Farewell Discourses; Delivered at South Place Chapel, Finsbury, London

Farewell Discourses; Delivered at South Place Chapel, Finsbury, London

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...still wear their hats while they debate, for once they were gentlemen of the pavement. They were a crowd of deputations at the door of king and lords, which gradually chose a foreman or Speaker. This ancient Parliament, that august Judge and Jury, throned in the very centre of civilisation, is about to reestablish and reaffirm laws which will represent to the masses its maturest wisdom. What it looses will be loosed in legislatures and law-courts throughout the globe; what it binds will be bound in every part of the world. For England is the lawgiver among nations. Each House of Parliament has its vulnerable point, --is liable to a besetting sin. The Jury is liable to be influenced by the prejudices of the vulgar. We have seen how Commoners can go from their Sunday billiards and other club amusements to vote on Monday that the poor shall not visit the Museum on their only day of leisure. We know well that they so vote for fear of denunciation in the ignorant conventicles of their boroughs. This is but one example--there are others--of the timidity of those dependent for their power on the popular breath. On the other hand, the hereditary House is closely bound up with the principle of authority. Its power rests not upon reason but privilege; it dates from a social classification now known to be arbitrary. 'Authority loves authority.' A House resting on tradition may naturally tremble at anything weakening the reverence for tradition. Those ancient Jewish laws, long supposed to rest on the decree of the Lord of Lords, will hardly be touched irreverently by the Lords who feel that their own tenure is weakened by all that weakens the principle of arbitrary authority. Yet it may be that this High Court of Parliament will rise to the height of an...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236503058
  • 9781236503053