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VOL. I.

LIFE, MEMOIRS, &c.*

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ALGERNON SYDNEY.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR D. 1. EATON, AT THE COCK AND SWINE

NO. 74, NEWGATE-STREET,

1794.

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PREFACE *

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OW highly the writings of wife and good men concerning government have been esteemed in all ages, the testimony of history, and the preservation of so many books composed by the ancients on that subject, do fufficiently manifeft. And it may be truly said, that unless men have utterly abandoned themselves to all that is detestable, they have seldom attempted to detract from the worth of the affertors of liberty, though ambition and other passions have influenced them to act in opposition to it. When Augustus had surprised a young Roman, who was related to him, reading a political discourse of Cicero, he commended his judgment in that choice. The history of France, written by the president de Thou, with a Spirit of freedom that might have been worthy of those who had

By John Toland. Besides the “ Discourses concerning Government," he also collected and first published Milon's prose-works; and Harringe ton's works, “ fine of them from the original manuscripts..

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