Random Recollections of the House of Lords, from the Year 1830 to 1836: Including Personal Sketches of the Leading Members

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Smith, Elder & Company, Cornhill, 1836 - Statesmen - 408 pages
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Page 338 - ... its kindred throne! You have said, my lords, you have willed — the Church and the king have willed — that the queen should be deprived of its solemn service. She...
Page 57 - from the tory benches.) The Lord Chancellor at this moment entered the House, and addressed their Lordships in the most emphatic manner in the following terms : ' My Lords, I have never yet heard it doubted that the King possesses the prerogative of dissolving Parliament at pleasure ; still less have I ever known a doubt to exist on the subject at a moment when the lower house has thought fit to refuse the supplies.
Page 337 - Brougham continued,) is the case now before you, and such is the evidence by which it is attempted to be upheld. It is evidence inadequate, to prove any proposition ; impotent, to deprive the lowest subject of any civil right; ridiculous, to establish the least offence ; scandalous, to support a charge of the highest nature ; monstrous, to ruin the honour of the Queen of England. What shall I say of it, then, as evidence to support a judicial act of legislature, an ex-post facto law ? My lords, I...
Page 338 - ... continue to adorn it — save the crown, which is threatened with irreparable injury — save the aristocracy, which is surrounded with danger — save the altar, which is no longer safe when its kindred throne is shaken. You see that when the church and the throne would allow of no church solemnity in behalf of the Queen, the heartfelt prayers of the people rose to Heaven for her protection. I pray Heaven for her ; and...
Page 15 - On one occasion, he stuck altogether, and after two or three ineffectual efforts to make out the word, he was obliged to give it up ; when, turning to Lord Melbourne, who stood on his right hand, and looking him most significantly in the face, he said in a tone sufficiently loud to be audible in all parts of the House, 'Eh! what is it?
Page 329 - ... and whosoever answereth another man's speech, shall apply his answer to the matter, without wrong to the person ; and as nothing offensive is to be spoken, so nothing is to be ill taken, if the party that speaks it shall presently make a fair exposition, or clear denial of the words that might bear any ill construction; and if any offence be given in that kind, as the house itself will be very sensible thereof, so it will sharply censure the offender, and give the party offended a fit reparation...
Page 381 - In his manner (natural manner ?) there is not a particle of life or spirit. You would fancy his grace to be half asleep while speaking. You see so little appearance of consciousness about him that you can hardly help doubting whether his legs will support him until he has finished his address.
Page 15 - I have hitherto not been able, from want of light, to read this speech in the way its importance deserves ; but as lights are now brought me, I will read it again from the commencement, and in a way which, I trust, will command your attention.
Page 16 - He then again, though evidently fatigued by the difficulty of reading in the first instance, began at the beginning, and read through the speech in a manner which would have done credit to any professor of elocution, — though it was clear he laboured under a slight hoarseness, caused most probably by cold. The sparkling of the diamonds in the crown, owing to the reflection caused by the lighted candles, had a fine effect. Probably this was the first occasion on which a King of England ever read...
Page 381 - Lords at once come to the conclusion, that nothing so befits him as an unbroken silence. He speaks in so low a tone of voice, as to be inaudible to those who are any distance from him. And not only is his voice low in its tones, but it is unpleasant from its monotony. In his manner there is not a particle of life or spirit. You would fancy his Grace to be half asleep while speaking; you see so little appearance of consciousness about him, that you can hardly help doubting whether his legs will support...

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