The cause of the people of Malta; now before parliament

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published by Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange, and may be had of all Booksellers, 1836 - 83 pages
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Page 12 - It is important that your Excellency should impress the Russian Government with the conviction of the services rendered by the inhabitants of Malta to his Majesty and to the common cause, at the time when the French were in possession of the Island. " That, for nearly two years, they maintained a state of constant and active hostility against the French ; that several thousands of them perished in this state of hostility ; and that these efforts were made at a time when they could receive assistance...
Page 24 - Commissioner observes with regret that some weak and inconsiderate persons, deceived under specious pretexts, have suffered themselves to become the instruments of a few turbulent and factious individuals. They have been seduced to subscribe a paper purporting to be an application to the King for certain changes in the existing form of the government of these islands, &c.
Page 31 - That foreign commerce is eminently conducive to the wealth and prosperity of a country, by enabling it to import the commodities, for the production of which the soil, climate, capital, and industry...
Page 15 - That his said Majesty has no right to cede these Islands to any power. That if he chooses to withdraw his protection, and abandon his sovereignty, the right of electing another sovereign, or of governing these Islands belongs to us, the inhabitants and aborigines alone, and without control.
Page 13 - He is a he has obtained possession of the island, gives them a peculiar claim to his protection, and a right to expect that, in the future arrangements for the island, some advantages should be stipulated in their favour. " That, independent of every consideration of good faith, your Excellency well knows that the Maltese inhabitants, if attached to their government, are equal to the defence of the island ; and that every motive of policy therefore, as well as of justice, renders it expedient to...
Page 13 - ... island, and a deliberate voice in all its internal concerns. member in the present parliament for the town of Nottingham. It has already been hinted that the negociations of our diplomatic admiral have been attended with some " A body of this description could not be considered as in any respect derogatory to the ancient institution of the order, and would be conformable to what existed within the island till within a very few years. It is for the purpose of obtaining information on these points,...
Page 7 - When the British took possession of the Island, it was stipulated, that the privileges of the Maltese should be preserved and their ancient laws continued — (They were then, NB, governed by their aucient laws.
Page 11 - Feeling our own political weakness, and putting a boundless confidence in the sincerity of the British Government, and the faith of the British nation, we rather wished to become subjects of the King, and enjoy all the advantages of free subjects, to a monarch who is the father of all his people, than...
Page 16 - ... spiritual or temporal, of no other temporal sovereign, shall be permitted in these islands ; and reference in spiritual matters shall only be had to the Pope, and to the respective generals of the Monastic Orders. ' 8th. That freemen have a right to choose their own religion.
Page 67 - ... with very great disadvantages, to say nothing of the commercial emporium which Malta ought to become ; in fact we have never yet considered the island in its true light ; it has been too much considered as a garrison or naval station, instead of a central depot for our merchandize — one of those numerous shops or warehouses which our ancestors wisely established for the sale of British goods in different parts of the globe. History proves that Malta, from the time of the Carthaginians upwards,...

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