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Page 335 - I choose to solve the controversy with this small distinction, and it belongs to all three : any government is free to the people under it (whatever be the frame) where the laws rule and the people are a party to those laws, and more than this is tyranny, oligarchy, or confusion.
Page 335 - Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them ; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men, than men upon governments. Let men be good, and the government cannot be bad; if it be ill, they will cure it. But if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavour to warp and spoil it to their turn.
Page 357 - That all persons living in this province who confess and acknowledge the one Almighty and Eternal God, to be the Creator, Upholder and Ruler of the World...
Page 336 - LAWS of this government, to the great end of all government, viz: to support power in reverence with the people, and to secure the people from the abuse of power; that they may be free by their Just obedience, and the magistrates honourable for their Just administration: for liberty without obedience is confusion, and obedience without liberty is slavery.
Page 16 - That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences...
Page 335 - For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good. and thou shalt have praise of the same: for he is a minister of God to thee for good.
Page 374 - God hath been pleased to make me concerned in your part of the world, and the King of the country where I live hath given me a great province therein, but I desire to enjoy it with your love and consent, that we may always live together as neighbours and friends, else what would the great God do to us, who hath made us not to devour and destroy one another, but to live soberly and kindly together in the world...
Page 376 - Selection" from that invaluable work. It was well received, and has been approved and recommended by several very respectable public critics. He wrote also a little piece, published in 1817, " On the Duty and Benefit of a daily Perusal of the Holy Scriptures.