The diet possesses the general power of legislating for the empire; of making war and peace; contracting alliances; assessing quotas of troops and money; constructing fortresses; regulating coin; admitting new members; and subjecting disobedient members to the ban of the empire, by which the party is degraded from his sovereign rights and his possessions forfeited.
The fundamental principle on which it rests, that the empire is a community of sovereigns, that the diet is a representation of sovereigns and that the laws are addressed to sovereigns, renders the empire a nerveless body, incapable of regulating its own members, insecure against external dangers, and agitated with unceasing fermentations in its own bowels.
Military preparations must be preceded by so many tedious discussions, arising from the jealousies, pride, separate views, and clashing pretensions of sovereign bodies, that before the diet can settle the arrangements, the enemy are in the field; and before the federal troops are ready to take it, are retiring into winter quarters.
The Protestant and Catholic cantons have since had their separate diets, where all the most important concerns are adjusted, and which have left the general diet little other business than to take care of the common bailages.
But the principal vassals, whose fiefs had become hereditary, and who composed the national diets which Charlemagne had not abolished, gradually threw off the yoke and advanced to sovereign jurisdiction and independence.
This doctor says of himself that he does not cure diseases when there are any, but prevents them coming, and the medicines he uses are diet
and more diet
until he brings one down to bare bones; as if leanness was not worse than fever.
This is enough to say upon the subject of my diet
, wherewith other travellers fill their books, as if the readers were personally concerned whether we fare well or ill.
It is hard to provide and cook so simple and clean a diet
as will not offend the imagination; but this, I think, is to be fed when we feed the body; they should both sit down at the same table.
For three months' lodging in her house, including my diet, at 10s.
No, indeed,' said I, 'not so cheap, for I give six shillings per week for my chamber, and find my own diet as well as I can, which costs me a great deal more.
The doctor had put him on a diet
, and he had to be satisfied with a small hare dressed with a dozen young and tender spring chickens.
Naturally inclined to obesity, I am restricted to a dry diet