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Horace Walpole: How end all our victories?

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

British writers on peace and war

Horace Walpole: Selections on war and peace

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Horace Walpole
From his correspondence (1768)

I was told today that in London there are murmurs of a war. I shall be sorry if it prove so. Deaths! suspense, say victory; – how end all our victories? In debts and a wretched peace! Mad world, in the individual or the aggregate!

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I, who know nothing, am disposed to hope that both nations are grown rational; that is, humane enough to dislike carnage. Both kings are pacific by nature,and the voice of Europe now prefers legislators to heroes, which is but a name for destroyers of their species.

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