The Speaker, Or, Miscellaneous Pieces; Selected from the Best English Writers and Disposed Under Proper Heads with a View to Facilitate the Improvement of Youth in Reading and Speaking
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. 1805 edition. Excerpt: ... in which the septennial law was sirst introduced, isa very strong reason why itshould be repealed. People, in their sears, have very often recourse to desperate expedients, which, if not cancelled in season, season will themselves prove fatal to that constitution, which they were meant to secure. Such is the nature of the septennial law; it was intended only as a preservative against a temporary inconvenience' the inconvenience is removed, but the mischievous essects still continue; for it not only altered the constitution of Parliaments, but it extended that fame Parliament beyond its natural duration: and theresore carries this most unjust implication with it, that you may at any time usurp the most indubitable, the most essential privilege of the people 1 mean that of choosing their own representatives. A precedent of such a dangerous consequence, of so fatal a tendency, that I think it would be a reproach to cur statute book, is that law were any longer to subsist, which might record it to posterity. This is a season of, virtue "and public spirit. Let us take advantage of it to repeal those laws which infringe our liberties, and introduce such as may restore the vigour of our ancient constitution. Human nature'is so very corrupt, that all obligations Jose their force, unless they are frequently renewed Long Parliaments become theresore independent of the people; and when they do so, there always happens'a moss dangerous dependence elsewhere. Long Parliaments give the minister an opportunity of getting acquaintance with members, of practising his several arts to win them into his schemes---This must be the work of time. Corruption is of so base a nature, that at sirst sight it is extremely shocking, --Hardly any enehas submitted to it...
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