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Page 4 - Municipal institutions are to liberty what primary schools are to science ; they bring it within the people's reach, they teach men how to use and how to enjoy it. A nation may establish a system of free government, but without the spirit of municipal institutions it cannot have the spirit of liberty.
Page 69 - s most unblushing advocate, " made all the charters, like the walls of Jericho, fall down before him, and returned laden with surrenders, the spoils of towns.
Page 120 - Rates, or any or either of them, prospectively, in order to raise Money for the Payment of future Charges and Expenses, or retrospectively in order to raise Money for the Payment of Charges and Expenses which may have been incurred at any Time within Six Months before the making of the Rate...
Page 3 - England alone among the nations of the earth has maintained for centuries a constitutional polity ; and her liberties may be ascribed, above all things, to her free local institutions. Since the days of their Saxon ancestors', her sons have learned, at their own gates, the duties and responsibilities of citizens.
Page 93 - This institution may be considered as a revival of the ancient local earldom ; and it certainly took away from the sheriff a great part of the dignity and importance which he had acquired since the discontinuance of that office. Yet the lord lieutenant has so peculiarly military an authority, that it does not in any degree control the civil power of the sheriff as the executive minister of the law.
Page 11 - ... the national Parliament, and there are the same strong reasons for plurality of votes. Only, there is not so decisive an objection, in the inferior as in the higher body, to making the plural voting depend (as in some of the local elections of our own country) on a mere money qualification : for the honest and frugal dispensation of money forms so much larger a part of the business of the local, than of the national body, that there is more justice as well as policy in allowing a greater proportional...

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