Memoirs of the Life of Sir Samuel Romilly Written by Himself with a Selection Pour His Correspondence, 2

Memoirs of the Life of Sir Samuel Romilly Written by Himself with a Selection Pour His Correspondence, 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. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ... a measure, at a moment like the present, appears to me to be little short of madness. Unfortunately the measure had been in the contemplation of the late Ministry. They had left a draft of the Bill in the Secretary of State's office; and they were now ashamed to oppose what some of them had themselves thought of proposing. The Attorney and Solicitor General of Ireland had approved of the bill; but Piggott and myself had never heard that such a matter was in agitation till it was brought into the House by the present Ministers. The Bill which I brought into the House of Biiitoabo n T-11 f lish a privi Commons, to dispense with the necessity or de-legeof livering office copies of bills in equity to members of Parliament who are defendants, passed the House of Lords without any alteration. The operation of it was confined to Members of the House of Commons; because I thought that the Lords might take offence at any act, which was to abridge their privileges, originating with the Commons; but I had no doubt that, when the Bill got into the House of Lords, some peer would move, as an amendment, that it should extend to See the Act, 47 Geo. 3. sess. 2. c. 40. the members of that House, as well as of the House of Commons. And, in truth, such an amendment would have been moved by Lord Holland; but we found that the Bill so altered would meet with opposition, and would probably be lost; and I thought it better to do the little good that was allowed me, rather than, by attempting too much, fail of doing any thing. As the Bill stood, no peer could with decency oppose it; for, if the Commons chose to part with their privileges, what pretext could any peer find for resisting it? and the bill did accordingly pass without opposition. The Chancellor has since...show more

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  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236600452
  • 9781236600455