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. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...the whole business being transacted by a clerk in the War Office at a salary of 100/. a-year. The reply of Mr. Perceval (then Prime Minister) to this statement was " that there was more danger to the country from declamations against sinecures than from the sinecures themselves I" On this occasion I supported the retention of the sinecure, on the ground that the abolition of so insignificant a sum might deceive the public into a belief that their interests were watched in that House. The House had suffered the reports of various committees on the subject to lie dormant for thirty years, and now wished to abolish three only out of the long list of sinecures, which their committees had declared to be useless and burdensome to the country. It was the bounden duty of the House to have pronounced on the whole class, and not partially. They ought to have enumerated the sinecures to be abolished, and thus put it out of the power of ministers to exercise any discretion on the subject; instead of singling out a comparatively insignificant place from a long list of enormous sinecures, upon which the House had not so much as expressed an 248 ADMIRALTY EXPENSES opinion, notwithstanding the numerous representations of its committees. On the motion of the First Lord (the Eight Hon. C. Yorke) that a sum of upwards a million should be granted for the contingent expences of the Admiralty, I spoke as follows:--" Lord Cochrane hoped, that, as a deviation from mere detail was allowed when the army estimates were in a committee, it would not be entirely out of course to offer a few general remarks while the supply of the navy was before the House; not with a view to oppose the supply for the ordinary establishment of the navy, but as to the proper application of the...
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Admiral Lord Cochrane was a naval hero of the Napoleonic Wars. He also went in for radical politics and was an ingenious inventor, proposing the use of saturation bombing and chemical warfare over half a century before their use. With a new introduction by Richard Woodman, this autiobiography chronicles his early expoloits against the Spanish, his campaigns against the incompetence and corruption in the navy and government, his accusations of timidity against this superiors, and his inventiveness and eccentricity.
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Book Description Constable, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110094750807