An Examination of the Trials for Sedition which Have Hitherto Occurred in Scotland, Volume 1

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David Douglas, 1888 - Scotland - 261 pages
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Page 110 - Political liberty consists in the power of doing whatever does not injure another. The exercise of the natural rights of every man has no other limits than those which are necessary to secure to every other man the free exercise of the same rights; and these limits are determinable only by law.
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Page 231 - The conspiracy to depose the king," he said, "is evidence of compassing and imagining the death of the king conclusive in its nature: so conclusive, »that it is become a presumption of law, which is in truth nothing more than a necessary and violent presumption of fact, admitting of no contradiction. Who can doubt that the natural person of the king is immediately attacked and attempted by him who attempts to depose him...

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