This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 Excerpt: ...of New Jersey, adopted July 2, 1776, two days before the Declaration of Independence, the following proviso was annexed: Provided always, ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 Excerpt: ...of New Jersey, adopted July 2, 1776, two days before the Declaration of Independence, the following proviso was annexed: Provided always, and it is the true intent and meaning of this congress, that if a reconciliation, between Great Britain and these colonies, should take place, and the latter be taken again under the protection and government of the crown of Britain, this charter shall be null and void--otherwise to remain firm and inviolable. In the government of Great Britain, to which the people of the Colonies were so strongly attached, as well as in all other existing governments, there was a power above the people which governed them as subjects. Under this government, the people of the Colonies occasionally witnessed scenes of popular violence, endangering the lives and property of all, and they had rejoiced to see the violators of the law subdued, and peace and good order restored in the name and by the authority of the King. But they could not readily conceive how this could be done by the people themselves, and so it came to be said that the people needed protection against their own worst enemies, themselves. And great fears were entertained, that a government by the people would have none of the properties of a good government, that it would neither have any stability nor render the citizens secure in the enjoyment of their rights. And these views and these fears were expressed, until the Constitution of the United States was adopted. The reader has seen that the first Constitution of Pennsylvania was formed twelve years before this, when the first attempt was made to form a civil government, founded on the sovereignty of the people, and when, as before remarked, great fears were entertained that such a government would prove a failure. All th...
Good+ Contemporary printed paper over boards, backed in morocco; 12mo (176x109mm); pp. [iii]-viii, [v]-vi, -222; complete, despite insane pagination. Binding scuffed; crack down middle of front board; text block foxed and waterstained; previous owner's bookplate on front paste-down.
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