Historical Register

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Containing an impartial relation of all transactions, foreign and domestick: with a Chronological diary of all the remarkable occurrences, viz. births, marriages, deaths, removals, promotions, etc. that happened throughout the year: together with the characters and parentage of persons deceased on the eminent rank ...
 

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Page 63 - ... coming on while the nation was in that ferment. Do not we know what a ferment was raised in the nation soon after his late majesty's accession? And if an election had then been allowed to come on while the nation was in that ferment, it might perhaps have had as fatal effects as the former ; but, thank God, this was wisely provided against by the very law which is now wanted to be repealed.
Page 59 - State must not be immediately divulged, their enemies (and enemies they will always have) would have a handle for exposing their measures, and rendering them disagreeable to the people, and thereby carrying perhaps a new election against them before they could have an opportunity of justifying their measures by divulging those facts and...
Page 61 - When no encroachments are made upon the. rights of the people, when the people do not think themselves in any danger, there may be many of the electors, who by a bribe of ten guineas might be induced to vote for one candidate rather than another; but if the court were making any encroachments upon the rights of the people, a proper spirit would, without doubt, arise in the nation ; and in such a case, I am persuaded, that none, or very few, even of such electors, could be induced to vote for a court...
Page 59 - Constitution, we are to guard against running too much into that form of government which is properly called democratical: this was, in my opinion, the effect of the triennial law, and will again be the effect, if ever it should be restored.
Page 46 - It is an old maxim that every man has his price, if you can but come up to it. This, I hope, does not hold true of every man, but I am afraid it too generally holds true...
Page 61 - ... the spirit he happens to be endowed with, adds a great deal to his virtue. When no encroachments are made upon the rights of the people, when the people do not think...
Page 62 - ... strangers to them, it is not from thence to be inferred, that the two strangers were chosen their representatives by the means of bribery and corruption. To insinuate...
Page 51 - Parliament ; suppose these lights refused, these reasonable requests rejected by a corrupt majority of his creatures, whom he retains in daily pay, or engages in his particular interest, by granting them those posts and places which ought never to be given to any but for the good of the public.
Page 60 - ... in the government ; for in all countries and in all governments, there always will be many factious and unquiet spirits, who can never be at rest either in power or out of power. When in power, they are never easy unless every man submits entirely to their...
Page 62 - And as to gentlemen in offices, if they have any advantage over country gentlemen, in having something else to depend on besides their own private fortunes, they have likewise many disadvantages : they are obliged to live here at London with their families, by which they are put to a much greater expense, than' gentlemen .of equal fortune who live in the country.

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