The Principal Speeches and Addresses of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort. with an Introduction, Giving Some Outlines of His Character

 
9781230084947: The Principal Speeches and Addresses of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort. with an Introduction, Giving Some Outlines of His Character
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ... worthy of it by fulfilling the expectations which the country so fondly cherishes! 3. I am sure that you could not have entered this room without feeling a pang at missing from the chair, which I am this day called upon to occupy, that great man whose loss we still find it almost impossible to realise. It would be repugnant to our feelings to take another step in the proceedings of this evening without paying a mournful tribute to his name. Let us drink in solemn silence to the memory of the great Duke, to whom this Corpora tion, as well as the whole nation, are so deeply indebted. 4. I have now to invite you to drink to the British Army and Navy, and in doing so I would add to the toast the names of the two distinguished men who preside over them, the General Commandingin-Chief and the First Lord of the Admiralty, Viscount Hardinge and Sir James Graham. It 'is under the protection of these two great services that this country has attained an extent of power, wealth, and territory, without a parallel in history. We are rich, prosperous, and contented, therefore peaceful by instinct. We are becoming, I hope, daily more civilized and religious, and, therefore, daily recognizing more and more, that the highest use to which we can apply the advantages with which an all-bountiful Providence has favoured us, is to extend and maintain the blessings of Peace. I hope, however, the day may never arrive which would find us either so enervated by the enjoyment of riches and luxury, or so sunk in the decrepitude of age, that, from a miserable eagerness to cling to our mere wealth and comforts, we should be deaf to the calls of Honour and Duty. 5. The Health of Her Majesty's Ministers is the toast which I now ask you to drink. The Brethren...

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