An Historical Essay on the Real Character and Amount of the Precedent of the Revolution of 1688: In which the Opinions of Mackintosh, Price, Hallam, Mr. Fox, Lord John Russell, Blackstone, Burke, and Locke, the Trial of Lord Russell, and the Merits of Sidney, are Critically Considered...

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Page 139 - To be bred in a place of estimation ; to see nothing low and sordid from one's infancy ; to be taught to respect one's self; to be habituated to the censorial inspection of the public eye; to look early to public opinion ; to stand upon such elevated ground as to be enabled to take a large view of the wide-spread and infinitely diversified combinations of men and affairs in a large society...
Page 179 - Dear as the ruddy drops that warm my heart, Ye died amidst your dying country's cries. No more I weep. They do not sleep. On yonder cliffs, a grisly band, I see them sit : they linger yet, Avengers of their native land : With me in dreadful harmony they join, And weave with bloody hands the tissue of thy line.
Page 140 - ... when you separate the common sort of men from their proper chieftains, so as to form them into an adverse army, I no longer know that venerable object called the People, in such a disbanded race of deserters and vagabonds. For a while they may be terrible indeed, but in such a manner as wild beasts are terrible. The mind owes to them no sort of submission. They are, as they have always been reputed, rebels. They may lawfully be fought with, and brought under, whenever an advantage offers.
Page 137 - We are so little affected by things which are habitual, that we consider this idea of the decision of a majority as if it were a law of our original nature : But such constructive whole, residing in a part only, is one of the most violent fictions of positive law, that ever has been or can be made on the principles of artificial incorporation.
Page 118 - But however just this conclusion may be in theory, we cannot practically adopt it, nor take any legal steps for carrying it into execution, under any dispensation of government at present actually existing, For this devolution of power, to the people at large, includes in it a dissolution of the whole form of government established by that people; reduces all the members to their original state of equality; and, by annihilating the sovereign power, repeals all positive laws whatsoever before enacted,...
Page 197 - But he had a list of their names, and knew how high they stood in the estimation of their country. He gently chid their tardiness, but expressed a confident hope that it was not yet too late to save the kingdom. "Therefore," he said, "gentlemen, friends, and fellow Protestants, we bid you and all your followers most heartily welcome to our court and camp.
Page 139 - ... impunity and the slightest mistakes draw on the most ruinous consequences; to be led to a guarded and regulated conduct from a sense that you are...
Page 140 - But when you disturb this harmony ; when you break up this beautiful order, this array of truth and nature, as well as of habit and prejudice : when you separate the common sort of men from their proper chieftains so as to form them into an adverse army, I ao longer know that venerable object called the people in such a disbanded race of deserters and vagabonds.
Page 136 - In a state of rude nature there is no such thing as a people. A number of men in themselves have no collective capacity. The idea of a people, is the idea of a corporation. It is wholly artificial, and made, like all other legal fictions, by common agreement.
Page 117 - Locke, and other theoretical writers, have held, that "there remains still inherent in the people a supreme power to remove or alter the legislative, when they find the legislative act contrary to the trust reposed in them; for, when such trust is abused, it is thereby forfeited, and devolves to those who gave it...

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