Political Speeches in Scotland, November and December 1879 [amd] March and April 1880: With an Appendix, Containing the Rectorial Address in Glasgow, and Other Non-political Speeches [and] Containing Addresses to the Midlothian Electors and a Letter to Count Karolyi, Volumen1
A. Elliot, 1880
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Página 84 - The first thing is to foster the strength of the empire by just legislation and economy at home, thereby producing two of the great elements of national power — namely, wealth, which is a physical element, and union and contentment, which are moral elements...
Página 84 - In my opinion the third sound principle is this — to strive to cultivate and maintain, ay, to the very uttermost, what is called the concert of Europe; to keep the Powers of Europe in union together. And why ? Because by keeping all in union together you neutralize and fetter and bind up the selfish aims of each.
Página 84 - I think it, gentlemen, much to the credit of the late government, much to the honor of Lord Clarendon and Lord Granville, that, when we were in office, we made a covenant with Russia, in which Russia bound herself to exercise no influence or interference whatever in Afghanistan, we, on the other hand, making known our desire that Afghanistan should continue free and independent. Both the powers acted with uniform strictness and fidelity upon this engagement until the day when we were removed from...
Página 84 - I see that the time is flying onward, and, gentlemen, it is very hard upon you to be so much vexed upon the subject of policy abroad. You think generally, and I think, that your domestic affairs are quite enough to call for all your attention. There was a saying of an ancient Greek orator, who, unfortunately, very much undervalued what we generally call the better portion of the community — namely, women ; he made a very disrespectful observation, which I am going to quote, not for the purpose...
Página 84 - Palmerston ever will be honoured by those who recollect the erection i of the Kingdom of Belgium, and the union of the disjoined provinces of Italy. It is that sympathy, not a sympathy with disorder, but, on the contrary, founded upon the deepest and most profound love of order, — it is that sympathy which, in my opinion, ought to be the very atmosphere in which a Foreign Secretary of England ought to live and to move.
Página 6 - What means a factious spirit but the action of an ungovernable desire to get into office? And it is alleged that the Liberal party are under the influence of such a desire. Well, gentlemen, if they are, all I can say is that there is no disputing about tastes; but men must be men of a very extraordinary taste who desire to take such a succession as will be left by the present Government. I hope the verdict of the country will give to Lord Granville and Lord Hartington the responsible charge of its...
Página 68 - Remember the rights of the savage, as we call him. Re; member that the happiness of his humble home, remember that the sanctity of life in the hill villages of Afghanistan among the winter snows, is as inviolable in the eye of Almighty God as can be your own.
Página 76 - I admit that in principle no objection can be taken. Those persons who possess large portions of the spaces of the earth are not altogether in the same position as the possessors of mere personalty; that personalty does not impose the same limitations upon the action and industry of man, and upon the well-being of the community, as does the possession of land ; and, therefore, I freely own that compulsory expropriation is a thing which for an adequate public object is in itself admissible and so...