Guide to the History of the Laws and Constitutions of England

Guide to the History of the Laws and Constitutions of England

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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. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...to that of every rival Power, from whom Danger was to be apprehended. It was only for extraordinary Purposes that the King was authorised to demand those new Resources, which it was the Province of the Great Council or Parliament to bestow. Thereby the Assembly was placed under the Necessity of examining and deliberating upon the Purpose, before the Grant could be made. When made, those only were bound whom the Council had power to bind by the Vote. All the rest were exempted; and, to obtain their Concurrence, the same Debates and Consultations had to take Place with the Authorities of each exempt Jurisdiction, as to the Prudence and Justice of the contemplated Measures, and as to the Exigency of the Case. It is the Fashion to speak of Supply as though it were a Privilege of Parliament. It is not a Privilege but an Office. When Parliament understood it in that Light, it was an Office well performed. Every Vote, --whether of Supply, of Counsel, or of Enactment, --was in the Nature of a Verdict. () Foed. N. E. t. I. p. 558. (c) I. Rot. Claus. p. xli. In the Language of Burke, every Member was bound to examine himself, whether he had any sinister Motive, as if in the Divine Presence, and to act upon the pure Result of that Examination, and not otherwise (d). The Monarch expounded to the Assembly the Circumstances of the Case, and explained the Measures in Contemplation. It was for the Great Council to consider whether those constituted a Case, such as Justice would approve, and the Laws warrant. If their "Verdict" were unfavourable, the Grant could not be made. It did not depend upon their good Will to do that which the Laws prohibited. If their " Verdict" were favourable, the Monarch obtained, indeed, a Grant; but only...show more

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  • Paperback | 130 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 245g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236962184
  • 9781236962188