American Political Writing During the Founding Era, by Charles S. Hyneman, Donald S. Lutz

By Charles S. Hyneman, Donald S. Lutz

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The Nature and End of Government is not so mysterious, but a Person of common Sense, with tolerable Application, may attain a competent Knowledge thereof, and with an upright Heart, Honourably perform any Part Providence may assign him. Therefore, since the Happiness of Society, so much depends upon the faithful Discharge of the Duties of the various Offices, and all who are well disposed, can so easily perform them; this shows the Obligation, and should be a powerful Motive to Fidelity, as they well answer it at the Tribunal of the great Judge, when he calls them to account for their Talents 4.

Is apparently responding to an altercation in the Massachusetts legislature. Despite the obvious depth of feeling, the author places the incident in a broad theoretical context that reveals much about the grounds of political discourse at the time. The essay appeared in the Boston Gazette on August 1, 1763. ^ / TO THE PRINTERS. —His erect Figure, and sublime Countenance, would give him but little Elevation above the Bear, or the Tyger: nay, notwithstanding those Advantages, he would hold an inferior Rank in the Scale of Being, and would have a worse Prospect of Happiness than those Creatures; were it not for the Capacity of uniting with others and availing himself of Arts and Inventions in social Life.

Governor upon the supposition of his becoming Commanderin-Chief by the absence of the Governor. And so long as his Excellency is resident in the province, I can conceive no objection to the Lieut. Governor's being of the Council, unless a bare title without power, disqualifies him—which, as it has not been, so I presume it will not be pretended. But it is objected that "in case of the absence of the commanderin-chief, the Lieut. " To this I answer: (1) This is a contingent event which may or may not happen—and to deprive [27] T .

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