Thackeray's History of the Earl of Chatham


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Página 184 - ... fruit thereof is uncertain, and consequently no culture of the earth, no navigation nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea, no commodious building, no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force, no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time, no arts, no letters, no society, and, which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.
Página 161 - Some years after, it was my fortune to converse with many of the principal actors against that minister, and with those who principally excited that clamour. None of them, no not one, did in the least defend the measure, or attempt to justify their conduct. They condemned it as freely as they would have done in commenting upon any proceeding in history in which they were totally unconcerned.
Página 171 - I was taken to see the place where the two rivers meet, — the one gentle, feeble, languid, and, though languid, yet of no depth, the other a boisterous and impetuous torrent ; but different as they are, they meet at last.
Página 163 - Pitt was then one of the poor ; and to him Heaven directed a portion of the wealth of the haughty dowager. She left him a legacy of ten thousand pounds, in consideration of ' ' the noble defence he had made for the support of the laws of England, and to prevent the ruin of his country.
Página 163 - More than thirty years before, her temper had ruined the party to which she belonged and the husband whom she adored. Time had made her neither wiser nor kinder. Whoever was at any moment great and prosperous was the object of her fiercest detestation. She had hated Walpole; she now hated Carteret. Pope, long before her death, predicted the fate of her vast property — "To heirs unknown descends the unguarded store, Or wanders, heaven-directed, to the poor.
Página 168 - Cutler saw tenants break and houses fall; For very want he could not build a wall.
Página 176 - Commons had been elected when he was at the head of affairs. The members for the ministerial boroughs had all been nominated by him. The public offices swarmed with his creatures. Pitt desired power — and he desired it, we really believe, from high and generous motives. He was, in the strict sense of the word, a patriot. He had...

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