Excerpt from Letters of Junius
The fubmiﬂion of a free people to the executive authority of government is no more than a com pliance with laws, which they themfelves have enae'ted. While the national honour is firmly maintained abroad, and while jufiice is impar tially adminillered at home, the obedience of the fubjee't will be voluntary, chearful, and I might almoft fay unlimited. A generous nation is grate ful even ii): the prefervation of its rights, and wil lingly extends the refpeet due to the oﬂice of a good prince into an afi'eetion for his perfon. Loyalty, in the heart and underfianding of an Englilhman, is a national attachment to the guardian of the laws. Prejudices and paﬂion have fometimes carried it to a criminal length a and, whatever foreigners may imagine, we know that Englilhmen have erred as much in a millaken zeal for particular perfons and families, as they ever did in defence of what they thought moll: dear and interelling to themfelves.
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