The Political Writings Of Thomas Paine (volume 1); To Which Is Prefixed A Brief Sketch Of The…

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byThomas Paine

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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. 1844. Excerpt: ... THE CRISIS. no. vn. TO THE PEOPLE OF ENGLAND. There are stages in the business of serious life m wliirh to amuse is cruel, but to deceive is to destroy; and it is of little consequence, in the conclusion, whether men deceive themselves, or submit, by a kind of mutual consent, to the impositions of each other. Th.it England has long been under the influence of delusion or mistake, needs no other proof than the unexpected and wretched situation that she is now involved in: and so powerful has been the influence, that no provision was ever made or thought of against the misfortune, because the possibility of its happening was never conceived. The general and successful resistance of America, ihe conquest of Burgoyne, and a war in France, were treated in parliament as the dreams of a discontented opposition, or a distempered imagination. They were beheld as objects unworthy of a serious thought, and the bare intimation of them afforded the ministry a triumph of laughter. Short triumph indeed! For every thing which has been predicted has happened, and all that was promised has failed. A long series of politics so remarkably distinguished by a succession of misfortunes, w.thont one alleviating tum, must certainly have something in it systematically wrong. It is sufficient to awaken the most credulous into suspicion, and the most obstinate into thought. Either the means in your power are insufficient, or the measures ill planned; either the execution has been bad, or the thing attempted impracticable; or, to speak more emphatically, either you are not able or heaven is not willing. For, why/ is it that you have not conquered us.' Who,or wha has prevented you? You have had every opportunity that you could desire, and succeeded to your utmost wish in every prepara...

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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. 1844. Excerpt: ... THE CRISIS. no. vn. TO THE PEOPLE OF ENGLAND. There are stages in the business of serious life m wliirh to amuse is cruel, but...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.38 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217131239

ISBN - 13:9780217131230

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