Private Memoirs Relative to the Last Year of the Reign of Lewis the Sixteenth, Late King of France, Volumen3


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Página 359 - Commentaries remarks, that this law of Nature being coeval with mankind, and dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries and at all times ; no human laws are of any validity if contrary to this, and such of them as are valid, derive all their force, and all their validity, and all their authority, mediately and immediately, from this original...
Página 336 - It can regulate or new model the succession to the crown ; as was done in the reign of Henry VIII. and William III. It can alter the established religion of the land ; as was done in a variety of instances, in the reigns of King Henry VIII., and his three children. It can change and create afresh even the constitution of the kingdom and of parliaments themselves ; as was done by the act of union, and the several statutes for triennial and septennial elections.
Página 322 - But though society had not its formal beginning from any convention of individuals, actuated by their wants and their fears; yet it is the sense of their weakness and imperfection that keeps mankind together; that demonstrates the necessity of this union; and that therefore is the solid and natural foundation, as well as the cement of civil society. And this is what we mean by the original contract of society...
Página 330 - ... conform to and be directed by it, whatever appearance the outward form and administration of the government may put on. For it is at any time in the option of the legislature to alter that form and administration by a new edict or rule, and to put the execution of the laws into whatever hands it pleases...
Página 327 - February, 1688 ; and afterwards enacted in parliament, when they became king and queen : which declaration concludes in these remarkable words : "and they do claim, demand, and insist upon, all and singular the premises, as their undoubted rights and liberties.
Página 309 - I beg all those whom I have offended, through inadvertency, (for I do not recollect having ever intentionally offended any one) and also those to whom I may have given a bad example, to forgive me for the evil which such conduct may have produced. I beseech all those who are endowed with charity, to join their prayers with mine, to obtain of God the pardon of my iniquities. I pardon, with my whole heart, those who have become my enemies without cause, and I pray God to pardon them; as also those...
Página 274 - I die innocent of all the crimes which have " been imputed to me. I forgive my enemies. I " implore God, from the bottom of my heart, to " pardon them, and not to take vengeance on " the French nation for the blood about to be " shed " He was continuing, when Santerre pushed furiously towards the drummers, and forced them to beat without interruption.
Página 263 - what I have done to my cousin, to make him behave to me in the manner he has ; but he is to be pitied. He is still more unfortunate than I am. I certainly would not change conditions with him.
Página 306 - I create you, being placed in a chair of state, crowned with laurel and ivy, and wearing a ring of gold, and the same do pronounce and constitute, Poets Laureate, in the name of the Holy Trinity, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Página 322 - ... and that from the impulse of reason, and through a sense of their wants and weaknesses, individuals met together in a large plain, entered into an original contract, and chose the tallest man present to be their governor.

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