Essays on the Trade, Commerce, Manufactures, and Fisheries of Scotland: Containing, Remarks on the Situation of Most of the Sea-ports ; the Number of Shipping Employed ; Their Tonnage : Strictures on the Principal Inland Towns ; the Different Branches of Trade and Commerce Carried on ; and the Various Improvements Made in Each : Hints and Observations on the Constitutional Police ; with Many Other Curious and Interesting Articles Never Yet Published, Volum 3

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W. and T. Ruddiman, 1779
 

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Side 187 - If then this is the nature of power, let us at least do our duty, and like wise men (who value freedom) use our utmost care to support liberty, the only bulwark against lawless power, which in all ages has sacrificed to its wild lust and boundless ambition, the blood of the best men that ever lived.
Side 189 - You, as Men who have baffled the Attempt of Tyranny; and by an impartial and uncorrupt Verdict, have laid a noble Foundation for securing to ourselves, our Posterity, and our Neighbors, That, to which Nature and the Laws of our Country have given us a Right,— the Liberty— both of exposing and opposing arbitrary Power (in these Parts of the World, at least) by speaking and writing Truth.
Side 163 - I as frankly agree that nothing ought to excuse a man who raises a false charge or accusation, even against a private person, and that no manner of allowance ought to be made to him who does so against a public magistrate.
Side 189 - It is the cause of liberty; and I make no doubt but your upright conduct this day will not only entitle you to the love and esteem of your...
Side 155 - Court and in those bad times, a great and good man durst say, what I hope will not be taken amiss of me to say in this place, to wit, The practice of informations for libels is a sword in the hands of a wicked king and an...
Side 188 - I live in a government where liberty is well understood and freely enjoyed; yet experience has shown us all (I'm sure it has to me) that a bad precedent in one government is soon set up for an authority in another; and therefore I cannot but think it mine and every honest man's duty that (while we pay all due obedience to men in authority) we ought at the same time to be upon our guard against power wherever we apprehend that it may affect ourselves or our fellow subjects.
Side 155 - But when a ruler of a people brings his personal failings, but much more his vices, into his administration, and the people find themselves affected by them, either in their liberties or properties, that will alter the case mightily...
Side 181 - How must a man speak or write, or what must he hear, read or sing, or when must he laugh, so as to be secure from being taken up as a libeller ? I...
Side 179 - ... (said the Court) the meeting; was the matter of fact, and that is confessed, and we tell you it is unlawful, for it is against the statute ; and the meeting being unlawful, it follows of course that it was tumultuous, and to the disturbance of the peace.
Side 188 - I labor under the weight of many years and am borne down with great infirmities of body. Yet old and weak as I am, I should think it my duty, if required, to go to the utmost part of the land where my service could be of any use in assisting to quench the flame of prosecutions...

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