It may have been a flash of honesty in him; or mere prudential policy which, under the circumstance, imperiously forbade the slightest symptom of open disaffection
, however transient, in the important chief officer of his ship.
Unless we presume at the same time that the powers of the general government will be worse administered than those of the State government, there seems to be no room for the presumption of ill-will, disaffection
, or opposition in the people.
The sight of men whispering together in small knots or speaking in subdued tones points to disaffection
amongst the rank and file.
Accordingly, the next time I had the honour to see our emperor, I desired his general license to wait on the Blefuscudian monarch, which he was pleased to grant me, as I could perceive, in a very cold manner; but could not guess the reason, till I had a whisper from a certain person, "that Flimnap and Bolgolam had represented my intercourse with those ambassadors as a mark of disaffection
;" from which I am sure my heart was wholly free.
The administration of Sir Edmund Andros lacked scarcely a single characteristic of tyranny: a Governor and Council, holding office from the King, and wholly independent of the country; laws made and taxes levied without concurrence of the people immediate or by their representatives; the rights of private citizens violated, and the titles of all landed property declared void; the voice of complaint stifled by restrictions on the press; and, finally, disaffection
overawed by the first band of mercenary troops that ever marched on our free soil.
At those times, I would decide conclusively that my disaffection
to dear old Joe and the forge, was gone, and that I was growing up in a fair way to be partners with Joe and to keep company with Biddy - when all in a moment some confounding remembrance of the Havisham days would fall upon me, like a destructive missile, and scatter my wits again.
But these sounds of disaffection
were drowned by the popular shout of ``Long live the Lady Rowena, the chosen and lawful Queen of Love and of Beauty!'' To which many in the lower area added,
Although they may hesitate to acknowledge it, there are respectable Englishmen still left, who regard a felt hat and a beard as symbols of republican disaffection
to the altar and the throne.
Rumours of their disaffection
, and of their leaning towards the popular cause, spread from mouth to mouth with astonishing rapidity; and whenever they were drawn up idly in the streets or squares, there was sure to be a crowd about them, cheering and shaking hands, and treating them with a great show of confidence and affection.
Hitherto the Trojans dared not for one moment face the attack of the Achaeans, but now they have sallied far from their city and are fighting at our very ships through the cowardice of our leader and the disaffection
of the people themselves, who in their discontent care not to fight in defence of the ships but are being slaughtered near them.
On the contrary, I was impatient of the delay ordained by Raffles; and, perhaps, no small part of my secret disaffection
came of his galling determination to do without me until the last moment.
MATT claimed that 'seditious intent' is broadly defined as 'an intention to bring into hatred or contempt, or to excite disaffection
against Government or the Constitution', 'to raise discontent or disaffection
amongst inhabitants of Trinidad and Tobago' and to engender 'feelings of ill-will towards, hostility to or contempt for any class of inhabitants of Trinidad and Tobago distinguished by race, colour, religion, profession, calling or employment'.