Essay on Analysis of Edmond Burke’s Speech

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Analysis of Edmond Burke’s Speech on conciliation with America

Edmund Burke was an advocate of reason, order, and peace. Based on his comments in his speech he believed that as families pass down their possessions to their children, the crown and its privileges should also be passed down to the colonies. Although Burke was not a supporter of war but he did have a fondness and empathy for the colonies. He felt that traditional ways of doing things should be preserved and anything to the contrary was going against nature.
Edmund Burke, born in Dublin in 1729 attended Dublin's Trinity College where he received his degree in law. After a time he found himself more interested in literary studies and became a writer. He was secretary to
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This fierce spirit of liberty is stronger in the English colonies probably than in any other people of the earth; and this from a great variety of powerful causes; which, to understand the true temper of their minds, and the direction which this spirit takes, it will not be amiss to lay open somewhat more largely.” (Burke, E., 1775) Burke points out that the colonies expectation of greater recognition in the British parliament was mostly reasonable:
"it had nothing but its reason to recommend it." (Burke, E., 1775) Burke seems concerned mainly with using the colonies as a means to achieve economic and political harmony. He does not advocate colonial independence.
In conclusion, Burke states that it is better to build and grow in order to better humanity.
“We ought to elevate our minds to the greatness of that trust to which the order of Providence has called us. By adverting to the dignity of this high calling, our ancestors have turned a savage wilderness into a glorious empire, and have made the most extensive and the only honorable conquests, not by destroying, but by promoting the wealth, the number, the happiness of the human race. Let us get an American revenue as we have got an American empire. English privileges have made it all that it is; English privileges alone will make it all it can he[sic].” (Burke, E., 1775)

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