The Rise and Progress of the English Constitution

The Rise and Progress of the English Constitution

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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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...of the so popular in France. The bica-popular principle to insist on meral system is called, by the the protection of a Legislature, advocates of democratic unity divided into two Houses." of power, an aristocratic insti-See Sir J. Mackintosh's tution. This is an utter mis-Memoirs, Tol. ii. p. 188. take. In reality, it is a truly inferior military tenants-in-chief had been admitted to the chamber of the great barons, or if they had sat apart from the burgesses, the same violent distinctions of class and caste must have grown up in England, that have been so pernicious in the continental kingdoms. But, providentially for England, the knights of the shire coalesced in parliament with the borough representatives; and though some time elapsed before any certain system was maintained, they became the joint representatives of the Commons of England, leaving the great barons to form together with the prelates a separate senate and a separate order. The benefits of this to England have been incalculable. She has had the advantage of a nobility, and has not been cursed with a noblesse. One of the proud deficiencies of our language is, that the term "roturier" is untranslatable into English. As Hallam truly and eloquently remarks, "from the reign of Henry III. at least, the legal equality of all ranks of freemen below the peerage was to every essential purpose as complete as at present." "What is most particular, is that the peerage itself confers no privilege, except on its actual possessor. The sons of peers, as we well know, are commoners, and totally destitute of any legal right beyond a barren pre-eminence. There is no part of our constitution so admirable as this equality of civil rights, this isonomia, which the philosophers of ancient Greece only...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236682300
  • 9781236682307