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That is it It leged to cheat and insult the rest of the members of the State, and who inherit the right of legislating and judging which the principles vt of Philosophical View of Reform 1 3 human nature compel them to exercise to own profit and to the detriment of those their It not included within their peculiar class. has no established Church, that is no system of opinions respecting the abstrusest questions which can be the topics of human thought, founded in an age of error and fanaticism, and opposed by law to all other opinions, defended by prosecutions, and sanctioned by enormous grants given to idle priests and forced from the unwilling hands of those who have an interest in the cultivation and improvement of the soil.

1 — — — : — — — CHAPTER II ON THE SENTIMENT OF THE NECESSITY OF CHANGE Movements of English opinion. Two circumstances arrest the attention of turn their regard to the present political condition of the English nation first, that there is an almost universal sentiment of the approach of some change to be wrought in the institutions of the government, and secondly, the necessity and the desirableness of such a change. From the first of these propositions, it being matter of fact, no person The latter, addressing the public can dissent.

Been But universally the nation became multiplied into a denomination which had no constitutional This denomination presence in the State. had not existed before, or had existed only to a degree in which its interests were sensibly interwoven with that of those who enjoyed a constitutional presence. Thus the prothe borne portion Englishmen who posby sessed the faculty of suffrage to those who were excluded from that faculty at the several periods of 1641 and 1688 had changed by the operation of these causes from 1 to 8 to 1 to 20.

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