The Twentieth Century Volume 9

The Twentieth Century Volume 9

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...and imoairs the quality of the local business transacted in them piecemeal, with great waste of time and cost. Parochial action has been within my own lifetime superseded for almost all purposes. The parish, once the unit of English administration for the relief of the poor, the repair of the highways, and the maintenance of law and order, can, it has been truly said, only be described now as a place where a church-rate can be made but cannot be levied. I trust it may be replaced as the unit of local rating and administration by the union, with boundaries by mutual adjustment rendered conterminous with the counties, and all the petty municipalities, with their independent areas, merged for all purposes in the union. For these independent areas, generally very ill managed, are all the more absurd and inconvenient because they often comprehend large purely rural tracts. The municipality nearest me, for instance, in addition to several hamlets, many detached farmhouses and cottages, besides thousands of acres of arable pasture and woods belonging to several owners, includes one-third of my deer park and my largest covert, in which we recently found several wild red deer. I am aware that such a proposal about the constituencies, though iased to a certain extent on the old lines of the Constitution, would be little likely to be received with favour by the smaller boroughs, whose inhabitants, thanks to the privilege bestowed upon their forefathers of choosing and sending up burgesses to Parliament, have unjustly and anomalously retained in the Legislature an influence much beyond that due either to their population or their contributions to the Exchequer, or, indeed, to anything except their past history--and that, alas! has not always been more

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  • Paperback | 430 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 762g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236486846
  • 9781236486844