An essay on the natural equality of men: on the rights that result from it, and on the duties which it imposes. To which a silver medal was adjudged by the Teylerian society at Haarlem, April 1792

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J. Wallis, 1802 - Equality - 141 pages
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Page 40 - Community of mankind, and fellow labourers with God, in advancing the felicity of his moral and intellectual creation.
Page 37 - States, every honest station of life is honorable, since they are all parts of the great social body. Between the Chief Magistrate, and the people, the great and the mean the rich and the poor, the acute and the dull, the learned and the ignorant, there is no difference, as to the rights of citizenship, but in possession of different powers, and in the discharge of different offices, peculiar to each capacity and useful to all. And if one of them have a just demand for submission and obedience, for...
Page 92 - Profeflbr juftly obferves, that the obligation of doing to others as we wifh them to do to us, is founded * on the equality of human nature, amid all the diverfities of condition and circumftance?
Page 86 - That government is the beft in which all the inherent rights of human nature are inviolably fecured, legal authority is maintained...
Page 138 - ... of the inherent rights of human nature, of reciprocal obligation, and of a common relation to the community. Yet, for the maintenance of this equality itfelf, they feparate them into different clafles, and inveft them with different capacities and offices.
Page 139 - Chriftianity, which reprefents men to each other as children of one parent, as members of one family, as journeying together through the...
Page 39 - ... possessors, as the fruits of their honest labour are due to the lower orders of the Community. Our Representative Plan places the fabric of Society on a firm and lasting foundation, and all the parts of the building however different in point of use or ornament, are so closely connected and...
Page 57 - ... human, that the violation of them cannot be regarded in any other light than in that of a degradation, nay, aa entire extinction of the diftinctive attributes of the human character.
Page 77 - This power continues as long as the faTour that produced it, and then gives place to another dominion, equally capricious and cruel. Society is thus agitated with unceafing convulfions till it finks under abfolute power, or a happy combination of cir* cnmftances eitablifh the equal and impartial government of law, and of authority founded on its bafis.

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