Recollections and Reflections, Personal and Political: As Connected with Public Affairs, During the Reign of George III.

Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1822 - 408 Seiten

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Seite 373 - King possessed one art beyond any man he had ever known ; for that, by the familiarity of his intercourse, he obtained your confidence, procured from you your opinion of different public characters, and then availed himself of this knowledge to sow dissension.
Seite 22 - Lord Rockingham himself told me," says Nicholls, "that the King never showed him such distinguished marks of kindness as after he had secretly determined to get rid of him.
Seite 335 - Born and educated in this country, I glory in the name of Briton ; and the peculiar happiness of my life will ever consist in promoting the welfare of a people, whose loyalty and warm affection to me I consider as the greatest and most permanent security of my throne...
Seite 20 - The political knowledge of Mr. Burke might be considered almost as an Encyclopaedia : every man who approached him received instruction from his stores...
Seite 332 - I have no doubt, that this conduct of the King was wholly unexpected by Lord Thurlow : it mortified him most severely. I recollect his saying to me, " No man has a right to treat another in the way in which the King has treated me : we cannot meet again in the same room.
Seite 127 - ... of the country, by breaking off a negotiation into which he had entered with the holders of the four per cents., for the reduction of their stock to three per cent., — saying, in answer to their demand of a larger bonus than he thought proper to give, " Then we will put off the reduction of this stock till next year." The truth is, Mr. Pitt was proud of his financial system; — the abolition of taxes and the reduction of the national debt, were the two great results to which he looked as a...
Seite 331 - thinks that his personal influence with the King authorises him to treat Mr. Pitt with humeur. Take my word for it, whenever Mr. Pitt says to the King, ' Sir, the great seal must be in other hands,' the King will take the great seal from Lord Thurlow, and never think any more about him.
Seite 254 - ... prosecution. Both he and Mr. Pitt voted against the charge, and it was consequently negatived by 119 to 67. The charge of wanton cruelty and extortion against the raja of Benares, was brought forward by Fox, in a speech of surpassing ability, but he rested his argument solely on the principle that Cheyt Sing was an independent prince, no way liable to be called on for succour by the Bengal Government. Mr. Pitt, who was expected to support Hastings in this case also, resisted this opinion, and...
Seite 5 - Could such a man be fit to be a Minister ? The Princess Dowager of Wales was a woman of a very sound understanding, and was considered as such by all who had occasion to converse with her. But she had been educated in the Court of her father, the Duke of Saxe Gotha ; here she had received her ideas of sovereign power, and she could never bring herself to feel the necessity, that sovereign power should be exercised by a King of Great Britain with different sentiments, and in a manner different from...
Seite 256 - Hastings should be voted, I gave myself no further trouble on the subject. -There were people who thought that Mr. Pitt had adopted this line of conduct, to prevent the King from employing Mr. Hastings in India affairs. But I do not believe that Mr. Pitt was actuated by so personal and so paltry a motive. I think he consented to the Impeachment, because he saw the control which he should obtain over the Opposition by such acquiescence; and his expectations were answered.

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