Loyalty: An Address, Delivered Before the Young Men's Liberal Club, Toronto, on February 2nd, 1891 (Classic Reprint)

Loyalty: An Address, Delivered Before the Young Men's Liberal Club, Toronto, on February 2nd, 1891 (Classic Reprint)

by Goldwin Smith
     
 

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Excerpt from Loyalty: An Address, Delivered Before the Young Men's Liberal Club, Toronto, on February 2nd, 1891

You have done me the honour, gentlemen of the Liberal Club, to desire that I should read you an address on the subject of "Loyalty." I gladly respond to your request. But you will allow me to address you on this occasion as liberal-minded men, not as

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Excerpt from Loyalty: An Address, Delivered Before the Young Men's Liberal Club, Toronto, on February 2nd, 1891

You have done me the honour, gentlemen of the Liberal Club, to desire that I should read you an address on the subject of "Loyalty." I gladly respond to your request. But you will allow me to address you on this occasion as liberal-minded men, not as Liberals in the party sense of the term. I have been asked, as I am with you in this struggle, why I do not join your party? I reply that I am with you and with anyone in a struggle such as that on which you are now entering against Commercial Mono poly and Government by Corruption, and hope with other citizens to do my best in the day of battle; but when I am invited to join a party my answer must be that I have always steadfastly set my face towards national government, and that I and others, if there are any, who think as I do, are more likely to be useful by being true to our own principle, and saying what there is to be said for it, than by compromising it in order to take a more active part in politics. Then I am not sure about my qualification for admission. A Liberal in England I was held to be, and even a thorough-going Liberal, though I always had a rooted abhorrence of violence and revolution. But I am not sure that I should pass muster with your organization. Perhaps as an Englishman I am biassed, but so it is that I believe the integrity of the United Kingdom to be essential to its greatness, and its greatness to be essential to the balance and the progress of European civilization. Therefore I could never take part in helping the enemies of British unity for the purpose of conciliating the Irish vote.

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ISBN-13:
9781331436324
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
07/15/2015
Pages:
26
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.05(d)

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