The Speeches of Iohn Wilkes, One of the Knights of the Shire for the County of Middlesex, in the Parliament Appointed to Meet at Westminster the 29th. Day of November 1774, to the Prorogation the 6th. Day of June 1777

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Fielding and Walker, 1777 - Great Britain

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Page 135 - That the said colonies and plantations in America have been, are, and of right ought to be, subordinate unto, and dependent upon the imperial crown and parliament of Great Britain...
Page 28 - We ask but for peace, liberty, and safety. We wish not a diminution of the prerogative, nor do we solicit the grant of any new right in our favour. Your royal authority over us and our connexion with Great Britain, we shall always carefully and Zealously endeavour to support and maintain.
Page 29 - Who can tell, sir, whether in consequence of this day's violent and mad Address to His Majesty the scabbard may not be thrown away by them as well as by us ; and, should success attend them, whether in a few years the independent Americans may not celebrate the glorious era of the Revolution of 1775 as we do that of 1688...
Page 130 - ... deteftation and abhorrence of the audacious and defperate fpirit of ambition, which has at laft carried thofe leaders fo far as...
Page 60 - House of Commons. The freeholders of this county and the nation abhorred the proceeding, and poured their execrations on the treacherous authors. From us not only they, but the law and constitution, now expect a full reparation of the injury, by rescinding the Resolution.
Page 47 - It is absurd to say, the electors' right of choosing is founded upon the law and custom of parliament. It is an original right, part of the constitution of the kingdom, as much as a parliament is, and from whence the persons elected to serve in parliament do derive their authority, and can have no other but that which is given to them by those that have the original right to choose them.
Page 152 - People are not so easily got out of their old forms as some are apt to suggest. They are hardly to be prevailed with to amend the acknowledged faults in the frame they have been accustomed to.
Page 17 - Sir, there is a more remarkable case in point, which alone would determine this question. If gentlemen will search the records in the Tower, and the chapel of the Rolls, they will find that the town of Calais, in France, when it belonged to the imperial crown of this realm, was not taxed till it sent a representative to parliament. A Thomas Fowler actually sat and voted in this house as a burgess of the town of Calais. From that period, and not till then, was Calais taxed. The writ out of chancery...
Page 104 - It will be objected, I foresee, that a time of perfect calm and peace throughout this vast empire is the most proper to propose internal regulations of this importance ; and that while intestine discord rages in the whole northern continent of America, our attention ought to be fixed upon the most alarming object, and all our efforts employed to extinguish the devouring flame of a civil war.
Page 107 - I have always found so favourable to me. When the bill is brought in, and sent to a committee, it will be the proper time to examine all the minutiae of this great plan, and to determine on the propriety of what ought now to be done, as well as of what formerly was actually accomplished.

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