A view of society and manners in Italy; with anecdotes relating to some eminent characters Volume 1
by John Moore
ISBN 0217312969 (0-217-31296-9)
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Book summary: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1787. Excerpt: ... in the year 1268, a new form of electing the Doge was fixed, which, though somewhat complicated, has been observed ever since. AH the members of the Grand Council, who are past thirty years of age, being assembled in the hall of the palace, as many balls are put into an urn as there are members present; thirty of these balls are gilt, arid the rest white. Each counsellor draws one; and those who get the gilt balls, go into another room, where there is an urn, containing thirty balls, nine of which are gilt. The thirty members draw again; and those who, by a second piece of good fortune, get the gilt balls, are the Jirjl e/ecors, and have a right to choose forty, among whomthey comprehend themselves. Those forty, by ballotting in the same manner as in the former instances, are reduced to twelve second eleffon, who choose twentytwenty-five, the first of the twelve naming three, and the remaining eleven two a-piece. All those being assembled in a chamber apart, each of them draws a ball from an urn, containing twenty-five balls, among which are nine gilt. This reduces them to nine third electors, each of whom chooses five, making in all forty-five; who, as in the preceding instances, are reduced, by ballot, to eleven fourth elettorS) and they have the nomination of forty'one, who are the dirtSi elettors of the Doge. Being (hut up by themselves, they begin by choosing three chiefs, and two secretaries; each elector, being then called, throws a little billet into an urn, which stands on a table before the chiefs. On this billet is inscribed the person's name whom the elector wishes to be Doge..'. The secretaries then, in the presence of the chiefs, and of the whole assembly, open, the billets. Ajnong all the forty-one there there are, generally, but a very few...
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