History of the late revolution in the Dutch republic (Google eBook)

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J. Edwards, 1789 - Netherlands - 214 pages
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Page xviii - Holland and Zealand he annually elects the greater part of the magiftrates from a double number of candidates prefented by the towns. He choofes, from a nomination of three candidates, every officer in the department of the States of Holland, and of their chamber of accounts, and all the members of the college of the Heemraaden, or fuperintendants of the dykes. He difpofes of all the pofts in the nomination of the Council of State, and of the Gecommitteerde Raaden, or council of deputies. He was...
Page xvi - Utrecht, he participates in the fovereignty as prefident dent of their bodies of nobles ; and in Zealand as only noble of the province; and he has a right of affifting, though not of voting, at the deliberations of the States General. In his executive capacity, he is principal member of the Council of State, which, in military affairs, is almoft...
Page xvii - ... or permiffion from the towns through which the troops are to march, he has the means of ftationing the army as he pleafes. He publifhes all military ordinances. He names all colonels and inferior officers, by virtue of the right which was made over to him by the different provinces ; and, as the fuperior of...
Page xxi - ... general chofen by the Stadtholder. It feems probable that the influence a"rifing from hence, and from the whole patronage of the army, might eafily be converted into power* and that an artful and ambitious governor might become abfolute, without the danger ufually attendant on arbitrary fovereignty, becaufe he would reign under the forms of a free government. William the Firft, we know, was on the point of becoming mafter of of the republic.
Page xix - Cour d'Hollande, but it was not limited either in 1747, or at the acceffion of the prefent Stadtholder in 1766. It was indeed reformed in 1781, by the patriots, and may poffibly never be revived.
Page xxi - Stadtholderate, and produce a De Witt or a Van Berkel. During the infancy of the Stadtholder, the influence and patronage muft be transferred fomewhere, and they can no C 3 where where be transferred with fafety.
Page xx - ... are in general chofen by the Stadtholder. It feems probable that the influence a"rifing from hence, and from the whole patronage of the army, might eafily be converted into power* and that an artful and ambitious governor might...
Page xix - Befides thefe, the Stadtholder claims the right of appointing a military tribunal, called the High Council of War. This tribunal was eftablifhed by William the Third, and was entirely under the direction of the Stadtholder. As it tended to fhelter the military from the common courts of juftice, its power was confidered as of a dangerous tendency, and its legality was often...
Page xx - Perhaps it would be happier for the republic if the Stadtholder, whofe office is intended to connect and affimilate the jarring elements of this complicated conftitution, were invefted with more power and lefs influence.
Page 86 - Perhaps this laft quality is a principal caufe of thofe diftreffes to which he has been expofed, as Duke Lewis, who wifhed to obtain an exclufive influence over his pupil, appears to have ftudioufly encouraged in him a diffidence in his own judgment, and a diftruft of all thofe who furrounded him.

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