Excerpt from A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, Vol. 2 Limited monarchies were the ancient governments: the jealousies and errors of the nobles, or the oppression they sutrered, stimulated them to render monarchy unpopular, and erect aristocracies. Ancient nations were, in one point, very generally ...
Excerpt from A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, Vol. 2 Limited monarchies were the ancient governments: the jealousies and errors of the nobles, or the oppression they sutrered, stimulated them to render monarchy unpopular, and erect aristocracies. Ancient nations were, in one point, very generally defective in their constitutions, and that was the incertitude of the constitution, and, by consequence, the instability of government, which was, in all the republics of Italy, a perpetual occasion of infinite confessions. In no part of Italy, however united together, was found established an absolute hereditary monarch. By many examples, it is manifest, that kings either were created by the favor of the multitude, or sought at least their consent, and conflated the people in affairs of molt importance and greatest danger. The government of the grandees, which succeeded, was rather a fraudulent or violent usurpation, than a true and proper aristocracy established by law, or confirmed by long and uncontested ponession; and a popular government was never so free, or so durable, as when it was mixed with the authority of one supreme head, or of a fen-ate; so that mixed governments were almost always preferred. One of the three kinds of governments nevertheless sell, when another arose; and all the Italian republics, nearly at one time, by the fame gradations, palled from one form, of administration to another. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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