Memoirs of the House of Commons : from the Convention Parliament of 1688-9 to the Passing of the Reform Bill in 1832, Volumen1


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Página 22 - May it please your majesty, I have neither eyes to see, nor tongue to speak in this place, but as the House is pleased to direct me...
Página 145 - Tis (let me see) three years and more (October next it will be four) Since Harley bid me first attend, And chose me for an humble friend; Would take me in his coach to chat, And question me of this and that; As,
Página 59 - ... men, in which hitherto the king had kept to stricter rules. I took the liberty once to complain to the king of this method ; he said, he hated it as much as any man could do ; but he saw, it was not possible, considering the corruption of the age, to avoid it, unless he would endanger the whole.
Página 140 - Ev'n now, observant of the parting ray, Eyes the calm sun-set of thy various day ; Through fortune's cloud one truly great can see ; Nor fears to tell, that Mortimer is he.
Página 17 - Neither do we present our thanks in words, or any outward sign, which can be no sufficient retribution for so great goodness ; but in all duty and thankfulness, prostrate at your feet, we present our most loyal and thankful hearts, even the last drop of blood in our hearts, and the last spirit of breath in our nostrils, to be poured out, to be breathed up for your safety c.
Página 246 - At dinner we had a great deal of good discourse about Parliament : their number being uncertain, and always at the will of the King to increase, as he saw reason to erect a new borough. But all concluded that the bane of the Parliament hath been the leaving off the old custom of the places allowing wages to those that served them in Parliament, by which they chose men that understood their business and would attend it...
Página 111 - We, who are reputed to be in. his intimacy, have few opportunities of seeing him, and none of talking freely with him. As he is the only true channel through which the Queen's pleasure is conveyed, so there is, and must be, a perfect stagnation till he is pleased to open himself and set the water flowing.
Página 174 - The queen's answer in these terms seemed effectively to evade the point : " The frequent marks of duty and affection to my person and government which I receive from both Houses of Parliament, must needs be very acceptable to me. The provision I have made for the Protestant succession, will always be a proof how much I have at my heart the future happiness of the kingdom. The subject of this address is of such a nature, that I am persuaded you do not expect a particular answer.
Página 387 - It is certain that this Chancellor was a most excellent lawyer, very learned in all polite literature, a superior pen, master of a handsome style, and of easy conversation; but he is said to make too much haste to be rich, as his predecessor, and most in place in this age did, to a more prodigious excess than was ever known.
Página 399 - would not have given the king an hour's notice for saving his life— the trial must proceed.

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