"He is," wrote another diplomatist, "the proudest prelate that ever breathed."
The Catuli and Metelli, among the proudest nobles of Rome, were plebeians, and as such could not have been chosen to the purely patrician office of interrex, or of Jupiter.
This was the kirk's proudest triumph; the countrymen of the preachers had been ruined on " St Covenant's Day."
Presbyterianism can exist and flourish without these survivals of the proudest pretensions of Romanism.
But the proudest boast of Lord Hastings and Sir John Malcolm was, not that they had advanced the pomoerium, but that they had conferred the blessings of peace and good government upon millions who had suffered unutterable things from Mahratta and Pindari tyranny.
But the altered name of Lombard also denoted henceforth some of the proudest of Italians; and, though the Lombard speech had utterly perished their most common names still kept up the remembrance that their fathers had come from beyond the Alps.
The coalition thus fell into ruin and France occupied a more commanding position than in the proudest days of Louis XIV.