Report of the Debates on the Life Peerage Question in the House of Lords, Session 1856 Volume 1

Report of the Debates on the Life Peerage Question in the House of Lords, Session 1856 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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...further discussion as to the want of precedents. (H ear, hear.) I do not shrink from saying that I will support all that doctrine by precedents, and that the precedents which my noble and learned friends have already referred to, have not been, with sufficient distinctness, called to your Lordships' attention. It is a very easy thing, my Lords, to treat authorities of bygone times as inadmissible, and to say that we ought to disregard them. Let me say that that is not a doctrine which would be admitted in courts of law, but it is peculiarly dangerous here, where a great number of noble Lords have obtained seats in your Lordships' House only because they have shown that they are descended from those who formerly sat in this House. (I see a noble friend of mine here, who has properly shown that he is descended from one of those who sat in this House in turbulent times, ) and those very documents and precedents have been the very title deeds upon which he has relied. Therefore, though it may not be surprising that those old precedents should be lightly spoken of by Peers of yesterday, yet, for noble Lords who sit here in right of long hereditary dignity, to speak of the precedents of those ancient times as matters altogether to be disregarded, appears to me to be a matter very difficult to understand. My Lords, my noble and learned friend who opened the case truly stated, that the first case was that of Guichard D'Angle. I am not at all certain that in these days the grant would not have been held perfectly good; certainly, somehow or other, the grant was made to him, --he was made Earl of Huntingdon. And I wish to call your Lordships' attention to the language of the Patent. I will not weary your Lordships with it at.show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236753089
  • 9781236753083