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of a kind to attract attention by their singularity, their majesty, or their scenic portentousness. They are, indeed, often commonplace in their nature; and, as civilisation improves, they tend to identity in all nations. But the conduct of the people in view of constitutional requirements, or anticipated constitutional change, may present the utmost diversity from country to country, and from age to age. It is here that supreme and unselfish conscientiousness, in the absence of all mere excitement, is truly tested. It is here that the value placed by a people on liberty, and on the opportunity of a free moral life for all, is put to the proof. It is here, and here alone, that a people can show whether they know what is the worth of that which they have inherited, what are its shortcomings, what is the cost of handing on to their successors the good things they have, and whether they are willing to endure the silent but stern sacrifices which may be required to defray it.



Aberdeen, Lord, opinion of, on
the Prince Consort's title, 241

— suggestions of the Prince Con-
sort to, as Prime Minister, du-
ring the Crimean War, 253, 254

— letter of the Prince Consort
to, as leader of the Opposition,

— letter of the Queen to, pre-
vious to a Russian debate in
the House of Lords, 317, 318

— Toyal pressure on, in the Cabi-
net, 372

Admiralty, the High Court of, a
permanent Court of Prize, 208

Afghanistan, correspondence of
the Queen during the war in,

— English mission to, 378, 379

— war with, 379, 380; 398; 400
Alabama Case, 207

Albert, Prince. See Prince

Althorpe, Lord (tee alto Lord


— Bank Act of, 123

— elevation of, to the House of
Lords, vacating the leadership
of the Commons, 303

Anderson, Mr., amendment
moved by, to the Crown Private
Estates Amending Act, 220

Aji/irllate Jurisdiction Act, 1876,

Appropriation Act, the, 97, 98

Arbitration, International, motion
on, carried against the Govern-
ment in 1873, 180, 181

Army and Navy Administration,
necessity of Parliamentary
vigilance as to, 391, 392

Articles of War, Act enabling the
Crown to publish, 267

Ashburton Treaty, the, 183

Ashley, Lord .(earl Op
Shaftesbury), motions of, for
educational and factory re-
form, 132, 133

Asia Minor, obligations under-
taken by England with regard
to, 377 ; 382, 383; 388

Associations, political, 64, 65

Austin, Mr. John, paper of, on
Centralisation, 138, note

Australia. See Colonies, Depen-
dencies, Victoria, &c.

Australian Colonies Government
Act, 1850, 160

Authority, the supreme, where
situated and how limited, the
main inquiry with regard to a
Constitution, 2, 3

— Mr. Lowe on the supreme, in
England, 26-28


Baden Powell, Mr. G., on the
bi-cameral system in Victoria,
Bagehot, Mb. Walter, work of,

on the Constitution, 1

— on the consequences of the
Reform Act of 1832, 18

— on the extent of the Royal
Prerogative, 360

Ballot Act of 1872, 37-43
Ballot, views of Mill and Grote

on the, 3!>; 41, 42
Bank Act of 1833 (Lord Al-

thorpe's Act), 123
Bank Charter Act of 1844, 123-


Bank of England, constitution of
the, in its present relation to
the State, 123-125

Banks, legislation with regard to,

Bankruptcy and insolvency laws,

reform of, 136; 455
Bath, Marquis Op, opposition

of, to the subjection of Crown

private estates to rates and

taxes, 219
Beaconsfield, Lord, criticism

of, on the Duke of Wellington's

remark on the House of Lords,


— on the finality of decisions of
Election Judges, 44, 45

— on the Committee of Foreign
Loans libel publication case,

— on the pre-eminent importance
of Foreign Affairs, 179, 1 ^0

— speech of, on Lord Palmer-
ston's Conspiracy Bill, 186

— speech of, on the Royal Titles
Bill, 214, 215; 375

— view of the Bedchamber ques-
tion presented by, in 'Co-
ningsby,' 234

— criticism of, on the Prince
Consort's presence at a Corn
Law debate, 251, 252

— motion of, in May 1855, in
favour of carrying on the war,

— correspondence of, with Lord
Carnarvon, relative to the re-

signation of the latter, 291,

Beaconsfield, Lord, comments
of, on the conduct of Sir R.
Peel and the Duke of Welling-
ton, with regard to Corn Law
repeal, 348-350

— on the dependence of Parlia-
menton the Prerogative,354,355

— conduct of, in 1868, in leaving
the Queen to determine whether
the Ministry should resign or
not, 355-357

— novel relations between the
Executive and Parliament, es-
tablished during the Govern-
ment of, 468

Bedchamber Question, the, 233,

234; 235-238
Belligerents, shipbuilding for, 207,


Benthah, influence of, on Crim-
inal Code reform, 436

Bentinck, Lord George, com-
ments of, on the Prince Consort's
presence at a Corn Law debate,

Berlin, Congress of, 377, 378
Berlin, Treaty of, 290; 383; 388
Berry, Mr. Graham, on the
differences between the two
Houses in Victoria, 163, 164
Bethell, Sir R. (lord West-
Bury), opinion of, on the law
and practice of Parliament
as not applicable to Colonial
Legislatures, 176

— opposition of, to the Russian
Securities Bill, 205

— opinion of, on the testamentary
rights of the Crown, 220

Bill of Bights, relation of the
Sovereign to the country as
determined by the, 325

— provisions of, with regard to a
standing army, 385-387

— popular reference to, as a
bulwark of liberty, 422

Bills. See Money Bills, Private
Bills, &o.


