The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III

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ything which could bring the merits of his cause to the test,--had he been wild enough to anticipate the absurdities of this day,--that is, had he inferred, as his late accuser has thought proper to do, that he could not have been guilty of malversation in office, for this sole and curious reason, that he had been in office,--had he argued the impossibility of his abusing his power on this sole principle, that he had power to abuse,--he would have left but one impression on the mind of every man who heard him, and who believed him in his senses: that in the utmost extent he was guilty of the charge.

But, Sir, leaving these two gentlemen to alternate as criminal and accuser upon what principles they think expedient, it is for us to consider whether the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Treasurer of the Navy, acting as a Board of Control, are justified by law or policy in suspending the legal arrangements made by the Court of Directors, in order to transfer the public revenues to the private emolument of c

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