Memoires of the Last Ten Years of the Reign of George the Second Volume 2

Memoires of the Last Ten Years of the Reign of George the Second Volume 2

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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. 1822 edition. Excerpt: ...was sent in form to notify to Princess Emily, that the King retracted his promise, and should not continue to her the allowance of Princess Caroline. An afFair was now opened, which having once been deemed Affair of the Habeas Cor the most important point to English liberty, would seem to pus. demand large discussion. But having been so much agitated formerly, and so well explained in our parliamentary books, and now ending without any alteration--rather without any improvement, of the ancient system, I would willingly be very brief in relating what passed. That I mention it at all with any detail, when hastening to the conclusion of my work, is only to mark how much the modes of thinking change, and that fundamentals themselves can make no impression, if ap-1758. prehensions of arbitrary power are not in fashion. If a passion for freedom is not in vogue, patriots may sound the alarm till they are weary. Habeas The act of Habeas Corpus, by which prisoners may insist on being brought to trial within a limited time, is the cornerstone of our liberty. The power of pressing, and some other cases, seemed to clash with this invaluable privilege, or that. with the utility of pressing; for if soldiers or mariners, impressed and carried to any distant quarters or ports, might demand their habeas corpus, and claim to be brought to the capital to have it examined whether they were properly subject to the violence laid on them, sudden emergencies would be deprived of their service, and a thousand accidents might happen to facilitate their total escape, though ever so fit for the intended destination of them. It was a doubt, too, whether all the twelve judges could or were obliged to grant the writ in time of vacation. These doubts, which many prudent more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 304g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236529421
  • 9781236529428