The Constitutional History of England Since the Accession of George the Third Volume 1

The Constitutional History of England Since the Accession of George the Third Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...for 2,000.2 Annual rents So regular was the market for seats, that where it was inParHamenu convement to candidates to pay down the purchase-money, they were accommodated by its commutation into an annual rent. It was the sole redeeming quality of this traffic, that boroughs were generally disposed of to persons professing the same political opinions as the proprietors.3 These nominees were unknown to their constituents, and were sometimes under an engagement not to make their acquaintance.4 Sale of seats The practice of selling and letting seats, by which Ministers AcT riiog by tnemselves were sometimes compromised,5 at last became so 1 Romilly's Life, ii. 200-201. 'Lord Palmerston, in his diary, Nov., 1806, writes: "FitzHarris and I paid each 1,500 for the pleasure of sitting under the gallery for a week, in our capacity of petitioners ." At the dissolution we " rejoiced in our good fortune at not having paid 5,000 (which would have been its price) for a three months' seat."--Bulwer's Life of Palmerston, i. 19. 9 Romilly's Life, ii. 202. Sometimes differences of opinion were appraised at a money value. At Petersfield, for example, a candidate, by paying guineas instead of pounds, overcame the proprietor's repugnance to his politics.--From private information. "I came into Parliament for Newtown, in the Isle of Wight, a borough of Sir Leonard Holmes'. One condition required was, that I would never, even for the election, set foot in the place. So jealous was the patron lest any attempt should be made to get a new interest in the borough."--Lord Palmerston's Diary, May, 1807; Bulwer's Life, i. 23. 5 See cases of Lord Clancarty and Mr. Quentin Dick, in 1809; Hans. Deb., 1st Ser., xiv. 218, 486; more

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