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«‘1PlllG1'l{111g doet een ander gebrek bij de behandeling van
het onderwerp in dit eerste Hoofdstuk uitkomen, dit name-
lijk, dat niet scherp genoeg onderscheiden zijn en uit een
gehouden de verschillende tijdperken der Engelsche geschie-
_ denis. Ook hier had ITALLAM. in een ander, door onzen
schrijver niet geraadpleegd, werk: z/the Constitutional His-
tory of England ," op den regten weg kunnen helpen. Men
vergunne een citaat (vol. 3. p. 194) voor ons doel als
geschreven. r/The essential change which the fall of the old
dynasty had wrought in our constitution displayed itself in T
such a vigorous spirit of inquiry and interference of par- ?
liamcnt with all the course of government as if not abso- ‘
lutely new, was more uncontested and more etfeetual than .
before the revolution. The Commons indeed under Crm nrics Il; .
had not wholly lost sight of the prcccdents which the
Iiong Parliament had established for them; but not without
continual resistance from the court,inwhiehtheir right of ‘
of cxamination was by no means admitted ..... In June
1689, a special committee was appointed to inquire into I
the miscarriagcs of the war in Ireland, especially as to the
delay in relieving Londonderry. A similar committee was
appointed in the Lords 1 do not think there is any earlier
precedent in the journals for so specilic an inquiry into
the conduct of a public oflieer, especially one in military
command. It marks therefore very distinctly the change
of spirit which I have so frequently mentioned. No eour- ,
tier has ever since ventnrod to deny this general right of .
inquiry, though it is the constant practice to clude it.
The right to inquirc draws with it the necessary means,
the exanaination of witncsses, records, papers, enforced by i
the strong arm of parliamentary privilege. In one respect i
alone these powers have fallen rather short; the Commons T
do not administer an oatl1;” etc. Onze Schrijver heeft wel
een duister besef gehad van deze langzame ontwikkeling der
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