Commentaries on the Life and Reign of Charles the First, King of England, Volume 2

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Page 134 - I command you all that are here to take notice of what I have spoken at this time to be the true intent and meaning of what I granted you in your petition ; but especially you, my lords the judges, for to you only, under me, belongs the interpretation of laws ; for none of the houses of parliament, either joint or separate (what new doctrine so ever may be raised), have any power either to make or declare a law without my consent.
Page 88 - God forbid, should not do your duties in contributing what the state at this time needs, I must, in discharge of my conscience, use those other means which God hath put into my hands, to save that which the follies of particular men may otherwise hazard to lose.
Page 291 - the same men who, six months before, were observed to be of very moderate tempers, and to wish that gentle remedies might be applied , talked now in another dialect both of kings and persons ; and said that they must now be of another temper than they were the last Parliament.
Page 74 - To conclude, you cannot come so soon as you are welcome ; and, unfeignedly in my mind, ye have gained as much reputation, with wise and honest men, in this action, as if ye had performed all your desires.
Page 279 - Upon this the Lieutenant came and expostulated with him, saying it was proper to him, and common to none else, to do that office of delivering petitions for his prisoners. And if Sir John, in a third petition, would humble himself to his Majesty in acknowledging his fault and craving pardon, he would willingly deliver it, and made no doubt but he should obtain his liberty. Unto this, Sir John's answer was,—
Page 291 - Parliament, and conferring together upon the state of affairs, the other told him, [Hyde,] and said, "that they must now be of another temper than they were the last Parliament; that they must not only sweep the house clean below, but must pull down all the cobwebs which hung in the top and corners, that they might not breed dust and so make a foul house hereafter; that they had now an opportunity to make their country happy, by removing all grievances and pulling up the causes of them by the roots,...
Page 73 - Epslie is the cause of this, wherein ye have taught me patience, and how to seek the next best in misfortunes. This is, therefore, to give you power (in case ye should imagine that ye have not enough already) to put in execution any of those designs ye mentioned to Jack...
Page 297 - God and all that know my proceedings to be my vouchers, that I neither directly nor indirectly ever had a thought tending to the least disobedience or disloyalty to his Majesty, whom I acknowledge my lawful King and Sovereign, and would expend my blood as soon in his service as any subject he hath.
Page 132 - It may seem strange," said he, " that I come so suddenly to end this session. Before I give my assent to the bills, I will tell you the cause, though I must avow that I owe the account of my actions to God alone. It is known to every one that, a while ago, the House of Commons gave me a remonstrance, how acceptable every man may judge, and, for the merit of it, I will not call that in question, for I am sure no wise man can justify it. Now, since I am...
Page 161 - This firm and sensible speech silenced them. A council was held, the judges were consulted ; and on this occasion, they came to a very unexpected decision, that ' Felton ought not to be tortured by the rack, for no such punishment is known or allowed by our law.

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