Historical Notes on the Church and Parish of St. Mark the Evangelist, Fitzroy

Historical Notes on the Church and Parish of St. Mark the Evangelist, Fitzroy

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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. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ...as the returning oflieers of the congregation could not have been aware of the promise which they would have been required to make, and of the solemn sanction with which that promise is guarded. For them, their defeat is a fortunate occurrence, since it saves them from the necessity of violating the pledges that they ignorant-ly gave, and of frustrating the objects of their election. The gentleman for whom they were instructed to vote may, for anything we know to the contrary, be the most eligible candidate; but, if he be, he eould be chosen by them only for that reason. If he be not, no directions of their constituents could justify them in appointing him.. "We have thus gone at length into this matter not only because it is of itself the commencement of a new and remarkable experiment, but also because it illustrates one of the most important political questions of the day. If a parish chooses trustees to select its clergymen, so does an electoral district elect a representative to make its laws. If a parish is unfit to make a good selection of a duly qualified minister, although it.is perfectly competent to judge of persons who will make agood selection, so a constituency may select good legislators, although it is unable to enact good laws. If a parish obviously destroys the very aim and object of the representative system, by electing trustees whose sole duty it is formally to nominate the person whose name is given to them, in no less a degree does a constituency violate the same great principle, when, instead of returning a representative to Parliament, it sends a messenger to register its opinions. If the representative of a parish is bound by an engagement equivalent to the most solemn oath to exercise an honest, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236774507
  • 9781236774507