tags) Want more? These demands (one of them at least) are hastening fast towards an acquittal by prescription. The capital objects, and by much the most flattering characteristicks of arbitrary power, would be obtained. This is so anomalous to our whole constitution, that I will venture to say, the most trivial right which the subject claims, never was, nor can be, forfeited in such a manner. The elevation of the one, and the depression of the other, are the first objects of all true policy. Such application had been made upon former occasions; but to do it in the former manner would by no means answer the present purpose. Early activity may prevent late and fruit less violence. It grows weaker and weaker. But when I see that, for years together, full as impious, and perhaps more dangerous writings to religion and virtue and order, have not been punished, nor their authors discountenanced; that the most audacious libels on Royal Majesty have pasted without notice; that the most treasonable invectives against the laws, liberties, and constitution of the country, have not met with the slightest animadversion; I must consider this as a shocking and shameless pretence. No great external calamity has visited the nation; no pestilence or famine. When the affairs of the nation are distracted, private people are, by the spirit of that law, justified in stepping a little out of their ordinary sphere. It is a check, perhaps the only one, upon a corrupt and prodigal use of public money. There is no danger that an extension of the Forest laws should be the chosen mode of oppression in this age. The doctrine is this: That all political connexions are in their nature factious, and as such ought to be dissipated and destroyed; and that the rule for forming Administrations is mere personal ability, rated by the judgement of this Cabal upon it, and taken by draughts from every division and denomination of public men. And this is all that ever was required for a character of the greatest uniformity and steadiness in connexion. That Government is at once dreaded and contemned; that the laws are despoiled of all their respected and salutary terrors; that their inaction is a subject of ridicule, and their exertion of abhorrence; that rank, and office, and title, and all the solemn plausibilities of the world, have lost their reverence and effect; that our foreign politicks are as much deranged as our domestic oeconomy; that our dependencies are flackened in their affection, and loosened from their obedience; that we know neither how to yield nor how to inforce; that hardly any thing above or below, abroad or at home, is found and entire; but that disconnexion and confusion, in offices, in parties, in families, in Parliament, in the nation, prevail beyond the disorders of any former time: these are facts universally admitted and lamented. But as long as reputation, the most precious possession of every individual, and as long as opinion, the great support of the State, depend entirely upon that voice, it can never be considered as a thing of little consequence either to individuals or to Government. Transcribed from the 3rd edition. They have been so, frequently and outrageously, both in other countries and in this. The electors of Middlesex chose a person whom the House of Commons had voted incapable; and the House of Commons has taken in a member whom the electors of Middlesex had not chosen. In Parliament the whole is executed from the beginning to the end. Their restless and crooked spirit drives them to rake in the dirt of every kind of expedient. This volume contains Burke’s speeches on the crisis between Great Britain and the American colonies. One mob is hired to destroy another; a procedure which at once encourages the boldness of the populace, and justly increases their discontent. Formerly this power of controul was what kept Ministers in ​awe of Parliaments, and Parliaments in reverence with the people. Neither is the damage to public credit of very great consequence, when compared with that which results to public morals and to the safety of the constitution, from the exhaustless mine of corruption opened by the precedent, and to be wrought by the principle, of the late payment of the debts of the Civil List. A vigilant and jealous eye over executory and judicial magistracy; an anxious care of public money, an openness, approaching towards facility, to public complaint: these seem to be the true characteristics of an House of Commons. Whatever original energy may be supposed either in force or regulation; the operation of both is, in truth, merely instrumental. Faction will make its cries resound through the nation, as if the whole were in an uproar, ​when by far the majority, and much the better part, will seem for a while as it were annihilated by the quiet in which their virtue and moderation incline them to enjoy the blessings of Government. If they refuse to give this proof, we know of what stuff they are made. In the last session, the corps called the King's friends made an hardy attempt all at once, to alter the right of election itself; to put it into the power of the House of Commons to disable any person disagreeable to them from fitting in Parliament, without any other rule than their own pleasure; to make incapacities, either general for descriptions of men, or particular for individuals; and to take into their body, persons who avowedly had never been chosen by the majority. That man who before he comes into power has no friends, or who coming into power is obliged to desert his friends, or who losing it has no friends to sympathize with him; he who has no sway among any part of the landed or commercial interest, but whose whole importance has begun with his office, and is sure to end with it; is a person who ought never to be suffered by a controuling Parliament to continue in any of those situations which confer the lead and direction of all our public affairs; because such a man has no connexion with the interest of the people. Prime. