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“LIBERTY is in its highest perfe&tion, when criminal laws derive each punishment from the particular nature of the crime. The knowledge acquired in some countries, or that may hereafter be obtained in others, in regard to the surest rules that can be observed in criminal judgments, is more interesting to mankind than any other thing in the universe. Liberty can only be founded on the pračtice of this knowledge.”

“The Christian Religion, which ordains that men should love each other, would without doubt have every nation blest with the best civil and political laws; because these are, next to this religion, the greatest good that men can give and receive.”

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While civilization and refinement were changing the condition and manners of social life, the criminal codes of the nations of Europe retained a vindićtive and sanguinary spirit, the growth of a rude and barbarous age. Benevolent and virtuous men saw and deplored the evils produced and perpetuated by unequal and cruel punishments; but the mild voice of reason and humanity reached not the thrones of princes or the halls of legislators. While the STATE was aggrandized by conquest, enriched by commerce, or ornamented by the produćtions of art, they thought not of the unhappy beings who suffered under the numerous oppressions of tyrannical laws.--While every objećt which encompassed them wore the aspect of splendour and felicity, their dazzled eyes were not

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