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Memoir of another Chancellor of Whig creation, Peter King-

When a youth up to the elbows in grocery-Kinsman of
Locke, author of a theological work at twenty-Sent to
Leyden-Returned to Parliament, with Cowper, for Beer-
alston-Dissuaded by Locke from speaking too soon-
Extracts from his correspondence with the great philoso-
pher-A frequent speaker-Zealous Whig—Appointed
Chief Justice--- Anecdote of his humanity-Succeeded
Lord Macclesfield as Chancellor-Feeble and inefficient,
Attacked by Whiston for his distribution of church patron-
age-Struck with apoplexy-Memoir of another pupil of
the good old Whig school, Sir Joseph Jekyll-Vindicated
for his patriotism and odd-fashioned integrity-Sturdily
independent in his votes and speeches-Fought à l'outrance

against duellists and gin-drinkers--- An excellent Master of



The vindictive privileges of the House reviewed and illustrated

-First over their own Members— Punishments for con-
tempt-Instances of naming by the Speaker-Reprimand
from the chair-Further punishment_Committals to the
custody of the Serjeant, and to the Tower— Examples—
The sentences of the Long Parliament disgraced by
grievous partiality-Instances of infliction of penalty after
the Revolution - Members sometimes, but rarely, sus-
pended from attending—The more favourite remedy, their
extreme act of senatorial power, the sentence of expulsion
-Its necessity asserted—To be exercised with peculiar
caution—The principle well explained in the discussion on
the expulsion of Wilkes-First precedent in the reign of


Members expelled for religious and political libels-Mr. Asgill's

strange history and character—Sir Richard Steele sacri-

ficed to the spleen of faction- Account of his expulsion for

the publication of an alleged libellous pamphlet— The

Crisis-Gallantry of Lord Finch-Majority of expulsions

in the reign of George 1. necessary-Of Pryce-Of Foster

-The South Sea Directors Of Aislabie, Chancellor of

the Exchequer-Of the Directors of the Charitable Corpo-

ration-More questionable of Mr. Vernon-Undoubted

necessity for expelling Mr. Ward-Anecdotes of that

miscreant-Increased moderation under George II.- Fewer

expulsions during the sixty years of George III. than in two

years of George I.- The few instances inevitable Colonel

Cawthorne-Benjamin Walsh-Lord Cochrane-Kneeling

at the bar, once insisted on, disobeyed by Jenkins, the

Welsh Judge—Alexander Murray peremptorily refused to

kneel-His sufferings in consequence-By his firmness the

odious ceremony abolished— As obsolete and barbarous, as

the Chinese kotou

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The Convention used their spiriting gently'-Instances--Con-

trasted with the Long Parliament and its wild excesses of
tyranny-Vindictive privileges of the House over stran-
gers considered— Their right of commitment for contempt
unquestionable-Of witnesses— Returning officers and all

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