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. But that which is not within the province of Parliament, is yet within the sphere of every man's own reflexion. If other ideas should prevail, things must remain in their present confusion; until they are hurried into all the rage of civil violence; or until they sink into the dead repose of despotism. Parliament ​cannot with any great propriety punish others, for things in which they themselves have been accomplices. An arbitrary discretion leads, legality follows; which is just the very nature and description of a legislative act. If not, they ought to be made so. I know that the courts of law have made as strained constructions in other cafes. The laws of this country are for the most part constituted, and wisely so, for the general ends of Government, rather than for the preservation of our particular liberties. But whether the compliment was to one or both, to this nation it was the same. If therefore this system has so ill answered its own grand pretence of saving the King from the necessity of employing persons disagreeable to him, has it given more peace and tranquillity to his Majesty's private hours? By such means it may appear who those are, that, by an indiscriminate support of all Administrations, have totally banished all integrity and confidence out of public proceedings; have confounded the best men with the worst; and weakened and dissolved, instead of strengthening and compacting, the general frame of Government. It was to be avowed as a constitutional maxim, that the King might appoint one of his footmen, or one of your footmen, for Minister; and that he ought to be, and that he would be, as well followed as the first name for rank or wisdom in the nation. 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Mr. Pelham gave such an assurance, and he kept his word. But in all exertions of duty something is to be hazarded. With the loss of their dignity, they lose their temper. Addison, who knew their sentiments, could not praise them for what they considered as no proper subject of commendation. ​Nobody, I believe, will consider it merely as the language of spleen or disappointment, if I say, that there is something particularly alarming in the present conjuncture. They are certainly in the right. If a man happens not tosucceed in such an inquiry, he will be thought weak and visionary; if he touches the true grievance, there is a danger that he may come near to persons of weight and consequence, who will rather be exasperated at the discovery of their errors than thankful for the occasion of correcting them. Public life is a situation of power and energy; he trespasses against his duty who sleeps upon his watch, as well as he that goes over to the enemy. The distemper is increased by his injudicious and preposterous endeavours, or pretences, for the cure of it. These are the words of a great man; of a Minister of state; and a zealous assertor of Monarchy. Cunning men are here apt to break in, and, without directly controverting the principle, to raise objections from the difficulty under which the Sovereign labours, to distinguish the genuine voice and sentiments of his people, from the clamour of a faction, by which it is so easily counterfeited. They will be able to serve him effectually; because they will add the weight of the country to the force of the executory power. This was the most noble and refined part of our constitution. It enough for him that he surrounds them with his creatures. This gentleman, by setting himself strongly in oppo​sition to the Court Cabal, had become at once an object of their persecution, and of the popular savour. It proceeds on the idea of weakening the State in order to strengthen the Court. Skip to main content.sg. To the great Whig families it was extremely disagreeable, and seemed almost unnatural, to oppose the Administration of a Prince of the House of Brunswick. Advanced embedding details, examples, and help! It is to intercept the favour, protection and confidence of the Crown in the passage to its Ministers; it is to come between them and their importance in Parliament; it is to separate them from all their natural and acquired dependencies; it is intended as the controul, not the support, of Administration. The power of that gentleman was vast indeed and merited; but it was in a great degree personal, and therefore transient. Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents. This retrospective wisdom, and historical patriotism, are things of wonderful convenience; and serve admirably to reconcile the old quarrel between speculation and practice. Party was to be totally done away, with all its evil works. The dreadful disorders of frequent elections have also ​necessitated a septennial instead of a triennial duration. Accordingly those who have been of the most known devotion to the will and pleasure of a Court, have at the same time been most forward in asserting an high authority in the House of Commons. Cart Hello Select your address Best Sellers Today's Deals Electronics Customer … The Civil List revenues were then mortgaged for the sum to be raised, and stood charged with the ransom of their own deliverance. EMBED. Prime. It signifies nothing whether a court for this purpose be a Committee of Council, or an House of Commons, or an House of Lords; the liberty of the subject will be equally subverted by it. In the reign of Queen Anne, the Crown was found in debt. A sullen gloom, and furious disorder, prevail by fits the nation loses its relish for peace and prosperity, as it did in that season of fullness which opened our troubles in the time of Charles the First. ​Upon a supposition, therefore, that in the opening of the cause the presumptions stand equally balanced between the parties, there seems sufficient ground to entitle any person to a fair hearing, who attempts some other scheme beside that easy one which is fashionable in some fashionable companies, to account for the present discontents. Members of Parliament were to be hardened into an insensibility to pride as well as to duty. They all are trustees for the people, as well as the Commons; because no power is given for the sole sake . Addressing himself to Britain. Filled with an anxious concern for whatever regards the welfare of our Sovereign, it is impossible, in considering the miserable circumstances into which he has been brought, that this obvious topick should be entirely passed over. Having said something before upon this subject, I shall only observe here, that when they give this account of the prevalence of faction, they present no very favourable aspect of the confidence of the people in their pwn Government. Standards, for judging more systematically upon their conduct, ought to be settled in the meetings of counties and corporations. Those knots or cabals of men who have got together, avowedly without any public principle, in order to fell their conjunct iniquity at the higher rate, and are therefore universally odious, ought never to be suffered to domineer in the State; because they have no connexion