Essays on Human Rights and Their Political Guaranties

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Maclachlan, Stewart, & Company, 1847 - 95 pages

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Page 9 - Blackstone in his 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
Page 34 - contracting thereof ; and no such law shall take effect until it shall, at a general election, have been submitted to the people, and have received the sanction of a majority of all the votes cast for and against it at such election. And on the final passage of
Page 80 - may be formed under general laws ; but shall not be created by special act, except for municipal purposes, and in cases where, in the judgment of the Legislature, the objects of the corporation cannot be attained under general laws."—
Page 27 - and for the support and maintenance of public Protestant teachers of piety, religion, and morality, in all cases when such provision shall not be made voluntarily." The Legislature is invested with authority to enjoin upon all subjects an attendance upon such teachers of
Page 86 - by a law for some single work or object, to be distinctly specified therein ; and such law shall impose and provide for the collection of a direct annual tax to pay, and sufficient to pay, the interest on such debt as it falls due, and also to pay and discharge the principal of such debt within eighteen years from the time of the contracting thereof.
Page 70 - the public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual's private rights, as modelled by the municipal law. In this and similar cases the Legislature alone can, and, indeed, frequently does interfere, and compel the individual to acquiesce. But how does it interfere and compel ? Not by
Page 27 - and require, and the Legislature shall from time to time authorise and require the several towns, parishes, precincts, and other bodies politic, or religious societies, to make suitable provision at their own expense for the institution of the
Page 75 - The utility of this power will scarcely be questioned. The copy-right of authors has been solemnly adjudged in Great Britain to be a right at common law. The right to useful inventions seems with equal reason to belong to the inventors. The public good
Page 27 - possible ? The Constitution of Massachusetts, adopted in 1780, declares that— " The Commonwealth have a right to invest their Legislature with power to authorize and require, and the Legislature shall from time to time authorise and require the several
Page 58 - yet the lower rank of people, who were always fond of the old common law, still claim and exert their ancient privilege ; and the courts of law will still permit a husband to restrain a wife of her liberty in case of any gross misbehaviour.

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