Works of the Camden Society

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Charles Harding Firth
Camden Society, 1891 - Great Britain
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Page 236 - These things we declare to be our native rights, and therefore are agreed and resolved to maintain them with our utmost possibilities against all opposition whatsoever, being compelled thereunto not only by the examples of our ancestors, whose blood was often spent in vain for the recovery of their...
Page 325 - But I would fain know what the soldier hath fought for all this while? He hath fought to enslave himself, to give power to men of riches, men of estates, to make him a perpetual slave.
Page 323 - We have engaged in this kingdom and ventured our lives, and it was all for this: to recover our birthrights and privileges as Englishmen; and by the arguments urged there is none. There are many thousands of us soldiers that have ventured our lives; we have had little propriety in the kingdom as to our estates, yet we have had a birthright. But it seems now, except a man hath a fixed estate in this kingdom, he hath no right in this kingdom. I wonder we were so much deceived. If we had not a right...
Page 301 - I think that the poorest he that is in England hath a life to live, as the greatest he; and therefore truly, sir, I think it's clear, that every man that is to live under a government ought first by his own consent to put himself under that government...
Page 147 - Heath, I never gave my free consent to any thing they did : but being yet undischarged of my place, they set my name in way of course to all their papers, whether I consented or not : and to such failings are all authorities subject.
Page lxx - French all my days," said his lordship, "but now I hate them." And yet a little further on : "A government in any country should be like a corporation ; and in this country it is made up of the landed interest, which alone has a right to be represented. As for the rabble who have nothing but personal property, what hold has the nation of them ? They may pack up their property on their backs, and leave the country in the twinkling of an eye.
Page 302 - I cannot tell what any man can say why a foreigner coming in amongst us -or as many as will coming in amongst us, or by force or otherwise settling themselves here, or at least by our permission having a being here - why they should not as well lay claim to it as any other. We talk of birthright.
Page 304 - Law of God that a lord shall choose twenty burgesses, and a gentleman but two, or a poor man shall choose none; I find no such thing in the Law of Nature, nor in the Law of Nations. But I do find that all Englishmen must be subject to English laws, and I do verily believe that there is no man but will say that the foundation of all law lies in the people, and if [it lie] in the people, I am to seek for this exemption.

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