The Works of Edmund Burke, Volumen3

George Dearborn, 1834

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Página 388 - I impeach him in the name of the people of India, whose laws, rights and liberties he has subverted; whose properties he has destroyed; whose country he has laid waste and desolate. I impeach him in the name and by virtue of those eternal laws of justice which he has violated. I impeach him in the name of human nature itself, which he has cruelly outraged, injured and oppressed, in both sexes, in every age, rank, situation, and condition of life.
Página 326 - Law and arbitrary power are in eternal enmity. Name me a magistrate, and I will name property; name me power, and I will name protection. It is a contradiction in terms; it is blasphemy in religion, it is wickedness in politics, to say that any man can have arbitrary power. In every patent of office the duty is included. For what else does a magistrate exist ? To suppose for power, is an absurdity in idea. Judges are guided and governed by the eternal laws of justice, to which we are all subject.
Página 387 - God is love, that the very vital spirit of their institution is charity ; a religion which so much hates oppression, that, when the God whom we adore appeared in human form, he did not appear in a form of greatness and majesty, but in sympathy with the lowest of the people, and thereby made it a firm and ruling principle, that their welfare was the object of all government, since the person who was the Master of Nature chose to appear himself in a subordinate situation.
Página 367 - Debi Sing and his instruments suspected, and in a few cases they suspected justly, that the country people had purloined from their own estates, and had hidden in secret places in the circumjacent deserts, some small reserve of their own grain to maintain themselves during the unproductive months of the year, and to leave some hope for a future season. But the under tyrants knew, that the demands of Mr.
Página 367 - My lords, they began by winding cords round the fingers of the unhappy freeholders of those provinces, until they clung to and were almost incorporated with one another ; and then they hammered wedges of iron between them, until, regardless of the cries of the sufferers, they had bruised to pieces and...
Página 502 - To give judgment privately is to put an end to reports; and to put an end to reports, is to put an end to the law of England.
Página 325 - He have arbitrary power ! My lords, the East India Company have not arbitrary power to give him ; the king has no arbitrary power to give him ; your lordships have not ; nor the commons, nor the whole legislature. We have no arbitrary power to give, because arbitrary power is a thing which neither any man can hold nor any man can give.
Página 286 - Let everything that can be pleaded on the ground of surprise or error, upon those grounds be pleaded with success : we give up the whole of those predicaments. We urge no crimes that were not crimes of forethought. We charge him with nothing that he did not commit upon deliberation ; that he did not commit against advice, supplication, and remonstrance ; that he did not commit against the direct command of lawful authority ; that he did not commit after reproof and reprimand, the...
Página 387 - Apparent of the crown to be. We have here all the branches of the Royal Family in a situation between majesty and subjection, between the sovereign and the subject — offering a pledge in that situation for the support of the rights of the crown and the liberties of the people, both which extremities they touch. " My Lords, we have a great hereditary Peerage here ; those who have their own honour, the honour of their ancestors, and of their posterity, to guard...
Página 387 - My lords, here we see virtually in the mind's eye that sacred majesty of the Crown, under whose authority you sit, and whose power you exercise. We see in that invisible authority, what we all feel in reality and life, the beneficent powers and protecting justice of his Majesty. We have here the...

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