An Historical View of the English Government: From the Settlement of the Saxons in Britain, to the Revolutin in 1688 : to which are Subjoined, Some Dissertations Connected with the History of the Government, from the Revolution to the Present Time

J. Mawman, 1818

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Página 35 - The barbarians chase us into the sea; the sea throws us back upon the barbarians; and we have only the hard choice left us of perishing by the sword, or perishing by the waves.
Página 193 - And all the elders of that city, that are next unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley. 7. And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.
Página 325 - From the natural course of things it should seem that, in every country, where religion has had so much influence as to introduce a great body of ecclesiastics, the people, upon the first advance made in agriculture and in manufactures, are usually distributed into the same number of classes or orders. This distribution is accordingly to...
Página 212 - ... probability in this supposition. Whatever improvements in trade and manufactures had been made in Britain, while it remained under the provincial government of Rome, these were almost entirely destroyed, by the convulsions which attended the Saxon conquest, and the subjection of a great part of the island to the dominion of a barbarous people. The arts which remained in the country after this great revolution, were reduced to such as procure the mere necessaries, or a few of the more simple conveniencies,...
Página 340 - ... great sources of the liberty enjoyed by the subjects of Britain. To those who speculate upon the conduct of human affairs, it is amusing to discover, that this important regulation was neither introduced from any foresight of its beneficial consequences, nor extorted from the monarch by any party that were jealous of his power; but was merely the suggestion of indolence; and was adopted by the king, in common with other feudal superiors, to relieve them from a degree of labour and attention which...
Página 127 - The poor are naturally dependent upon the rich, from whom they derive subsistence ; and, according to the accidental differences of wealth possessed by individuals, a subordination of ranks is gradually introduced, and different degrees of power and authority are assumed without opposition, by particular persons, or bestowed upon them by the...
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Página 129 - ... land," or about sufficient to furnish an equipped cavalier. It is a singular coincidence, that the term for the lowest subdivision of land for military service should be the same amongst the Rajpoots as in the English system. Besides being similar in name, it nearly corresponds in actual quantity. From the beginning of the Anglo-Saxon government the .land was divided into hides, each comprehending what could be cultivated by a single plough.-}- Four hides constituted one knight's fee. t which...

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