Four Letters on the English Constitution

Four Letters on the English Constitution

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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. 1817 edition. Excerpt: ... contentions, from those times to the present, when we complain that our liberties are gone, this defect, if we examine the matter to the bottom, will be found the real cause: a defect altogether irremediable, I fear, to any great extent, but by a more proper representation of the people than we have ever yet had. Johnson (I allude to his Dictionary) is often as futile in his definitions, as he is erroneous in his etymologies; and here his definition, whether bungling or artful, let others determine, leaves no provision for a grain of political liberty. Princes, circumstanced as those just mentioned, will be always ready with their " lingua juravi, mentem injuratam teneo;" and the most mortifying part of the story is; that the citizens themselves are usually made the instruments of their own oppressions: for, as Machiavel well observes, --" A town that has been anciently free, cannot be more easily kept in subjection than by employing its own citizens." With " the blessed name of liberty" in their mouths, they lose sight of the reality. But let us proceed to another article. Some of the Eastern nations addressed their monarchs with the titles of divinity, and ap Th- Prince, ch. 5. preached them with adoration; and Robert Barclay, a person much attached to the English limited monarchy, as was also William Penn--in the name of a religious, Voltaire calls them a philosophical sect--observes, as to " that title of majesty, usually ascribed to princes, we do not find it given to any such in the Holy Scriptures, but that it is specially and peculiarly given to God." He adds, " therefore, in all the old compellations used to princes in the Old Testament, it is not to be found, nor yet in the New." more

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  • English
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