Memoirs and Correspondence of Francis Horner, M.P.

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Page 518 - That an humble address be presented to his majesty, that he will be graciously pleased to give directions that there be laid before this house, copies of...
Page 128 - ... That this house will, early in the next session of parliament, take into its most serious consideration the state of the laws affecting his Majesty's Roman Catholic subjects in Great Britain and Ireland ; with a view to such a final -and conciliatory adjustment, "as may be conducive to the peace and strength of the united kingdom ; to the stability of the protestant establishment ; and to the general satisfaction and concord of all classes of his Majesty's subjects.
Page 447 - ... individual whose loss we have to deplore. I knew him only within the walls of the House of Commons. And even here, from the circumstance of my absence during the last two sessions, I had not the good fortune to witness the later and more matured exhibition of his talents ; which (as I am informed, and can well believe) at once kept the promise of his earlier years; and opened still wider expectations of future excellence. " But I had seen enough of him to share in those expectations, and to be...
Page 573 - Committee should be appointed for inquiring into the expediency of restoring the Cash Payments of the Bank of England, and the safest and most advantageous means of effecting such restoration.
Page 466 - It requires," he used to say, " a surgical operation to get a joke well into a Scotch understanding. Their only idea of wit, or rather that inferior variety of this electric talent which prevails occasionally in the North, and which, under the name of WUT, is so infinitely distressing to people of good taste, is laughing immoderately at stated intervals.
Page 463 - I interpreted this to mean a person who thought for himself— who had firmness enough to take his own line in life, and who loved truth better than he loved Dundas, at that time the tyrant of Scotland.
Page 284 - After I had been five days engaged with the prosecution of my object, I found that the best cases, that is, the most horrid wounds left totally without assistance, were to be found in the hospital of the French wounded. This hospital was only forming; they were even then bringing these poor creatures in from the woods. It is impossible to convey to you the picture of human misery continually before my eyes. What was heart-rending in the day, was intolerable at night; and I rose and...
Page 444 - I am aAvare that these qualities, however amiable, can hardly, with strict propriety, be addressed to the consideration of Parliament. When, however, they are blended, interwoven, and incorporated in the character of a public man, they become a species of public property, and, by their influence and example, essentially augment the general stock of public virtue. For his qualifications as a public man I can confidently appeal to a wider circle — to that learned profession of which he was a distinguished...
Page 453 - ... his benevolence, and all those qualities which not only exacted applause, but excited love. It was the mind that appeared in speeches that gave them character. He would not enter into the account of his private life, although his private virtues were at least on a level with his public merits. Amid all the cares and interests of public life, he never lost his relish for domestic society, or his attachment to his family. The last time that he (Mr G.) conversed with him, he was anticipating with...
Page 508 - An act to permit the exportation of corn, grain, meal, malt, and flour, from any part of the united kingdom, without payment of duty, or receiving of bounty.

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