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" ... of his Ministers or Superior Officers ; not so much from the low opinion he entertains of their abilities, as from a conviction from his own feelings that if he employed them otherwise than as simple instruments they would, in time, assume a will... "
Diaries and Correspondence of James Harris, First Earl of Malmesbury - Page 140
by James Harris Earl of Malmesbury - 1844 - 1563 pages
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Frederic the Great and Kaiser Joseph: An Episode of War & Diplomacy in the ...

Harold William Vazeille Temperley - Biography & Autobiography - 1915 - 346 pages
...Instruments, they would in time assume a Will of their own ; and instead of remaining Accessories, endeavour to become Principals. To persevere in of the first, He has substituted Superstition ; ha the place of the latter, what is called in France Sentiment ; and from hence we may, in some measure,...
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