History of the Revolution in England in 1688; Comprising a View of the Reign of James II. from His Accession, to the Enterprise of the Prince of Orange Volume 1

History of the Revolution in England in 1688; Comprising a View of the Reign of James II. from His Accession, to the Enterprise of the Prince of Orange Volume 1

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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. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...abolish this prstorian tribunal, this sole instrument for bridling popular incendiaries? Will you dare to persevere in your wild purpose, at a moment when Scotland is agitated by a rebellious league and covenant; when Ireland is threatened with insurrection and massacre? Will you surrender the shield of the crown, the only formidable arm of prerogative, at a time when his Majesty's authority is openly defied in the capital where we are assembled?' l cannot, indeed, recollect a single instance in that long course of reformation, which constitutes the history of the English constitution, where the same plausible arguments, and the same exciting topics, might not have been employed against the reform, which are now pointed against the present measure." at-xt i at at at " But it appears to be taken for 'granted that concession to a people is always more dangerous to public quiet than resistance. Is there any pretence for such a doctrine? Does it receive any support from the testimony of history? I appeal to history as a vast magazine of facts, leading to the very opposite conclusion; of facts, which teach that this fatal principle has overthrown thrones and dismembered empires; proving that late reformation, dilatory reformation, reformation refused at the critical moment, which may pass for ever in the twinkling of an eye, has been the most frequent cause of the convulsions which have shaken states, and for a time burst asunder the bonds of society; sometimes laying open a ground on which liberty may be built, but sometimes also preparing a community for taking refuge in a sterner despotism than that from which they escaped. Allow me very briefly to advert to the earliest revolution of modern times. Was it by concession...show more

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  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 336g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236883543
  • 9781236883544