The Constitution of England, Or an Account of the English Government;: In which it is Compared, Both with the Republican Form of Government, and the Other Monarchies in Europe

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G. Robinson, N 25, Paternoster-Row; and J. Murray, N 32, Fleet-Street., 1784 - Constitutional law - 540 pages

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Page 314 - That King James II., having endeavoured to subvert the constitution of the kingdom, by breaking the original contract between king and people ; and by the advice of Jesuits and other wicked persons, having violated the fundamental laws and having withdrawn himself out of the kingdom, has abdicated the government, and that the throne is thereby vacant.
Page 90 - Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the laws of God, the true profession of the gospel, and the Protestant reformed religion established by the law? And will you preserve unto the bishops and clergy of this realm, and to the churches committed to their charge, all such rights and privileges as by law do or shall appertain unto them, or any of them? King or queen: All this I promise to do.
Page 90 - Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern the people of this kingdom of England, and the dominions thereto belonging, according to the statutes in parliament agreed on, and the laws and customs of the same?
Page 74 - He can bestow places and employments; but without his parliament he cannot pay the salaries attending on them. He can declare war ; but without his parliament it is impossible for him to carry it on. In a word, the royal prerogative, destitute...
Page 40 - York, united the pretensions of the two families, a general peace was re-established, and the prospect of happier days seemed to open on the nation. But the long and violent agitation under which it had laboured, was to be followed by a long and painful recovery. Henry, mounting the throne with...
Page 95 - M. st. 2. c. 2. as one of the liberties of the people, "that the freedom of speech, and debates, and proceedings in parliament, ought not to be impeached or questioned in any court or place out of parliament.
Page 315 - And, lastly, to vindicate these rights, when actually violated or attacked, the subjects of England are entitled, in the first place, to the regular administration and free course of justice in the courts of law; next, to the right of petitioning the king and parliament for redress of grievances; and, lastly, to the right of having and using arms for self-preservation and defence.
Page 292 - ... to lay his complaints and observations before the public, by means of an open press. A formidable right this, to those who rule mankind ; and which, continually dispelling the cloud of majesty by which they are surrounded, brings them to a level with the rest of the people, and strikes at the very being of their authority. And indeed this privilege is that which has been obtained by the English nation with the greatest difficulty, and latest in point of time, at the expense of the executive power.
Page 50 - Happy had been the people, if their leaders, after having executed so noble a work, had contented themselves with the glory of being the benefactors of their country. Happy had been the king, if, obliged at last to submit, his...
Page 90 - The king or queen shall say : I solemnly promise so to do. Archbishop or bishop : Will you to your power cause law and justice, in mercy, to be executed in all your judgments ? King or queen : I will.

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