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THE

STATES M A N.

BY

HENRY TAYLOR, ESQ.

AUTHOR OF PHILIP VAN ARTEVELDE.

“ Interest enim imprimis honoris literarum, ut homines isti pragmatici
sciant, eruditionem haudquaquam aviculæ, qualis est alauda, similem
esse, quæ in sublime ferri, et cantillando se oblectari soleat ; at nihil aliud :
quinimo ex accipitris potius genere esse, ut qui in alto volare, ac subinde,
cum visum fuerit, descendere, et prædam rapere novit.

De Augmentis, lib. viii.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR
LONGMAN, REES, ORME, BROWN, GREEN, & LONGMAN,

PATERNOSTER-ROW.

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TO

JAMES STEPHEN, ESQ.

UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES,

AS TO THE MAX WITHIN THE AUTHOR'S KNOWLEDGE

IN WHOM THE ACTIVE AND CONTEMPLATIVE

FACULTIES MOST STRONGLY MEET,

ARE INSCRIBED

THESE DISQUISITIONS

CONCERNING THE ATTRIBUTES OF

A STATESMAN.

PREFACE.

AMONGST the writers on Government whose works my limited opportunities of study have enabled me to examine, I have not met with any who have treated systematically of Administrative Government as it ought to be exercised in a free state. Authors in abundance, from Aristotle to Hobbes, have written out theories of civil society; and it is not to be questioned that their writings must have had momentous political consequences, if it were only through the exercise and direction which they gave to men's thoughts. But these consequences, whatever they may have been, were so indirectly brought about, that he who would

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