A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors from the Earliest Period to the Year 1783; With Notes and Other Illustrations Volume 25

A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors from the Earliest Period to the Year 1783; With Notes and Other Illustrations Volume 25

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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. 1818 edition. Excerpt: ...and a participation in t at design; from the course the evidence has taken, I think these two distinct propositions will resolve themselves into one; and that the question will be, whether this prisoner has been concerned, and has participated in a plan to establish a national convention, which should-usurp the powers of the government; if he has done so, he has been concerned in a plan to depose the king; for the moment the powers of the government are usurped, the king is deposed; and it is diflicult to draw the line, and to say, that, if the are usurped for a particular purpose, and to a particular extent, that the king should not he said, in that case, to be deposed; the kingly 'authority is gone, in that instance, and to the extent to which such usurpation may reach; and all the mischiefs, all the dangers, to the person of the kin," will follow; because the king is hound, to support his government, he is bound to restrain that usurpation, even at all the hazards which Mr. Attorney General alluded to yesterday; so that any plan for any body ot men to take upon themselves the power of the government of the country, to assume or to supersede the legislative authority of the country, seems necessarily to involve in it that deposing of the king of which I have been speaking. Attacks upon the executive government, are of a very different nature; they are a resistance to the laws, but not overiurnin the laws; for unless they succeed to the extent of destroying the laws themselves, the laws will have energy enough to defend themselves; and to bring the authors, if any violence is oflered to them, to punishment; but if the laws themselves are gone, for one moment, the whole government is gone-the kingly, authority is gone--and...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 32mm | 1,107g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236859081
  • 9781236859082