A Short History of Parliament

Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey & Company, 1886 - 339 páginas

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Página 97 - May it please your majesty, I have neither eyes to see, nor tongue to speak in this place, but as the House is pleased to direct me...
Página 225 - ... better by far, than any man I ever was acquainted with, how to bring together within a short time, all that was necessary to establish, to illustrate, and to decorate that side of the question he supported. He stated his matter skilfully and powerfully.
Página 294 - Romanus sum,' so also a British subject, in whatever land he may be, shall feel confident that the watchful eye and the strong arm of England will protect him against injustice and wrong.
Página 126 - That King James II., having endeavoured to subvert the constitution of the kingdom, by breaking the original contract between king and people ; and by the advice of Jesuits and other wicked persons, having violated the fundamental laws and having withdrawn himself out of the kingdom, has abdicated the government, and that the throne is thereby vacant.
Página 97 - Well, since I see all the birds are flown, I do expect from you that you will send them unto me as soon as they return hither. But I assure you, on the word of a king, I never did intend any force, but shall proceed against them in a legal and fair way, for I never meant any other.
Página 131 - ... be held as sacred as the prerogative itself, and would be followed out to all their consequences ; that the executive administration would be conducted in conformity with the sense of the representatives of the nation ; and that no reform which the two Houses should, after mature deliberation, propose would be obstinately withstood by the sovereign. The Declaration of Right...
Página 222 - This resistance to your arbitrary system of taxation might have been foreseen : it was obvious from the nature of things, and of mankind ; and above all, from the whiggish spirit flourishing in that country. The spirit which now...
Página 131 - And yet this revolution, of all revolutions the least violent, has been, of all revolutions, the most beneficent. It finally decided the great question whether the popular element which had, ever since the age of Fitzwalter and De Montfort, been found in the English polity, should be destroyed by the monarchical element, or should be suffered to develop itself freely, and to become dominant.
Página 39 - And further, we be informed by our judges that we at no time stand so highly in our estate royal as in the time of parliament, wherein we as head and you as members are conjoined and knit together into one body politic...
Página 289 - Now, sir, the lord high admiral, on that occasion, was very much misrepresented. He, too, was called a traitor ; and he, too, vindicated himself. ' True it is,' said he, ' I did place myself at the head of this valiant armada — true it is that my sovereign embraced me — true it is that all the muftis in the empire offered up prayers for...

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