The Speeches of the Late Right Honourable Sir Robert Peel, Delivered in the House of Commons; With a General Explanatory Index, and a Brief Chronological Summary of the Various Subjects on Which the Speeches Were Delivered. in Four Volumes

The Speeches of the Late Right Honourable Sir Robert Peel, Delivered in the House of Commons; With a General Explanatory Index, and a Brief Chronological Summary of the Various Subjects on Which the Speeches Were Delivered. in Four Volumes

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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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...he thought the noble lord might possibly find some grounds to shake his confidence in this matter. The number of petitions naturally bore some relation to the number of contests, and where these contests were nearly balanced, more petitions might be expected than when the elections were carried by more numerous majorities; and he believed that in the late election there had been more contests, and the returns obtained by smaller majorities, than usually was the case. He heartily rejoiced, therefore, that the contingency which had been impending over their heads, and which was the more awful, because it had been kept in complete obscurity, had not fallen upon them. He certainly did regret that the noble lord, as leader of the House of Commons, could ever have supposed that there would have been sufficient grounds to suspend the ordinary course of parliament in respect of these petitions. Now, whether there were sixty-seven petitions or one hundred and fifty petitions, provided they had not proceeded from improper motives, the House should not, he thought, be prevented from pursuing the proper and ordinary course in respect to them; and nothing should be said or done to deter parties from coming before that House with a sincere desire of seeking redress of supposed grievances. For his part, he had never seen the declaration which so much alarmed the noble lord, that it was the intention of certain parties to question the elections of Ireland on the mere ground that the parties returned differed from the majority of the English representatives. He could only add, that this would have been a most preposterous and unjust ground of opposition; and he could hardly believe it had ever been seriously entertained by any rational man. With respect to the...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 35mm | 1,216g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236593111
  • 9781236593115