Orators Of The Age; Comprising Portraits, Critical. Biographical, And Descriptive

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byGeorge Henry Francis

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854. Excerpt: ... ORATORS OF THE AGE, SIR ROBERT PEEL. Sir Robert Peel is, and for many years has been, the must prominent and influential politician in this country. In office, he has made his will the law of his fellow-countrymen; out of office, he has cast the shadow of his power on his rivals. In his social rank, not so advantageously placed as most of those with whom he has struggled in the course of his career, he had to contend against aristocratic prejudice on the one hand, and the want of popular sympathy on the other. He has conquered the former by constituting himself its organ and leader; he has, however late, secured the latter by his bold adoption of a popular policy. But in the mean while, though his position as a statesman has often been anomalous, he has always maintained a high, if not the highest, place in the favor of the House of-Commons, notwithstanding that there are in that assembly speakers who far transcend him in the loftier attributes of oratory. It is worth while to inquire into the causes of this preference. Eloquence, in this empire, is power. Give a man nerve, a presence, sway over language, and, above all, enthusiasm, or the skill to simulate it; start him in the public arena with these requisites; and ere many years, perhaps many months, have passed, you Will either see him in high station, or in a fairway of rising to it. Party politics, social grievances, "humanitymongering," and the like, are to him so many newly discovered worlds wherein he may, with the orator's sword--his tongue--carve out his fortune and his fame. Station--the prior possession, by rank or wealth, of the public ear--is, no doubt, a great advantage. It is much for a man to be asked as a favor to speak to a cause, for that his position and name will influence the peopl...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854. Excerpt: ... ORATORS OF THE AGE, SIR ROBERT PEEL. Sir Robert Peel is, and for many years has been, the must prominent and influential polit...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:92 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217737099

ISBN - 13:9780217737098

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