Reflections on the Revolution in France
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 - 296
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: plenitude, and with more than the boldnefs of the papal depofrng power in its meridian fervour of the twelfth century, puts into one fweeping elaufe of ban and anathema, and proclaims ufurpers by circles of longitude and latitude, over the whole globe, it behoves them to confi- der how they admit into their territories thefe apoftolic miffionaries, who are to tell their fubjects they are not lawful kings. That is their concern. It is ours, as a domeftic intereft of fome moment, ferioufly to confider the folidity of the only principle upon which thefe gentlemen acknowledge a king of Great Britain to be entitled to their allegiance. This doctrine, as applied to the prince now on the Britifh throne, either is nonfenfe, and ther- fore neither true nor falfe, or it affirms a moft unfounded, dangerous, illegal, and unconftitu- tional pofition. According to this fpiritual doctor of politics, if his majefty does not owe his crown to the choice of his people, he is no lawful king. Now nothing can be more untrue than that the crown of this kingdom is fo held by his majefty. Therefore if you follow their rule, the king of Great Britain, who moft certainly does not owe his high office to any form df popular election, is in no refpect better tharv the reft of the gang of ufurpers, who reign, or rather rob, all over th'e face of this our milcrable world, without any fort of right or title to the allegiance of their people. The policy of this Jfcneral doctrine, fo qualified, is evident enough. C The The propagators of this political gofpel are m hopes their abftract principle (their principle that a popular choice is neceflary to the legal ex- iftence of the fovereign magiftracy) would be overlooked whilft the king of Great Britain was not affected by it. In the mean time the ears of th...