Narrative of the Expedition to Portugal in 1832; Under the Orders of His Imperial Majesty, Don Pedro, Duke of Braganza Volume 1

Narrative of the Expedition to Portugal in 1832; Under the Orders of His Imperial Majesty, Don Pedro, Duke of Braganza 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. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ... gained competitors; that by the compromise into which he had been led, he had obtained but the shadow of power, while its reality was in the hands of those whose enmity to him was only masked by a shew of concurrence, and with whom ' " Peace itself was war in masquerade." At this time the public attention was a good deal diverted from the real objects of the Expedition by measures connected with the local LOCAL LEGISLATION. 165 legislation of the islands. Of this nature were the abolition of a certain tax in the shape of lay tithes, which pressed upon the poorer part of the inhabitants; the dismissal of all friars from their monasteries, with the assumption by the Government of the administration of the lands attached to them; and the throwing open of the convents, so far as to permit those nuns to return to their families who might choose to do so, allowing to each of them an annual stipend; while those who, from religious motives, habit, or other inducement, might prefer to continue in seclusion, were to be limited to the occupation of a single nunnery in each ' In compliance with this imposition, it had been the custom for every peasant to render to the Government a tithe from his stock of poultry, and other little domestic property. The humble classes regarded this burden as more oppressive than any other which the state laid upon them. Its removal, which gave them great satisfaction, was perhaps the only unexceptionable act of Dom Pedro's Government while at the Azores. It was industriously circulated, but on no alleged grounds, that this abolition emanated from the Emperor and the Radical portion of his Ministry, as distinguished from the members of the late Regency. 166 LOCAL LEGISLATION. island, whereas...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236888561
  • 9781236888563