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PREFACE TO THE READER.

THERE are two principles, by which men usually regulate their conduct, whether in private or in public life. The one is built upon political expediency; the other upon morality and religion. That, which is built upon the basis of policy, looks almost wholly at the consequences of things, regarding but little whether they be in themselves honest or not. It springs out of the worst part of the nature of man. It has no pretension to any other name than that of Cunning. It is of all others the most pernicious in its effects. It leads to oppression at home, to wars abroad, and to every moral evil, of which mankind has had to complain; and it is in general, besides, as far as the actor himself is concerned, productive of disgrace and ruin. That, which is founded on the basis of religion, is on the other hand never concerned with consequences but in a secon- dary

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IN Two volumES.
VOL. I.

3LOnton :
PRINTED BY Richara D TAYLoR and Co., shoe-LANE,

For LoNGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN,

PATERNOSTER-ROW,

1813.
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