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" A constitution is a thing antecedent to a government, and a government is only the creature of a constitution. The constitution of a country is not the act of its government, but of the people constituting a government. "
The New-York magazine; or, Literary repository - Page 509
1791
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Reflections on the Revolution in France,: And on the Proceedings in Certain ...

Edmund Burke - France - 1790 - 356 pages
...real exiftence ; and wherever it cannot be produced in a vilible form, there is none. A conflitution is a thing antecedent to a government, and a government is only the creature of a conftitution, The conftitution of a country is not the act of its government, but of the people conftituting a government....
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Rights of Man: Being an Answer to Mr. Burke's Attack on the French ..., Part 1

Thomas Paine - France - 1791 - 171 pages
...in fad. It has not an ideal, but a real exiflence ; and wherever it cannot be produced in a viable. form, there is none. A conftitution is a thing antecedent...government is only the creature of a conftitution. The conftitution of a country is not the aŁt of its government, but of the people conftituting a government....
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Proceedings at Large on the Trial of John Horne Tooke for High ..., Volume 2

John Horne Tooke, J. H. Blanchard - Trials (Treason) - 1795
...conftitution is not a thing in name only, but in fact. It has not an ideal, but a real exiftence ; and wherever it cannot be produced in a vifible form,...government is only the creature of a conftitution. The conftitution of a country is not the act of its government, but of the people confticuting a government....
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The rights of man, for the use and benefit of all mankind, Volume 1

Thomas Paine - 1795
...ihfact. It has not an ideal, but a real exiftence ; and, wherever it cannot be produced in a vijiblc form, there is none. A conftitution is a thing antecedent...government is only the creature of a conftitution. The conftitution of a country is not the afts of its government, but of the people conftituting a government....
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Proceedings at Large on the Trial of John Horne Tooke for High ..., Volume 1

John Horne Tooke, J. H. Blanchard - Trials (Treason) - 1795
...in faft. It has not an ideal, but a real exiftence ; and wherever it cannot be produced in a viiible form, there is none. A conftitution is a thing antecedent...government is only the creature of a conftitution. The conftitution of a country is not the act of its government, but of the people conftituting a govemment....
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The Rights of Man: For the Benefit of All Mankind

Thomas Paine - Great Britain - 1795 - 151 pages
...infafl. It has -not an ideal, but a real exiftence ; and, wherever it cannot be produced in a vifibh form, there is none. A conftitution is a thing antecedent to a governtnent, and a government is only the creature of & conftitution. The conftitution of a country...
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The Political Writings of John Dickinson, Esquire: Late President ..., Volume 2

John Dickinson - Constitutional law - 1801
...real existence, and wherever it cannot be produced in a visible form, there is none. A constitution is a thing antecedent to a government ; and a government is only the creature of a constitution. A constitution of a country is not the act of its government, but of the people constituting...
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Letters from Washington, on the Constitution and Laws: With Sketches of Some ...

George Watterston - Statesmen - 1818 - 139 pages
...real existence ; and whenever it cannot be produced in a visible form there is none. A constitution is a thing antecedent to a government ; and a government is only the creature of a constitution. A constitution, says judge Patterson, is the form of government delineated by the mighty...
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The political works of Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine - 1826
...real existence ; and wherever it cannot be produced in a visible form, there is none. A constitution is a thing antecedent to a government, and a government is only the creature of a constitution. The constitution of a country is not the act of its government, but of the people constituting...
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The Political Works of Thomas Paine: Secretary for Foreign Affairs to the ...

Thomas Paine - Political science - 1826 - 425 pages
...real existence ; and wherever it cannot be produced in a visible form, there is none. A constitution is a thing antecedent to a government, and a government is only the creature of a constitution. The constitution of a country is not the act of its government, but of the people constituting...
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