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Sunday December 14th 2014

Edmund Burke: Hijacking a Good Name Only to Abandon Its Good Cause

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Edmund Burke

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Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish-born British Statesman, defender of the American Revolution, opponent of the French Revolution

YOU IMAGINED, WHEN YOU WROTE LAST, that I might possibly be reckoned among the approvers of certain proceedings in France, from the solemn public seal of sanction they have received from two clubs of gentlemen in London, called the Constitutional Society and the Revolution Society.

I certainly have the honor to belong to more clubs than one, in which the constitution of this kingdom and the principles of the glorious Revolution are held in high reverence, and I reckon myself among the most forward in my zeal for maintaining that constitution and those principles in their utmost purity and vigor. It is because I do so, that I think it necessary for me that there should be no mistake. Those who cultivate the memory of our Revolution and those who are attached to the constitution of this kingdom will take good care how they are involved with persons who, under the pretext of zeal toward the Revolution and constitution, too frequently wander from their true principles and are ready on every occasion to depart from the firm but cautious and deliberate spirit which produced the one, and which presides in the other.


Source: “Reflections on the Revolution in France”, by Edmund Burke, 1790.


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