A Discourse on the Study of the Law of Nature and Nations

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H. Goode and Company, 1828 - 89 pages

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Page 16 - Wherefore that here we may briefly end : of Law there can be no less acknowledged, than that her seat is the bosom of God, her voice the harmony of the world : all things in heaven and earth do her homage, the very least as feeling her care, and the greatest as not exempted from her power : both Angels and men and creatures of what condition soever, though each in different sort and manner, yet all with uniform consent, admiring her as the mother of their peace and joy.
Page 85 - Le droit des gens est naturellement fondé sur ce principe , que les diverses nations doivent se faire dans la paix le plus de bien , et dans la guerre le moins de mal qu'il est possible , sans nuire à leurs véritables intérêts.
Page 69 - Pour former un gouvernement modéré, il faut combiner les puissances, les régler, les tempérer, les faire agir; donner, pour ainsi dire, un lest à l'une pour la mettre en état de résister à une autre : c'est un chef-d'œuvre de législation que le hasard fait rarement, et que rarement on laisse faire à la prudence.
Page 23 - ... of my readers only by name. Yet, if we fairly estimate both his endowments and his virtues, we may justly consider him as one of the most memorable men who have done honour to modern times. He combined the discharge of the most important duties of active and public life with the attainment of that exact and various learning which is generally the portion only of the recluse student. He was distinguished as an advocate and a magistrate, and he composed the most valuable works on the law of his...
Page 70 - It were good therefore that men in their innovations would follow the example of time itself, which indeed innovateth greatly, but quietly and by degrees scarce to be perceived...
Page 7 - Rev. iv. 6. from the soils through which they run, so do civil laws vary according to the regions and governments where they are planted, though they proceed from the same fountains.
Page 11 - Commonwealths, as well as private men, are liable to injury, and capable of benefit, from each other; it is, therefore, their interest, as well as their duty, to reverence, to practise, and to enforce those rules of justice which control and restrain injury, which regulate and augment benefit, which, even in their present imperfect observance, preserve...
Page 15 - Romae, alia Athenis, alia nunc, alia posthac, sed et omnes gentes et omni tempore " una lex et sempiterna et immutabilis continebit unusque erit communis quasi " magister et imperator omnium deus: ille legis hujus inventor, disceptator, lator, cui " qui non parebit, ipse se fugiet ac naturam hominis aspernatus hoc ipso luet maximas " poenas, etiam si caetera supplicia quae putantur, effugerit.
Page 24 - ... materials were scattered over the writings of those who had gone before him. By tracing the laws of his country to their principles, he was led to the contemplation of the law of nature, which he justly considered as the parent of all municipal law...
Page 40 - In the present century a slow and silent, but very substantial mitigation has taken place in the practice of war; and in proportion as that mitigated practice has received the sanction of time, it is raised from the rank of mere usage, and becomes part of the law of nations.

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