The Academy Volume 13

The Academy Volume 13

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ... reprimand to be conveyed to the Commons by the Peers. He also ordered the Duke of Lancaster to demand of the Speaker the name of the person who had delivered it to the Commons. The Commons most submissively disclaimed all intention of giving offence; they knew that such matters appertained not to themselves; and they at once gave up the original bill and the name of its author, Thomas Haxey, a prebendary of Southwell. The Lords then declared that any one who incited the Commons to seek reforms which touched the king's person should be considered a traitor, and as such, sentence of death was pronounced against Haxey in Parliament. It is some satisfaction to believe that there was no intention of carrying it into execution, for Haxey received a pardon shortly afterwards; but the Commons were sufficiently warned that the right even of petition had its limits. It is true that the judgment against Haxey was annulled, both on his own petition and on that of the Commons for the protection of their liberties in the first Parliament of Henry IV. It is true also that the case is unique. There is no other instance of the Commons apologising so abjectly, or even being called on to apologise, for the manner in which they exercised their right of petition. It was the policy of Henry IV., on the contrary, to encourage it. Showing himself in this as much as possible a different man from his predecessor, he courted popularity, and even did ostentatiously, at the request of the Commons, some things for which he declared that he himself saw no necessity. Especially so in this very matter of the royal household, from which, at their request, he dismissed his own confessor and two gentlemen of the chamber, declaring frankly that he saw no reason for more

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  • Paperback | 1092 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 54mm | 1,905g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236960769
  • 9781236960764