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OF THE LATE
Right Hon. EDMUND BURKE,
SELECTED FROM THE
WRITINGS, &e. OF THAT EXTRAORDINARY MAN,
jt Including the following celebrated Political CkaraSers, drawn by himself i
PRINTED BY J. W.MYERS, No. 2, PATERNOSTER-ROW j
BEAUTIES OF BURKE.
Law—As a Science of methodized and artificial
x\. Government of the nature of that set up at our very door (France) has never been hitherto seen or even imagined in Europe. What our relation to it will be cannot be judged by other relations. It is a serious thing to have a connection with a people who live only under positive, arbitrary, and changeable institutions; and those not persected nor supplied, nor explained by any common acknowledged rule of moral science. I remember that in one of my last converfations with the late Lord Camden, we were struck much in the fame manner with the abolition in France of the law, as a science of methodized and artisicial equity. France, since her revolution, is under the sway of a sect, whose leaders have deliberately, at one stroke, demolished the whole body of that jurisprudence which France had pretty nearly in common with other civilized countries. In that jurisprudence were contained the elements and principles of the law of nations, the great ligament of mankind. With the law they have of course destroyed all seminaries in which jurisprudence was taught, as well as all the corporations establiflied for its conservation. I have not heard of any country, whether in Europe or Asia, or even in Africa, on this side of Mount Atlas, which is wholly without some such colleges and such corporations, except France. No man, in a public or private concern, can divine by what rule or principle her judgments are to be directed; nor is there to be found a Prosessor in any University, or a Practitioner in any Court, who will hazard an opinion of what is or is not law in France, in any case whatever. They have not only annulled all their old treaties, but they have renounced the law of nations, from whence treaties have their force.