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Página 369 - That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, and that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown...
Página 294 - I thank God, there are no free schools nor printing, and I hope we shall not have these hundred years; for learning has brought disobedience, and heresy, and sects into the world, and printing has divulged them, and libels against the best government. God keep us from both!
Página 474 - The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the constitution which at any time exists till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.
Página 384 - You talk, my good Sir, of employing influence to appease the present tumults in Massachusetts. I know not where that influence is to be found, or, if attainable, that it would be a proper remedy for the disorders. Influence is not government. Let us have a government by which our lives, liberties, and properties will be secured, or let us know the worst at once.
Página 172 - ... the flagrant abuses that prevailed among them were attended with consequences equally pernicious to the interests of religion and the well-being of civil society. It is however necessary to observe, that there were, even in these degenerate times, several pious and worthy men, who ardently longed for a reformation of the church, both in its head and members, as they used to express themselves [rfj.
Página 389 - Letters," he attacked with the same wanton scorn as Voltaire the faith of the Church, and the whole form and system of government in France, and in the same way, by wit and irony, turned the customs and social position of his contemporaries into ridicule. In his ingenious treatise " On the Causes of the Greatness and the Decline of the Romans," he tried to prove that patriotism and self-reliance rendered a state great, but that despotism brought it to destruction. His third work, " On the Spirit...
Página 366 - England ; they voted to send another petition to the king, and an address to the people of Great Britain...
Página 370 - Men imagined they saw in him a sage of antiquity, come back to give austere lessons and generous examples to the moderns. They personified in him the republic, of which he was the representative and the legislator.
Página 385 - Senate and the House of Representatives. In the former, the representation was equal, each State having two senators ; in the latter, the number of representatives was to be proportioned to the population, which was to be ascertained every ten years by adding to the whole number of the freemen three-fifths of the slaves. Two classes of opposing claims were thus adjusted by concessions on both sides. The executive power was vested in a president, chosen for four years, by electors equal in number,...
Página 381 - Rockingham, were established in power, with the express understanding that they were to make peace by submitting to the independence of the United States. Negotiations were immediately commenced with the American commissioners at Paris, Franklin, Adams, Laurens, and Jay ; they were protracted by points of form, and by the breaking up of the Whig ministry through the death of Rockingham ; but provisional articles of peace were signed on the 30th of November, 1782, and the cessation of hostilities...