Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism: The anti-monarchical conspiracy

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Hudson & Goodwin, 1799 - Jacobins

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Page 43 - 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 46 - 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 58 - 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 46 - ... a perpetual right, it would be a matter of indifference whether it held it of itself or of another.
Page 157 - My dear brother, the fecret of Mafonry " confifts in thefe words, EQUALITY AND LIBERTY; " all men are equal and free ; all men are brethren." The Mafter did not utter another fyllable, and every body embraced the new brother equal and free. The Lodge broke up, and we gaily adjourned to a Mafonic repaft.
Page 150 - We have at length fucceeded, and France is no other than an immenfe lodge. The whole French people are Free-mafons, and the whole univerfe will foon follow their example.
Page 68 - In a ftate there arc always perfons diftinguifhed by their birth, riches, or honors : but were they to be confounded with the common people, and to have only the weight of a fingle vote like the reft, the common liberty would be their flavery, and they would have no intereft in fupporting it, as moft of the popular refolutions would be againft them...
Page 73 - Europe, with a view not so much to dis" cover and make deep research after truth, as to " diffuse it; whose chief object was to attack pre" judices, in the very asylums where the clergy, " the schools, the governments, and the ancient " corporations had received and protected them; " and who made their glory to consist rather in " destroying popular error, than...
Page 150 - Lodge. that day the rebel aflembly decreed, that to the date of Liberty, the date of Equality fhould be added in future in all public acts, and the decree itfelf was dated the fourth year of Liberty, the firft year and firft day of Equality. It was on that day, for the firft time, that the fecret .of...
Page 148 - 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...

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