Excerpt from Celebrated Speeches of Chatham, Burke, and Erskine: To Which Is Added, the Argument of Mr. Mackintosh in the Case of Peltier
There is doubtless some reason in the strictures which have been advanced Upon the character of our legislative debates. They are, for the most part, pro lix and tedious on the one hand, or tumid and extrava gant on the other - fin either case, they are superficial and discursive; These defects may in part be at tributed to the republican principles and forms Which predominate in our Constitution and laws. We have no professional legislators, and, with the e'xceptlon of a single class, few practised speakers.
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