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The Writings & Speeches of Edmund Burke. In Twelve Volumes.
Boston. Little, Brown and Company. 1901.. Hardcover. Book 8vo, 22.5cm, complete in 12 volumes, (over 6,000pp.), with 12 photogravure frontis plates, 29 gravure portrait plates, captioned tissue guards, index, title pages printed in black and red, in contemporary half crushed crimson morocco, blind ruled raised bands, ornate gilt flora & vine decorations in the panels, gilt titles, matched marbled boards and endpapers, t.e.g., a fine bright set, attractively bound (s20) Burke, Edmund (1729-97), political writer. Born in Dublin, he was educated at Trinity College and studied law in London. He was private secretary to the chief secretary for Ireland, William Gerard Hamilton, 1764, and from 1765 private secretary to Lord Rockingham. Elected to the British parliament in 1765, he emerged as a leading orator and theorist of the new reformist Whig Party. He attacked George III's personal government, called for conciliatory treatment of the American colonists, introduced an economical reform bill (1780) to reduce official corruption, and led the attack on Warren Hastings's abuse of power in India. Following the French Revolution, however, Burke became a defender of the existing order against what he saw as a destructive quest for abstract liberty, publishing Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) and breaking with his Whig colleague Charles James Fox. "Burke's mother was a Catholic of the Co. Cork Nagle family and he was shaken when Nagle relatives were caught up in the show trials of prominent Catholics, provoked by the Whiteboy movement. He was partly educated as a Catholic school in Co. Cork, his wife was an Irish Catholic, and his lawyer father may have been a convert. Yet opinion is divided between those who see this background as shaping his whole political outlook and those who see the mature Burke primarily as a metropolitan reformer. His open advocacy of free trade for Ireland cost him his Bristol constituency in 1780. On the other hand he was cool towards legislative independence, which he saw as strengthening an intolerant Protestant elite. In the 1790s, notably in his Letter to Sir Hercules Langrishe (1792), he advocated Catholic relief as the only means to prevent revolution in Ireland." - (Oxford Campanion Irish History) Vol. I: A Vindication of Natural Society, On the Sublime and Beautiful, Present State of the Nation, etc. Vol. 2: On Conciliation with America, Security if the Independence of Parliament, On Mr. Fox's East India Bill, etc. Vol. 3: On the Nabob of Arcot's Debts, Speech on the Army Estimates, Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. 4: Letter to a Member of the National Assembly, Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs, Policy of the Allies with Respect to France, etc. Vol. 5: Observations on the Conduct of the Minority, Thoughts and Details on Scarcity, Three Letters to a Member of Parliament, etc. Vol. 6: Fourth Letter on the Proposals for Peace, To Charles James Fox on the American War, The Measures in the American Contest, etc. Vol. 7: Speeches in Parliament, Abridgment of English History. Vol. 8: Reports on the Affairs of India, Articles of Charge of High Crimes and Misdemeanors against Warren Hastings. Vol. 9 to 12: Articles of Charge against Warren Hastings Esquire, Speeches in the Impeachment. A very attractive set in fine bindings. .
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