The Letters of Junius, Volum 2


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Side 199 - When you propose to cut away the rotten parts, can you tell us what parts are perfectly sound? — Are there any certain limits, in fact or theory, to inform you at what point you must stop, at what point the mortification...
Side 172 - Terminer or general gaol-delivery, after such commitment ; it shall and may be lawful to and for the judges of the court of king's bench and justices of Oyer and Terminer or general...
Side 197 - There cannot be a doctrine more fatal to the liberty and property we are contending for, than that, which confounds the idea of a supreme and an arbitrary legislature.
Side 11 - A clear, unblemished character, comprehends not only the integrity that will not offer, but the spirit that will not submit to, an injury; and whether it belongs to an individual or to a community, it is the foundation of peace, of independence, and of safety. Private credit is wealth ; public honour is security. The feather that adorns the royal bird supports his flight. Strip him of his plumage, and you fix him to the earth.
Side 92 - Home to deter me from doing signal justice to a man, who, I confess, has grown upon my esteem*. As for the common, sordid views of avarice, or any purpose of vulgar ambition, I question whether the applause of JUNIUS would be of service to Lord Chatham.
Side 195 - Considering the situation and abilities of Lord Mansfield, I do not scruple to affirm, with the most solemn appeal to God for my sincerity, that, in my judgment, he is the very worst and most dangerous man in the kingdom. Thus far I have done my duty in endeavouring to bring him to punishment. But mine is an inferior, ministerial office in the temple of justice. — I have bound the victim, and dragged him to the altar.
Side 93 - But if his ambition be upon a level with his understanding ; if he judges of what is truly honourable for himself, with the same superior genius which animates and directs him to eloquence in debate, to wisdom in decision, even the pen of Junius shall contribute to reward him.
Side 198 - I consider it as equivalent to robbing the parties concerned of their freehold, of their birthright. I say that, although this birthright may be forfeited, or the exercise of it suspended in particular cases, it cannot be taken away, by a general law, for any real or pretended purpose of improving the constitution.
Side 70 - I am afraid the two classes of men will be reduced to one, and the knaves themselves be at a loss to justify their title : but if an open-hearted honest man, who has an entire confidence in one whom he takes to be his friend, and...
Side 220 - So that the law and the opinion of the judge are not always convertible terms, or one and the same thing; since it sometimes may happen that the judge may mistake the law.

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