Excerpt from Thoughts on Government and Legislation
The following short treatise has no pretensions to originality: it is rather of an elementary character, and consist chiefly of extracts from the best modern writers on the philosophy of the Art of Government and Legislation, with a few remarks on cognate subjects, and a short sketch of the present state of this country in reference to some of the matters treated of.
The works, however, from which the principal portion of the subject-matter has been taken, are in some cases out of print and hard to be procured, and in others costly and beyond the means of many readers.
It was therefore thought that a publication of this unpretending description might possibly prove useful, not only in the higher class of schools and the Universities, but, perhaps, even to those who were looking forward to the possession of a seat in either House of Parliament.
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