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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by


In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.

C. W. BENEDICT, Stereotyper and Printer,

201 William st., N. Y.



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The writings of Sidney-Introductory remarks-Extracts-Com-

mon notions of liberty are derived from nature-Men are by na-

ture free-Choice of forms of government originally left to the

people-The social contract considered-Such as enter into society

in some degree diminish their liberty-The natural equality of

man-Virtue only gives a preference of one man to another-

There is no hereditary right of dominion-Men join together and

frame greater or less societies, and give them such forms and laws

as they please-They who have the right of choosing a king,

have the right of making a king-As to the forms of government

-Those best which comprise the three simple elements-Democ-

racy considered-Sidney in favor of a popular or mixed govern-

ment-Civil governments admit of changes in their superstruc-

ture-Man's natural love of liberty is tempered by reason-

Seditions, tumults, and wars considered-In what cases justified-

When necessary to overthrow a tyranny, or depose a wicked

magistrate-The right of insurrection traced to the social con-

tract-The contracts between the magistrates and the nations

which created them were real, solemn, and obligatory-Same

subject continued-The general revolt of a nation cannot be

called a rebellion-Duties of magistrates as representatives of

the people-No people that is not free can substitute delegates-

The representative system-Legislative power not to be trusted

in the hands of any who are not bound to obey the laws they

make-Reflections on the writings and political opinions of Sid-

ney-The sincerity of his motives-His religious sentiments—

His private character-Conclusion,

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