Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New-York, Vol. 3

Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New-York, Vol. 3 : Procured in Holland, England, and France (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New-York, Vol. 3: Procured in Holland, England, and France The commencement of this office in England is lost in remote antiquity; and as its incumbent was originally appointed by the mere delivery of the King's Signet, there is no existing record of the succession of the older Secretaries of State. To the Secretary of State is delegated the authority of the Crown throughout the Colonies; to him is entrusted the appointment of Ambassadors and other diplomatic functionaries, and the general superintendence and management of the relations with foreign countries; and it likewise belongs to him to exercise the duties of a minister of police, to superintend the domestic and internal government of the country, and to regulate the administration of justice. The Secretary of State is always a Privy Councillor, member of the Cabinet, and of Parliament. It is evident, then, that the office naturally divides itself into a triple arrangement, viz: the Home, Foreign and Colonial departments. Each of these is, now, entrusted to different individuals, and may be considered a distinct branch of the executive government; yet, in theory, whatever may be the number of the Secretaries of State, they constitute but one officer, and are co-ordinate, and equal in rank and authority. Each is competent to execute any part of the duties of Secretary of State; the ordinary division of' these duties between them being merely matter of arrangement for the more convenient despatch of business. No exchange of departments among the three is considered as a new acceptance of office under the Crown; and consequently, does not unseat such Secretaries of State as are members of Parliament. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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