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Lectures on the life, writings, and times, of Edmund Burke.

J. B. Robertson

Lectures on the life, writings, and times, of Edmund Burke.

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Published by John Philp in London .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Burke, Edmund, -- 1729-1797.

  • The Physical Object
    Paginationxliii, 407p. ;
    Number of Pages407
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL13873562M

    Nobility did not therefore exist to the prejudice of the other orders of the state, but by and for them. He bribed; he bullied; he darkly dissembled on occasion; he exercised a slippery perseverance, which one almost admires, as one thinks his character over. Believe me, Sir, those who attempt to level, never equalise. Whatever may be the success of evasion in explaining away the gross error of FACT, which supposes that his majesty though he holds it in concurrence with the wishes owes his crown to the choice of his people, yet nothing can evade their full explicit declaration concerning the principle of a right in the people to choose; which right is directly maintained, and tenaciously adhered to.

    Some tears might be drawn from me, if such a spectacle were exhibited on the stage. It seems to dazzle the strong intellect more effectually than the feeble. Other revolutions have been conducted by persons, who, whilst they attempted or affected changes in the commonwealth, sanctified their ambition by advancing the dignity of the people whose peace they troubled. In the territory contained in that map alone, I have been at the trouble of reckoning the reservoirs, and they amount to upwards of eleven hundred, from the extent of two or three acres to five miles in circuit.

    Thanks to the scholarly labours of Professor William B. In agreement with the publisher Robert DodsleyBurke initiated The Annual Register as a yearly survey of world affairs; the first volume appeared in under his unacknowledged editorship, and he retained this connection for about 30 years. On balancing the account of such wars, ten thousand hogsheads of sugar are purchased at ten[xli] thousand times their price. For months together these creatures of sufferance, whose very excess and luxury in their most plenteous days had fallen short of the allowance of our austerest fasts, silent, patient, resigned, without sedition or disturbance, almost without complaint, perished by an hundred a day in the streets of Madras; every day seventy at least laid their bodies in the streets, or on the glacis of Tanjore, and expired of famine in the granary of India. This is true of the objects, at least, of the contest. The science of government being therefore so practical in itself, and intended for such practical purposes, a matter which requires experience, and even more experience than any person can gain in his whole life, however sagacious and observing he may be, it is with infinite caution that any man ought to venture upon pulling down an edifice, which has answered in any tolerable degree for ages the common purposes of society, or on building it up again, without having models and patterns of approved utility before his eyes.


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Lectures on the life, writings, and times, of Edmund Burke. book

When they say the king owes his crown to the choice of his people, and is, therefore, the only lawful sovereign in the world, they will perhaps tell and times they mean to say no more than that some of the king's predecessors have been called to the throne by some sort of choice; and therefore he owes his crown to the choice of his people.

He championed conservatism in opposition to Jacobinism in Reflections on the Revolution in France Figure to yourself, Mr. Far from it. That work, which was begun inand proceeded throughout under the direction of the late Professor Thomas W.

In England we feel the influence of the bank; though it is only the centre of a voluntary dealing. He can only maintain it by an appeal to the higher; and to those, in whom that higher part of Edmund Burke.

book the most predominant, he must look the most for his support. The spirit of Conservatism and the spirit of Reform are really the necessary complements of each other.

The institutions of policy, the goods of fortune, the gifts of Providence, are handed down to us, and from us, in the same course and order. But where the supreme authority, not content with winking at the rapacity of its inferior instruments, is so shameless and corrupt as openly to give bounties and premiums for disobedience to its laws, when it will not trust to the activity of avarice in the pursuit of its own gains, when it secures public robbery by all the careful jealousy and attention with which it ought to protect property from such violence, the commonwealth then is become totally perverted from its purposes; neither God nor man will long endure it; nor will it long endure itself.

When the legislature altered the direction, but kept the principle, they showed that they held it inviolable. My time of observation did not exactly coincide with that event: but I read much of the controversies then carried on. It establishes that dreadful maxim of Machiavel, that in great affairs men are not to be wicked by halves.

I see it, but I cannot just now touch it. Nor is he an American theoconservative, with its attendant claims to moral superiority. The influence enjoyed by Whig ministers was enormous. Poets, divines, dramatists, and historians, alike illustrate the leading tendency of the English mind.

The parliaments were not wholly free from faction, I admit; but this evil was exterior and accidental, and not so much the vice of their constitution itself, as it must be in your new contrivance of sexennial elective judicatories.

He thinks of the place in which political power is to be lodged, with no other attention, than as it may render the more or the less practicable, its salutary restraint, and its prudent direction. In a connection, the most inconsiderable man, by adding to the weight of the whole, has his value, and his use; out of it, the greatest talents are wholly unserviceable to the public.

That's the short version, attributed to Burke. Whenever, in states which have had a democratic basis, the legislators have endeavoured to put restraints upon ambition, their methods were as violent, as in the end they were ineffectual: as violent indeed as any the most jealous despotism could invent.

I saw her just above the horizon, decorating and cheering the elevated sphere she just began to move in,--glittering like the morning-star, full of life, and splendour, and joy. In France he was elected as a member of the Convention.

Edmund Burke

A social contract can only bind the generation that agreed to it. Why will the author then suppose, that the nobles and men of property in France have been banished, confiscated, and and times, on account of the savageness and ferocity of their character, and their being tainted with vices beyond those of the same order and description in other countries?

A sermon from a noble duke, or a noble marquis, or a noble earl, or baron bold, would certainly increase and diversify the and times of this town, which begins to grow satiated with the uniform round of its vapid dissipations. Speaker, I have not spoken of the King except in high esteem--I prize my head too well for that.

This is an impregnable citadel, to which these gentlemen retreat whenever they are pushed by the battery of laws and usages, and positive conventions. Not that specimens of the earlier style are wanting in Burke, but they are rare.

The following passage from the First Letter on a Regicide Peace is one of the most remarkable examples of the employment of this effect: Even when men are willing, as sometimes they are, to barter blood for lucre, to hazard their safety for the gratification of their avarice, the passion which animates them to that sort of conflict, like all short-sighted passions, must see its objects distinct and near at hand.

Father and son parted with relief, but the good-by between mother and son tore the hearts of both--they were parting forever, and Something told them so. Todd, the indentification and reproduction of the major works is a comparatively straightforward task.The Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke, Volume 7.

Edmund Burke. Little, Brown, - Great Britain. 0 Reviews. Preview this book. The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12), by Edmund Burke This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.

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The writings and speeches of Edmund Burke

Oct 28,  · Unfortunately Burke wasn’t available for an interview, so it’s just Steve’s introductory thoughts on why Burke’s writings remain highly relevant to our own times and troubles. Cambridge Core - History of Ideas and Intellectual History - Edmund Burke and the Art of Rhetoric - by Paddy Bullard Edmund, A Note-Book of Edmund Burke: Poems, Burke, Edmund, The Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke, gen.

ed. Langford, Paul, 9 vols. Cited by: 5. Additional Physical Format: Print version: Robertson, James Burton, Lectures on the life, writings, and times, of Edmund Burke. London, J.

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Philp []. The writings of Edmund Burke on these and other political events of his time are today acknowledged as the basis of modern conservative thought.

This volume brings together an outstanding collection of interpretative essays on Burke, and serves as a basic introduction to this seminal thinker. A member of the British Parliament from to