Edmund Burke; Thoughts on the cause of the present discontents ...

9781231317464: Edmund Burke; Thoughts on the cause of the present discontents ...

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 Excerpt: ...Our office correspondence has lost all pretence to authenticity; British policy is brought into derision in those nations, that a while ago trembled at the power of our arms, whilst they looked up with confidence to the equity, firmness, and candour which shone in all our negotiations. I represent this matter exactly in the light in which it has been universally received. Such has been the aspect of our foreign politics tinder the influence of a double cabinet. With such an arrangement at court it is impossible it should have been otherwise. Nor is it possible that this scheme should have a better effect upon the Government of our dependencies, the first, the dearest, and most delicate objects of the interior policy of this empire. The colonies know, that administration is separated from the court, divided within itself, and detested by the nation. The double cabinet has, in both the parts of it, shown the most malignant dispositions towards them, without being able to do them the smallest mischief. They are convinced, by sufficient experience, that no plan, either of lenity or rigour, can be pursued with uniformity and perseverance. Therefore they turn their eyes entirely from Great Britain, where they have neither dependence on friendship, nor apprehension from enmity. They look to themselves and their own arrangements. They grow every day into alienation from this country: and whilst they are becoming disconnected with our Government, we have not the consolation to find that they are even friendly in their new independence. Nothing can equal the futility, the weakness, the rashness, the timidity, the perpetual contradiction in the management of our affairs in that part of the world. A volume might be written on: this melancholy subject; but it were bette...

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Edmund Burke, III is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the editor of "Rethinking World History: Essays on Europe, Islam and World History" by Marshall G.S. Hodgson (1993) and co-editor (with Ira Lapidus) of "Islam, Politics, and Social Movements" (California, 1988).

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