Letters to the Right Honourable Edmund Burke: Occasioned by His Reflections on the Revolution in France, &c

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T. Pearson, 1791 - France - 155 pages
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Page 29 - Never, never more shall we behold that generous loyalty to rank and sex, that proud submission, that dignified obedience, that subordination of the heart, which kept alive, even in servitude itself, the spirit of an exalted freedom. The unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise is gone...
Page 71 - ... of his inferiority, and degrades and vilifies his condition. It is for the man in humble life, and to raise his nature, and to put him in mind of a state in which the privileges of opulence will cease, when he will be equal by nature, and may be more than equal by virtue, that this portion of the general wealth of his country is employed and sanctified.
Page 24 - But he has not a right to an equal dividend in the product of the joint stock; and as to the share of power, authority, and direction which each individual ought to have in the management of the state, that I must deny to be amongst the direct original rights of man in civil society; for I have in my contemplation the civil social man, and no other.
Page 35 - The Judgment of Whole Kingdoms and Nations, Concerning the Rights, Power, and Prerogative of Kings, and the Rights, Privileges, and Properties of the People: Shewing, The Nature of Government in general, both from God and Man.
Page 65 - We know, and it is our pride to know, that man is by his constitution a religious animal; that atheism is against, not only our reason, but our instincts; and that it cannot prevail long. But if, in the moment of riot, and in a drunken delirium from the hot spirit drawn out of the alembic of hell...
Page 94 - It is therefore of infinite importance that they should not be suffered to imagine that their will, any more than that of kings, is the standard of right and wrong.
Page 36 - And the Acts lately made in England and Scotland mutually for the Union of the Two Kingdoms or that the Kings or Queens of this Realm with and by the Authority of Parliament are not able to make Laws and Statutes of sufficient Force and Validity to limit and bind the Crown and the Descent Limitation Inheritance and Government thereof...
Page 41 - ... continued, when it may be changed with advantage to the community. The family of the prince, the order of succession, the prerogative of the crown, the form and parts of the legislature, together with the respective powers, office, duration, and mutual dependency, of the several parts, are...
Page 158 - The conduct to be observed by dissenters in order to procure / the repeal of the Corporation and Test Acts. /Recommended in a /sermon, /preached before /the congregations / of the /old and new meetings, /at /Birmingham, /November 5, 1789.
Page 14 - But if your reasoning be good that lawyers whose existence depends upon rendering property questionable, ambiguous, and obscure, will not attend to the stability of property, where is our policy in raising such men to the rank of judges? We do not think our property less safe in their hands because they have always lived, by what has been called 'the glorious uncertainty of the law.

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