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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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...of the noisy and truculent mobs of the tribunes, three hundred peaceful citizens occupied a gallery at each end of the room, who were forbidden to make the slightest demonstration of any kind, on pain of instant expulsion. Though, in process of time, expressions of opinion began to be tacitly permitted, such manifestations were for a long period promptly and sharply checked, on every occasion when they were attempted. The choice by the people of Representatives for the National Assembly was tolerably genuine, and subject to as little of unconstitutional interference or foreign influence as could be expected. The opinions of all parties found expression. With innumerable shades of difference, the Assembly was divided first by the marked line between the old Stadthokleral-and Patriot-parties, under the new names of Moderates--or Phlegmatics as they were sometimes called--and Revolutionists; and again the Revolutionists were divided into Federalists" and Unitarists." Of these two the former, however strongly imbued with the federal principle, were fully conscious of the evils which that form of Government had on many occasions brought upon their country; all the powers of their intellect therefore were applied to reconcile, if possible, their old notions with the principles on which the Revolution and the existence of the National Assembly were founded; to preserve entire the provincial Sovereignties as to their domestic affairs, while the central power should in other respectsbe really supreme, and not the representative only of these Sovereignties. The Unitarists desired a single supreme power, to which all legislative and administrative bodies should give place, without reserve or distinction; and that this power should be...
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  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236621417
  • 9781236621412