The Crown and the Cabinet; Five Letters on the Biography [By Sir Theodore Martin] of the Prince Consort

The Crown and the Cabinet; Five Letters on the Biography [By Sir Theodore Martin] of the Prince Consort

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: if we settle ourselves down for a few minutes at the feet of this English Gamaliel, and endeavour to grasp the full meaning of his remarkable utterances. To me, I confess, they have a special attraction. For one thing they confirm my suspicions. In reading the " Life of the Prince Consort" there appeared to me to be traces everywhere of a desire to familiarise us with the principles and the practice of personal rule in matters of government, and to win from us a quiet assent to certain important innovations. The conclusion seemed to be thrust upon us by way of experiment, just to see how it would fall in with our ideas, that the English people had hitherto been living in a state of delusion respecting the functions of the Crown; that the constitutional notions into which we had been born and bred were becoming obsolete; that the reverence we had been accustomed to feel for the High Court of Parliament, and especially for the House of Commons as the collective representation of the whole realm save the Queen and the Peers, was a grovelling superstition; and that to conceive of the Cabinet as of a body of administrators nominated by Parliament, upon whose advice the Crown was bound to act, and upon whose shoulders the entire responsibility rested for everything done whether in home or in foreign affairs, was mere illusion. After going through the third volume of the "Life," I had the impression left upon me that somehow or other the bark of the State was being carried by new currents into unknown latitudes, and that if the hints with which the book was strewn, and the theories which were wafted under our eyes with such an afflatus of Royal approbation, ever came to be embodied in our political life, the future history of this country would more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236677099
  • 9781236677099