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OF THE

ENGLISH CONSTITUTION

An Historical Treatise

IN WHICH IS DRAWN OUT, BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOST RECENT
RESEARCHES, THE GRADUAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE ENGLISH
CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM, AND THE GROWTH OUT OF
THAT SYSTEM OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC

OF THE UNITED STATES

BY HANNIS TAYLOR, LL. D.
LATE MINISTER PLENIPOTENTIARY OF THE UNITED STATES TO SPAIN

IN TWO PARTS

PART I.

THE MAKING OF THE CONSTITUTION

“Tum Lælius, nunc fit illud Catonis certius, nec temporis unius, nec hominis esse
constitutionem Reipublicæ." – CICERO.

“The new building has been raised upon the old groundwork; the institutions of
one age have always been modelled and formed from those of the preceding, and their
lineal descent has never been interrupted or disturbed.” — PALGRAVE.

" And thus it comes to pass that Magna Carta, the Acts of the Long Parliament,
the Declaration of Right, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of
1787 constitute the record of an evolution." BRANTLY.

“The Government of the United States is not the result of special creation, but of
evolution." - FISKE.

BOSTON AND NEW YORK
HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY
LONDON: SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON & COMPANY (LIMITED)
The Riverside Press, Cambridge

Copyright, 1889,
BY HANNIS TAYLOR.

All rights reserved

The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., V. S. A.
Electrotyped and Printed by H. 0. Houghton & Company,
TO THE

MEMORY OF HIS MOTHER,

The author

DEDICATES THIS BOOK.

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