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HOW WE ARE GOVERNED:

OR,

THE CROWN, THE SENATE, AND THE BENCH.

A Handbook

OF

THE CONSTITUTION, GOVERNMENT, LAWS, AND

POWER OF GREAT BRITAIN.

BY

FONBLANQUE AND HOLDSWORTH.

REVISED TO PRESENT DATE AND CONSIDERABLY ENLARGED BY

ALEX. C. EWALD, F.S.A.

AUTHOR OF OUR CONSTITUTION,"
," "A REFERENCE BOOK OF ENGLISH HISTORY,"
"THE LAST CENTURY OF UNIVERSAL HISTORY," ETC. ETC.

LONDON:

FREDERICK WARNE AND CO.

BEDFORD STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

NEW YORK: SCRIBNER, WELFORD AND CO.,

1869.

232 g 99.

LONDON:

SAVILL, EDWARDS AND CO., PRINTERS, CHANDOS STREET,

COVENT GARDEN.

EDITOR'S PREFACE.

THE extensive popularity which this little book enjoys is a clear proof of the desire of the public to become acquainted with the system of government under which they live. "How we are Governed" sets forth in a brief and lively style the leading features of our Constitution, and how that great engine, the State, is put in motion, and what its machinery and power consist of. To those about to exercise the right of the franchise for the first time, the information contained in these pages will prove neither superfluous nor unwelcome.

Since the last issue of this work various alterations have taken place in our constitution and system of administration. In the present edition these changes have been fully represented, Acts formerly omitted by the author have been inserted, and the general information has been greatly enlarged, and in all cases revised and brought down to the present time. A chapter on the Civil Service has also been added.

THE TEMPLE,

Sept. 1st, 1868.

A. C. EWALD.

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