Impending dangers of England and evils of our naval and military organization

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Σελίδα 20 - ... purchase, the price would fly up and kick the beam when counterpoised by the vast and solid riches of those middle classes, who are also the genuine depositaries of sober, rational, intelligent, and honest English feeling.
Σελίδα 85 - The play of the guns checked them a moment, but in this dreadful crisis Beresford wavered! Destruction stared him in the face, his personal resources were exhausted, and the unhappy thought of a retreat rose in his agitated mind. He had before...
Σελίδα 82 - In vain did Soult, by voice and gesture, animate his Frenchmen ; in vain did the hardiest veterans, extricating themselves from the crowded columns, sacrifice their lives to gain time for the mass to open out on such a fair field ; in vain did the mass itself bear up, and fiercely striving, fire indiscriminately upon friends and foes, while the horsemen hovering on the flank threatened to charge the advancing line.
Σελίδα 82 - ... threatened to charge the advancing line. Nothing could stop that astonishing infantry. No sudden burst of undisciplined valour, no nervous enthusiasm, weakened the stability of their order ; their flashing eyes were bent on the dark columns in their front ; their measured tread shook the ground ; their dreadful volleys swept away the head of every formation ; their deafening shouts overpowered the dissonant cries that broke from all parts of the tumultous crowd, as foot by foot and with a horrid...
Σελίδα 83 - ... by the incessant vigour of the attack to the farthest edge of the hill. In vain did the French reserves...
Σελίδα 145 - Lord Lucan, with reluctance, gave the order to Lord Cardigan to advance upon the guns, conceiving that his orders compelled him to do so. The noble Earl, though he did not shrink, also saw the fearful odds against him.
Σελίδα 20 - Unable though they be to round a period, or point an epigram, they are solid, right-judging men, and, above all, not given to change. If they have a fault, it is that error on the right side, a suspicion of state quacks — a dogged love of existing institutions — a perfect contempt of all political nostrums.
Σελίδα 20 - ... institutions — a perfect contempt of all political nostrums. They will neither be led astray by false reasoning, nor deluded by impudent flattery : but so neither will they be scared by classical quotations, or browbeaten by fine sentences ; and as for an epigram, they care as little for it as they do for a cannon ball.
Σελίδα 125 - I desire is, first, secretly to demonstrate to competent persons the efficiency of my plans, and then to obtain authority, during eight or ten days of fine weather, to put them in execution. The means I contemplate are simple, cheap, and safe. They would spare thousands of lives, millions of money, great havoc and uncertainty of results. Their consequences might, and probably would, effect the emancipation of Poland, and give freedom to the usurped territories of Sweden. Those who judge unfavourably...
Σελίδα 21 - Grave — intelligent — rational — fond of thinking for themselves — they consider a subject long before they make up their minds on it ; and the opinions they are thus slow to form they are not swift to abandon.

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