The Theological and Miscellaneous Works. Ed. with Notes by John Towill Rutt Volume 24

The Theological and Miscellaneous Works. Ed. with Notes by John Towill Rutt Volume 24

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...writing, and petitioning, yet tumults and insurrections so often arise when the voice of the people is loud, that the most arbitrary governments dread the effects of them. _ _ When governments are of long standing, the acquiescence in them is so general, that abuses in them may rise to a much; greater height without endangering the constitution, than in newones, which can have acquired no respect but from theipersuasion of their utility; so that when forms of sgovernment have begun to change, they have often gone on to change, and the country has been a long time in an unsettled--state, till. the people, being weary of changes from which they have derived no benefit, are disposed to acquiesce inrany thing thatis tolerable. This is abundantly exemplified in the late revolutions in France. A great means of preventing abuses of government, and thereby. lessening the danger of, a subversion of it, is the liberty of speaking and writing. By this means the public opinion being known in good time, the abuse will not rise so highas to require a violent remedy. Governors may be teased by libels; but this is better than to be liable toube seized and strangled before any danger be apprehended, which is' the case in Turkey and the East. There actions often precede words. a Contentions for power may be as distressing to a country as attempts to change its form of government. Such are all civil wars in the East, and such were those between the housesof York and Lancaster in England, by which it sufl'ered more than in the civil wars in the time ofCharles 1., the object of which was the redress of national grievances, and which terminated in a subversion of the government in which they rose. In the former case it is the ambition more

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  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 417g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236904907
  • 9781236904904