The Excellencie of a Free State
Or, The Right Constitution of a Commonwealth
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Liberty Fund
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Appendix C: Corresponding Passages of Mercurius Politicus 133 ...
the thomas hollis library
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Thomas Hollis (1720–74) was an eighteenth-century Englishman who devoted his energies, his fortune, and his life to the cause of liberty. Hollis was trained for a business career, but a series of inheritances al-lowed him to pursue instead a career of public service. He believed that citizenship demanded activity and that it was incumbent on citizens to ...
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The republican writings of Marchamont Nedham are a landmark in Western political thought. Writing in the years following the execution of King Charles I and the abolition of the monarchy in 1649, Nedham proposed an alternative to the improvised and short-lived constitu-tional expedients that followed the overthrow of the monarchy. Instead ...
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Blackburne [Francis Blackburne,] Memoirs of Thomas Hollis, 2 vols., ...
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Marchamont Nedham (1620–1678) was the pioneer of English repub-licanism. His arguments for kingless rule were fi rst published in brief essays written in 1650–52, during the rule of the Commonwealth that followed the execution of King Charles I in 1649. In 1656, when Oli-says together in his anonymously published tract The Excellencie of a ...
nedham and hisclassical sources
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...305. One passage (pp. 48–52) carries the tendency to extremes. In it Nedham, denying that republican rule leads to “levelling,” claims that Spartan and Roman history show that the true “Levellers” are kings. His manipulation of evidence at that point was accounted “wit and burlesque” by John Adams ( Defence, 3:395–96) and has been independently characterized by a modern authority as “truly con-...
the text and the notes
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...306. Occasionally, indistinct print leaves a letter or punctuation mark uncer-tain, and in these cases I have made an educated guess as to Nedham’s intent.The text reproduced in this volume is that of 1656.306 The spelling of the original is retained (whereas in my introduction I have mod-ernized the spelling of quotations, though not of titles of books). ...
To the Reader .
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...* James Howell, Som Sober Inspections made into the Cariage and Consults of the late-Long Parliament (London, 1655). The passages of the book cited or quoted in Taking notice of late with what impudence, and (the more is the pity) con-fi dence, the Enemies of this Commonwealth in their publick Writings and Discourses labour to undermine the dear-bought Liberties and Freedoms of ...
An Introduction to theFollowing Discourse.
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...1 When the Senators of Rome, in their publike Decrees and Orations, began to comply with and court the People, calling them Lords of the world; how easie a matter was it then for Gracchus to perswade them to un-Lord the Senate? In like manner, when Athens was quitted of Kings, the Power was no sooner declared to be in the People, but immediately ...
The Right Constitution of aCommonwealth.
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The Romans having justly and nobly freed themselves from the Tyr-anny of Kings, and being in time brought to understand that the interest of Freedom consists in a due and orderly Succession of the Supreme Assemblies; they then made it their care, by all good ways and means, to fortifi e the Commonwealth, and establish it in a free ...
All Objections Againstthe Government of the People,Answered
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Considering, That in times past, the People of this Nation were bred up and instructed in the brutish Principles of Monarchy, by which means they have been the more averse from entertaining Notions of a more noble Form: and remembring, that not long since we were put into a better course, upon the declared Interest of a Free-State, or Common-...
The Original of All Just PowerIs in the People.
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...336 Those Men that deny this Position, are fain to run up as high as Noah and Adam, to gain a pretence for their Opinion: alledging, That the primitive or fi rst Governments of the World were not instituted by the consent and election of those that were governed, but by an absolute Authority invested in the persons governing. * Thus they say our fi rst ...
Errours of Government;And Rules of Policie.
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Having proved 342 that the Originall of all just Power and Government is in the People; and that the Government of the People, in a due and orderly succession of their supream Assemblies, is much more excel-lent than any other Form, I suppose it falls in of course, in the next place, to note, and observe those common Errors in Policie, wherein ...
appendix aThe Edition of 1656
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I have made the following emendations to the text of 1656 (see p. cvi). At the back of the 1656 edition of The Excellencie, the publisher, Thomas Brewster, supplies an advertisement, or “Catalogue of Bookes.” It lists three volumes (of which the third was an anonymous publication): Thomas May, A Breviary of the History of the Parliament of England ...
appendix bThe Edition of 1767
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On the subject of government, no country hath produced writings so numerous and valuable as our own. It hath been cultivated and adorned by men of greatest genius, and most comprehensive understanding, But, beside their incomparable writings, many lesser treatises on the same argument, which are little known, and extremely scarce, ...
appendix cCorresponding Passages ofMercurius Politicus
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The endnotes that follow are signaled in the text of this edition (see p. cvii). They reproduce the words and passages of Mercurius Politi-cus ( MP ) that were altered in the 1656 edition of The Excellencie ( E ). ( Politicus does not have the headings of the sections into which The In the cause of intelligibility, all the English-language material from ...
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...1730s. Caslon’s types were based on seventeenth-century Dutch ...
Page Count: 319
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: The Thomas Hollis Library