with the sentiments and opinions of the people. Independent of that greatness which a King possesses merely by being a representative of the national dignity, the things in which he may have an individual interest seem to be these: wealth accumulated; wealth spent in magnificence, pleasure, or beneficence; personal respect and attention; and above all, private ease and repose of mind. ​By such means something may be done. Point of honour and precedence were no more to be regarded in Parliamentary decorum, than in a Turkish army. Unable to rule the multitude, they endeavour to raise divisions amongst them. If the reader believes that there really exists such a Faction as I have described; a Faction ruling by the private inclinations of a Court, against the general sense of the people; and that this Faction, whilst it pursues a scheme for undermining all the foundations of our freedom, weakens (for the present at least) all the powers of executory Government, rendering us abroad con​temptible, and at home distracted; he will believe also, that nothing but a firm combination of public men against this body, and that, too, supported by the hearty concurrence of the people at large, can possibly get the better of it. In the mean time we are born only to be men. We may assure ourselves, that if Parliament will tamely see evil men take possession of all the strong-holds of their country, and allow them time and means to fortify themselves, under a pretence of giving them a fair trial, and upon a hope of discovering, whether they will not be reformed by power, and whether their measures will not be better than their morals; such a Parliament will give countenance to their measures also, whatever that Parliament may pretend, and whatever those measures may be. Without this, the whole would have ​been no better than a visionary amusement, like the scheme of Harrington's political club, and not a business in which the nation had a real concern. They ought not to trust the House of Commons with a ​power over their franchises: because the constitution, which placed two other coordinate powers to controul it, reposed no such confidence in that body. But that form of Government, which, neither in its direct institutions, nor in their immediate tendency, has contrived to throw its affairs into the most trustworthy hands, but has left its whole executory system to be disposed of agreeably to the uncontrouled pleasure of any one man, however excellent or virtuous, is a plan of polity defective not only in that member, but consequentially erroneous in every part of it. Its operation upon the character of the House of Commons was the great point in view. Oblivion begins to spread her cob webs over all our spirited remonstrances. Every age has its own manners, and its politicks dependent upon them; and the same attempts will not be made against a constitution fully formed and matured, that were used to destroy it in the cradle, or to resist its growth during its infancy. Thus they established an arbitrary standard for that dignity which Parliament had defined and limited to a legal standard. Nor are we engaged in unsuccessful war; in which, our misfortunes might easily pervert our judgement; ​and our minds, sore from the loss of national glory, might feel every blow of Fortune as a crime in Government. They contend, that no adequate provocation has been given for so spreading a discontent; our affairs having been conducted throughout with remarkable temper and consummate wisdom. The House of Commons can never be a controul on other parts of Government unless they are controuled themselves by their constituents; and unless these constituents possess some right in the choice of that House, which it is not in the power of that House to take away. It is no mean security for a proper use of power, that a man has shewn by the general tenor of his actions, that the affection, ​the good opinion, the confidence, of his fellow citizens have been among the principal objects of his life; and that he has owed none of the gradations of his power or fortune to a settled contempt, or occasional forfeiture of their esteem. They are convinced, by sufficient experience, that no plan, either of lenity or rigour, can be pursued with uniformity and perseverance. ​But, though no man can draw a stroke between the confines of day and night, yet light and darkness are upon the whole tolerably distinguishable. If any such have really appeared, they have arisen, not from a power properly aristocratic, but from the same influence which is charged with having excited attempts of a similar nature in the House of Commons; which House, if it should have been betrayed into an unfortunate quarrel with its constituents, and involved in a charge of the very same nature, could have neither power nor inclination to repell such attempts in others. But has it in reality answered this purpose? His revenue for the civil establishment, fixed (as it was then thought) at a large, but definite sum, was ample, without being invidious. It is the nature of despotism to abhor power held by any means but its own momentary pleasure; and to annihilate all intermediate situations between boundless strength on its own part, and total debility on the part of the people. It had always, until of late, been held the first duty of Parliament, to refuse to support Government until power was in the hands of persons who were acceptable to the people, or while factions predominated in the Court in which the nation had no confidence. The whole scenery was exactly disposed to captivate those good souls, whose credulous morality is so invaluable a treasure to crafty ​politicians. On the other hand, let us suppose a person unconnected with the Court, and in opposition to its system. We have had just claims upon the same powers; rights which ought to have been sacred to them as well as to us, as they had their origin in our lenity and ​generosity towards France and Spain in the day of their great humiliation. Nothing can alter my opinion concerning the pernicious tendency of this example, until I see some man for his indiscretion in the support of power, for his violent and intemperate servility, rendered incapable of sitting in Parliament. When therefore I reflect upon this method pursued by the Cabal in distributing rewards and punishments, I must conclude that Mr. Wilkes is the object of persecution, not on account of what he has done in common with others who are the objects of reward, but for that in which he differs from many of them: that he is pursued for