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A SCRAP OF PAPER.

To the Editor of 'The Times.'

Sir,—Will you kindly allow mo a lew lines in wiiic-a to repiy to the courteous eriueum which "Jus ' nuij.te on my tctc-er concerning rivdenck. \\ nttam IV. and his speech in opening the hrst i-arliameiit oi i-russia': U is lute, as "Juia" says, thai ; j}TL<H-rick William warned trie Laumag ana use nation that tne Crown could not derogate its l iglus ana yi-exoga-uv-.s; but the spoi>ch was made uvvausKi lucre had a universal protest tnrougliout Prussia mat ine ivmg mm n-t ktpi laiih witn tne .Letter Patent winch ue issued on February <*, io4Y, announcing the coiutuuaon ol ww LTiUea -Uauuiig. t*y tmu i-atent i-'iio ended Aainuuig was to be con.iuiera eunceiiinig tii'j levying oi new taxvs, etc. mien me Uoustiutiioii toiw form it was louiKi tnat r'ttOcTiuiv w uiuim's promises inul fct"i.-n jnislv'iiiiing; and mat iu had retained peieonal control of and OX uuuricu. lire contiict was su-enuouo and too crisis was grave. It was then that tne Prussian Monarch made the speech which 1 quoted, ins people had accused him of breaiung faith, and ins rcpi.v was as 1 have fctduxt. But let me lnush the quotation. It is as follows: "'ine Crown cannot and ought net to depend upon the will of majorities. 1 suuuid never have called you tog-Uier if 1 had the least idea that you could dream of playing the part ot .so-calkd representatives oi lbs people." "Jus" is quite right in saying that "Parliament" ;s not tne e.\ait icrin to be usvid, but it is an hnglisn uuid, and ib icprt'Mjnted wnat wits called "tho United liUiidtag"—a phrase wniuu wouxl convey utile to tho aw.i.ige English leaner, lint Prussian puopie oi tnv tiij.e, however, had' expected thai the tniicvi Landtag would bo a Ptnuaiient as wc undeisuud such an -issuinoiv.

1 navo no reason to alter the interpretation which 1 pii:n;d upon the words of i'lcUeriek William IV. lie haul lie would never allow a sheet ot uiuteii pap. r to eomu lilte a second Providence betwvuu the Lo;-d Uod of licawn ana Ins land to govern "ua" by its paragrapns. He was on Iks detente aganiat charges of broken piornises. To hnu the terms of the i/jtter i'uteut louIJ be iutcipK'teci 10 mean sonietlniig w.nui lie coma alter, ri-liue, or rcjvct- as HL- pkas-'d. He d:u it at th-.; moment when the Constitution was ''to bo put into operation ; Kaiser Wiljium's l/intucciU.'i' ivpiuiuuLM tiio 1 reaty of Belgium as "a fccrap oi paper ' at the only time in whicli inc livaiy woukl bicon:_< ijracticaiiy operative, and that was wHeu war broke out. Ido imt think that the comparison ie without tignilieawx'.—l am, etc., Giliikkt Parkkh. 20 Carlton House terrace, iS. VV., Oct. 15.

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A SCRAP OF PAPER., Issue 15672, 10 December 1914

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A SCRAP OF PAPER. Issue 15672, 10 December 1914

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