The Book of the Constitution of Great Britain: Containing a Full Account of the Rise, Progress, and Present Construction of the Three Estates of the Realm, King, Lords, and Commons; Of the Various Courts of Jurisdiction; And of Those Acts by Which the Lib
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Excerpt from The Book of the Constitution of Great Britain: Containing a Full Account of the Rise, Progress, and Present Construction of the Three Estates of the Realm, King, Lords, and Commons; Of the Various Courts of Jurisdiction; And of Those Acts by Which the Liberties or Rights of the Subject Are Affected
The kingdom of Great Britain is an hereditary paternal monarchy, go verned by one supreme independent Head agreeable to the known laws and customs of the kingdom. It is a free monarchy, challenging above all other European kingdoms a perfect freedom from any subjection to the laws of the empire of Germany a for the Roman Emperors obtained an ciently the dominion of this land by force of arms, but afterwards abandon ing the same, by the law of nations the right returned to their former own ers. The British crown is entirely free from the least shadow of subjection to the bishop of Rome, and is thereby relieved from many burdens and im poots under which other kingdoms groan such as Appeals to Rome in ecclesiastical suits, Provisions, Dispensations, Confirmations, Bulb, 8m. Be sides several tributes and taxes paid to the Pope. There is no interregnum, which saves us from the evils attending elective monarchies. By the neces sary concurrence of the Lords and Commons in making and repealing all Statutes or A ct: of Parliament, our monarchy has the double advantage of an aristocracy and also of a democracy, without the disadvantages of either contributing by this happy blending of the three powers to the industry, liberty and happines of the people. Both England and Scotland have been governed by kings as far back as history or tradition can carry us, without any attempt at a change so that we seem to be naturally inclined to this sort of government.
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