The second day he took refuge from benumbing unbelief, by getting into his loom and working away as usual; and before many hours were past, the minister
and one of the deacons came to him with the message from Sarah, that she held her engagement to him at an end.
These unhappy people were proposing schemes for persuading monarchs to choose favourites upon the score of their wisdom, capacity, and virtue; of teaching ministers
to consult the public good; of rewarding merit, great abilities, eminent services; of instructing princes to know their true interest, by placing it on the same foundation with that of their people; of choosing for employments persons qualified to exercise them, with many other wild, impossible chimeras, that never entered before into the heart of man to conceive; and confirmed in me the old observation, "that there is nothing so extravagant and irrational, which some philosophers have not maintained for truth.
Now the good old minister
went into the hall where the two impostors sat working at the empty weaving-looms.
And, moreover, my dear duke," continued the minister
of police, "we are almost assured that, in a very short time, the usurper will be insane.
There was a general bustle, a rustling of the women's gowns and shuffling of the men's feet, greatly at variance with that hushed repose which should attend the entrance of the minister
Possibly there are some who believe it," said Grandfather; "but they have not so much power to act upon their belief as the magistrates and ministers
had in the days of Roger Williams.
Since you are a Frenchman, monsieur, you ought to know the position of a prime minister
at the court of France.
He was the nephew of Sir Isaac; but, what was much more important at the moment, he was also the private secretary of the Prime Minister
de Richelieu, the first minister
of my grandmother, Marie de Medici, was simply bishop of Lucon, as you are bishop of Vannes.
His eyes narrowed disdainfully, he entered the room of the Minister
of War with peculiarly deliberate steps.
A clerk arose questioningly as he entered, and at his request to have a word with the minister
asked his credentials.
Things have come to a pretty pass if a minister
can't find enough in Holy Writ to preach about, that's what.
The Duke of Devenham, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whose wife entertained for his party, and whose immense income, derived mostly from her American relations, was always at its disposal, was a person almost as important in the councils of his country as the Prime Minister
Major Thomson," the Cabinet Minister
began impressively, as he settled down in his chair, "I have come here to confer with you, to throw myself, to a certain extent, upon your understanding and your common sense," he added, speaking with the pleased air of a man sure of his ground and himself.
Before proceeding further in this matter I demand the recall of your Minister
from my capital.