Life of the Right Honourable William Edward Forster, Volume 2

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Chapman and Hall, 1888 - Great Britain - 14 pages

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Page 156 - Yes, we arraign her! but she, The weary Titan, with deaf Ears, and labour-dimm'd eyes, Regarding neither to right Nor left, goes passively by, Staggering on to her goal; Bearing on shoulders immense, Atlantean, the load, Wellnigh not to be borne, Of the too vast orb of her fate.
Page 188 - But I cannot conceal from myself that, should hostilities be unfortunately prolonged, some unexpected occurrence may render it incumbent on me to adopt measures of precaution. Such measures could not be effectually taken without adequate preparation, and I trust to the liberality of my Parliament to supply the means which may be required for that purpose.
Page 438 - If the arrears question be settled upon the lines indicated by us, I have every confidence — a confidence shared by my colleagues — that the exertions which we should be able to make strenuously and unremittingly would be effective in stopping outrages and intimidation of all kinds.
Page 438 - The accomplishment of the programme I have sketched out to you would, in my judgment, be regarded by the country as a practical settlement of the Land Question, and would, I feel sure, enable us to cooperate cordially for the future with the Liberal Party in forwarding Liberal principles and measures of general reform...
Page 442 - I have received your letter,' Mr. Gladstone wrote to him (May 2), ' with much grief, but on this it would be selfish to expatiate. I have no choice ; followed or not followed I must go on. There are portions of the subject which touch you personally, and which seem to me to deserve much attention. But I have such an interest in the main issue, that I could not be deemed impartial ; so I had better not enter on them. One thing, however, I wish to say. You wish to minimise in any further statement...
Page 488 - In the debate on the Address at the opening of the Session of 1845, Lord Palmerston spoke on the Tahiti question and the treaties conceding the right of search, which had been concluded under his auspices. He owned that as to the Pritchard affair, there was no great ground for the country to complain as things turned out at last, although if we had had a stout...
Page 173 - That in the midst of the complications which exist, and the war which has actually begun, this House earnestly desires the influence of the British Crown in the counsels of Europe to be employed with a view to the early and effectual development of local liberty and practical selfgovernment in the disturbed provinces of Turkey, by putting an end to the oppression which they now suffer, without the imposition upon them of any other foreign dominion.
Page 427 - There are three events which, in my opinion would imply safety : — (1) the country so quiet that Parnell and Co. can do little harm ; (2) the acquisition of fresh powers by a fresh Act which might warrant the attempt to govern Ireland with the suspects released ; (3) an assurance upon which we could depend, that Parnell and his friends, if released, would not attempt in any manner to intimidate men into obedience to their unwritten law. " Without the fulfilment of one or other of these conditions,...
Page 173 - Crown may be addressed to promoting the concert of the European Powers, in exacting from the Ottoman Porte, by their united authority, such changes in the government of Turkey as they may deem to be necessary for the purposes of humanity and justice, for effectual defence against intrigue, and for the peace of the world. " 5. That an humble address, setting forth the prayer of this House according to the tenor of the foregoing resolutions, be prepared and presented to her Majesty.
Page 368 - In November he writes again : ' I am sorry to say there is a turn decidedly for the worse, and we are going to have a most anxious winter. . . . We have more secret outrages and attempts to murder ' ; and he concludes sorrowfully : ' If we could get the country quiet I should be anxious to leave Ireland. While we are fighting for law and order I cannot desert my post ; but this battle over and the Land [Act] well at work, I am quite sure that the best course for Ireland, as well as for myself, would...

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