the spirited dispositions which are blended with his vices; for his unconquerable firmness, for his resolute, indefatigable, strenuous resistance against oppression. The very stile of such persons will serve to discriminate them from those numberless impostors, who have deluded the ignorant with professions incompatible with human practice, and have afterwards incensed them by practices below the level of vulgar rectitude. Men acted as if the Court could receive, as well as confer, an obligation. Those who are left out, however divided before, will soon run into a body of opposition; which, being a collection of many discontents into one focus, will without doubt be hot and violent enough. Fast and free shipping free returns cash on delivery available on eligible purchase. The person and cause of the Pretender were be come contemptible; his title disowned through out Europe, his party disbanded in England. As this power is attached to certain situations, it is their duty to contend for these situations. Try. But to others it suggested sentiments of a very different nature. They gave themselves, under the lax and indeterminate idea of the honour of the Crown, a full loose for all manner of dissipation, and all manner of corruption. "Les revolutions qui arrivent dans les grands etats ne sont point un effect du hazard, ni du caprice des peuples. But, in order firmly to establish the ​precedent of payment previous to account, and to form it into a settled rule of the House, the god in the machine was brought down, nothing less than the wonder-working Law of Parliament. The lessening and granting away some part of her revenue by Parliament was alledged as the cause of that debt, and pleaded as an equitable ground, such it certainly was, for discharging it. The power of discretionary disqualification by one law of Parliament, and the necessity of paying every debt of the Civil List by another law of Parliament, if suffered to pass unnoticed, must establish such a fund of rewards and terrors as will make Parliament the best appendage and support of arbitrary power that ever was invented by the wit of man. When people desert their connexions, the desertion is a manifest fact, upon which a direct simple issue lies, triable by plain men. The whole system, comprehending the exterior and interior Administrations, is commonly called, in the technical language of the Court, Double Cabinet; in French or English, as you choose to pronounce it. But when it stands upon private humour, its structure is of stubble, and its foundation is on quicksand. Retrouvez Thoughts on the cause of the present discontents et des millions de livres en stock sur Amazon.fr. The application to Parliament was not for an absolute grant of money; but to empower the Queen to raise it by borrowing upon the Civil List funds. Francis Canavan, one of the great Burke scholars of the twentieth century, has added forewords and a … And in this manner an Administration without connexion with the people, or with one another, was first put in possession of Government. They are applied to the system of Favouritism which was adopted by Henry the Third of France, and to the dreadful consequences it produced. By this plan several important ends are answered to the Cabal. Read Burke's Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents: Edited, with Introduction and Notes (Classic Reprint) book reviews & author details and more at Amazon.in. Nor has it been relieved from this unseemly distress, but by means which have hazarded the affection of the people, and shaken their confidence in Parliament. As in destroying their enemies they make use of instruments not immediately belonging to their corps, so, in advancing their own friends, they pursue exactly the same method. But let him be who or what he will, he abets a Faction that is driving hard to the ruin of his country. Cic. The interior Ministry are sensible, that war is a situation which sets in its full light the value of the hearts of a people; and they well know, that the beginning of the importance of the people must be the end of theirs. If he should be obliged to blame the favourites of the people, he will be considered as the tool of power; if he censures those in power, he will ​be looked on as an instrument of faction. To him the whole nation was to yield an immediate and implicit submission. The hatred of the Court Party pursuing, and the countenance of the people protecting him, it very soon became not at all a question on the man, but a trial of strength between the two parties. Of such a nature are connexions in politicks; essentially necessary for the full performance of our public duty, accidentally liable to degenerate into faction. Their whole importance, in the first instance, and afterwards their whole freedom, is at stake. Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. The choice of ministers purely on personal grounds was favouritism; public approbation by the people through Parliament should determine their… We must soften ​into a credulity below the milkiness of infancy, to think all men virtuous. He goes, however, into another department of the lame office, that he might not be obliged officially to acquiesce in one situation under what he had officially remonstrated against in another. But this, in my opinion, is said without much observation of our present disposition, and without any knowledge at all of the general nature of mankind. They find out some person of whom the party entertains an high opinion. This is one of the principal holdings of that destructive system, which has endeavoured to unhinge all the virtuous, honourable, and useful connexions in the kingdom. The point to be gained by the Cabal was this; that a precedent should be established, tending to shew, That the favour of the People was not so sure a road as the favour of the Court even to popular honours and popular trusts. They thought they now be held an opportunity (by a certain sort of Statesmen never long undiscovered or unemployed) of drawing to themselves, by the aggrandisement of a Court Faction, a degree of power which they could never hope to derive from natural influence or from honourable service; and which it was impossible they could hold with the least security, whilst the system of Administration ​rested upon its former bottom. I rest a little the longer on this Court topick, because it was much insisted upon at the time of the great change, and has been since frequently revived by many of the agents of that party: for, whilst they are terrifying the great and opulent with the horrors of mob-government, they are by other managers attempting (though hitherto with little success) to alarm the people with aphantom of tyranny in the Nobles. A systematic spirit has been shewn upon both sides. would it not have been natural for Parliament first to have asked, how, and by what means, their appropriated allowance came to be insufficient? share. I repeat it again—He that supports every Administration, subverts all Government. However, this was only a transient cloud; they were hid but for a moment; and their constellation blazed out with greater brightness, and a far more vigorous influence, some time after it was blown over. Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents. I represent this matter exactly in the light in which it has been universally received. He invoked a transcendent morality to sanction a constitutional commonwealth, but he detested abstract political theories in whose name society is likely to be vivisected. There has not been one which has not sufficiently experienced the utter incompatibility of that Faction with the public peace, and with all the ends of good Government: since, if they opposed it, they soon lost every power of serving the Crown; if they submitted to it, they ​lost all the esteem of their country. Constitute Government how you please, infinitely the greater part of it must depend upon the exercise of the powers which are left at large to the prudence and uprightness of Ministers of State. What good consequences followed from it, we have all seen; whether with regard to virtue, public or private; to the ease and happiness of the Sovereign; or to the real strength of Government. It is a right, the effect of which is to give to the people, that man, and that man only, whom by their voices, actually, not constructively given, they declare that they know, esteem, love, and trust. Conscious of their independence, they bear themselves with a lofty air to the exterior Ministers. The subject is the nepotism of King George III and the influence of the Court on the House of Commons of Great Britain. About this time the ​produce of these duties had fallen pretty low; and even upon an average of the whole reign they never produced 800,000l. So far I have considered the effect of the Court system, chiefly as it operates upon the executive Government, on the temper of the people, and on the happiness of the Sovereign. By this means the party goes out much, thinner than it came in; and is only reduced in strength by its temporary possession of power. Noté /5: Achetez Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents de Burke, Edmund: ISBN: 9781141698141 sur amazon.fr, des millions de livres livrés chez vous en 1 jour They do not behold the cause of this distress in any part of the apparatus of Royal magnificence. Without a proscription of others, they are bound to give to their own party the preference in all things; and by no means, for private considerations, to accept any offers of power in which the whole body is not included; nor to suffer themselves to be led, or to be controuled, or to be over-balanced, in office or in council, by those who contradict the very fundamental principles on which their party is formed, and even those upon which every fair connexion must stand. In one of the most fortunate periods of our history this country was governed by a connexion; I mean, the great connexion of Whigs in the reign of Q. Anne. But ​if the habit prevails of going beyond the law, and superseding this judicature, of carrying offences, real or supposed, into the legislative bodies, who shall establish themselves into courts of criminal equity (so the Star Chamber has been called by Lord Bacon), all the evils of the Star Chamber are revived. Thoughts On the Cause of the Present Discontents [Edmund Burke] on Amazon.com. The Romans carried this principle a great way. ​When they have learned this lesson themselves, they will be willing and able to teach the Court, that it is the true interest of the Prince to have but one Administration; and that one composed of those who recommend themselves to their Sovereign through the opinion of their country, and not by their obsequiousness to a favourite. Such has been the aspect of our foreign politicks, under the influence of a double Cabinet. a year; because, when they were afterwards granted to ​George the First, 120,000l. How it should happen that any man could be tempted to venture upon such a project of Government, may at first view appear surprizing. Of this nature was that astonishing transaction, in which Lord Rochford, our Ambassador at Paris, remonstrated against the attempt upon Corsica, in consequence of a direct authority from Lord Shelburne. Nor was the House at all more attentive to a provident security against future, than it had been to a vindictive retrospect to past, mismanagements. Our office correspondence has lost all pretence to authenticity; British policy is brought into derision in those nations, that a while ago trembled at the power of our arms, whilst they looked up with confidence to the equity, firmness, and candour, which shone in all our negotiations. All the accounts which could answer any Parliamentary were refused, or postponed by previous questions. But, where duty renders a critical situation a necessary pne, it is our business to keep free from the evils attendant upon it; and not to fly from the situation itself. The very desire of that body to have such a trust contrary to law reposed in them, shews that they are not worthy of it. For my part, I find it impossible to conceive, that any one believes in his own politicks, or thinks them to be of any weight, who refuses to adopt the means of having them reduced into practice. The extraordinary charges brought on by the rebellion, account fully for the necessities of the Crown. Indeed it is a law of nature, that whoever is necessary to what we have made our object, is sure in some way, or in some time or other, to become our master. It is easy to see which of the contending parties would be ruined first. Lord Rochford, who obeyed these orders, receives them. The electors ought to esteem it no less culpable in their Member to give a single vote in Parliament to such an Administration, than to take an office under it; to endure it, than to act in it. The right of election was not established merely as a matter of form, to satisfy some method and rule of technical reasoning; it was not a principle which might substitute a Titius or a Maevius, a John Doe or Richard Roe, in the place of a man specially chosen; not a principle which was just as well satisfied with one man as with another. Those who in a few months after fouled over head and ears into the deepest and dirtiest pits of corruption, cried out violently against the indirect practices in the electing and managing of Parliaments, which had formerly prevailed. Government is deeply interested in every thing which, even through the medium of some temporary uneasiness, may tend finally to compose the minds of the subject, and to conciliate their affections. Their odium might become, strained through the medium of two or three constructions, the means of sitting as the trustee of all that was dear to them. Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item . He overcame a dangerous rebellion, abetted by foreign force, and raging in the heart of his kingdoms; and thereby destroyed the feeds of all future rebellion that could arise upon the same principle. At that time it was not imagined, that patriotism was a bloody idol, which required the sacrifice of children and parents, or dearest connexions in private life, and of all the virtues that rise from those relations. If any particular Peers, by their uniform, upright, constitutional conduct, by their public and their private virtues, have acquired an influence in the country; the people, on whose favour that influence depends, and from whom it arose, will never be duped into an opinion, that such greatness in a Peer is the despotism of an aristocracy, when they know and feel it to be the effect and pledge of their own importance. Power was thenceforward to be the chosen residence of public spirit; and no one was to be supposed under any sinister influence, except those who had the misfortune to be in disgrace at Court, which was to stand in lieu of all vices and all corruptions. Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents is a political pamphlet by the Anglo-Irish politician and philosopher Edmund Burke, first published on 23 April 1770. Let the sagacity of others work upon it. It is absolutely necessary to have frequent recourse to the Legislature. This claim in their hands was no barren theory. However, the House of Commons thought all these to be antiquated principles; they were of opinion, that the most Parliamentary way of proceeding was, to pay first what the Court thought proper to demand, and to take its chance ​for an examination into accounts at some time of greater leisure. No complaisance to our Court, or to our age, can make me believe nature to be so changed, but that public liberty will be among us, as among our ancestors, obnoxious to some person or other; and that opportunities will be furnished, for attempting at least, some alteration to the prejudice of our constitution. An opportunity for this purpose was taken, upon an application to Parliament for payment of the debts of the Civil List; which in 1769 had amounted to 513,000l. To reconcile the minds of the people to all these movements, principles correspondent to them had been preached up with great zeal. : Burke III, Edmund: Amazon.sg: Books. If any person is more concerned for government arid order, than for the liberties of his country; even he is equally concerned to put an end to this course of indiscriminate support. The evil complained of, if it exists in the present state of things, would hardly be removed by a triennial Parliament: for, unless the influence of Government in elections can be entirely taken away, the more frequently they return, the more they will harrass private independence; the more generally men will be compelled to fly to the settled, systematic interest of Government, and to the resources of a boundless Civil List. In such a strait the wisest may well be perplexed, and the boldest staggered. Such a generous contention for power, on such manly and honourable maxims, will easily be distinguished from the mean and interested struggle for place and emolument. Thus much of the topicks chosen by the Courtiers to recommend their system; it will be necessary to open a little more at large the nature of that party which was formed for its support. The King is the representative of the people; so are the Lords; so are the Judges. Nothing, indeed, will appear more certain, on any tolerable consideration of this matter, than that every sort of Government ought to have its Administration correspondent to its Legislature. Significant quotes in Edmund Burke's Thoughts On The Cause Of The Present Discontents with explanations By the former of these, lawful Government is undone; by the latter, all opposition to lawless power is rendered impotent. They do not respect the publick nor themselves, who engage for more, than they are sure that they ought to attempt, or that they are able to perform. No lines can be laid down for civil or political wisdom. Until Ministers give to the publick a full proof of their entire alienation from that system, however plausible their pretences, we may be sure they are more intent on the emoluments than the duties of office. As I am only giving an opinion on this point, and not at all debating it in an adverse line, I hope I may be excused in another observation. Edmund Burke, Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents. When they do wrong, it is their error, and not their crime. To bring the dispositions that are lovely in private life into the service and conduct of the commonwealth; so to be patriots, as not to forget we are gentlemen. One of the principal topicks which was then, and has been since, much employed by that political[4] school, is an affected terror of the growth of an aristocratic power, prejudicial to ​the rights of the Crown, and the balance of the constitution. Parliaments must therefore sit every year, and for great part of the year. It is not to be argued that we endure no grievance, because our grievances are not of the same sort with those under which we laboured formerly; riot precisely those which we bore from the Tudors, or vindicated on the Stuarts; A great change has taken place in the affairs of this country. Few are the partizans of departed tyranny; and to be a Whig on the business of an hundred years ago, is very consistent with every advantage of present servility. They grow every day into alienation from this country; and whilst they are becoming disconnected with our Government, ​we have not the consolation to find, that they are even friendly in their new independence. By this want of sympathy they would cease to be an House of Commons. They do, but the