Constitutional Conflict In Provincial Massachusetts; A Study Of Some Phases Of The Opposition Between The Massachusetts Governor And General by Henry Russell SpencerConstitutional Conflict In Provincial Massachusetts; A Study Of Some Phases Of The Opposition Between The Massachusetts Governor And General by Henry Russell Spencer

Constitutional Conflict In Provincial Massachusetts; A Study Of Some Phases Of The Opposition…

byHenry Russell Spencer

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. THE SALARY QUESTION. Among disputes between the governor and the house, considered as a general feature of colonial political life, none is more often referred to than the salary controversy. In Massachusetts, till its settlement in 1735, this apparently sordid quarrel occupied an amount of attention far exceeding that which would be given to a mere administrative detail. Had it not a larger significance? The governor demanded a fixed permanent salary, and the house refused, substituting therefor an annual allowance, all agreeing that the governor should have a support from the province, differing merely upon the method by which it should be granted. In the minds of the political leaders of the province this was held to involve much more than a mere administrative detail, rather a fundamental constitutional principle was at stake, viz., that the disposal of public money was the function of the representative body of the province, subject to no dictation from home. Moreover, with the development of the provincial constitution by the interaction of legislative and executive departments, the provincial leaders gradually came to see that with the salary controversy was involved the yet more fundamental question of the relation of the departments. It came to be realized more and more clearly that, if the executive were supported without reference to the legislature, the former would become a perfectly independent department; if the support of the executive were controlled by the legislature, its freedom would be limited. If the governor's contention prevailed, the executive and legislature would remain co-ordinate; the triumph of the house meant the subordination of the executive, and something in the nature of a parliamentary...

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Title:Constitutional Conflict In Provincial Massachusetts; A Study Of Some Phases Of The Opposition…Format:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217920748

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