1 edition of Catos letters found in the catalog.
By J. Trenchard in cooperation with T. Gordon.Trenchards articles are signed T, Gordons G, the conjoint articles T and G.First printed weekly in the London and British journals ... Written without any name, from Bath, as letters to the author of the London journal, who signd them Cato, and by that name they afterwards went.
|Statement||Printed for T. Woodward, J. Walthoe [etc.]|
|Publishers||Printed for T. Woodward, J. Walthoe [etc.]|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 136 p. :|
|Number of Pages||86|
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Tiberius put many Senators to death, for looking melancholy or dissatisfied, or enviously at his power; and Nero many others, for not laughing at his play, or laughing in the wrong place, or sneering instead of laughing; and very probably both judged right in their intentions; but sure Catos letters body will think amongst us, that such examples ought Catos letters be copied.
When Valerius, in particular, was accused, upon some slight grounds, of affecting the diadem; he, who was the first minister of Rome, did not accuse the people for examining his conduct, but approved his innocence in a speech to them; he gave such satisfaction to them, and gained such popularity to himself, that they gave him a new name; inde cognomen factum Publicolae est; to denote that he was their favourite and their friend.
Purpose [ ] The Letters are considered a seminal work in the tradition of the. What is the public, but the collective body of private men, as every private man is a member of the public? What a dreadful Catos letters must that man possess, who can put a private appetite in balance against the universal good of his country, and of mankind! In truth, most libels are purely personal; they fly at men rather than things; which proceeding is as injudicious as it is unmanly.
A man, by not pulling off his hat, or not low enough, by a turn upon his heel, by a frowning countenance, or an over-pleasant one, may induce his spectators to believe that he intends a disrespect to one to whom it is criminal to own it; yet it would be a strange act of power to punish him for this unobservance. But neither bashaws, nor armies, could keep that people in such abject slavery, if their priests and doctors had not made passive obedience a principle of their religion.
He being accused by Demoenetus, a popular orator, in a full assembly of the people, of several Catos letters committed by him while he was general, gave no other answer, than that he was highly obliged to the gods for granting him a request that he had often made to them; namely, that he might live to see the Syracusians enjoy that liberty of Catos letters which they now seemed to be masters of.
This is the constitution, and this the happiness of Englishmen; as hath been formerly shewn at large in these letters.
Many historians attribute these letters tothough their authorship has not been definitively proven. What is government Catos letters a trust committed by all or the most to one, or few, who are to attend upon the affairs of all, that every one may, with the more security attend upon its own?
Old Muley, the Lord's anointed of Morocco, who it seems is still alive, is thought to have butchered forty thousand of his subjects with his own hands. Human reason says, that there is no obedience, no regard due to those rulers, who govern by no rule but their lust.
Blessed be God, there are still some free countries in Europe, that abound with people and with plenty, and England is the foremost. I have long thought, that the Catos letters are very much mistaken in their idea and distinction of libels. And as to wicked men, their being accountable to God, whom they do not fear, is no security to use against their folly and malice; and to say that we ought to have no security against them, is to insult common sense, and give the lie to the first law of nature, that of self-preservation.
American Journal of Political Science. abject state of such as tamely groan Under a blind dependency on one!
What is got by soldiers, must be maintained by soldiers; and we have, in this paper, already seen the frightful image of a military government; a government, which, at best, is violent and bloody, and eternally inconsistent with law and property.
The best way to escape the virulence of libels, is not to deserve them; but as innocence itself is not secure against the malignity of evil tongues, it is also necessary to punish them.
The Grand Seignior, who if we may believe some sanctified mouths, not addicted to lying is the vicegerent of heaven, frustrates the bounty of heaven; and, being the father of his people, has almost butchered them all.
Liberty is a gift which they receive from god himself.
Where liberty is thoroughly established, and its laws equally executed, every man will find his own account in doing as he would be done unto, and no man will take from another what he would not part with himself: Honor and advantage will follow the upright, punishment overtake the oppressor.