The Habeas corpus.
, of Georgia
, in his message to the Legislature, says that the writ of habeas corpus
has not been suspended in Great Britain
since 1689, and that an attempt to suspend it at this time would cost the Queen
has probably confounded the writ of habeas corpus
with the veto
which the law places in the hands of the sovereign, and which, it is said, has not been exercised since the revolution.
The Fayetteville Observer
has been at parlor to ascertain the number of times the habeas corpus
has been suspended since that period, and the result is anything but complimentary to Gov. Brown
's historical proficiency.
Between 1689 and 1794, it had been suspended nine times.
It was suspended throughout the British Isles
in that year.
In 1798 it was suspended in Ireland
during the rebellion, and again in 1803, during the insurrection headed by Robert Emmett
During the remainder of George 3d's reign it was several times suspended in England
, and again during the reign of George 4th in 1822. Gov. Brown
surely recollects the commotions in Ireland
, about fifteen years ago, and the suspension of the writ during the time of their continuance.
Indeed, it is the first thing a Minister does when there is trouble in the country, and would no more affect the safety of the throne than any ordinary act of parliament.
With regard to the law of last session nothing can be plainer than the power of Congress to pass it. That power is given by the Constitution
in terms as plain and as unmistakable as the power to declare war or the power to lay taxes in support of Government.
A man who disputes so plain a provision, expressed in such accurate terms, must be very far gone with the disease of fault-finding.