protests aren’t about that. It is very clear that we cannot free ourselves entirely from this great inconvenience; but I would not increase an evil, because I was not able to remove it; and because it was not in my power to keep the House of Commons religiously true to its first principles, I would not argue for carrying it to a total oblivion of them. But in books every thing is settled for them, without the exertion of any considerable diligence or sagacity. In vain an expiring interest in a borough calls for offices, or small livings, for the children of mayors, and aldermen, and capital burgesses. Find in this title: Find again. If it were not a bad habit to moot cafes on the supposed ruin of the constitution, I should be free to declare, that if it must perish, I would rather by far see it resolved into any other form, than lost in that austere and insolent domination. Men of rank and ability, with the spirit which ought to animate such men in a free state, while they decline the jurisdiction of dark cabal on their actions and their fortunes, will, for both, chearfully put them selves upon their country. Lord Rochford, a man of spirit, could not endure this situation. For a considerable time this separation of the representatives from their constituents went on with a silent progress; and had those, who con​ducted the plan for their total separation, been persons of temper and abilities any way equal to the magnitude of their design, the success would have been infallible: but by their precipitancy they have laid it open in all its nakedness; the nation is alarmed at it; and the event may not be pleasant to the contrivers of the scheme. Where men are not acquainted with each other's principles, nor experienced in each other's talents, nor at all practised in their mutual habitudes and dispositions by joint efforts in business; no personal confidence, no friendship, no common interest, subsisting among them; it is evidently impossible that they can act a public part with uniformity, perseverance, or efficacy. Nothing would be more unworthy of this nation, than with a mean and mechanical rule, to mete out the splendour of the Crown. What shall we think of him who never differed from a certain set of men until the moment they lost their power, and who never agreed with them in a single instance afterwards? Corruption was to be cast down from Court, as Atè was from Heaven. And when they are become so, they have then the best chance for being well supported. The qualities by which court is made to the people, were to render every fault inexpiable, and every error irretrievable. But the pleasant part of the story is that these King's friends have no more ground for usurping such a title, than a resident freeholder in Cumberland or in Cornwall. Without it, or something equivalent to it, perhaps the people cannot long enjoy the substance of freedom; certainly none of the vivifying energy of good Government. Mr. Pitt was first attacked. The true contest is between the Electors of the kingdom and the Crown; the Crown acting by an instrumental House of Commons. We have hardly any land-marks from the wisdom of our ancestors, to guide us. In what manner our domestic œconomy is affected by this system, it is needless to explain. This is useful indeed and fundamental. Nor will it be impossible for a Prince to find out such a mode of Government, and such persons to administer it, as will give a great degree of content to his people; without any curious and anxious research for that abstract, universal, perfect harmony, which while he is seeking, he abandons those means of ordinary tranquillity which are in his power without any research at all. Nothing can render this a point of indifference to the nation, but what must either render us totally desperate, or soothe us into the security of ideots. The first part of the reformed plan was to draw a line which should separate the Court from the Ministry. A restoration of the right of free election is a preliminary indispensable to every other reformation. Such men were able to draw in a greater number to a concurrence in the common defence. He can do an infinite number of acts of generosity and kindness, and even of public spirit. Much management and great expences were necessary. If, by any chance, the Ministers who stand before the curtain possess or affect any spirit, it makes little or no impression. As hitherto business had gone through the hands of leaders of Whigs or Tories, men of talents to conciliate the people, and engage to their confidence, now the method was to be altered; and the lead was to be given to men of no sort of consideration or credit in the country. This, with allowances for human frailty, may probably be the general character of a Ministry, which thinks itself accountable to the House of Commons; when the House of Commons thinks itself accountable to its constituents. I too have thought on this subject: but my purpose here, is only to consider it as a part of the favourite project of Government; to observe on the motives which led to it; and to trace its political consequences. But we must purposely shut our eyes, if we con sider this matter merely as a contest between the House of Commons and the Electors. EMBED (for wordpress.com hosted blogs and archive.org item tags) Want more? These demands (one of them at least) are hastening fast towards an acquittal by prescription. The capital objects, and by much the most flattering characteristicks of arbitrary power, would be obtained. This is so anomalous to our whole constitution, that I will venture to say, the most trivial right which the subject claims, never was, nor can be, forfeited in such a manner. The elevation of the one, and the depression of the other, are the first objects of all true policy. Such application had been made upon former occasions; but to do it in the former manner would by no means answer the present purpose. Early activity may prevent late and fruit less violence. It grows weaker and weaker. But when I see that, for years together, full as impious, and perhaps more dangerous writings to religion and virtue and order, have not been punished, nor their authors discountenanced; that the most audacious libels on Royal Majesty have pasted without notice; that the most treasonable invectives against the laws, liberties, and constitution of the country, have not met with the slightest animadversion; I must consider this as a shocking and shameless pretence. No great external calamity has visited the nation; no pestilence or famine. When the