20 POLITICAL SC1KNVK. except those sums which are paid over in thr cniiMil* ; * •* ami its permission is required by the orn^irs \\hni, in rarh lus- trum, they build or repair public buildings which call fur by far the most important and considerable outlay*," (T»^iybM vi , 13.) The consuls in the field, and rlict.it**r« uKn, fl<*;if*mlri| on the senate for their supplies, The public Uwt \VMS umlrr their control, so that they could send out rolmiirs iiitil ^Mgn plots of ground to settlers. They j*r,tnt«:«l injury f*<r public shows, and for the purchase of grain to In* diMributril ammtj* the people, gave presents to foreign amb;iv,at!n!H, ami a dower to the daughters of men vvh > had cicsi*rvr»1 well nf the public. They could even remit tribute smpt»m*rl in ihr prov- inces or in Rome»f or required them to In* paid ,ift«*r ihry had been remitted, " Such ^ifts the senate* alwayn mailr with the reservation/* says Apptan (!ber.f ^ 44), " that ihry ^luaild be valid as long as should seem good to the senate awl the people.11 (4.) In a certain sense the senate had n share in legislation, not as a properly legislative body, but by the Wright i»f their authority and influence over the proposer* c*f law*, ulni were willing to follow the advice of the body l<» which ihry be- longed, or \vho dreaded the senate's opposition. Hut, be- sides this, senatnsconsulfai without the sanction nf the* prop!*, in a number of cases acquired the force r*f lawn. Such was the case in the provinces, when the laws might be reg*»r«kd as a part of the administration in the given cane ; and at Rome a decree which was intended to bind a magistrate in a partic- ular instance, and which properly was binding on him only when he consented to obey it, and for hia year of office, might be found by the succeeding magistrates a convenient guide for their practice, and might thus grow into a custom. This influence over legislation was not confined to the department of administration, but extended itself into both civil and crim- inal law. (Lange, u, s,, p, 380.) Hence, under the empire it could be said that " a senatus consultum had the force of * Present in Rome, Laage, u. s., p. 377. f Lange, p, 378.