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For MAY, 1807.
“ Un Royaume prospére lors que le Roi gouverne ses sujets ; il dépérit, quand les sujets gouvernent le fourerain."
An Enquiry into the Principles of Civil and Military Subordina
tion. By John Macdiarmid, Esq. Pp. 556, 8vo, 10$ 6d. Baldwins, 1806. INQUIRIES properly conducted, and destined to enlarge the fphere of our knowledge, must always meet with refpe&ful attention. Nor fhall we pause to investigate the particular or relative importance of any fubject, satisfied that all true knowledge is good in itself, that is afefni to fociety, as being either directly or indirectly an auxiliary in the cause of virtue. Of the importance of the present inquiry, let the author himself speak:
“ The subjects treated of,” says he, " in this work are connected with the foundations of government, and of all political inftitutions: it is therefore of the last importance to the happiness of society that they Avuld be distinctly elucidated. If political institutions are formed in the dark and at random, it is an equal chance that they will prove pernicious instead of beneficial to mankind, The progress of human knowledge is, however, gradual; and it is not, unless by a careful attention to the facts presented by experience, that it is possible to develope the consequences of political institutions.”
We readily admit that the existence of subordination, whether physical or moral, constitutes the necessity of an artificial institution of fociety, which inftitution has been denominated government. Without such an establishment, the juft privileges of the natural degrees of subordination would be too often violated to be
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