The Lives Of Twelve Eminent Judges Of The Last And Of The Present Century (volume 2)

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byWilliam Charles Townsend

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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. 1846. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XL THE LIFE OF LORD ELDON CONCLUDED. Though his impressive warnings were too slightly heeded, Lord Eldon, the Xestor of the House in age, and the Scacvola of his profession in experience, still persisted for a few years subsequent to the passing of the Reform Bill in urging appeals upon the assembled peers against a too facile compliance with popular demands, or any surrender of their undoubted privileges. "The high in rank," he said, "the high in mind, the high in opulence, ought to unite in securing the independent powers of the House of Lords." He denounced with patriotic firmness the unconstitutional scheme, which a majority of the Grey cabinet had advocated to their shame, of stifling the expression of opinion in that branch of the legislature by a large creation of unilateral peers. "He would fearlessly affirm that any of the acts of James the Second were as excusable as would be the act of that monarch, who should give his sanction to such a measure:" a bold but memorable declaration. "His life," he declared, "was of little value, and his property might be transferred to fructify in the pocket of some otherwise pennyless financier. He could not think with satisfaction on the effect of a system which might send the sovereign of a country abroad to provide for himself as a teacher of music, or mathematics, and import him back ns a Citizen King. Bred as he had been in loyalty, living under the law, and revering the constitution of his country, now that he had arrived at the age of eighty he would solemnly declare that he would rather die in his place than not state, that the proposition that the Peers of England had no interest in these popular questions, was the most absurd one that had ever been propounded there or elsewhere. He would not be...

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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. 1846. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XL THE LIFE OF LORD ELDON CONCLUDED. Though his impressive warnings were too slightly heeded, Lord Eldon, the Xestor o...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:190 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.4 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021762975X

ISBN - 13:9780217629751

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