matter of duty

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He left a wife and three small children, and the death of that man aroused through the length and breadth of a realm for whose defence, welfare, and glory men die every day as matter of duty, an outburst of furious indignation, of a raging implacable pity for the victim.
As a matter of duty, Piombo," said Napoleon at last, "I cannot take you under my wing.
I must, however, as a matter of duty, send an inspector with you, since you have so valuable a charge.
Chanticleer and his family had already been transported thither, where the two hens had forthwith begun an indefatigable process of egg-laying, with an evident design, as a matter of duty and conscience, to continue their illustrious breed under better auspices than for a century past.
He might have done it if she had pressed him--as a matter of duty, perhaps; England expects every man to open his heart once; but the effort would have jarred him, and never, if she could avoid it, should he lose those defences that he had chosen to raise against the world.
I made up my mind that there would be no audience, and that I should not have to speak, but, as a matter of duty, I went to the church, and found it packed with people.
But besides Flashman, there were three or four other fast, sporting young gentlemen in the Schoolhouse, who considered subscription a matter of duty and necessity; and so, to make their duty come easy to the small boys, quietly secured the allowances in a lump when given out for distribution, and kept them.
But being informed, as a matter of duty and respect, is an important part of creative relationships.
Taylor said the whole escapade had begun as a matter of duty.
As a matter of duty, I'll probably ask Betts what he thinks about his mate's comments.
Maintaining this responsibility is a matter of duty and trust.
He then demonstrates that the way to overcome the kinds of problems articulated earlier is by making the reason for refraining from committing negative moral actions principled rather than calculated: "[O]nly when moral restraint is regarded as a matter of duty will it produce unconditional trustworthiness where doing so matters most.