Proceedings ... in Dublin, May 13, 1823 to Feb. 11, 1825

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Page 415 - of injustice. They found that the tyranny of a free people could, of all tyrannies, the least be endured; and that laws made against a whole nation were not the most effectual methods for securing its obedience. Accordingly, in the twenty-seventh year of Henry VIII. the course was entirely altered. With a preamble, stating the
Page 416 - The very same year the county palatine of Chester received the same relief from its oppressions, and the same remedy to its disorders. Before this time, Chester was little less distempered than Wales. The inhabitants, without rights themselves, were the fittest to destroy
Page 417 - as it was, without softening or temperament, unpurged of the original bitterness and indignation of complaint; they made it the very preamble to their act of redress; and consecrated its principle to all ages in the sanctuary of legislation.
Page 416 - rights of others; and from thence Richard II. drew the standing army of archers, with which, for a time, he oppressed England. The people of Chester applied to Parliament in a petition, penned as I shall read to you. (The
Page 416 - tumult subsided; obedience was restored; peace, order, and civilization followed in the train of liberty. When the day-star of the English constitution had arisen in their hearts, all was harmony within and without. Simul alba
Page 415 - years, discovered, that by an eternal law, Providence had decreed vexation to violence, and poverty to rapine. Your ancestors did, however, at length open their eyes to the
Page 364 - That thy feet may be dipped in the blood of thine " enemies; and that the tongue of thy dogs may be red " through the same.
Page 420 - the commonwealth of their said country. And for as much as the said inhabitants have always hitherto been bound by the acts and statutes made and ordained by
Page 420 - have hitherto sustained manifold disherisons, losses, and damages, as well in their lands, goods, and bodies, as in the good, civil, and politic governance and maintenance

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