Works, 2. Ed Volume 1

Works, 2. Ed Volume 1

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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. 1755 edition. Excerpt: ...the virtuous Conduct it was before formed for; so Vice is found to have been a certain Forerunner of Ruin t_0 People who have been universally infected with it. Nor can 'it be otherwise; Vice carries in_ it as sure Presages of De'struction to the body Politick, as anythe mofl: 'fatal Symptoms can be df the Death of' a natural Body. These are known Truths, and what all Histories attest. But those who are unacquainted iwith the Histories of Nations; those whose Views are not enough extended to take in such large Objects asStates and Kingdoms, and to consider their Beginnings, ss Progress, Persection, and Decline, 'need onsily 'look into private Families, to see whactt Influence Virtue and Vice, or, which is thesame Thing, good and ill Government have upon-them. 'For if the Fare of Families depends on these, that of Nations must do so to 5 for what isctvalNat-ion but a Collection of Families united by Lawscomm mon to them P But' the whole, the collective Body, cannot thrive while the several Parts visibly languish and decay; nor, on the contrary, can a Nation decline 'in its Glory, or be in Danger of Ruin, _while the constituent Parts are vigorous and strong, and in a flourishing Condition. The Whole '0 is made up of the Parts, and therefore cannot but share in the same Fare with them. This all wise Governors, all civilized Nationh, have shewn themselves sufficiently sensible of, both by the Wisdom and Goodness of the Laws in which their States were originally founded, and by the penal Laws they have from Time to Time added, added; according to the Exigency of Things, to punish Prosaneness and Immorality, and thereby promote the Practice 'of Virtueand Religion. Governors indeed have it greatly_ in their Power to' encourage Virtue, by their...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236738985
  • 9781236738981