Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition; During the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842. in 5 Vol., with 13 Maps Volume 2

Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition; During the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842. in 5 Vol., with 13 Maps 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. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...of State. The practical inconvenience is apparent, and it is noi surprising that it should excite the ridicule as well as disgust of all thinking men in the colony, to see the attempt to govern the affairs of this rising state by the royal prerogative, exercised by one of her Majesty's principal secretaries of state, in despatches to a governor, whose recommendations are usually adopted, thus making him, at least in part, his own instructer. When the time necessary to pass these communications, which is at least eight months, is considered, there appears great reason for reform, and it is not surprising that the thinking part of the population are very urgent for it. The high and confidential officer of the crown, which the Governor really is, is looked upon as the mere agent of the ministry at home. The community do not feel themselves at all protected by the Legislative Council, although they have, apparently, a voice in its proceedings; as its members are composed, to the extent of one half, of persons who do not hold office. In practice, it is not found that this amounts to a check; for on all government questions the members who hold office will be present, and therefore vote in their full strength; while the members of the people, appointed from the most respectable landholders by the crown, do not take sufficient interest in the proceedings to give that punctual attendance that might be required for the interest of those whom they are intended to represent. But even if all were present, the Governor, with his two votes, would always decide the matter in favour of the government; and as before stated, no new law can be considered in council, unless prepared by the Governor, which must effectually prevent any innovations being brought...show more

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  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 336g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236494849
  • 9781236494849