Some Account of the Citizens of London and Their Rulers, from 1060 to 1867

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Page 97 - indignity to, and a breach of the privilege of, this " House for any person to presume to give in written " or printed newspapers any account or minutes of the " debates or other proceedings of this House, or of any " Committee thereof." And, " that upon discovery of the " authors, printers, or publishers, this House will proceed " against the offenders with the utmost severity.
Page 259 - No freeman shall be seized, or imprisoned, or dispossessed, or outlawed, or in any way destroyed, nor will we condemn him, nor will we commit him to prison, excepting by the legal judgment of his peers, or by the laws of the land. XL. To none will we sell, to none will we deny, to none will we delay right or justice.
Page xv - He roved among the vales and streams, In the green wood and hollow dell ; They were his dwellings night and day, — But Nature ne'er could find the way Into the heart of Peter Bell. In vain, through every changeful year, Did Nature lead him as before ; A primrose by a river's brim A yellow primrose was to him, And it was nothing more.
Page 68 - It was a sin to hang garlands on a Maypole, to drink a friend's health, to fly a hawk, to hunt a stag, to play at chess, to wear lovelocks, to put starch into a ruff, to touch the virginals, to read the Fairy Queen.
Page 93 - Without these cannot a city be inhabited: and they shall not dwell where they will, nor go up and down: 33 They shall not be sought for in publick counsel, nor sit high in the congregation: they shall not sit on the judges...
Page 93 - ... the smith also sitting by the anvil, and considering the iron work, the vapour of the fire wasteth his flesh, and he fighteth with the heat of the furnace: the noise of the hammer and the anvil is ever in his ears, and his eyes look still upon the pattern of the...
Page 259 - And the City of London shall have all its ancient liberties and free customs, as well by land as by water; furthermore we will and grant, that all other cities and boroughs, and towns and ports, shall have all their liberties and free customs.
Page 5 - ... and for the granting of charters, no less than nine of which were, at various times, signed by the king; though except in a few trivial particulars they are merely confirmatory of ancient rights and privileges which had been conferred and enjoyed before. Indeed, the very fact of these numerous confirmations clearly shows the want of all principles of justice and regular government. It was a government under which, as is justly observed by Hume, "laws seemed to lose their validity unless often...
Page 6 - ... demandable from demesne tenants, which the citizens clearly were not. No occasion, says Matthew Paris, was suffered to pass by, however ridiculous, for soliciting presents ; and if any refused they did not fail to be reminded of the omission. In short, schemes of begging, borrowing, and pillaging, were carried on with such unremitting zeal and assiduity, that the citizens, never cordially affected to Henry's government, at last contracted such a thorough hatred of that monarch, and indignation...
Page xix - Guildhall, and, meeting with Mr. Proby, Sir R. Ford's son, and Lieutenant-Colonel Baron, a City commander, we went up and down to see the tables, where under every salt there was a bill of fare, and at the end of the table the persons proper for the table. Many were the tables, but none in the hall but the mayor's and the lords of the privy council that had napkins or knives, which was very strange.

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