Votes of the Bishops in the House of Lords.
How true appear the words of Joseph Hume with regard to these mitred legislators 1 " Have we found Bishops standing between the Government and the people to prevent the exercise of arbitrary power? No, they have been aiders and abettors of every tyranny and oppression which the people have been compelled to endure. When did they rise to oppose an Act intended to abridge liberty? They have been always the political tools of a designing ministry, and ready to sacrifice every principle in the support of arbitrary power." Possibly the following servile oath which these successors of the Apostles have all taken—kneeling before the Sovereign—may go far to explain the spirit in which both their legislative and other funotions are performed:—
"I do acknowledge and confess to hold the Bishopric of . . . and the possession of the same entirely as well as the spiritualities and temporalities thereof, only of your Majetty and of the Imperial Crown of this your Majesty's Realm."