Lives of the Prime Ministers of England: From the Restoration to the Present Time, Volume 1

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Thom. Cautley Newby, 1858 - Prime ministers - 453 pages

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Page 308 - It was moved that King James the Second, having endeavoured to subvert the constitution of the kingdom by breaking the original contract between King and people, and, by the advice of Jesuits and other wicked persons, having violated the fundamental laws, and having withdrawn himself out of the kingdom, had abdicated the government, and that the throne had thereby become vacant.
Page 131 - That the earl of Clarendon hath designed a standing army to be raised, and to govern the kingdom thereby ; advised the king to dissolve this present Parliament, to lay aside all thoughts of Parliaments for the future, to govern by a military power, and to maintain the same by free quarter and contribution.
Page 112 - Povy tells me that Sir W. Coventry was with the King alone, an hour this day ; and that my Lady Castlemaine is now in a higher command over the King than ever — not as a mistress, for she scorns him, but as a tyrant, to command him...
Page 95 - The weekly expense of the Navy eats up all " you have given me by the Bill of tonnage and poundage. " Nor have I been able to give my brothers one shilling since " I came into England, nor to keep any table in my house,
Page 112 - All these mortifications were too heavy to be borne : so that at last, when it was least expected or suspected, the queen on a sudden let herself fall first to conversation and then to familiarity, and even in the same instant to a confidence with the lady ; was merry with her in public, talked kindly of her, and in private used nobody more friendly.
Page 199 - I, AB, do declare that it is not lawful upon any pretence whatsoever to take arms against the king, and that I do abhor that traitorous position of taking arms by his authority against his person or against those that are commissioned by him...
Page 38 - The Causes and Pretences of these Uproars and Risings are divers and uncertain, and so full of variety almost in every Camp, (as they call them) that it is hard to write what it is ; as ye know, is like to be of People without Head and Rule, and that would have...
Page 391 - Monmouth with fifteen peers presented a petition against assembling the parliament at Oxford, " where the two houses," they said, " could not be in safety ; but would be easily exposed to the swords of the papists and their adherents, of whom too many had crept into his majesty's guards.
Page 113 - Vane's carriage yesterday in the Hall, is the occasion of this letter; which, if I am rightly informed, was so insolent as to justify all he had done, acknowledging no supreme power in England but a Parliament, and many things to that purpose. You have had a true account of all, and if he has given new occasion to be hanged, certainly he is too dangerous a man to let live, if we can honestly put him out of the way. Think of this, and give me some account of it to-morrow, till when I have no more...
Page 161 - Tower, pretending only curiosity of seeing the regalia there, when, stabbing the keeper, though not mortally, he boldly went away with it through all the guards, taken only by the accident of his horse falling down. How he came to be pardoned, and even received into favour, not only after this, but several other exploits almost as daring both in Ireland and here, I could never come to understand. Some believed he became a spy of several parties, being well with the sectaries and enthusiasts, and...

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