Works of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke, Vol. 12 (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Works of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke, Vol. 12
Besides this letter, which I think is sufficiently clear upon the subject, there is also another much more clear upon your Lordships' minutes, much more distinct and much more pointed, expressive of his being resolved to make such representations of every matter as the governor-general may wish. Now a man who is master of the manner in which facts are represented, and whose subsequent conduct is to be justified by such representations, is not sim ply accountable for his conduct; he is accountable for culpably attempting to form, on false premises, the judgment of others upon that conduct. This species of delinquency must therefore be added to the rest; and I wish your Lordships to carry gener ally in your minds, that there is not one single sylla ble of representation made by any of those parties, except where truth may happen to break out in spite of all the means of concealment, which is not to be considered as the representation of Mr. Hastings him self in justification of his own conduct.
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