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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 14



Total. Liberal. Tory. Doubtful
Peerages prior to George III 128 42 86 ...
Thence to Queen Victoria 173 57 113 8
Peerages of Queen Victoria 173 96 74 8
Total Lay Peerages of England, Great Britain, and United Kingdom (not in eluding Royal Princes, nor Spiritual Representative Peers) 474 195 273 6
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The foregoing summary sufficiently proves that since the era of Parliamentary Reform the composition of the House of Lords has been modified in a Liberal sense, and had it not been for another process going on simultaneously the numbers of the Political parties might by now have been fairly equalized. That other process will best be explained by studying the next table, which is most significant in its bearing upon all discussions of future Parliamentary Reform.

It shows incontestibly that the Hereditary Principle in Legislation is incompatible with the growth of the national liberties, and, if nought else were to be adduced at all upon the question, it should seal the doom of Hereditary Law-spoilers and Reform-rejectors.