Memorable events of modern history by John George EdgarMemorable events of modern history by John George Edgar

Memorable events of modern history

byJohn George Edgar

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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.1862 Excerpt: ... LV THE KEFORM BILL. On the 26th of June, 1 830, while the duke of Wellington was premier, and while sir Robert Peel was leader of the House of Commons, George IV. died at Windsor; and his brother, the duke of Clarence, succeeded to the throne as William IV. At that time important changes were occurring over Europe. The continent was agitated by the expulsion of the Bourbons from France, and by the events which followed the revolution that placed Louis Philippe on the throne of his kinsman; and even England vibrated with the shock. In fact, the changes on the continent hurried forward that crisis which preceded the passing of the Reform Bill. At an early period after the revolution of 1688, and especially during the long administration of affairs by sir Robert Walpole, great abuses and much corruption gradually came into existence "The revolution," says Macaulay, "had saved the nation from one class of evils, but had, at the same time--such is the imperfection of all things human--engendered or aggravated another class of evils, which required new remedies. Liberty and property were secure from the attacks of prerogative. Conscience was respected. No government ventured to infringe any of the rights solemnly recognised by the instrument which had called William and Mary to the throne. Bnt it cannot be denied that, under the new system, the public interests and the public morals were seriously endangered by corruption and faction. During the long struggle against the Stuarts, the chief object of the most enlightened statesmen had been to strengthen the House of Commons. The struggle was over; the victory was won; the House of Commons was supreme in the state, and all the vices, which till then had been latent in the representative system, were rapidly develop...
Title:Memorable events of modern historyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:142 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.3 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217022057

ISBN - 13:9780217022057