The life of Henry John Temple, viscount Palmerston, with selections from his diaries and correspondence, Volum 1


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Side 63 - That part of the island we had landed on was a narrow ridge, not above musket-shot across, bounded on one side by the sea, and on the other by a creek, extending upwards of a mile inland, and nearly communicating with the sea at its head.
Side 99 - Captain and you are also to observe and follow such Orders and Directions as you shall from time to time receive from...
Side 203 - To have been one of the humble instruments, in the hands of Divine Providence, for bringing to reason a ferocious government, and destroying forever the insufferable and horrid system of Christian slavery, can never cease to be a source of delight and heartfelt comfort to every individual happy enough to be employed in it.
Side 58 - You will see by this day's paper that I was tempted by some evil spirit to make a fool of myself for the entertainment of the House last night; however, I thought it was a good opportunity of breaking the ice, although one should flounder a little in doing so, as it was impossible to talk any very egregious nonsense upon so good a cause.
Side 67 - Of course one's vanity and ambition would lead to accept the brilliant offer first proposed ; but it is throwing for a great stake, and where much is to be gained, very much also may be lost. I have always thought it unfortunate for any one, and particularly a young man, to be put above his proper level, as he only rises to fall the lower.
Side 255 - I send you the note you wish for; I have been ever since my appointment like a man who has plumped into a mill-race, scarcely able by all his kicking and plunging to keep his head above water.
Side 313 - Wednesday the 21st, that you had desired to have an audience of his Majesty ; and that he intended to receive you on the day but one after. I did not consider it my duty to advise his Majesty to receive you at an earlier period. It is scarcely necessary for me to observe that your letter to me of the 20th was entirely your own act, and wholly unexpected by me. If the letter was written hastily and inconsiderately, surely the natural course was for you to withdraw it altogether ; and thus relieve...
Side 313 - I feel it to be necessary to recal to your recollection the circumstances under which I received your letter of Tuesday morning. " It is addressed to me at two o'clock in the morning, immediately , after a debate and division in the House of Commons. It informs me that you lose no time in affording me an opportunity of placing your office in other hands, as the only means in your power of preventing an injury to the King's service, which you describe. It concludes by regretting the necessity for...
Side 269 - ... have thought of, but that the King had said he knew, and was sure, that it was just the very thing I should like, and that was to go as Governor to Jamaica. I laughed so heartily that I observed Canning looked quite put out, and I was obliged to grow serious again.
Side 313 - Sovereign, as is implied in the words ' private and confidential ;' that in a necessity so painful (had I felt such a necessity) as that of asking his Majesty's permission to withdraw from his service, my first anxiety would have been to lay my reasons, in a respectful but direct communication from myself, at his Majesty's feet ; but that, most certainly, in whatever mode conveyed, the uppermost feeling of my heart would have been to have accompanied it with those expressions of dutiful attachment...

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