The Life and Times of Sir John Charles Molteno, K.C.M.G., First Premier of Cape Colony: Comprising a History of Representative Institutions and Responsible Government at the Cape and of Lord Carnarvon's Confederation Policy & of Sir Bartle Frere's High Commissionership of South Africa, Volume 1
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Page 213 - Stood in himself collected, while each part, Motion, each act won audience ere the tongue...
Page 325 - Merciful Heaven, Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt Split'st the unwedgeable and gnarled oak Than the soft myrtle: but man, proud man, Drest in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he's most assured, His glassy essence, like an angry ape, Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens, Would all themselves laugh mortal.
Page 213 - He has the didactic impulse. He has the 'courage of his ideas.' He will convince the audience. He knows an argument which will be effective, he has one for one and another for another; he has an enthusiasm which he feels will rouse the apathetic, a demonstration which he thinks must convert the incredulous, an illustration which he hopes will drive his meaning even into the heads of the stolid. At any rate, he will try. He has a nature, as Coleridge might have said, towards his audience.
Page 289 - I think there can be no doubt that, in any great public, or popular, or national question or movement, the mere fact of calling these people different nations would not make them so, nor would the fact of a mere fordable stream running between them sever their sympathies or prevent them from acting in unison.
Page 243 - Your noble words have struck responsive fire from every heart ; they have been published in every newspaper, and have been completely effectual to heal the wounds occasioned by the senseless language of the Times.
Page 97 - unable to concede the claim advanced on behalf of the administration of the waste land as one of absolute right " Sir J. Pakington agreed,4 " that 1 Midlothian Address, 1880. 2 " Lord Grey was possessed with the idea that it was practicable to give representative institutions, and then to stop without giving responsible government — something like the English Constitution under Elizabeth and the Stuarts.
Page 126 - Since the close of the American war, it has not been the policy of England to vest any portion of the legislative power of the subordinate government of a dependency in a body elected by the inhabitants. The only exception to * There is one British dependency, viz.
Page 361 - ... Britain ; and as long as war was not actually declared in the name of the English Government, he might perhaps regard Winter's indirect hostility as no more than a legitimate act of defence, which tended to prolong the situation, and left the field open to mediation, or perhaps to armed interference. There are " practices " in the game of politics which the historian in the name of morality is bound to condemn, which nevertheless in this false and confused world statesmen till the end of time...
Page 298 - You would, in my belief, confer a lasting benefit upon Great Britain and upon the inhabitants of this country if you could succeed in devising a form of federal union...
Page 214 - ... thinks must convert the incredulous, an illustration which he hopes will drive his meaning even into the heads of the stolid. At any rate, he will try. He has a nature, as Coleridge might have said, towards his audience. He is sure, if they only knew what he knows, they would feel as he feels, and believe as he believes. And by this he conquers. This living faith, this enthusiasm, this confidence, call it as we will, is an extreme power in human affairs.