Birkbeck, Prop., on the Russian
Securities Act, 206, note

Blackburn, Mb. Justice, opi-
nion of, on the imposition of
Colonial taxes by the Imperial
Legislature, 158

Bouverie, Mb., comment of, on
Mr. Disraeli's attempt to make
the Queen responsible for a
dissolution, 357

Bo Wen, Sib G. F., on the Victorian
Constitution, 165

Brand, Mr., Speaker of the House
under Liberal and Conservative
Governments, 358

Bright, Mb., part taken by, in
debate on the Russian war, in
1855, 258

Brituh Columbia Government Act,
1858, 404

Brougham, Lobd, dispute of,
with Lord Melbourne, on the
designation of the Duchess of
Kent, 225, 226

— opposition of, to the settlement
of the Prince Consort's pre-
cedence by Royal Prerogative,

— dislike of William IV. to,
expressed to Lord Melbourne,

— part taken by, in prison reform,

Buckingham, Duke Op, account
of the Queen's first change of
Ministry by the, 300, 301

Burke, misuse of the doctrines of,
on representation, 34

— speech of, at Bristol, on the
functions of a Member of
Parliament, 47; 50-52

— on party ties, 66, 67

-r- suggestion of a sale of the
Crown Lands by, 224

— constitutional relations of
England and the Dependencies
treated by, 374, 375

— on the changing character of
despotisms, 410


Cabinet (see alto Ministry,

— the, an outgrowth of the Privy
Council, 267-270; 271-274

— relation of the, to Parliament
and the Crown, 267-268

— Council, origin of the term,
269, 270

— the first Whig, 270, 271

— Sir G. C. Lewis on the legal
theory of the, 275, 276

— Sir G. C. Lewis on the unity
of the, 276-278

— Mr. Gladstone on the internal
relations of the, 278-281

— Earl Grey on the internal
relations of the, 281-283

— illustrations of the internal
relations of the, 283-295

— secresy of Members of the, as
Privy Councillors, 295-298

— relation of the Sovereign to the,

— relations of the, with Parlia-
ment, 336-421

— possible influences at work in
a, 371-373

— doctrine of the omnipotence of
a, supported by Parliament,

Cairns, Lord Chancellor, on
the Chancellorship as the
Speakership of the House of
Lords, 101, note

— letter of the Lord Chief Baron
to, on the secresy of the Privy
Council, 295-298

Campbell v. Ball, 156
Canada, constitution and con-
federation of, 152-154

— admission of Hudson's Bay into
the Dominion of, 172, 404

— differences between Lord Lome
and the Parliament of, 419

Canadian Confederation Act of

1867, 152-154
Canning, definition of a patriot,

by, 412

Cape of Good Hope, memorial of
the Colonist■ of Natal against
confederation with the, 420, 421

Carxarvon, Lord, retirement of,
from the Cabinet in 1876,
2yrt-292: 376

— on Imperialism, 410-413
Caucuses. &v Political associa-

Centralisation, two sorts of,

— Mr. John Austin on, 138, note
Chancellor, t> e Lord, as Speaker

of the House of Lords, 101, 102,

Lord Cairns on, 101,


Mr. Locock Webb on,

101, note

Chanoery, Court of, jurisdiction of
the, over Endowments and Cha-
ritable Trusts, 107; 118

Oi<iriUbU Trusts AH of 1853,

Charity Commissioners, appoint-
ment of, 118, 119

Chelmsford, Lord, communica-
tion of the Queen with, in
reference to the Zulu war, 330,

China, war with, in 1857, 366

— and Japan, extra-territorial
jurisdiction on the coasts of,

Church, the Established, relation
of. to Parliament and the State,
104-107; 109, 110; 112, 113

— recent legislation relating to,

Church Courts, reform of the, 105;
110. 112

Church rates, abolition of compul-
sory, in 1868.105

Civil List, the, of William IV.,

— of Victoria. 221-223

— Sir S. Northoote and Mr.
Gladstone on the. 228-231

Clarendon, (howard Hyde.
Karl Of), on the origin of the

term 'Cabinet Council," 269,

Clarendon-, Lord (the late),
sanction given by, to political
correspondence of the Prince
Consort with Napoleon ILL,
262, 265

Coast of Africa and Falkland
Islands Government Act, 1843,
157; 174

Amendment Act,

1860, 174

Cobden, speech of, in debate on
the Russian war in 1855, 258

Cockburn, Sir Alexander,
opinion on the law and practice
of Parliament as not applicable
to Colonial Legislatures, 175,176

Codification of Common and
Statute Law, 137

Coleridge, S. T., on the Idea of
the Constitution, 12

— on the omnipotence of Parlia-
ment, 14, 15

— on the distinction between a
person and a thing, 426

Colonial Branch Mint Act, 1866.

Colonial Lam Act, 1865, 175
Colonial Legislatures, created by
Parliament, 151

— (Canadian,) 152-154

— (South African,) 154-166

— Parliamentary control of, 157-
159; 175-177; 394 seq.

— (Victorian,) 160-167

— territorial jurisdiction of, 167

— Acts of Indemnity of, valid in
this country, 444

Colonies (tee also Dependencies)

— Confederation of distinct, 152—

— history of the North American,
a precedent for Colonial or-
ganisation, 152; 173

— Crown Lands in the, 161; 221

— having no Constitution, govern-
ment of, 173-175

— extension of Acts of Parliament
to the, 151; 176, 177

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