Junius Lord Chatham, and the "Miscellaneous Letters" Proved to be Spurious

Paperback | February 8, 2012

byJohn Swinden

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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.1833 Excerpt: ... The unrestrained issue of general warrants had at all times placed the personal liberty of the subject on a precarious and dangerous footing. Invested with such a power, the legality of which had hitherto never been questioned, the Government could arrest individuals without any definite charge of crime being made against them. How liable a power of this nature was to be arbitrarily used, is evident to every one. The most obnoxious man to the Ministry resisted the right claimed by the Crown to issue general warrants: "he brought them to trial; and the moment they were tried, they were declared illegal." The decisive steps taken by the King and the Favourite, to enforce these unconstitutional measures, were attended with some degree of success--but short was their triumph. The people became aware of the importance of resistance; and having, as they believed, a fair opportunity afforded of bringing the question to a beneficial issue, made the affair of a private man their own. The struggle ended as might have been expected. The Crown was obliged not merely to surrender the question of the right claimed, but to acknowledge that it could not legally exercise it. The loss of such important privileges turned the attention of the King from his subjects at home, and in an unlucky moment he listened to a plan, devised by one of his Ministers, to tax the Colonies, without allowing to them the right of representatives in the House of Commons, where taxes alone could be imposed. The termination of that proceeding was unexpected. The Colonies resisted the right to tax them; and, not contented with the single advantage of a successful resistance, they insisted on being governed by laws made by themselves. The trial by jury did not escape the attention of the dependent Mi...

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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.1833 Excerpt: ... The unrestrained issue of general warrants had at all times placed the personal liberty of the subject on a precarious and dange...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217497152

ISBN - 13:9780217497152

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