Journal of a Residence in Norway During the Years 1834, 1835, & 1836: Made with a View to Enquire Into the Moral and Political Economy of that Country, and the Condition of Its Inhabitants

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Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1866 - 482 Seiten
 

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Seite 125 - It is, in common life, equivalent to taking a degree in the learned professions, being, in fact, a certificate of capacity for discharging ordinary duties and trusts. It is accordingly so considered in Norway. " A confirmed shop-boy wants a place...
Seite 304 - There is not probably in the history of mankind another instance of a free constitution, not erected amidst ruins and revolutions, not cemented with blood, but taken from the closet of the philosopher, and quietly reared and set to work, and found to be suitable without alteration to all ends of good government.
Seite 304 - ... constitution, in which legislative power was vested in the people. These had all emanated from the people in ancient times; and, there being no hereditary privileges, and power, or property vested in any class of the community, had been handed down unbroken through ages. The new constitution was but a superstructure of a building of which the foundations had been laid and the lower walls constructed, eight centuries before, by the ancestors of the present generation.
Seite 144 - In every parish, the resident householders elect, every third year, from among themselves, a person to be the commissioner of mutual agreement. He must not practise law in any capacity, and his appointment is subject to the approval of the Amtman, or highest executive officer of the district. In towns, or large and populous parishes, there are one or more assessors, or assistants to the commissioner, and he has always a clerk. He holds his court once a month within the parish, and receives a small...
Seite 33 - It has more effect on their numbers than on their condition. The producer of grain, who is working for himself only, who is owner of his land, and has not a third of its produce to pay as rent, can afford to be a worse farmer, by one third, than a tenant, and is, notwithstanding, in a preferable condition.
Seite 38 - English labourers, instead of considering wheaten bread and meat necessary for their proper subsistence, were to be contented with potatoes and salt herrings, the increase of pauperism among them would be in proportion to the diminished value of their food and the ease of obtaining it.
Seite 214 - Fjelde, the lakes and rivers, and the fiords, afford game, fish, and other articles. He has also variety of labour, which is, perhaps, among the greatest enjoyments in the life of a labouring man ; for there is recreation in change. His distant seater, his woodcutting for fuel, his share of the fishery in the neighbouring river or lake, give that sort of holiday work which is refreshing. His winter toil is of the same kind ; as steady agricultural labour in the field is out of the ^question. It consists...
Seite 82 - It also regulates the currency, appoints five revisers, who shall every year examine all accounts of Government, and publish printed abstracts of them. There are laid before it verified copies of all treaties, and the minutes of all public departments, excepting those of the highest military command. The Storthing impeaches and tries before a division of its own body all ministers of state, judges, and also its own members. Besides these great and controlling powers, fixed by the ground-law, as it...
Seite 125 - ... has shown that he can read and has the use of his mental faculties to an ordinary degree, according to his station, and has moral and religious principles to direct him.
Seite 7 - They are, however, the most interesting and singular group of people in* Europe. They live under ancient laws and social arrangements: totally different in principle from those which regulate society and property in the feudally constituted countries ; and among them, perhaps, may be traced the germ of all the free institutions which distinguish the British constitution at the present day.

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