John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
William Pitt, Earl of Chatham. (17081778)
Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom.
Speech, Jan. 14, 1766. 2
A long train of these practices has at length unwillingly convinced me that there is something behind the throne greater than the King himself. 1
Chatham Correspondence. Speech, March 2, 1770. 3
Where law ends, tyranny begins.
Case of Wilkes. Speech, Jan. 9, 1770. 4
Reparation for our rights at home, and security against the like future violations. 2
Letter to the Earl of Shelburne, Sept. 29, 1770. 5
If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country I never would lay down my arms,never! never! never!
Speech, Nov. 18, 1777. 6
The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the force of the Crown. It may be frail; its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storms may enter, the rain may enter,but the King of England cannot enter; all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement!
Speech on the Excise Bill. 7
We have a Calvinistic creed, a Popish liturgy, and an Arminian clergy.
Priors Life of Burke (1790).
Note 1. Quoted by Lord Mahon, greater than the throne itself. History of England, vol. v. p. 258. [ back]
Note 2. Indemnity for the past and security for the future.Russell: Memoir of Fox, vol. iii. p. 345, Letter to the Hon. T. Maitland. [ back]