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A Morning's Walk from London to Kew

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Published: 1817
Language: English
Wordcount: 71,848 / 220 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 25.7
LoC Category: GV
Downloads: 371
Added to site: 2010.02.12
mnybks.net#: 26640
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Travel
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royal patron. I am aware, that the love of shew in princes, and persons in authority, is often justified by the alledged necessity of imposing on the vulgar; but I doubt whether any species of imposition really produces the effect which the pomp of power is so willing to ascribe to it, as an excuse for its own indulgences. Nor ought it ever to be forgotten, that no tinsel of gaudy trappings, no architectural arrangements of stone or wood, no bands of liveried slaves, (however glossed in various hues, or disguised by various names,) can sustain the glory of any power which despises public opinion, forgets the compact between all power and the people, violates the faith of public treaties, and measures its moral obligations, not by the sense of justice, but by considerations of expediency and self-interest! On this important, though almost exhausted, topic, it should be known by all Princes who covet true glory, that #Washington the Great# hired no armed men to sustain his power, that his habits were in all thi

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