The Constitution of England, Or, An Account of the English Government: In which it is Compared with the Republican Form of Government, and Occasionally with the Other Monarchies in Europe

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G. Kearsley ... and J. Ridley, 1777 - Constitutional history - 404 pages

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Page 92 - Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the laws of God, the true profession of the gospel, and the Protestant reformed religion established by the law? And will you preserve unto the bishops and clergy of this realm, and to the churches committed to their charge, all such rights and privileges as by law do or shall appertain unto them, or any of them? King or queen: All this I promise to do.
Page 92 - Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern the people of this kingdom of England, and the dominions thereto belonging, according to the statutes in parliament agreed on, and the laws and customs of the same?
Page 46 - ... exerted itself in aid of patriotism, they at all times vindicated the right of granting, or rather refusing subsidies ; and amidst the general wreck of every thing they ought to have held dear, they at...
Page 49 - ... had been contented to enjoy. He was incessantly asserting, that the authority of kings was not to be controlled any more than that of God himself. Like him, they were omnipotent ; and those privileges to which the people so clamorously laid claim as their inheritance and birth-right, were no more than an effect of the grace and toleration of his royal ancestors...
Page 249 - ... to lay his complaints and observations before the public, by means of an open press. A formidable right this, to those who rule mankind ; and which, continually dispelling the cloud of majesty by which they are surrounded, brings them to a level with the rest of the people, and strikes at the very being of their authority. And indeed this privilege is that which has been obtained by the English nation with the greatest difficulty, and latest in point of time, at the expense of the executive power.
Page 236 - ... at its pleasure. The parliament may lay new taxes ; but immediately another power seizes the produce of them, and alone enjoys the advantages and glory arising from the disposal of it. The parliament may even, if you please, repeal the laws on which the safety of the subject is grounded ; but it is not their own caprices and arbitrary humours, it is the caprices and...
Page 148 - That every person committed for treason or felony shall, if he requires it the first week of the next term, or the first day of the next session of oyer and terminer, be indicted in that term or session, or else admitted to bail ; unless the king's witnesses cannot be produced at that time ; and if acquitted, or if not indicted and tried in the second term or session, he shall be discharged from...
Page 317 - The individual here alluded to was one Francis Jenks, who," says De Lolme, "having made a motion at Guildhall, in the year 1676, to petition the king for a new parliament, was examined before the Privy Council, and afterwards committed to the Gate-House, where he was kept about two months through the delays made by the several judges, to whom he applied, in granting him a Habeas Corpus.
Page 46 - ... them without danger. But the king of England continued, even in the time of the Tudors, to have but one assembly before which he could lay his wants, and apply for relief. How great...
Page 149 - Guernsey, or any places beyond the seas, within or without the king's dominions, on pain that the party committing, his advisers, aiders, and assistants, shall forfeit to the party...

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