On Parliamentary Government in England; Its Origin, Development, and Practical Operation Volume 2

On Parliamentary Government in England; Its Origin, Development, and Practical Operation 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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...House, shaken the confidence of this country in those to whom its affairs are entrusted.'11 It being probable that this motion would pass, which would have placed the Cabinet as well as Lord John Russell in an awkward predicament, his lordship forestalled the action of the House by announcing, on July 16, his resignation of office. It was hinted that his colleagues had urged his retirement, although Lord Palmerston undertook to assume the responsibility of defending him if he chose to remain. At all events, his resignation had no sooner been notified to the House, than Lord Palmerston gave assurances that the projected treaty had been abandoned, and declared that the Government were united in a determination to prosecute the war with vigour. The hostile motion was then withdrawn.1 In May 1858, the Earl of Ellenborough, being then President of the Board of Control, wrote a despatch to Lord Canning, GovernorGeneral of India, disapproving of a proclamation about to be issued by him to the natives of India, in regard to their conduct during the Indian mutiny, on account of its undue severity. This despatch was of a secret and confidential nature, yet Lord Ellenborough caused it to be communicated to both Houses of Parliament prematurely, and without the sanction of the Premier (the Earl of Derby) or of any other members of the Cabinet. Opinions adverse to the despatch having been generally expressed in Parliament, his lordship promptly assumed entire responsibility for it; and transmitted to the queen direct (and not, as is customary, through the Premier) his resignation of office; notifying his colleagues afterwards of the step he had taken. Shortly after this occurrence, on May 14, the Earl of Shaftesbury submitted to the House of Lords resolutions...show more

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  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 544g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236546571
  • 9781236546579