A Discourse on the Love of Our Country: Delivered on Nov. 4, 1789, at the Meeting-house in the Old Jewry, to the Society for Commemorating the Revolution in Great Britain (Livre numérique Google)

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George Stafford, 1790 - 85 pages
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Page 56 - derived from it. IV. Political liberty confifts in the power of doing whatever does not injure another. The exercife of the natural rights of every man, has no other limits than thofe which are neceflary to fecure to every other man the free exercife of the fame rights; and thefe limits are
Page 48 - I fee the ardour for liberty catching and fpreading; a general amendment beginning in human affairs ; the dominion of kings changed for the dominion of laws, and the dominion of priefts giving way to the dominion of reafon and confcience. Be encouraged, all ye friends of freedom, and writers in its defence! The times are aufpicious. Your
Page 57 - be accufed, arrefted, or held in confinement, except in cafes determined by the law, and according to the forms which it has prefcribed. All who promote, folicit, execute, or caufe to be executed arbitrary orders, ought to be punifhed; and every citizen called upon or apprehended by virtue of the law, ought immediately to obey, and renders himfelf culpable by
Page 57 - on account of his opinions, not even on account of his religious opinions, provided his avowal of them does not difturb the public order eftablimed by the law. XI. The unreftrained communication of thoughts and opinions being one of the moft precious rights of
Page 48 - giving way to the dominion of reafon and confcience. Be encouraged, all ye friends of freedom, and writers in its defence! The times are aufpicious. Your labours have not been in vain. Behold kingdoms, admonifhed by you, ftarting from fleep, breaking their fetters, and claiming juftice from their
Page 57 - ought to be punifhed; and every citizen called upon or apprehended by virtue of the law, ought immediately to obey, and renders himfelf culpable by refinance. VIII. The law ought to impofe no other penalties than fuch as are abfolutely and evidently
Page 56 - to fecure to every other man the free exercife of the fame rights; and thefe limits are determinable only by the law. V. The law ought to prohibit only actions hurtful to fociety. What is not prohibited by the law /hould not be hindered; nor
Page 57 - VI. The law is an expreffion of the will of the community. All citizens have a right to concur, either perfonally or by their reprefentatives, in its formation. It mould be the fame to all,
Page 48 - by you, ftarting from fleep, breaking their fetters, and claiming juftice from their oppreflbrs! Behold, the light you have ftruck out, after fetting AMERICA free, reflected to FRANCE, and there kindled into a blaze that lays defpotifm in
Page 47 - What an eventful period is this ! I am thankful that I have lived to it; and I could almoft fay, Lord, now letteft tbou thy fervant depart in peace,

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