British Sovereigns in the Century

British Sovereigns in the Century

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...himself the sole arbiter of the true conditions of their happiness. Bolingbroke held party in the true sense of the word to have been extinguished by the Revolution of 1688. Already the nation was growing weary of the political dichotomy, that unseientifically split it into Whig and Tory. Under Sir Robert Walpole, as Premier, the Opposition leaders were Sir John Barnard and Sir William Wyndham. The former was a man of great parliamentary knowledge and resourcefulness, not without political acumen, but wilfully perhaps blind to the rising tide of a popular feeling, growingly hostile to the royal prerogative; the latter was a stately Jacobite Squire of immense territorial wealth and power, a cordial enemy of representative government, a firm believer in the doctrine and practice of passive obedience, as the sole remedy to all the nation's ills. According to these views, the king could do no wrong, not indeed because his ministers were responsible for his shortcomings, but by Divine grace the monarch ought to be, or was, infallible. Nor, it was urged upon the young George III., were these only the dreams of a brilliant but disappointed and embittered politician. The theory, names and forms of the Constitution were, it must be remembered, all on the same side. The greatest of legal writers on these subjects, Blackstone, says not a word about administration by cabinet or by highly placed family connections. George III. aimed at absolute government--less by any open exercise of prerogative than by influence, patronage, the government boroughs, civil list, secret service funds and all the machinery of the " king's friends." Such educational influences as these, with their political, national and imperial results, enable...show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236788281
  • 9781236788283