Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobism, Volume 2

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translator, 1798 - France

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Page 86 - Were the executive power to determine the raising of public money, otherwise than by giving its consent, liberty would be at an end; because it would become legislative in the most important point of legislation. If the legislative power...
Page 81 - Were it joined with the legislative, the life and liberty of the subject would be exposed to arbitrary control ; for the judge would then be the legislator. Were it joined to the executive power, the judge might behave with violence and oppression.
Page 123 - In such a state there are always persons distinguished by their birth, riches, or honours : but were they to be confounded with the common people, and to have only the weight of a single vote like the rest, the common liberty would be their slavery, and they would have no interest in supporting it, as most of the popular resolutions would be against them. The share they have, therefore, in the legislature ought to be proportioned...
Page 107 - FOLLOWS from what has been said that the general will is always right and tends always to the public advantage; but it does not follow that the deliberations of the people have always the same rectitude. Our will always seeks our own good, but we do not always perceive what it is. The people are never corrupted, but they are often deceived, and only then do they seem to will what is bad.
Page 86 - ... a perpetual right, it would be a matter of indifference whether it held it of itself or of another.
Page 81 - Again, there is no liberty, if the power of judging be not feparated from the legiflative and executive powers. Were it joined with the legiflative, the life and liberty of the fubjeft would be expofed to arbitrary control ; for the judge would then be the legiflator.
Page 274 - Notwithftanding the gravity with which this queftion was put, and the menaces which accompanied it, I could not perfuade...
Page 81 - There would be an end of every thing, were the fame man, or the fame body, whether of the nobles, or of the people, to exercife thofe three powers, that of enacting laws, that of executing the public refolutions, and that of judging the crimes or differences of individuals.
Page 263 - England, in particular," he says, " is full of those upright men who, excellent citizens, and of all stations, are proud of being Masons ; and who may be distinguished from the others by ties which only appear to unite them more closely in the bonds of charity and fraternal affection. It is not the fear of offending a nation in which I have found an asylum, that has suggested this exception. Gratitude, on the contrary, would silence every vain terror, and I should be seen exclaiming in the very...
Page 134 - ... religious absurdities, and religion when they attacked tyranny : combating these two pests in their very principles, though apparently inveighing against ridiculous and disgusting abuses ; striking at the root of those pestiferous trees...

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