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illustrated. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...he gradually weakened, and
had nearly extinguished, every large and liberal feeling in
politics. To maintain 'our happy establishment' was the great end
of his administration; an object which, however praiseworthy, was
little calculated to excite vigour of thought, or energy of
character. For this, however, no blame is justly imputable to him.
What we may complain of, with truth, is, that in his choice of
means he showed a low opinion of human nature, and addressed
himself rather to the interested views of individuals, than to any
public sense of the benefit of the whole. Thus he went on depraving
the times in which he lived, and the times again depraving him,
till the State was divided into a number of low parties and petty
chiefs. The administration of Walpole fell at last, however, by
unjust clamours about the right of search, and a general impatience
for change. No government can withstand a combination of the stupid
and the foolish, or, as Henry VIII. termed them, the ' dull party'
and the 'rash party.' In England, the Tory party had always had the
benefit of the weight and influence of the stupid part of the
nation. The unlettered squires embraced with cordiality the notion
of the divine right of kings. Addison has given a perfect picture
of one of them in a number of the 'Freeholder.' The dog that has
the sagacity to worry a dissenter, the squire's complaints of the
progress of trade and commerce, and his resolution to resist any
government that is not for non-resistance, are characteristic of
the N Tory country-gentlemen of that day. Even at the time of the
dissolution of Walpole's administration, Pulteney, in talking of
the disposal of places, said, that the Tories, not being men of
calculation, or acquainted with foreign...
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