The Parliamentary History of England from the Earliest Period to the Year

The Parliamentary History of England from the Earliest Period to the Year

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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. 1817 edition. Excerpt: ...for; because it might lead to discussions, which would be dangerous in the present circumstances. ' This declaration, I must own, has filled me with amazement. That it should proceed from that honourable person in particular, is indeed astonishing. I shall confine myself strictly to the motion for papers, and carefully abstain from entering at all into the merits of the war, which must be the subject of another debate. I have now sat in parliament about eight years. In that time, the affairs and government of India have been almost perpetually before us, and one way or other the subject of incessant debate. On every other topic we have differed, --on every other principle we have disputed; on this point alone there never yet was a difference of opinion--that transactions in India could not be made too public in this country: that the publication of them could never be injurious, or the concealment beneficial, to the public service. The truth of this proposition has been repeatedly insisted on by all parties, and never was denied. The case, that constitutes a fair and rational exception to a rule so acknowledged, must be powerful indeed, must be clearly and specifically made out, and not taken for granted upon bare abstract possibilities. In the present instance, I believe I may defy the most subtle imagination to conceive, or the acutest human wit to state, a specific danger, or even an inconvenience, that can arise from a production of the papers immediately in question. When papers are called for, which relate to discussions between this country and any of the other European powers, the pretences usually set up for refusing them are, that negociations are depending, that military operations are in contemplation; that the former may be...show more

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  • Paperback | 614 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 31mm | 1,080g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236771427
  • 9781236771421