Let sleeping dogs lie.
I will not attempt to deny the reasonableness and necessity of a party war; but in carrying on that war all principles and rules of justice should not be departed from.
The very idea of true patriotism is lost, and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes. A patriot, sir! Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms!
All those men have their price.
Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism. A venerable word, when duly practiced.
I have never been afraid of making patriots; but I disdain and despise all their efforts.
Have I given any symptoms of an avaricious disposition? Have I obtained any grants from the crown since I have been placed at the head of the treasury? Has my conduct been different from that which others in the same station would have followed?
Whatever was the conduct of England, I am equally arraigned.
No expense has been incurred but what has been approved of and provided for by Parliament.
And here a most heinous charge is made, that the nation has been burdened with unnecessary expenses for the sole purpose of preventing the discharge of our debts and the abolition of taxes.
Oh, do not read history, for that I know must be false.
I am called repeatedly and insidiously prime and sole minister.
It is but refusing to gratify an unreasonable or an insolent demand, and up starts a patriot.
Admitting, however, for the sake of argument, that I am prime and sole minister in this country, am I, therefore, prime and sole minister of all Europe? Am I answerable for the conduct of other countries as well as for that of my own?
But I have the satisfaction, at the same time, to reflect that the impression to be made depends upon the consistency of the charge and the motives of the prosecutors.
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