The New Present State of Great Britain: Containing a Succinct Account of the Climate, Divisions, and Inhabitants of Great Britain ... the Government of Great Britain ... a Copious Description of the Capitals of England and Scotland ... to which are Added, Complete and Accurate Lists of All the Civil, Ecclesiastical, and Military Offices in Great Britain

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J. Almon, 1770 - 354 pages
 

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Page 167 - It hath sovereign and uncontrollable authority in the making, confirming, enlarging, restraining, abrogating, repealing, reviving, and expounding of laws, concerning matters of all possible denominations, ecclesiastical or temporal, civil, military, maritime, or criminal: this being the place where that absolute despotic power, which must in all governments reside somewhere, is entrusted by the constitution of these kingdoms.
Page 209 - On the arches of the pillars are galleries of double columns, fifteen feet wide, covering the side-aisles, and lighted by a middle range of windows, over which there is an upper range of larger windows ; by these and the under range, with the four capital windows, the whole fabric is so admirably lighted, that the spectator is never incommoded by darkness, nor dazzled with glare.
Page 167 - So that it is a matter most essential to the liberties of this kingdom, that such members be delegated to this important trust, as are most eminent for their probity, their fortitude, and their knowledge; for it was a known apothegm of the great lord treasurer Burleigh, "that England could never be ruined but by a parliament...
Page 127 - In a democracy, where the right of making laws resides in the people at large, public virtue, or goodness of intention, is more likely to be found, than either of the other qualities of government. Popular assemblies are frequently foolish in their contrivance, and weak in their execution ; but generally mean to do the thing that is right and just, and have always a degree of patriotism or public spirit.
Page 166 - ... and the bill remains with the Lords if they have made no amendment to it. But if any amendments are made, such amendments are sent down with the bill to receive the concurrence of the Commons.
Page 128 - If it were lodged in any two of the branches ; for instance, in the king and house of lords; our laws might be providently made, and well executed, but they might not always have the good of the people in view: if lodged in the king and commons, we should want that circumspection and mediatory caution, which the wisdom of the peers...
Page 193 - St. Paul, on the apex of the pediment, with St. Peter on his right, and St. James on his left, produce a fine effect.
Page 168 - ... for forty days after every prorogation, and forty days before the next appointed meeting (b) ; which is now in effect as long as the parliament subsists, it seldom being prorogued for more than fourscore days at a time.
Page 166 - AN act of parliament, thus made, is the exercise of the highest authority that this kingdom acknowledges upon earth. It hath power to bind every subject in the land, and the dominions thereunto belonging ; nay, even the king himself if particularly named therein.
Page 184 - The arms were originally difpofed in this manner by Mr. Harris, who contrived to place them in this beautiful order, both here and in the guard-chamber of Hampton-Court. He was a common gun-fmith, but after he had performed this work, which is the admiration of people of all nations, he was allowed apenfion from the crown for his ingenuity.

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