The Trial of Thomas Hardy for High Treason, at the Sessions House in the Old Bailey, on Tuesday the Twenty-eighth ... [to] Friday the Thirty-first of October: And on Saturday the First ... [to] Wednesday the Fifth of November, 1794 ... Taken in Short-hand, Volume 2 (Google eBook)
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Page 25 - If a law be bad, it is one thing to oppose the practice of it, but it is quite a different thing to expose its errors, to reason on its defects, and to show cause why it should be repealed, or why another ought to be substituted in its place. I have always held it an opinion...
Page 19 - Walpole; that can be described by no other name than a despotic legislation. Though the parts may embarrass each other, the whole has no bounds; and the only right it acknowledges out of itself, is the right of petitioning. Where then is the constitution either that gives or that restrains power? It is not because a part of the government...
Page 16 - What is government more than the management of the affairs of a Nation? It is not, and from its nature cannot be, the property of any particular man or family, but of the whole community...
Page 26 - ... of supporting it. The defects of every government and constitution, both as to principle and form must, on a parity of reasoning, be as open to discussion as the defects of a law, and it is a duty which every man owes to society to point them out.
Page 207 - ... them ? If they are not our reprefentatives, we cannot be their conftituents ; and to petition thofe who are not our reprefentatives as our reprefentatives, would be a manifeft abfurdity, if not an infult and mockery of ourfelves. However, the petition, fuch as it was,, being termed...
Page 17 - As it is not difficult to perceive, from the enlightened state of mankind, that hereditary Governments are verging to their decline, and that Revolutions on the broad basis of national sovereignty and Government by representation, are making their way in Europe, it would be an act of wisdom to anticipate their approach, and produce Revolutions by reason and accommodation, rather than commit them to the issue of convulsions.
Page 19 - What is it, but a bargain, which the parts of the government made with each other to divide powers, profits, and privileges? You shall have so much, and I will have the rest; and with respect to the nation, it said, for your share, YOU shall have the right of petitioning. This being the case, the bill of rights is more properly a bill of wrongs, and of insult.
Page 16 - ... of courtiers cannot that of Citizens ; and is exploded by the principle upon which governments are now founded. Every Citizen is a member of the Sovereignty, and, as such, can acknowledge no personal subjection ; and" his obedience can be only to the laws.
Page 20 - Having thus glanced at some of the defects of the two Houses of Parliament, I proceed to what is called the Crown, upon which I shall be very concise. It signifies a nominal office of a million sterling a year, the business of which consists in receiving the money.