Speeches of the Managers and Counsel in the Trial of Warren Hastings, Volume 1

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Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts, 1859 - Impeachments

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Page 179 - Do we want a tribunal ? My lords, no example of antiquity, nothing in the modern world, nothing in the range of human imagination, can supply us with a tribunal like this.
Page 179 - My lords, you have here also the lights of our religion ; you have the Bishops of England. My lords, you have that true image of the primitive church in its ancient form, in its ancient ordinances, purified from the superstitions and the vices which a long' succession of ages will bring upon the best institutions.
Page 178 - Warren Hastings has not left substance enough in India to nourish such another delinquent. My lords, is it a prosecutor you want? You have before you the Commons of Great Britain as prosecutors, and I believe, my lords, that the sun in his...
Page 179 - We have here all the branches of the royal family in a situation between majesty and subjection, between the sovereign and the subject, — offering a pledge in that situation for the support of the rights of the crown, and the liberties of the people, both which extremities they touch. My lords, we have a great hereditary peerage here; those, who have their own honor, the honor of their ancestors, and of their posterity, to guard...
Page 180 - I impeach him in the name of the Commons of Great Britain in parliament assembled, whose parliamentary trust he has betrayed. I impeach him in the name of all the Commons of Great Britain, whose national character he has dishonored. I impeach him in the name of...
Page 77 - We are all born in subjection, all born equally, high and low, governors and governed, in subjection to one great, immutable, pre-existent law, prior to all our devices, and prior to all our contrivances, paramount to all our ideas and all our sensations, antecedent to our very existence, by which we are knit and connected in the eternal frame of the universe, out of which we cannot stir.
Page 179 - ... and make them rejoice to see those virtuous characters, that were the other day upon a level with them, now exalted above them in rank, but feeling with them in sympathy, what they felt in common with them before. " We have persons exalted from the practice of the law, from the place in which they administered high, though subordinate justice, to...
Page 180 - God is love, that the very vital spirit of their institution is charity ; a religion which so much hates oppression, that, when the God whom we adore appeared in human form, he did not appear in a form of greatness and majesty, but in sympathy with the lowest of the people, and thereby made it a firm and ruling principle, that their welfare was the object of all government, since the person who was the Master of Nature chose to appear in a subordinate situation.
Page 144 - ... these infernal furies planted death in the source of life, and where that modesty, which, more than reason, distinguishes men from beasts, retires from the view, and even shrinks from the expression, there they exercised and glutted their unnatural, monstrous, and nefarious...
Page 178 - In the name of the Commons of England, I charge all this villainy upon Warren Hastings, in this last moment of my application to you. My lords, what is it, that we want here to a great act of national justice? Do we want a cause, my lords?

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