Political papers, chiefly respecting the attempt of the county of York, and other considerable districts, commenced in 1799 ... to effect a reformation of the parliament of Great-Britain: collected by C. Wyvill

Christopher Wyvill

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Seite 234 - Ireland as shall for the time being be actually elected and shall not have declined to serve for any county, city, or borough of Great Britain, hath any right to give his vote in the election of any member to serve in parliament.
Seite 155 - We have not, however, refufed in anfwer to difclaim what we condemn, and to avow our real objects, from the purfuit of which, we will not fuffer ourfelves iclves to be diverted by any controverfy. We muft beg leave at the fame time to decline all future intercourfe with a Society whofe views and objects...
Seite 268 - That so much depending upon the preservation of this third estate, in such its constitutional purity and strength, your Petitioners are reasonably jealous of whatever may appear to vitiate the one, or to impair the other. That at the present day the House of Commons does not fully and fairly represent the people of England, which, consistently with what your Petitioners conceive to be the principles of the constitution, they consider...
Seite 140 - If the spirit of the constitution be dead in the hearts of the people, no human industry can revive it. To affirm, that extensive mischief may be done by a statement of facts or arguments which make no general impression on the public mind, is a proposition that contradicts itself, and requires no other refutation.
Seite 99 - ... frailty and condition of their nature. The following resolutions comprise the plan of Parliamentary Reform adopted by the Convention, who commenced their sittings on that question on the 10th of November, and closed them on the 1st December, 1783. Resolved unanimously, That no elector in any connty, city, town, borough, or manor, within the kingdom of Ireland, be permitted to vote for any representative in Parliament for said county, city, town, borough, or manor, so long as he may cease to be...
Seite 285 - ... to choose from amongst those who themselves abound in wealth, or are supported by the wealth of others.— —Your Petitioners are the more alarmed at the progress of private patronage, because it is rapidly leading to consequences which menace the very existence of the constitution. At the commencement of every session. of parliament, your honourable House, acting up to the laudable jealousy of your predecessors, and speaking the pure, constitutional...
Seite 153 - We view man as he is, the creature of habit as well as of reason. We think it therefore our bounden duty to propose no extreme changes, which, however specious in theory, can never be accomplished without violence to the settled opinions of mankind, nor attempted without endangering some of the most inestimable advantages we enjoy.
Seite 153 - ... enjoy. We are convinced that the people bear a fixed attachment to the happy form of our Government, and...
Seite 163 - ... will merit from our Country. We have received fincere pleafure, not only from the firm and virtuous tone in which you have fpoken your principles, but from the wife and temperate manner in which you have limited their application to practice. We rejoice " that our fentiments, our motives, and our " plans of reform, are perfectly in unifon with " your ideas," becaufe we believe that a conduct in the great body of the People correfpond.
Seite 139 - The abuses in the government of France were suffered to gather and accumulate, until nothing but an eruption could put an end to them. The discontent of the people was converted into despair.

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