But we were met with a non possumus and the German answer that territorial concessions to France were out of the question.
But His Holiness immediately dismissed the delegates with a non possumus.
The Ultramontane party knew that they had only to remind him of this oath to provoke a fresh assertion of non possumus.
Of course the non possumus argument was frequently introduced.
The behests of 'the Agent' are at once confronted by the non possumus of 'the Minister.'
To every proposition for reform the cry has been, non possumus.
To this absolute-idealistic demand pragmatism simply opposes its non possumus.
But a last cry of non possumus will probably go up from many readers.
The only reply which the secretary of state vouchsafed to this appeal was a non possumus.
In such a dilemma the Convention listened not unwillingly to the non possumus arguments of the States' Rights advocates.