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tent of civil obedience, are derived, rightly explaine ed, and well understood. Indeed, as far as I have observed, in political, beyond all other subjects, where men are without some fundamental and scientific principles to resort 'to, they are liable to have their understandings played upon by cant phrases and unmeaning terms, of which every party in every country possesses a vocabulary.
appear astonished when we see the multitude led away by sounds; but we should remember that, if sounds work miracles, it is always upon ignorance. The influence of names is in exact proportion to the want of knowledge.
These are the observations with which I have judged it expedient to prepare the attention of my reader. Concerning the personal motives which engaged me in the following attempt, it is not necessary that I say much; the nature of my academical situation, a great deal of leisure since my, retirement from it, the recommendation of an ho. noured and excellent friend, the authority of the venerable prelate to whom these labours are inscribed, the not perceiving in what way I could employ my time or talents better, and my disapprobation in literary men, of that fastidious indolence which sits still because it disdains to do little, were the considerations that directed my thoughts to this design. Nor have I repented of the undertaking. Whatever be the fate or reception of this work, it owes its author nothing. In sickness and in health I have found in it that which can alone alleviate the one, or give enjoyment to the other, occupation and engagement.
CHAP. I. The question, Why am I obliged to
keep my word ? considered
JI. What we mean when we say a mano
is obliged to do a thing
III. The question, Why am I obliged to
keep my word ? resumed
IV. The will of God
V. The Divine benevolence
VII. The necessity of general rules 62
VIII. The consideration of general conse.
quences pursued .
IX. Of right
X. The division of rights
XI. The general rights of mankind 73
QF RELATIVE DUTIES WHICH RESULT FROM THE
CONSTITUTION OF THE SEXES, AND OF THE
CRIMES OPPOSED TO THESE.
CHAP. I. Of the public use of marriage insti-
DUTIES TO OURSELVES, AND THE CRIMES
OPPOSITE TO THESE.