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Right Hon. EDMUND BURKE,
OF THE LATE
Richard Burke, Efq;
Late Earl of Chatham
WRITINGS, &c. OF THAT EXTRAORDINARY MAN,
SELECTED FROM THE
Including the following celebrated Political Characters, drawn by himself;
Late Mr. Grenville
Right Honourable William Pitt
Antoinette, late Queen of France
Prince de Conti
Right Hon. Henry Dundas
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BEAUTIES OF BURKE.
LAW-As a Science of methodized and artificial
A Government of the nature of that fet up at our very door (France) has never been hitherto seen or even imagined in Europe. What our relation to it will be cannot be judged by other relations. It is a ferious thing to have a connection with a people who live only under positive, arbitrary, and changeable inftitutions; and those not perfected nor fupplied, nor explained by any common acknowledged rule of moral fcience. I remember that in one of my laft converfations with the late Lord Camden, we were ftruck much in the fame manner with the abolition in France of the law, as a fcience of methodized and artificial equity. France, fince her revolution, is under the fway of a fect, whose leaders have deliberately, at one ftroke, demolished the whole body of that jurisprudence which France had pretty nearly in common with other civilized countries. In that jurifprudence were contained the elements and principles of the law of nations, the great ligament of mankind. With the law they have of course destroyed all feminaries in which jurifprudence was taught, as well as all the corporations established for its confervation. I have not heard of any country, whether in Europe or Afia, or even in Africa, on this fide of Mount Atlas, which is wholly without fome fuch colleges and fuch corporations, except France. No man, in a public or private concern, can divine by what rule or principle her judgments are to be directed; nor is there to be found a Profeffor in any University, or a Practitioner in any Court, who will hazard an opinion of what is or is not law in France, in any cafe whatever. They have not only annulled all their old treaties, but they have renounced the law of nations, from whence treaties have their force.