Reflections on the Revolution in France, and on the Proceedings in Certain Societies in London, Relative to That Event: In a Letter, Intended to Have Been Sent to a Gentleman in Paris (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Reflections on the Revolution in France, and on the Proceedings in Certain Societies in London, Relative to That Event: In a Letter, Intended to Have Been Sent to a Gentleman in Paris

Mr. Burke (aid in fubfiance, That confidence might become a vice, and jealoufy a virtue, ac cording to circumfiances. That confidence, of all publick virtues, was the moit dangerous, and jea[ loufy in an houfe of commons, of all publick vices, the molt tolerable; efpecially where the number and the charge - of fianding armies, in time of peace, was the quefiion.

That in the annual. Mutiny bill, the annual army was declared to be for the purpofe of preferving the balance of power in Europe. The propriety of its being larger or fmaller depended, therefore, upon the true Rate of that balance. If the increafe of peace eitablithments demanded of parliament agreed with the manifeft appearance of the balance, confidence in minifters, as to the particulars, would be very proper. If the increafe was not at all fupported by any fuch appearance, he thought great jealoufy might, and ought to be, entertained on that fubject.

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Born in Ireland in 1729, Edmund Burke was an English statesman, author, and orator who is best remembered as a formidable advocate for those who were victims of injustice. He was the son of a Dublin lawyer and had also trained to practice law. In the 1760s, Burke was elected to the House of Commons from the Whig party. Burke spent most of his career in Parliament as a member of the Royal Opposition, who was not afraid of controversy, as shown by his support for the American Revolution and for Irish/Catholic rights. His best-known work is Reflections on the French Revolution (1790). Some other notable works are On Conciliation with the American Colonies (1775) and Impeachment of Warren Hastings (1788). Edmund Burke died in 1797.

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