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  • Detesting the new liberal regime in Spain, they planned to shift authority over Mexico from the Madrid government to the Council of the Indies, a traditional body of priests and lawyers that had been in business since the Conquest.

    Chameleon adventurer: the astonishing career of Agustín de Iturbide

  • Detesting Panama–this “God-forsaken country” he called it in one letter to Taft–he appears to have been haunted by the fate of his French predecessors.

    The Path Between the Seas

  • Detesting the weak and crooked policy of Mar and viewing from his calm position as an inferior actor, with a fiendish pleasure, the embarrassments and mistakes of him whom he hated, stood the Master of Sinclair.

    Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745 Volume III.

  • Detesting her superiors in rank and position, she soon managed to cut off Aurore from all intercourse with her father's family, and thus to frustrate every prospect of her marriage in the sphere for which she had been so carefully educated.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 49, November, 1861

  • Detesting war, the Utopians make a practice of hiring certain barbarians who, conveniently, are their neighbors, to do whatever fighting is necessary for their defense, and they win if possible, not by the revolting slaughter of pitched battles, but by the assassination of their enemies 'generals.

    A History of English Literature

  • Detesting idleness, I pass my vacant time in business (he was a shoemaker at Horncastle, in Lincolnshire) and work in my shoeshop near the church day after day until such time as I am required elsewhere.

    A Book of Remarkable Criminals

  • Detesting the ruling house, and indignant at the injustices it practised, they detested the priests still more -- so much that they would have taken sides with Satan himself against the Pontificals.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • Detesting, as I do, the whole tribe of gum trees, I never lose an opportunity of saying exactly what I think about this particularly odious representative of the brood, this eyesore, this grey-haired scarecrow, this reptile of a growth with which a pack of misguided enthusiasts have disfigured the entire Mediterranean basin.

    Old Calabria

  • Detesting to see the light, Arius doth fall to the extremity of his sin and with the divine hook his bowels are torn: he has to give up his whole substance and the soul in the same manner as another Judas of his temper; but the council that was held in Nicea, did proclaim Thee, O Lord, the Son of God, Co-throned unto the Father and the Spirit.

    The General Menaion or the Book of Services Common to the Festivals of our Lord Jesus of the Holy Virgin and of Different Orders of Saints

  • Detesting the ready-made cheap romantic, and yet in vague search of the unusual, he often complained bitterly that his history -- so far -- was like the little piece of explanation of the plot (for those who have missed it) at the beginning of a chapter of a feuilleton in the _Daily Mail_.

    The Twelfth Hour

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