The letters of Junius

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Side 187 - But this is not a time to trifle with your fortune. They deceive you, sir, who tell you that you have many friends whose affections are founded upon a principle of personal attachment. The first foundation of friendship is not the power of conferring benefits, but the equality with which they are received, and may be returned.
Side 91 - It requires no persuasion of argument, but simply the evidence of the senses, to convince them, that to transfer the right of election from the collective...
Side 173 - You found them pleased with the novelty of a young prince, whose countenance promised even more than his words, and loyal to you not only from principle but passion. It was not a cold profession of allegiance to the first magistrate, but a partial animated attachment to a favourite prince, the native of their country.
Side 134 - He must create a solitude round his estate if he would avoid the face of reproach and derision. At Plymouth his destruction would be more than probable; at Exeter, inevitable.
Side 37 - ... This, sir, is the detail. In one view, behold a nation overwhelmed with debt ; her revenues wasted, her trade declining ; the affections of her colonies alienated; the duty of the magistrate transferred to the soldiery ; a gallant army, which never fought unwillingly but against their fellow-subjects, mouldering away for want of the direction of a man of common abilities and spirit...
Side 88 - A more experienced minister would not have hazarded a direct invasion of the first principles of the Constitution, before he had made some progress in subduing the spirit of the people.
Side 75 - First lived and died a hypocrite. Charles the Second was a hypocrite of another sort, and should have died upon the same scaffold. At the distance of a century, we see their different characters happily revived, and blended in your grace. Sullen and severe without religion, profligate without gaiety, you live like Charles the Second, without being an amiable companion, and, for aught I know, may die as his father did, without the reputation of a martyr.
Side 117 - ... that king James the second, having endeavoured •• to subvert the constitution of the kingdom, by breaking the " original contract- between king and people ; and, by the " advice of Jesuits and other wicked persons, having violated " the fundamental laws ; and having withdrawn himself out " of this kingdom ; has abdicated the government, and that " the throne is thereby vacant.
Side 9 - Let it be impressed upon your minds, let it be instilled into your children, that the liberty of the press is the palladium of all the civil, political, and religious rights of an Englishman...
Side 91 - With what force, my lord, with what protection are you prepared to meet the united detestation of the people of England? The city of London has given a generous example to the kingdom in what manner a king of this country ought to be...

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