History of Holland, from the Beginning of the Tenth to the End of the Eighteenth Century Volume 3

History of Holland, from the Beginning of the Tenth to the End of the Eighteenth Century Volume 3

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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. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...on the excessive and undefined authority conferred on the stadtholder. They were unable, moreover, to obtain from France the renewal of the commercial treaty of 1739, which she had offered at the previous negotiations at Breda; the conditions of the present treaty being altogether, in fact, far inferior for all the allies to what they might then have secured had not the English been so pertinaciously bent on the rupture of the conferences." N o sooner had the prospect of external peace become certain, than those internal commotions were excited in the United Provinces, which the Orange party had, in the last year, contemplated, but which it was considered hazardous to risk while the country was involved in foreign war. The States of the four Provinces, Holland, Zea--land, Utrecht, and Overyssel, though constrained by the violence of popular clamour to create an hereditary stadtholder, in the person of the Prince of Orange, were, as well as the councils of the towns, their principals, generally averse to that mode of government; and might, it was supposed, as soon as the excitement had passed away with the circumstances that had caused it, venture to oppose his measures, and thus virtually circumscribe his authority within much narrower limits than suited either the interests or the temper of his partisans. It was, therefore, considered a matter of necessity, that the councils should be displaced to make room for others upon whose support he could constantly reckon; and for the attainment of this object a combination was formed, as in 1672, between the 1748 monarchical and democratic elements of the state, whose natural and constant tendency to unite together, is in no history more fully developed than in that of the United...show more

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  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123695551X
  • 9781236955517