An Essay on the Constitutional Power of Great-Britain Over the Colonies in America: With the Resolves of the Committee for the Province of Pennsylvania, and Their Instructions to Their Representatives in Assembly

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Printed and sold, by William and Thomas Bradford, 1774 - 127 pages

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Page 321 - Of law there can be no less acknowledged, than that her seat is the bosom of God, her voice the harmony of the world ; all things in heaven and earth do her homage, the very least as feeling her care, and the greatest as not exempted from her power...
Page 302 - Honor, justice, and humanity call upon us to hold and to transmit to our posterity that liberty which we received from our ancestors. It is not our duty to leave wealth to our children, but it is our duty to leave liberty to them.
Page 378 - Our American plantations are principally of this latter sort, being obtained in the last century either by right of conquest and driving out the natives (with what natural justice I shall not at present enquire) or by treaties. And therefore the common law of England, as such, has no allowance or authority there; they being no part of the mother country, but distinct (though dependent) dominions.
Page 314 - As to the regulation of trade — we are of opinion, that by making some few amendments, the commerce of the colonies might be settled on a firm establishment, advantageous to Great Britain and them, requiring and subject to no future alterations, without mutual consent. We desire to have this point considered by the congress; and such measures taken, as they may judge proper.
Page 317 - ... you such instructions, as have appeared expedient to us, yet it is not our meaning, that by these or by any you may think proper to give them, the Deputies appointed by you should be restrained from agreeing to any measures, that shall be approved by the Congress.
Page 390 - ... those inherent, though latent, powers of society, which no climate, no time, no constitution, no contract, can ever destroy or diminish.
Page 337 - Strange contradiction. The same kingdom at the same time, the asylum and the bane of liberty. To return to the charge against us, we can safely appeal to that Being, from whom no thought can be concealed, that our warmest wish and utmost ambition is, that we and our posterity may ever remain subordinate to, and dependent upon our parent state. This submission our reason approves, our affection dictates, our duty commands, and our interest enforces.
Page 394 - By the feudal law all navigable rivers and havens were computed among the regalia ,e and were subject to the sovereign of the state. And in England it hath always been holden, that the king is lord of the whole shore,h and particularly is the guardian of the ports and havens, which are the inlets and gates of the realm...
Page 300 - IN the same year, and by a subsequent Act, it was declared, "that his Majesty in Parliament, of right, had power to bind the people of these Colonies by Statutes in all cases whatsoever.
Page 290 - That we acknowledge ourselves and the inhabitants of this province, liege subjects of his Majesty King George the third, to whom they and we owe and will bear true and faithful allegiance.

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