The Works of the Honourable James Wilson, L.L.D.
Reprint of the rare first edition. Contains important early commentaries on the U.S. Constitution by one of the most influential delegates to the Federal Constitutional Convention and one of the six founding fathers who signed both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, later an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Works are comprised mostly of lectures delivered in 1790-1791 at the College of Philadelphia. They cover several aspects of public and private law, such as the common law, general principles of the law of nations and the law of nature, the U.S. Constitution, crime, obligations and property. The texts of several important speeches given at the Federal Convention and his rousing oration celebrating Pennsylvania's adoption of the Constitution on July 4, 1788 are also included. Many of these pieces are important early commentaries on the Constitution. Three volumes.
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Of citizens and aliens
Of the natural rights of individuals
Of crimes against the right of individuals to their property
Of crimes against the right of individuals to liberty and to reputation
Of crimes against the right of individuals to personal safety
Of crimes immediately against the community
Of crimes affecting several of the natural rights of individuals
Of man as a member of the great commonwealth of nations
Comparison of the constitution of the United States with that of Great Britain
Of the common law
Of the nature and philosophy of evidence
Of the executive department
Of the judicial department
Of the nature of courts
Of the constituent parts of courtsOf the judges
The subject continuedOf juries
The subject continuedOf sheriffs and coroners
The subject continuedOf counsellors and attornies
The subject continuedOf constables
Of crimes against the rights of individuals acquired under civil government
Of the persons capable of committing crimes and of the different degrees of guilt incurred in the commission of the same crime
Of the direct means used by the law to prevent offences
Of the different steps prescribed by the law for apprehending detaining trying and punishing offenders
On the history of property
Considerations of the nature and extent of the legislative authority of the British parliament Published in the year 1774
Speech delivered in the convention for the province of Pennsylvania held at Philadelphia in January 1773
Speech delivered on 26th November 1787 in the convention of Pennsylvania assembled to take into consideration the constitution framed by the fed...
Oration delivered on 4th July 1778 at the procession formed at Philadelphia to celebrate the adoption of the constitution of the United States
Speech on choosing the members of the senate by electors delivered on 31st December 1789 in the convention of Pennsylvania assembled for the pu...
Speech delivered on 19th January 1790 in the convention of Pennsylvania assembled for the purpose of reviewing altering and amending the constit...
A charge delivered to the grand jury in the circuit court of the United States for the district of Virginia in May 1791
Considerations on the Bank of North America Published in the year 1785
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Page 56 - ... her seat is the bosom of God, her voice the harmony of the world : all things in heaven and earth do her homage, the very least as feeling her care, and the greatest as not exempted from her power : both Angels and men and creatures of what condition soever, though each in different sort and manner, yet all with uniform consent, admiring her as the mother of their peace and joy.
Page 113 - Could great men thunder As Jove himself does, Jove would ne'er be quiet ; For every pelting, petty officer, Would use his heaven for thunder ; nothing but thunder.
Page 452 - An Act for the further Limitation of the Crown, and better securing the Rights and Liberties of the Subject...
Page 259 - I may venture to affirm of the rest of mankind that they are nothing but a bundle or collection of different perceptions which succeed each other with an inconceivable rapidity and are in a perpetual flux and movement.
Page 295 - God loves from whole to parts : but human soul Must rise from individual to the whole. Self-love but serves the virtuous mind to wake, As the small pebble stirs the peaceful lake ; The centre mov'd, a circle straight succeeds, Another still, and still another spreads ; Friend, parent, neighbour, first it will embrace ; His country next, and next all human race ; Wide and more wide, th...
Page 51 - Having undertaken, for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith and honor of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia...
Page 412 - While from the bounded level of our mind, Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind; But more advanc'd, behold with strange surprise New distant scenes of endless science rise!
Page 93 - It will be sufficient to observe that our assurance in any argument of this kind is derived from no other principle than our observation of the veracity of human testimony, and of the usual conformity of facts to the reports of witnesses.