Selections from the Edinburgh Review, Comprising the Best Articles in that Journal, from Its Commencement to the Present Time with a Preliminary Dissertation and Explanatory Notes: Miscellaneous literature-Metaphysics and moral science-Education. III

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Էջ 327 - Circular in question is founded, it should be clearly understood, that no Government can be more .prepared than the British Government is to uphold the right of any State or States to interfere where their own immediate security or essential interests, are seriously endangered by the internal transactions of another State.
Էջ 202 - ... not to deliver occasional and shifting opinions to serve present purposes of particular national interest, but to administer with indifference that justice which the law of nations holds out, without distinction, to independent States, some happening to be neutral and some to be belligerent.
Էջ 159 - A king, whose character may be best described by saying that he was despotism itself personified, unprincipled ministers, a rapacious aristocracy, a servile parliament — such were the instruments by which England was delivered from the yoke of Rome.
Էջ 205 - ... under the given circumstances, to the principles of its unwritten law. They are either directory applications of those principles to the cases indicated in them, cases which, with all the facts and circumstances belonging to them, and which constitute their legal character, could be but imperfectly known to the court itself, or they are positive regulations, consistent with those principles, applying to matters which require more exact and definite rules than those general principles are capable...
Էջ 204 - The seat of judicial authority is, indeed, locally here, in the belligerent country, according to the known law and practice of nations; but the law itself has no locality. It is the duty of the person who sits here to determine this question exactly as he would determine the same question if sitting at Stockholm; to assert no pretensions on the part of Great Britain which he would not allow to Sweden in the same circumstances, and to impose no duties on Sweden as a neutral country, which he would...
Էջ 203 - Thus, for instance, on mere general principles it is lawful to destroy your enemy, and mere general principles make no great difference as to the manner by which this is to be effected; but the conventional law of mankind, which is evidence in their practice, does make a distinction, and allows some, and prohibits other modes of destruction...
Էջ 203 - A great part of the law of nations stands on no other foundation : it is introduced, indeed, by general principles ; but it travels with those general principles only to a certain extent ; and if it stops there, you are not at liberty to go further, and to say, that mere general speculations would bear you out in a further progress.
Էջ 156 - To punish a man because he has committed a crime, or because he is believed, though unjustly, to have committed a crime, is not persecution. To punish a man, because we infer from the nature of some doctrine which he holds, or from the conduct of other persons who hold the same doctrines with him, that he will commit a crime, is persecution, and is, in every case, foolish and wicked.
Էջ 205 - ... legislative power of the king in council, is analogous to that of the courts of common law, relatively to that of the parliament of this kingdom. Those courts have their unwritten law, the approved principles of natural reason and justice; they have likewise the written or statute law in acts of parliament, which are directory applications of the same principles, to particular subjects, or positive regulations consistent with them, upon matters ,which would remain too much at large if they were...
Էջ 174 - Europe new fire-brands, which were to enkindle and nourish the flames of war, which she did not wish to see extinguished. Her fleets and her troops appeared upon the coasts of Denmark, to execute there an act of violence, of which history, so fertile in examples, does not furnish a single parallel.

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