Memoirs of the Private and Public Life of William Penn: Who Settled the State of Pennsylvania, and Founded the City of Philadelphia, Volumes 1-2

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S. C. Stevens, 1827

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Page 119 - Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore, governments rather depend upon men than men upon governments. Let men be good and the government cannot be bad; if it be ill, they will cure it. But if men be bad, let the government be never so good they will endeavor to warp and spoil it to their turn.
Page 151 - It is rare that they fall out, if sober ; and if drunk, they forgive it, saying, It was the drink, and not the man, that abused them.
Page 153 - I must needs commend their respect to authority, and kind behaviour to the English; they do not degenerate from the old friendship between both kingdoms. As they are people proper and strong of body, so they have fine children, and almost every house full; rare to find one of them without three or four boys and as many girls; some, six, seven and eight sons. And I must do them that right; I see few young men more sober and laborious.
Page 151 - I have had occasion to be in council with them upon treaties for land, and to adjust the terms of trade...
Page 54 - His death and passion: and grant, that the grace of God, which bringeth salvation, may effectually teach and persuade me to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world...
Page 127 - God, loving the people, and hating covetousness. Let justice have its impartial course, and the law free passage. Though to your loss, protect no man against it ; for you are not above the law, but the law above you. Live, therefore, the lives yourselves you would have the people live, and then you have right and boldness to punish the transgressor.
Page 133 - ... in love with William Penn and his children as long as the sun and moon should endure.
Page 119 - ... the question) love laws and an administration like themselves. That, therefore, which makes a good constitution, must keep it, viz : men of wisdom and virtue...
Page 112 - Indian shall abuse in word or deed any planter of this province, that he shall not be his own judge upon the Indian but he shall make his complaint to the governor of the province or his lieutenant or deputy, or some inferior magistrate near him, who shall, to the utmost of his power, take care with the King of the said Indian that all reasonable satisfaction be made to the said injured planter.
Page 119 - I know some say, let us have good laws and no matter for the men that execute them. But let them consider that though good laws do well, good men do better. For good laws may want good men and be abolished or evaded by ill men; but good men will never want good laws nor suffer ill ones.

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