The Lord Advocates of Scotland from the Close of the Fifteenth Century to the Passing of the Reform Bill, Volumen2


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Página 191 - A Government in every country should be just like a corporation ; and, in this country, it is made up of the landed interest, WHICH ALONE HAS A RIGHT TO BE REPRESENTED.
Página 99 - That it is competent to this house, to examine into, and to correct, abuses in the expenditure of the civil list revenues, as well as in every other branch of the public revenue, whenever it shall appear expedient to the wisdom of this house so to do.
Página 142 - The motion of Mr. Whitbread on the Privy Council stood fixed for the 6th of May. Some persons perhaps may think as did the King: — "It is unbecoming the character of Englishmen, who naturally, when a man is fallen, are too noble to pursue their blows." But at the time there were many Members inclining to carry to the utmost their war against Lord Melville. From several quarters did Pitt receive intimations that in all probability he would be again defeated. Still he was determined at all hazards...
Página 190 - Parliament would never listen to their petition. How could they think of it? A Government in every country should be just like a corporation ; and in this country it is made up of the landed interest, which alone has a right to be represented...
Página 256 - In the present state' of affairs, and during the continuation of so momentous a struggle, we earnestly request of all to desist from their labour from and after this day, the 1st of April, and attend wholly to the recovery of their rights, and consider it as the duty of every man not to re-commence until he is in possession of those rights which distinguish the freeman from the slave, viz. that of giving consent to the laws by which he is to be governed.
Página 140 - Abbot, after looking as white as a sheet, and pausing for ten minutes, gave the casting vote against us. Pitt immediately put on the little cocked hat that he was in the habit of wearing when dressed for the evening, and jammed it deeply over his forehead, and I distinctly saw the tears trickling down his cheeks. We had overheard one or two, such as Colonel Wardle (of notorious memory), say they would see
Página 322 - I found him sitting on a stool, in a dark duffle dressing-gown, with his arms (very rough and hairy) bare above the elbows, and his beard half shaved and half staring through the lather, with a desperate razor in one hand and a great soap-brush in the other. He gave me the loose finger of...
Página 120 - Reports upon all the complicated questions of our Asiatic policy, although they may not stand a comparison with some of Mr. Burke's, in the profundity and enlargement of general views, any more than their style can be compared with his, are nevertheless performances of the greatest merit, and repositories of information upon that vast subject, unrivalled for clearness and extent.
Página 236 - Great Britain and Ireland, not disqualified by crimes or insanity, the elective franchise at the age of twenty-one, with free and equal representation, and annual parliaments...
Página 325 - His reflections on getting the measure through the Commons were these: "It is odd how strangely I felt as I walked home alone last night after all was over. Instead of being elated or relieved, I could not help feeling a deep depression and sadness, and I rather think I dropped a tear or two, as I paused to interrogate my own feelings in St. James's Square. I cannot very well explain this, but a sense of the littleness and vanity even of those great contentions was uppermost in my mind.

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