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Two Treatises of Government


PREFACE
Reader, thou hast here the beginning and end of a
discourse concerning
government; what fate has otherwise disposed of the
papers that should
have filled up the middle, and were more than all the
rest, it is not
worth while to tell thee. These, which remain, I hope
are sufficient to
establish the throne of our great restorer, our present
King William; to
make good his title, in the consent of the people, which
being the only
one of all lawful governments, he has more fully and
clearly, than any
prince in Christendom; and to justify to the world the
people of
England, whose love of their just and natural rights,
with their
resolution to preserve them, saved the nation when it
was on the very
brink of slavery and ruin. If these papers have that
evidence, I flatter
myself is to be found in them, there will be no great
miss of those
which are lost, and my reader may be satisfied without
them: for I
imagine, I shall have neither the time, nor inclination
to repeat my
pains, and fill up the wanting part of my answer, by
tracing Sir Robert
again, through all the windings and obscurities, which
are to be met
with in the several branches of his wonderful system.
The king, and body
of the nation, have since so thoroughly confuted his
Hypothesis, that I
suppose no body hereafter will have either the
confidence to appear
against our common safety, and be again an advocate for
slavery; or the
weakness to be deceived with contradictions dressed up
in a popular
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