England, I charge all this villainy upon Warren Hastings, in this last moment of my application to you. My lords, what is it, that we want here to a great act of national justice? Do we want a cause, my lords?
Page 248 - ... what they felt in common with them before. We have persons exalted from the practice of the law, from the place, in which they administered high, though subordinate, justice, to a seat here, to enlighten with their knowledge, and to strengthen with their votes those principles, which have distinguished the courts, in which they have presided. My Lords, you have here also the lights of our religion; you have the Bishops of England. My Lords, you have that true image of the primitive Church in...
Page 109 - Here he has declared his opinion that he is a despotic prince; that he is to use arbitrary power; and, of course, all his acts are covered with that shield. "I know," says he, "the constitution of Asia only from its practice " Will your lordships submit to hear the corrupt practices of mankind made the principles of government?
Page 202 - Paterson, the commissioner appointed to inquire into the state of the country, makes his own apology and mine for opening this scene of horrors to you in the following words : " That the punishments, inflicted upon the...
Page 104 - Europe, we are to let your lordships know, that these gentlemen have formed a plan of geographical morality, by which the duties of men, in public and in private situations, are not to be governed by their relation to the great Governor of the universe, or by their relation to mankind, but by climates, degrees of longitude, parallels not of life but of latitudes...

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