affairs of the nation are distracted, private people are, by the spirit of that law, justified in stepping a little out of their ordinary sphere. It is a check, perhaps the only one, upon a corrupt and prodigal use of public money. There is no danger that an extension of the Forest laws should be the chosen mode of oppression in this age. The doctrine is this: That all political connexions are in their nature factious, and as such ought to be dissipated and destroyed; and that the rule for forming Administrations is mere personal ability, rated by the judgement of this Cabal upon it, and taken by draughts from every division and denomination of public men. And this is all that ever was required for a character of the greatest uniformity and steadiness in connexion. That Government is at once dreaded and contemned; that the laws are despoiled of all their respected and salutary terrors; that their inaction is a subject of ridicule, and their exertion of abhorrence; that rank, and office, and title, and all the solemn plausibilities of the world, have lost their reverence and effect; that our foreign politicks are as much deranged as our domestic oeconomy; that our dependencies are flackened in their affection, and loosened from their obedience; that we know neither how to yield nor how to inforce; that hardly any thing above or below, abroad or at home, is found and entire; but that disconnexion and confusion, in offices, in parties, in families, in Parliament, in the nation, prevail beyond the disorders of any former time: these are facts universally admitted and lamented. But as long as reputation, the most precious possession of every individual, and as long as opinion, the great support of the State, depend entirely upon that voice, it can never be considered as a thing of little consequence either to individuals or to Government. Transcribed from the 3rd edition. They have been so, frequently and outrageously, both in other countries and in this. The electors of Middlesex chose a person whom the House of Commons had voted incapable; and the House of Commons has taken in a member whom the electors of Middlesex had not chosen. In Parliament the whole is executed from the beginning to the end. Their restless and crooked spirit drives them to rake in the dirt of every kind of expedient. This volume contains Burke’s speeches on the crisis between Great Britain and the American colonies. One mob is hired to destroy another; a procedure which at once encourages the boldness of the populace, and justly increases their discontent. Formerly this power of controul was what kept Ministers in ​awe of Parliaments, and Parliaments in reverence with the people. Neither is the damage to public credit of very great consequence, when compared with that which results to public morals and to the safety of the constitution, from the exhaustless mine of corruption opened by the precedent, and to be wrought by the principle, of the late payment of the debts of the Civil List. A vigilant and jealous eye over executory and judicial magistracy; an anxious care of public money, an openness, approaching towards facility, to public complaint: these seem to be the true characteristics of an House of Commons. Whatever original energy may be supposed either in force or regulation; the operation of both is, in truth, merely instrumental. Faction will make its cries resound through the nation, as if the whole were in an uproar, ​when by far the majority, and much the better part, will seem for a while as it were annihilated by the quiet in which their virtue and moderation incline them to enjoy the blessings of Government. If they refuse to give this proof, we know of what stuff they are made. In the last session, the corps called the King's friends made an hardy attempt all at once, to alter the right of election itself; to put it into the power of the House of Commons to disable any person disagreeable to them from fitting in Parliament, without any other rule than their own pleasure; to make incapacities, either general for descriptions of men, or particular for individuals; and to take into their body, persons who avowedly had never been chosen by the majority. That man who before he comes into power has no friends, or who coming into power is obliged to desert his friends, or who losing it has no friends to sympathize with him; he who has no sway among any part of the landed or commercial interest, but whose whole importance has begun with his office, and is sure to end with it; is a person who ought never to be suffered by a controuling Parliament to continue in any of those situations which confer the lead and direction of all our public affairs; because such a man has no connexion with the interest of the people. Prime. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. But that which is not within the province of Parliament, is yet within the sphere of every man's own reflexion. If other ideas should prevail, things must remain in their present confusion; until they are hurried into all the rage of civil violence; or until they sink into the dead repose of despotism. Parliament ​cannot with any great propriety punish others, for things in which they themselves have been accomplices. An arbitrary discretion leads, legality follows; which is just the very nature and description of a legislative act. If not, they ought to be made so. I know that the courts of law have made as strained constructions in other cafes. The laws of this country are for the most part constituted, and wisely so, for the general ends of Government, rather than for the preservation of our particular liberties. But whether the compliment was to one or both, to this nation it was the same. If therefore this system has so ill answered its own grand pretence of saving the King from the necessity of employing persons disagreeable to him, has it given more peace and tranquillity to his Majesty's private hours? By such means it may appear who those are, that, by an indiscriminate support of all Administrations, have totally banished all integrity and confidence out of public proceedings; have confounded the best men with the worst; and weakened and dissolved, instead of strengthening and compacting, the general frame of Government. It was to be avowed as a constitutional maxim, that the King might appoint one of his footmen, or one of your footmen, for Minister; and that he ought to be, and that he would be, as well followed as the first name for rank or wisdom in the nation. 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