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THE

RIGHTS OF ENGLISHMEN.

BY

FRANCIS PLOWDEN, ES 2.

CONVEYANCER,

THI

MIDDLE TEMPLE.

Felices nimium, fua fi bona nôrint
Anglicole !

Too happy Britons, if their Rights they knew!

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR E. AND R. BROOKE, BELL-YARD,

TEMPLE-BAR.

MDCCXCII.

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REGIA MONACENSIS.

TO THE :RIGHT HONOURABLES LORD KE NY ON, LORD CHIEF JUSTICE OF HIS MAJESTY'S COURT OF : KING'S BENCH, &c. &c.

A T a time when abilities and talents are most shamefully prostituted to the execrable purposes of decrying subordination to civil power, and enervating the arm of lawful government, my grateful boast is the permission to dedicate to your Lordship these humble efforts to explain the nature and reasons of our constitution and government to the ignorant, and to enforce their energy and obligations against the malevolent. Your exemplary lessons upon the perfections of our constitution and government have taught the nation to admire your

i A2 ability,

ability, and exult in your disposition to preserve them in full purity and vigor. And I feel the satisfactory conviction of bearing a truly patriotic attachment to our constitution, whilst I am permitted to have the honor of subscribing myself, with respect and esteem,

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INTRODUCTORY Confiderations Page 1

Ĉ HA P. I.
Of the State of Nature ......

CHA P. II. '
Of the State of Society - im . 32

CHA P. III.
Of the General Constitution and Government of
Great Britain . - - - • 73

"CHA P. IV. : . Of the Civil Establishment of Religion : 81

CHAP. V.
Of some Modern Dočtrines concerning the Resistance

of Individuals against the Civil Establishment of
Religion - -

- 109 3 CHAP.

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