The Craftsman, 11. köide

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R. Francklin., 1737

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Page 154 - People ? A. The People ought to have more Security for all that is valuable in the World, than the Will of a mortal and fallible Man. A King of Britain may make as many Peers, and fuch as he pleafeth ; therefore the laft and beft Security for the Liberties of the People, is a Houfe of Commons genuine and independent.
Page 128 - The second was of an Opinion directly contrary, to tax those Qualities of Body and Mind for which Men chiefly value themselves, the Rate to be more or less according to the Degrees of excelling, the...
Page 147 - Commons is neceffary to the Being of a Law, and all the three make but one Lawgiver •, that as to the Freedom of Confent in making of Laws, thofe three Powers are independent i and that each and all the three are bound to obferve the Laws that are made.
Page 152 - Reafon after the fame manner, that he has but one ; what muft become of the whole ? a Law of great Confequence, and the Election of the Member who voteth for that Law, may be both carried by one Vote ; great and important Services for the Liberties of their Country, have been done by ordinary Men : I have read, that the Inftitution of the Tribunes of Rome, or the whole Power of the Commons, was owing to a Word fpoke in feafon by a common Man.
Page 151 - A. Becaufe Mankind in a State of Slavery and Freedom is a different Sort of Creature , for Proof of this I have read what the Greeks were of old, and what they are now in a State of Slavery.
Page 148 - Intention of Government being the Security of the Lives, Liberties, and Properties of the Members of the Community, they never can be fuppofed, by the Law of Nature, to give an arbitrary Power over their Perfons and Eftates. King is a Title, which, tranflated into feveral Languages, fignifies a Magiftrate with as many...
Page 152 - Per] on otherwife worthy to ferve his Country? . •. A. No more than for a Judge to take a Bribe for a Righteous Sentence ; nor is it any more lawful to corrupt, than to commit Evil that Good may come of it : Corruption converts a good Action into Wickednefs.
Page 151 - I am able, to pre" ferve the publick Tranquility ; and, as I am a Freelf balder, to give my Vote for the Candidate, whom I '* judge moft worthy to ferve his Country ; for if from '' any partial Motive I fhould give my Vote for one " unworthy, I fhould think myfelf juftly chargeable '
Page 145 - WHO are you? Answer, I am TM a Freeholder of Great Britain. Q. What Privilege enjoy' st thou by being a Freeholder of Great Britain? A. By being a Freeholder of Great Britain, I am a greater Man in my civil Capacity, than the greatest...
Page 146 - Liberty, •whereunto thou art born and entitled by the Laws of thy Country ? A. Yes verily, by God's Grace, I will ; and I thank his good Providence that I am born a Member of a Community governed by Laws, and not by arhitrary Power.

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