Present State of the Republick of Letters Volume 10
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. 1732 edition. Excerpt: ...author therefore enquires tp whom, and in what manner this is done in the Empire, in order to determine where the sovereign power really resides. He begins this article whh observing, that the Princes and States of the Empire do not pay faith and homage to the Emperor alone: but that he receives them in the name of the whole Empire, as appears by the very forms of those acts, which are: We promise to be faithful, favourable, and obedient to the Emperor and to the Empire. So that those who enter into this obligation become equally vassals of the Emperor and of the Empire. He then proceeds to enquire, whether the Emperor or the Empire is more concerned in receiving this homage, and oath of allegiance and without the leait hesitation affirms, that the oath is taken principally and directly to the Empire, and that the Emperor only receives it, because the Majesty of the Empire is lodged in his person. person. He produces several authentick acts to prove his proposition from the year 1436, to the time of Charles V. From which he concludes, that no power but that of the Princes and States can dispose of the fiefs and rights of the Empire. H E owns, as matter of fact, that the Emperors have taken several occasions to destroy, or at least weaken this right, which is indisputably inherent in the States of the Empire. He instances in the Dutchy of Wirtemburg, the imperial City of Constance, the Dutchy of Milan, and the City of Sienna, which have at several times been impropriated by the Emperor, to the prejudice of the Empire; but concludes that those, and other facts of the fame nature, ought not to be alledged in prejudice of the indisputable rights, and superiority of the Empire: that prescription not taking place, when the question turns on a sovereign...
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