Excerpt from Politics in England and the United States: A Lecture; Before the Law Academy of Philadelphia, March 30th, 1880 Gentlemen of the Law Academy: I propose this evening to contrast some features of our Government with the means adopted in England for the attainment of like ends, and would ask your indulgence for my imperfect treatment of a subject that cant easily be brought within the compass of a single lecture. It has often been said that the design of the Constitution of the United States was drawn from the English Constitution, and there is a general, or what may be termed family resemblance in the structure of the two governments, which is too close to be fortuitous and shows that the remark is just. It is t less plain that this likeness is attended with great and essential differences, resulting t so much from choice as from the force of circumstances which rendered the. institutions of the mother country inapplicable here. The comparison is the more difficult, because the English Constitution is t a constant quantity. Like the glacier, which though seemingly fixed and rigid, is yet plastic and suffers a continual change, it has varied in each century and sometimes with each successive generation. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.