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HENRY TAYLOR, ESQ.
AUTHOR OF PHILIP VAN ARTEVELDE.
“ Interest enim imprimis honoris literarum, ut homines isti pragmatici
De Augmentis, lib. viii.
LONGMAN, REES, ORME, BROWN, GREEN, & LONGMAN,
JAMES STEPHEN, ESQ.
UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES,
AS TO THE MAN WITHIN THE AUTHOR'S KNOWLEDGE
IN WHOM THE ACTIVE AND CONTEMPLATIVE
FACULTIES MOST STRONGLY MEET,
CONCERNING THE ATTRIBUTES OF
AMONGST the writers on Government whose works my limited opportunities of study have enabled me to examine, I have not met with any who have treated systematically of Administrative Government as it ought to be exercised in a free state. Authors in abundance, from Aristotle to Hobbes, have written out theories of civil society; and it is not to be questioned that their writings must have had momentous political consequences, if it were only through the exercise and direction which they gave to men's thoughts. But these consequences, whatever they may have been, were so indirectly brought about, that he who would